Winter Open series 2015, season summary

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Winter Open series 2015 – Season summary

By Tom Wheeler

The ten races, spanning from May to September, produced some exciting racing in a wide range of conditions – the light air days at times had boats moving backwards with the tide, with anchors ready to be deployed, while the windy days had some boats over on their ears and their crews struggling to control spinnakers or shortening sail.  The Mark Foy system of staggered start-times, a feature of the series, reduced pre-start stress for skippers and crews, leaving them only to stay out of the sandbanks and stay on board their vessels for the duration of the race.  The races encompassed a variety of courses, with the western arm of the harbour being much frequented, but also taking in a couple of visits to A beacon or Karewa.  Many thanks should go to the starters for setting some interesting courses.  Almost all the participating boats had podium finishes at some point during the series and the final overall placings were contested right up until the final race, which attests to the accuracy of the handicapping.  The overall Division A winner was Not Negotiable, with Rocky and Persuader taking second and third place.  The overall winner of B division was Candidus, followed by the combination of Invincible and Force 10 (the crew swapped boats mid-season) and Nelani taking third place.

 

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