Sunday the first Winter Series event was held and it was a beautiful day and the water was clear and not too cold.
The start crew elected to delay the start due to some members being late AND forgetting their sails!
Only 3 boats were able to make it to the start line due to travel commitments and injuries – once underway the boat crews were challenged with oscillating variable strength winds from the SW. In the first race, Saffron picked up a great breeze on the left hand side of the course which placed them well and managed to finish closely behind the Sharpie, Patrick Kills Oysters.
Races 2 and 3 were managed well from start to finish by PKO with SNAffU not able to get a lane past them.
Race 4 was nearly won on the first lap by SNAffU….. luckily they realised the race was not over yet and managed to stay in pressure and finish well ahead of PKO to get the line honours victory.
Results are posted on the Events page.
The next chance to participate in the fun is June 17 – Winter Series day 2 which includes the trophy presentation for the 2017-2018 sailing season.
With scattered showers, the conditions were changeable and this kept the crews and the starters on their toes. Race 1 was started in 8-10kts ESE breeze with little swell. The fleet got away cleanly, although some boats had trouble finding clean air. Mickey Occhi Blu, Relience 17 and SNAffU bounced each other around on the first work to the top mark. Once the boats cleared the top mark the teams were able to settle in. Throughout the race Relience 17 held off SNAffU‘s pressure as they were never able to get close enough to make a pass. Line honours went to Go To Red, but there was an exiting finish between Relience 17 and Mickey Occhi Blu with Relience just edging out Mickey with starboard rights at the line.
Race 2 was started in very light conditions, still with scattered weather about. Right on the cue, as the starters flag dropped, there was a substantial shift in breeze to the North. There were also inconsistencies in the breeze strength across the course. For this reason, the starters chose to abandon this race and the regatta was concluded with only the one race sailed.
Next race is Club Championships Races 7 & 8 on April 8th. Good Luck to all competing in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race next weekend.