EBYMBC Telford Mug – 23 Nov 2019

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Lucy. 

Forecast: Northerly 20 knots, easing to variable 5 knots by midday. Southerly 10 knots but 15 knots about the south coast developing for a time this afternoon and early evening. Becoming Northeast 10 knots developing tonight. Moderate sea, easing by midday. Fine. 

The 5 min warning for the start was late so it turned out to be about a 3 min warning which took us by surprise and meant we were a minute late starting behind the rest of the fleet. Nevertheless we had a great downwind run (too windy for spinnaker) with our No. 1 Genoa ‘goose-winged’ with Murray on helm and Geoff and Lucy on trimming. We were excited to to see that we were ahead of many of them by the time re rounded Pt. Halswell but with Coriander close behind us. We did well on the reach across the harbour to the Ward Island mark and gained 300 mts on Coriander but on the reach back again we lost that lead. In the shelter of Kau Bay we changed headsail down to the No. 2. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea as we saw a few boats pass us to maintain a lead on us as we duelled our way with Coriander upwind in Evans Bay. We crossed the finish line ahead of Tamerlane, Wakarere, Frid, Kingklip and Whetu. 

At the club house prize-giving it was announced that Halo had come second on handicap. Great news but when the official results were published later on the website we’d dropped to 4th. Seems like our handicap is getting higher…

RaceQS Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1010283

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