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Surprise race 4 - Sunday 31st March 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:51 PM by Admin hycnz
eye soy 1st
firsty 2nd

Race report from Eye Spy:
Surprise # 4 is the programmed race. My team are keen to go as this may be one of the last races we do before our little race boat sells. A small fleet is predicted and confirmed on the morning of the race. Firsty and Eye Spy head out to be greeted by winds exceeding the predicted 10-16knts. This will be a bit of fun!
I have JK, Mark, Nicole and Dave on board. We decide to go with No.2 headsail and full main. What we hoped to be a windward leeward turned out to be more of a reaching race. Sean Munro did the start via the club rescue boat and I think both boats had to return to the start as the start was not on the hour as advertised.
Eye Spy starts on 14 minutes and Firsty on 27 minutes. Can we keep ahead?
Its all about pointing well on the way to Chelsea. One tack just prior to Chelsea and we are able to lift to Bayswater. The wind has peaked at around 27knots so we decide to keep the kite packed. Turned out it was a beam reach for the most part.
We turn for the bridge as Firsty approaches. We should have the edge. Even managed to get “on the plane” for a few seconds! As we get to Chelsea, Firsty is under the bridge. We take Kauri point wide to keep in the breeze and get hammered. Strongest gust so far!! Big round up then settle down to cross the finish line. Firsty was catching us but ran out of race track. Thanks to Firsty and crew for giving us competition.