Saturday 10 October was challenging for our Race Committees in both the mixed division racing and one design Mini Regatta. A dying westerly meant both starts were delayed. A sou’easter tried to settle in but it did not take long for a nor’easter to push in up the northern end of the Harbour. PRO Rob Lowndes and his team: David Owen, Bill Fleming, Pat Grace, Susan Wade and Judy Waring set up the start for mixed divisions off Kirribilli, whereas Rob Ridley, Ian Kingsford Smith and their team comprising: Julie Clarke, Ian Woodforth, Phil Maloney, Gaye Rosen, Geoff Clarke and Will Imlay, had a busy day with the Mini Regatta fleets, initially off Clarke Island, then moving to Chowder Bay and eventually back to Clarke Island.
Rowan Mitchell skipper of Akiiki writes, ‘It was a beautiful day with a kind wind that kept the boat moving and a course with tight reaches that favoured a cruising boat with a gennaker and a slick crew. We were still amongst the fleet at the finish, and the handicapping system did the rest.’
In the Etchells, Bret Perry, main and spinnaker sheet trimmer on Great White Hunter writes, ‘The light east north east breeze, plus traffic on the Harbour created lumpy conditions which made the racing tricky. In saying that, race 1 for GWH was a keeper and we came in a solid 6th place in a very competitive fleet. At this early stage in the season it is great to see 23 out 25 Etchells turning up.’
‘After race 1, Rob Ridley the RO moved the race track toward Clarke Island for a true north easterly course, bringing Bradleys Head into play and adding an additional element which gave rise to some very close racing. The first leg of Race 2 was tough for GWH . We found ourselves battling with the fleet with lots of close crosses both positive and negative. There is no room for mistakes in this fleet. Race 3 was a good way to end a great day on the water with GWH having a respectable 12th position.’
Photos by John Jeremy