Winter series 2015 Open Race 6

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Winter Series Open Race 6, 19th July, 2015 – Every Cat has its day

By Tom Wheeler

 

The sixth outing of the winter series proved to be another to test the mettle of both the skippers and crews of the nine yachts that braved a gusty 20-25 knot south-westerly wind for valuable points in what is turning out to be a closely fought winter series. The smooth and fast sailing during the first leg downwind to A beacon turned out to be the calm before the storm, as a succession of boats were buffeted by tremendous bullets of wind pressure nearing Matakana Island. The gusts, estimated to be 30-35 knots, made for some spectacular round-ups, which had some boats completely laid over, while their crews grimly hung on. As the afternoon wore on, the gusts only increased in strength during the difficult beat up the western arm of the harbour against the outgoing tide. Wizzard excelled in the conditions- From her position as last starter, she relentlessly carved her way through the fleet, to lead the A division boats across the line, followed by Not Negotiable and Persuader, who took out second and third places for A division. Nelani also had a very fast race and her position at the head of the B division fleet was never seriously challenged. Candidus took second place in B division after holding off a strongly finishing Ghia, who secured third place. However kudus should also go to all the participants for their excellent seamanship and courtesy to fellow participants under testing conditions.

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