Winter Series 2015 Open Race 8

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Winter Series Open Race 8, 16th August, 2015 – The wind that wasn’t

By Tom Wheeler

 

Fine spring-like weather saw another good turnout of yachts, heading out along the main channel and through the harbour entrance in stately procession, ghosting along in the very gentle southwesterly breeze. The predicted building wind was anxiously awaited by skippers and crew as they anticipated the return downwind leg from A beacon and through the harbour entrance against the outgoing tide. With the promised wind not yet eventuating, the passage through the entrance and onwards into the western arm became a tactical minefield as each boat sought to chase the occasional light puffs of wind on offer. Jetstream made the most of her early start time, and led the fleet from start to finish, having never completely lost the wind at any point in the race. She was followed over the finish line by Rocky and Not Negotiable – both boats doing well despite running aground in their effort to avoid the tidal stream. The B division race proved a happy hunting ground for Force 10, who despite her late starting time made her way steadily through the fleet, benefiting from some unusual but successful tactical decisions. The stage was set for an intense close quarters duel for the lead with Nelani in the shallows leading up to Banks buoy, with Force 10 prevailing to claim first place of the shortened race ahead of Nelani, who were followed by Candidus in the dying wind. The promised 20 knot southwesterly breeze never eventuated, and the remaining yachts finished the afternoon becalmed at various points along the race course. Nevertheless, the day’s events was the subject of much animated discussion and story-swapping at the after-match prize-giving at the MOSC, attesting to the exciting nature of the racing.

Winter Series 2015 Open Race 7

Winter Series Open Race 7, 2nd August, 2015 – A sail of two halves

By Tom Wheeler

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The sunshine and a very light wind were a pleasant change for the crews of the ten yachts participating in the seventh outing of the Winter Series. Unusually, the prestart manoeuvring featured the rattle of anchors being readied and deployed as all the boats battled to make headway over the start line off the Pilot bay wharf and up the main channel against the outgoing tide. Their spinnakers, once hoisted, made for a colourful sight, but the crews had to work hard to keep them filled. These conditions put paid to the Mark Foy handicaps, as the gaps between the boats quickly disappeared and progress was marked by wise choices or lucky breaks in harnessing the fickle zephyrs coming from a wide range of directions. Inevitably, the lighter and more powerfully rigged vessels stretched away from the more cruising orientated yachts. The leaders had rounded the first mark were well on their way downstream again heading towards the Mount before some of the tail-runners were halfway up the first leg. And so the race seemed set to be a classic drifter – but the weather gods had other ideas, as a 10 to 15 knot westerly abruptly filled in during the third leg, as the boats headed back up the main channel. The complexion of the B division race changed dramatically as Gillian and Force 10 made steady inroads into the race leader and eventual winner, Déjà vu, before Force 10 overtook Gillian on the penultimate leg to claim second place, leaving Gillian a close third. The finish of the A division race was similarly exciting, with Not Negotiable and Rocky engaged in a close quarters battle for first and second, with the former holding out for the win, and the ever-competitive Jetstream taking out third place. Overall, it was a very pleasant and eventful day’s racing, with an equally pleasant catch-up at the clubrooms afterwards. For the first time this featured a draw for all crew present with the lucky winner taking away a Burnsco gift voucher.

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.

Photos – 2015 Winter Series Race 4

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Winter Series Open Race 4

Race report, Open Race 4, 21st June, 2015 – A tale of two races

by Tom Wheeler

A good number of boats fronted up for the fourth competitive outing of the winter season, with both A and B division being well represented.  The 15-20 westerly wind and fine but cool weather made for some great racing. The usual Mark Foy start saw a steady stream of yachts hard on the wind, headed for the harbour entrance.  From there, the fleet split, with B division heading up the western arm of the harbour, while A division headed out to Karewa.  This caused some initial confusion among some of the crews, perhaps too used to following the leader.  A tight tussle ensued among the leaders of B division, with little more than 100 metres separating Ghia, Invincible and Candidus for the most of the race. Ghia prospered in the conditions, but was barely in control at times, showing off her bottom during a couple of spectacular round-ups, one of them almost taking out a closely following Invincible.  Ultimately, Ghia held out for well-deserved B division win and line honours, followed by Invincible and Candidus.  The A division race was something of a yacht procession, with the course dominated by reaching.  The wind reached 25 knots at times, which made for some impressive boat speeds. Wizzard was untouchable in these conditions, gradually mowing down the fleet to be the first to the finish line, followed by Formula One and Persuader. Overall, the day provided some great sailing and close racing, with plenty of stories to tell in the clubroom at the end of the day.

 

 

Winter Series Race Open Race 3

Race report – Open race 3, 7th June, 2015 –Canny sailors dominate in tricky conditions

 

A fine day with a 10 to 15 know westerly breeze saw a good turnout of boats.  The usual Mark Foy start, designed to avoid crowding and stress at the start line, resulted in some close-quarter racing, but soon there was a steady stream of yachts of all shapes and sizes making their way out of the harbour entrance and downwind to A Beacon, with some electing to fly their spinnakers.  Invincible made good gains coming back through the harbour entrance by staying close to the Mount, and almost caught the race leaders, Candidus, Déjà vu, Persuader and Nelani  on the way up the western arm of the harbour in the dying breeze.  But it was not to be Invincible’s day, as the leaders caught a puff of wind and were away, leaving the rest of the fleet making no headway against the tide.   Formula One was most impressive, with her big rig powering her majestically up the harbour seemingly oblivious to the tide. Rocky demonstrated much skill and tenacity in working up the left of the Western channel, and was rewarded by being second in A division behind Formula One, with Jetstream finishing in third place.  Candidus took the B division honours, sailing a very tidy and smart race, closely followed by Déjà vu and Nelani.  Overall, a very enjoyable day on the water, with skill and tactics having a big influence on the outcome.

 

 

Winter

Both the open and 2 handed series have  their handicapping race out of the way, racing starts for real this Sunday.

Last Race of 2014

Results now up, some good speed from Giha again.

 

Will be a joint (with TYPBC) Karewa Race this Sunday, there will be a lot of boats on the water come and join the fun with a nice warm westerly breeze.
Some boats are looking for crew so let me know if you would like to join in.

Karewa Results

Results now up for a very windy Karewa Race.

Congratulations to Giha and the Girls with the help of Owen (Butterworth) Souter

Legend Update

30 Boats now paid up entrants, just waiting for the paperwork to come through.

See the Legends page for an amendment to the sailing instructions changing the time of the race briefing.

 

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