Crew: Geoff, Ken, Eduardo.
Metservice Forecast: Northerly easing to 20 knots in the morning. Changing southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the evening. Sea rough at times. Fair visibility in morning rain and poor visibility in evening showers.
Ken, Eduardo and Geoff sailed round to Evans Bay and tied up at the Slipway pole. White Cavalier tied up behind us. Wind was 20-25 kts NW out in the harbour and showed no signs of slowing down. The course for the Spinnaker Division was announced as #2. Start line at EBYMBC and the finish in Worser Bay. Geoff had the waypoints pre-loaded in the chartplotter. We decided on The No. 2 Jib with one reef in the Mainsail. with Ken on helm and Geoff and Eduardo doing mainsheet, bow and trimming.
Our start time was 1255 hrs and and we were off.
We raced out out into the harbour arriving at the Ngauranga Mark in four tacks. The boat and crew were performing well. We then shook out the reef and sailed across the harbour on a broad reach at 6.5 to 7.5 kts to round the Ward Island mark and then with the reef back in beat our way up to the Seaview mark.
At this stage most of the Port Nick and Lowry Bay yachts were still behind us. With the wind still over 20 kts we were a bit hesitant about flying the kite for the downwind stretch but decided we’d go for it and hoisted the medium spinnaker and had a great run down to the Front Lead getting up to 8 kts at times and keeping many of the fast boats at bay. After we rounded the Front Lead we were then progressively overtaken by most of the fleet as we beat up the the Falcon Shoals and then down to the Worser Bay finish line.
We dropped the anchor in the bay and were ferried in to attend the inauguration of the new Worser Bay Yacht Club rooms. We later motored back to Chaffers Marina.
On Sunday the results with corrected times were published on the RPNYC website. Halo came 14th out of 19 boats. We felt we’d done pretty well but interesting only two Evans Bay boats were entered in the spinnaker division. A great day’s sailing though!
RaceQS replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1034063
The Sony ActionCam was inadvertently set to movie mode instead of photos so we got a bit of nice action video of us being attacked by the birds but no photos. Thanks to Ken for the phone shots and to Malcolm for a getting a nice photo of Halo coming into the finish line with Steeple Rock in the background.