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Surprise race 4 - Sunday 26th March 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 4:58 PM by Admin hycnz


1st Eye Spy
2nd Nona

Race Report from Eye Spy

With a forecast of 25kts gusting 35kts,only the hardy turnup that is Nona and Eye spy. Turns out that the wind only reaches 20kts,great for sailing. The crew:Trev,Lisa,Mark and JK

The Course:Meola,Chelsea,Meola,Chelsea and Home.
We start 2mins behind Nona and by the time we get to Meola we are still well behind. Skipper decides to tack right after Meola and head for the North Shore.Nona tacks to cover us but tacks back again early,we don’t and go as far across that we can, before tacking back and heading for chelsea.

We made it to chelsea on this board (just!),even after dipping Nonas stern as they had to tack back and had starboard rights.We round chelsea in the lead and manage to hold Nona off for the rest of the race
even tho we were by side approaching Meola the second time.

Thanks to Nigel in the Tower etc.
P.S. SKIPPER LEFT EARLY!!!! Leaving Mark to pickup the Race Prize. Apparently he went to a concert in Town by a visiting Pommy Brit Lady???!!!

Race Report from Nona

A warm day of NE’s and 20 knots around the harbour with a forecasted 25 gusting 35knt later on greeted us for the mark foy start. Today we go with quality, my crew of David, John and late rock star Greg against the Eye Spy.

We start 2 mins ahead of ES and make our way up to Kauri Pt with the winds channelling down the usual valleys. The course is Meola (P) Chelsea(S), Meola (S) Chelsea (S) and home and we run with a number two. Around Kauri Pt and we harden up to Meola with ES close behind. We take the low side below Chelsea with ES going up. Closing in the buoy and we tack and get the pleasure of calling “Starboard” on ES who dips and continues to the buoy in one reach. We tack again around the mark, not far behind ES and sheets eased. Time to make a nuisance of ourselves as we ease on up to ES transom and steal a little of his wind. We get a puff and we go below and then sail side by side, admiring ES’s nice white, LONG boom. Discussion then commences about windward boat, buoy room, fishing boats etc. We give ES buoy room around Meola and again head below Chelsea, this time behind ES. Another tack to make the mark, but not close enough to trouble ES.

We head for home off the wind with the heady breezes between 4 and 12 knots and a little bit of rain thrown in, trying to utilise every puff to catch ES. We are not able to catch ES but it is a fun time out on the water with enough excitement to keep everyone honest. Thanks to ES for coming out to play, thanks to Nigel for manning the start tower and Corrina for the pizzas.