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HYC Closing day - Sunday 14th April 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:52 PM by Admin hycnz

Great turn out for closing day today with great racing and only 4 minutes between first place and last place.   

1st Eye Spy 
2nd Firsty
3rd Slipknot
4th Near & Farr
5th Satisfaction

Best start - Eye Spy
Line honours - Firsty

Hard luck story  beers awarded to Lou on Firsty who lost his keys ... luckily they were eventually located packed in Firstys spinnaker!!!!

Many thanks to Sean Monro for manning the start tower & to Wendy, Sharon & Corrina for feeding the hungry crews after racing!

Race report from Eye Spy.

I wanted to race from the HYC for this one. The idea was to be seen racing the upper harbour to cement the idea that the HYC was a going concern and the upper harbour was used for recreational sports. Therefore a marine recreational centre is a good idea. It was also better for any of our members to spectate. Course # 2 was selected as the wind should be averaging around 7 knts South.

Eye Spy started with a crew of 6 “on paper” but reduced to four on the day. Lisa. Mark, Nicole and I began the slow motor to HYC. We had to drop the LSO and ODM on the way but ended with plenty of time to have a couple of beers and set things up for what should be a windward leeward course. That was the idea anyway……..

The count down begins and we line up with four others and start first! That’s not like me is it Mark……….

Sean is running the tower and the start is clean. Off to Meola and it turns out it’s a drag race as the wind has swung. No kite work this leg but maybe return?

Its not long before Firsty powered past and we settle in for the battle with Slipknot. We held him for a long time but the inevitable happened not long before Kauri Point. We are now in third place. Satisfaction and Near n Farr are doing battle behind us.

Two laps around ODM, Beachhaven and LSO and across the finish line. We are still third on line but have we done enough to win on Handicap? It will be close! No-one is prepared to call this one.

Just 4 minutes between the corrected times. Well done to all. Thanks to the Eye Spy crew we have a great result. First on start and first on corrected time!