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Wednesday night series - Wednesday 3rd December 2014

posted Dec 7, 2014, 1:42 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 1:43 PM ]


1st Eye Spy
2nd Firsty
3rd Elan

Race report from Firsty

Good to be on the water again after a big day with the boat on the hard, rudder out and changing our rudder bearings. Thanks to Tim and Wayne for putting in the hard work.

We had the pleasure of starting with with Gary and crew on Water Witch because we were 2 handed Tim and I, so starting 3 min early. Got a reasonable start and managed to get under Water Witch and get ahead. They beat us to the leeward mark though with the big spinny. Held a nice line upwind to get around the mark in one tack, liking the pointing that we get with this headsail in this wind strength. Boat feels good, nicely balanced.. there aint enough o's in smoooth to describe the helm now dude. Around Chelsea just after Satisfaction, and back to the leeward mark. Had to give mark room to Cracka sailing 1 up. Satisfaction right on our tail so we cant tack until they tack, then away we went just above Satisfaction as she tacks.. we are sailing higher and faster... Satisfaction Guaranteed!! Had to drop a little to go north of Pile, then harden up after Pile. Looks like we may make it in one tack until we get a knock in around Kauri Pt, then tack out. That Marilyn is powering up can we get her on Stbd? No not quite so hang on a little more to get clear wind then tack. Champosa powers up the inside just laying inside Kauri Pt, then it's a drag to the finish.

We finish second Hobby boat, and 5th overall. Well done to Trev and Joe on Eye Spy who have managed to hold everyone off and get first outright.

Cheers Tim for the hard work on the race. Sorry it cost some blood!!

Race Report from Elan

Bon jour. Still smiling from our latest form, Élan headed out with Jos to crew for the Wednesday night race, the wind appeared to be around 10 to 12 knots true we had declared no extras and two handed. So we got going and as soon as we reached Kauri point, and started running down I realised that we should have gone for the extras as élan needs a good stiff breeze and we should be flying the kite! Oh well! We got around Rhona clear and tacked over a couple of good beat and back to pile. Down to Rhona again and back up the harbour. We managed to keep ahead of the fleet enough to make the decision to tack early onto stbd past pile, this resulted in both Nibble and Marilyn having to tack clear of us! Which helped Eyespy just ahead of us, good team tactics I thought. Past, Kauri point and Satisfaction and Waterwitch are slowly reeling us in and as the pencil sailed over the top of us his wind shadow slowing us down enough for Satisfaction to sail underneath us and past. Which made for an exciting finish as the three of us all finish close together. Then a nice sail home. Till next time au revoir.

Race report for Eye Spy:
1700hrs rolled on at the club while having a quiet ale. Joe appears and we head out to our trusty steed Eye Spy.
Because we are two handed we decide to declare it and take a three minute advantage on the start and fly no extras.
The breeze was 15knts SW so we opted for No.2 and full main. The course was the ever popular N0.3 which is start, down to Rhona, back to Pile, down to Rhona again then home.
The race plan was simple……….pass all those who started before us then hold off the charging boats who started after us whilst chilling out with a quiet beer………the plan was successful………yes really………
It took till the last leg to windward to pass the last of the CCYC boats “Goucho” then we needed to hold off the hard charging “Marylin”. We finished only a matter of seconds before her but felt very proud of ourselves. Time for a beer and head home.
Great to see “Firsty out there again. The proven team of Craig and Tim on board. Jamie and Jos charging round the course on “Elan”…….a pretty sight.
Thanks to the race start boat and those that kept the bar open for us…………mm
Eye Spy 1st……..could not ask for a better evening sail……thanks Joe.