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Winter Fun Race.

Last updated on 25 Aug 2009

Race in a Nutshell:

Position PHRF: 3rd 
Total Entries : 14 
Distance: 2.0 nm. 
Weather Forecast: Clear, sunny. Wind East to NE 3 to 7 knots. Temp 22C 
Weather Actual: Accurate 
Baro: 1015 hPa. 
Course: Windward/Leeward with a downwind finish (1 x loop) 
Seas: Flat 
Sails: Full Main, No. 1 Jib, A2 Light Assymetric Spinnaker 
Crew: Trygve Roberts (Helm), Charles Crosby (Main), Greg Harrowsmith (Genoa), Phillip Rentschler (Pit), Simon Penso (Bow), Total: 460 kg

Being OOD (officer of the day) gave me the priveledge of setting a decent course, but fate was to intervene in that two of the primary buoys had been washed ashore in the previous week's storms. 

With a smallish fleet of 14 boats out for the afternoon's race, we all wallowed around for and hour or two waiting for the flat calm to disappear from Table Bay. Just as the RO was about to abandon racing for the day (in favour of a rugby test match), a hint of south easterly appeared on the bay - Only about 2 knots though. 

The sailors wanted a race, so Keith Mattison on the Peterson 33 FTi Flyer very kindly offered to anchor in the vicinity of where the Paarden Island mark should be, to substitute the mark. 

We had a great start and quickly got ourselves into 3rd place. The Leisure 42 "8 Seconds" rounded first, with the IMX40 "Lobelia" second and ourselves close behind in 3rd place. There was a big gap between us and the rest of the fleet. We got the big A2 kite up but were struggling to hold the required height. After a few minutes, we took it down as the breeze had shifted round to a south wester, which meant beating to the finish line. We finished in the same order as the weather mark rounding and were one of only four boats to complete the race. 

Results on PHRF corrected time were: 
1st 8 Seconds - Leisure 42 - Harry Brehm 
2nd Lobelia - IMX40 - Gordon Kling 
3rd Regent Express - Pacer 27 Sport - Trygve Roberts 
4th Tally-Ho - L34 - John Waller 

We have had an extraordinary amount of light wind sailing this winter, which in a way, has given us time to get to to know the boat well, but we are really looking forward to sailing in some decent breeze. 

In the news is James Harvie, who successfully put in a bid to take over the campaign of Pacer 3, where we left off. She has been re-launched and should be race ready by this coming weekend. If Ant Wentworth keeps his boat at RCYC, it means a 300% increase in Pacer 27's at the club. We are looking forward tremendously to sailing with the other two boats. 

Hyperactive has had two major changes. Firstly she has shed those orange/yellow/mustard decks and is back to being a white decked boat. Secondly, our sponsors Regent Insurance, have come back on board with us for another year. The net result is a name change. Her new name will be REGENT EXPRESS, and as we speak the artwork for the new name is being processed.