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Winter Series Race #1 Results

On Sunday it was race #1 of the Winter Series. A total of 11 yachts participated.

The Winter Series races are often exposed to the vagaries of the wind, and this race was no different. The race started right on time at 11:30am, but it was a wait of about 15 minutes until the breeze kicked-in. That meant the early starters had only gone a 100 metres or so when Araluen, helmed by Ross Butler, hit the start line. She raced past the other yachts, and was first to the top mark. Also with a good start was Bangalla. She started pin end on port, and nearly laid the top mark. On the way downwind to the N mark we all enjoyed the sight of Xena tacking downwind with her yellow and black asym. There was plenty of close racing, with many a tacking duel on the long beat back to Tp. It was similar conditions to that of the Etchells Regatta where the left side paid, with some good lifts off the eastern shoreline. On the last leg, Araluen worked valiantly to hold onto her lead, but Bangalla just slipped past to win by 12 seconds. Chill, with Bob Torning on the helm, also had a very good race with a fast finishing 3rd position.

 

Sydney Harbour observations (Wedding Cake West) showed a breeze at 12-15kt with gusts of 16-19kt steady from the S. It was similar on Pittwater –at least from 11:45am onwards!
We raced the 7.8Nm course #19 – Tp, N, Tp, Lp, S

The race was handicapped for a mid-fleet finish time of 1:40pm (i.e. ‘slowboat’ of 130 minutes). The actual mid-fleet time was 1:36pm, so that was pretty good! The elapsed times below don’t adjust for the spinnaker penalty (so deduct 4 minutes from Kama III and Xena).

Division 1 Mixed Class HC results Start : 11:30
Place Sail No Boat Name Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH CHC Skipper Class Score Fin Tim ETOrd DidNot New O'S OffSet
1 AUS1084 BANGALLA 01:28:34 0.810 01:11:44 0.836 0.812 Martin Hickling D1 1.0 13:29:34 2 32 31
2 B376 ARALUEN 01:47:46 0.685 01:13:49 0.687 0.685 Ross Butler D1 2.0 13:29:46 7 13 12
3 6439 CHILL 01:32:27 0.790 01:13:02 0.801 0.791 Bob Torning D1 3.0 13:30:27 3 29 28
4 4467 KAMA III 01:39:26 0.745 01:14:05 0.745 0.745 David Cunningham D1 4.0 13:31:26 5 23 22
5 8920 ELEMENT 01:24:17 0.875 01:13:45 0.879 0.875 Rob Slack D1 5.0 13:32:17 1 39 38
6 8349 XENA 01:43:30 0.755 01:18:08 0.716 0.752 Toni Fox D1 6.0 13:36:30 6 24 23
7 8242 LIBERTY 01:38:42 0.805 01:19:27 0.751 0.800 Ralf Moller D1 7.0 13:38:42 4 30 30
8 3927 LAURA 02:09:44 0.620 01:20:26 0.571 0.616 David Boyd D1 8.0 13:39:44 9 0 0
9 6852 GOLDFINGER 02:10:26 0.620 01:20:52 0.568 0.616 David Evans D1 9.0 13:40:26 10 0 0
10 7166 HIGH JINKS 02:07:28 0.645 01:22:13 0.581 0.640 Barry Black D1 10.0 13:42:28 8 5 5
11 3353 ILUKA 02:16:09 0.620 01:24:25 0.544 0.614 Di Mattes D1 11.0 13:46:09 11 0 0