EBYMBC Kelvin Hopkins Memorial Race 9 Mar 2019

Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Murray, Lorna

Marine Forecast: Variable 5 knots. Southerly 15 knots developing late afternoon, gradually rising to 20 knots gusting 30 knots this evening. Sea becoming moderate this evening. Cloudy, with fair visibility in patchy drizzle.

EBYMBC advised by text at 10am that “the Cruising Division race this Saturday will be held in conjunction with RPNYC starting at RPNYC 1315, course to be broadcast on VHF CH62”. The course was later confirmed as RPNYC No. 72: Start, 9p, 4s, 9s, Finish and we would be racing alongside the Port Nic boats.

We cast off from Chaffers Marina at 1240 hrs and rigged up the No. 1 LT Genoa and full Main. Positions were; Murray on helm, Eduardo on bow, Lorna on keys and trimmer, Geoff on mainsheet and trimmer. Wind was almost non-existent southerly during pre-race and we rigged the light Spinnaker ready for a downwind start. However a couple of minutes before the start the wind drifted round to a light 5 kts northerly. 

We started at 1320 hrs slowly with just 4 of the faster Port Nic boats ahead of us and the rest of the boats behind us. 

The breeze slowly increased to 10 kts northerly as we sailed on a beam reach across to Point Jerningham and then close-hauled up to the Ngauranga mark. We reached the mark at 1358 hrs and then for the downwind section we raised the spinnaker and made quite good progress back to Point Jerningham. On rounding the No. 4 we decided not to gybe but to continue fairly close to land straight towards the club house which meant we had to dowse the kite fairly quickly after passing the Finish line at 1437 hrs. 

Total elapsed time 1 hr 17 mins. 4th boat over the line. 

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