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N.S.R.I. Twilight Race No. 2 - 23rd January, 2013

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Race in a nutshell

Course: Start #10 (P) – Paarden Island (P) – Woodbridge (P) - No.8 (P) – Paarden Island (S) – No.4 (P) - Fin White(S)

Wind & Seas: Fresh S (20 - 28 knots). Temp: 26C. Seas choppy.

Sails: Full Main (Quantum); No.2 Genoa (Quantum); A-1 Spinnaker (Quantum)

Crew: Charles Crosby, Craig Preston, Damien Botha, Daniel Spratley, Troy Smith, Trygve Roberts.

Total Mass: (480 kg)

Max Speed: 18.9 knots

Distance: 8 nm

Position: 2nd (Div 2 Spin)

Fleet size (Div 2 Spin): 10

Fleet size total: 55

Starting 2013 with the Doctor
The first race of 2013 would hold few surprises, other than to say, I was surprised it wasn't blown out, as the breeze was very strong in the Northern Suburbs. However, in a southerly, Table Mountain offers considerable shelter to the harbour and club area, often creating a false sense of gentle breeze and pleasant conditions. The forecast (Wind Guru) had indicated 14 knots of southerly. Typically in Table bay, one can add 10 knots to the Guru forecast. Out at the start area we had around 20 knots.

We had a number of our regular crew off the boat and some new guys filling in. Our start left a lot to be desired, as we got buried by a number of bigger boats and lost some 20 seconds in the process. More importantly, we had to sail low to clear dirties from boats ahead, which resulted in us not being able to lay the top mark in a single tack. We put in a hitch to port and found a small gap to squeeze into the lay-line traffic.

Prawning - the lost art of....
It's a fairly short reach from Paarden Island to Woodbridge and one of our stand in crew hoisted the A1 prematurely, the net result of which was the foot going under water and we braked to an agonizingly slow 2 knots as it took 3 crew to haul the kite back on deck. Another minute lost! Once we got going, we enjoyed a very fast reach down to the layline and executed a fair gybe, which gave us a very fast angle in to Woodbridge on port. That got us into the leading spot in our fleet.

Reaching at 18,9 knots
We held onto the big spinnaker for about half of the long leg down to No.8 but we had known all along that we would be unlikely to hold it all the way, as the angle was just a few degrees too tight for us. We got the A1 down and headed to No.8 on a fast 2 sail fetch, being able to maintain our pole position. With fairly flat seas, the beat back to Paarden Island presented few problems with our target speeds being achieved fairly comfortably.

We decided to stick with the A1 spinnaker for the reach to No.4 and that proved to be another fast reach, achieving a maximum speed of 18,9 knots. Approaching the No.4 mark, we had Thunderchild (L52) crossing our path. We were both on port, but we were the windward boat and had to keep clear. I calculated the angles and with us being the faster boat, we hotted up our angle a touch more to clear in front of them. Then they did a peculiar thing. They started turning downwind towards us until they were paralleling our course. I then got an apology from them, saying they didn't realize we were still racing.

Thunderchild! What are you doing?
That little saga resulted in us taking down our kite prematurely and we sailed the last 150 meters in to the No.4 mark at a much slower speed, which probably cost us another 20 seconds. The short beat to the finish presented no issues and we crossed the finish line doing good speed. We were surprised to see we had scored a second place, behind the well sailed J22 Ca'Canny by one and a half minutes. That was definitely a race we could have won by simply eliminating mistakes. For the second time is the space of 4 weeks, we scored a dead tie to the second (on corrected time) – this time with the Beneteau 7.5 Always Well.

Man (lady) of the match: Heidi Kavanagh showing the way in tough conditions on a J22

Rank

Division

Boat

Class

SailNo

Skipper

TCF

Finish

Elapsed

Corrected

Points

1

DIV 2 SPI

Ca'Canny

J22

Michael & Heidi Kavanagh

0.940

19:11:11

01:06:11

01:02:13

1

2

DIV 2 SPI

Always Well

First Class 7.5

SA3141

Ralf Thomas

1.040

19:06:16

01:01:16

01:03:43

2.5

2

DIV 2 SPI

Regent Express

Pacer 27

17

Trygve Roberts

1.090

19:03:27

00:58:27

01:03:43

2.5

4

DIV 2 SPI

Hors d'Oeuvre

L26

44

Peter Bam

0.955

19:12:25

01:07:25

01:04:23

4

5

DIV 2 SPI

Necessity

Beneteau 34.7

SA4114

David Booth

1.050

19:06:38

01:01:38

01:04:43

5

6

DIV 2 SPI

Hill Billy

J27

SA198

Peter Hill

1.000

19:10:05

01:05:05

01:05:05

6

7

DIV 2 SPI

Nuthr Witch

L34

2928

Dave Garrard

1.015

19:10:41

01:05:41

01:06:40

7

8

DIV 2 SPI

Lapwing

L34

10

Jennifer Burger/Alan Keen

1.015

19:12:33

01:07:33

01:08:34

8

9

DIV 2 SPI

Carousel

Beneteau Oceanis 390

SA1011

Luke Scott

0.980

19:22:20

01:17:20

01:15:47

9

10

DIV 2 SPI

FTI FLyer

Charger 33

SA702

Keith Mattison

0.990

19:26:03

01:21:03

01:20:14

10