Crew: Geoff, Ken, Murray, Peter, Robin
Forecast: Northerly rising to 30 knots early morning easing to northwest 15 knots in the afternoon.
Race day started out with the northerly winds initially dropping and then increasing again to 20-25 kts. We were expecting the race to be cancelled and Geoff and Robin delayed departing Chaffers. With still no cancellation from the club by 1100 hrs we cast off just as Murray texted us to confirm the race was on!
We motored round to Evans Bay and tied up at the wharf. Not many other boats around but saw the course was confirmed as No 8: Start Box to Falcon Shoal to Ward Island and back.
Ken, Peter and Murray joined us and we rigged up the No. 2 Jib and one reef in the mainsail and cast off at 1225 hrs. Positions were: Ken on helm, Geoff and Peter on trimming, Robin on bow and Murray on mainsheet. We had a good start crossing the line within seconds of the start time and headed off close hauled on a port tack towards the east of the bay. Most of the other boats crossed the line much closer to the Start Box and they quickly got a good distance ahead of us. After two tacks we then had a nice straight run to round Pt. Halswell. We then rounded the point and did the downwind run to Falcon Shoal with the reef shaken out of the main and jib poled out ‘goose winged’ getting good speeds around 7 kts.
Before arriving at Falcon Shoals we put the reef back in the mainsail and then beat our way up to the Ward Island at about 6 kts mark then back to Pt Halswell. The wind continued to be around 20-25 kts. Possibly we would have preformed better with the second reef on the main as to avoid heeling too much we needed to ease the mainsheet out so that it was luffing.
Back down Evans bay we shook out the reef again on a broad reach getting good speeds around 7 kts. We passed the finish line just a few seconds ahead of Coriander who had been chasing us the whole race. We then motored Halo back to Chaffers as the wind finally died out.
At the prize giving we eventually learned that Halo had won the race beating Whetu by just 4 seconds! Well done team Halo and helmsman Ken.
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