PONANT Friday Twilight Race 22

David Ross of alouette reports: ‘Friday lunchtime.  Text messages and phone calls. “Are you mad – look at the weather, look at the forecast!”  Saved by the Sailing Office – a decision at 1600 hours.  “Surely the Twilight will be abandoned.”  2.45pm text message from the club, Racing tonight is going ahead. “Well, we better get ourselves organised!  Wet weather gear essential…”

Thirty two yachts decided to brave the elements and ventured to the start line.  What a good call Trish Stanley and the Race Committee had made.  The predicted weather system was slower than expected in arriving from the north, so there was no rain during the race and a fresh (15-20kts) easterly. alouette, had a great start.

A beat to the Naval buoy, a long reach just off the wind to Obelisk, back to Shark Island and poled out jib to the finish line.  The early starters, at least in Div 2, managed to keep ahead of the following pack around the course.  Congratulations to Minnow who led from start to finish.  On alouette, good crew work enabled us to also keep ahead of the pack and finish a creditable second.

As it was the last race of the series, a few acknowledgments are warranted:

Thank you to Ponant for your sponsorship of the series.  alouette was fortunate to win one of the early races and we enjoyed sharing the “goodie bag” among the crew.  We look forward with anticipation to the dinner and draw of the major prize on Friday 26 March.

Thank you to Trish Stanley and all the members of the Race Management Team who go out on Gitana every Friday.  Without you, we couldn’t race.

And finally, on a more personal note, thank you to Judy Waring and her family who so generously allow us to race alouette.  Judy comes out with us on Friday nights in all weathers, and we sail the yacht in memory of John, who I am sure is watching us from above and, being the competitor he was, is admonishing us for every half second we lose on the race course!

Photo by Glenn Richard