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Avalon Series Race #5

On Sunday it was race #5 of the Avalon Series. A total of 10 yachts ‘participated’.
Firstly, a welcome to Araluen, helmed by Ross Butler, to the Avalon series. She is a Hunter 376. She weighs in at 6.8 tonne and was ideally suited to the conditions!

“Will we or won’t we”. That was what was going through the minds of most skippers and crew. With 30 knot gusts coming through the moorings, most were apprehensive. Ten brave teams signed on. Two of them stayed on their moorings. Two headed out but didn’t start. That included Just Magic II. She had to return when a track slide broke off the top of her main. Soon after the start the news came through on the VHF that High Jinks had torn her main, and was retiring. It was carnage! Next it was Araluen. She was going well, closing in on Goldfinger at the Rp mark. Then while doing a gybe around that mark, her gooseneck broke. Oh no. That left only four yachts in the race. After finally deciding to brave the conditions, Bangalla was a bit late to the start and even then only had her main up as she crossed the start line. Liberty, helmed by Ralf Moller, set up well for the conditions, pointed high and mowed down those ahead of her to take out victory. Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans, also did well in the conditions to take out 2nd spot. In the end, the BOM called it well with their forecast of 20-30kt, easing later in the afternoon. Just as it was time to return to the moorings, the wind did ease!

 

Sydney Harbour observations (Wedding Cake West) showed a breeze at 19-23kt with gusts of 25-31kt steady from the SSE. It was similar on Pittwater.
We raced the 11.7Nm course #1 – K, Rp, T, S, N
Division 1 Class HC results Start : 13:30
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Class Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot New O'S OffSet
1 8242 LIBERTY 01:58:18 0.805 01:35:14 0.836 0.818 Ralf Moller D1 1.0 16:03:18 1 42 35
2 6852 GOLDFINGER 02:34:33 0.643 01:39:22 0.640 0.618 Jan Evans D1 2.0 16:05:33 4 0 1
3 AUS1084 BANGALLA 02:01:24 0.815 01:38:56 0.815 0.815 Martin Hickling D1 3.0 16:08:24 2 41 37
4 6099 DIABLO 02:13:22 0.755 01:40:42 0.742 0.750 Jean Cross D1 4.0 16:09:22 3 30 26
DNF 7166 HIGH JINKS 0.645 Barry Black D1 11.0 DNF 1
DNF B376 ARALUEN 0.690 Ross Butler D1 11.0 DNF 12
DNS 3353 ILUKA 0.652 Neil Mattes D1 11.0 DNS 3
DNS 3927 LAURA 0.640 David Boyd D1 11.0 DNS 0
DNS 6067 JUST MAGIC II 0.832 Chad Leggett D1 11.0 DNS 39
DNS AUS732 CAZBAR 0.805 Uwe Statz D1 11.0 DNS 35