Crew: Geoff, Lorna, Murray, Ken, Eduardo
Metservice Forecast: Northerly 15 knots but 20 knots about the south coast. Rising to 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast this afternoon, then to 25 knots gusting 35 knots but 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the south tonight. Sea becoming rough about the south coast this afternoon, and elsewhere tonight. Mainly fine.
We had to pull out of Friday’s Wineworks race due to not being able to find a weather window to sail Halo safely across Cook Strait that week so we decided to do Saturday’s RPNYC Island Bay Race instead. Geoff and Ken sailed Halo over to Seaview on Friday and Lorna, Murray and Paul Wavish joined us for the Wineworks after-race festivities. After hearing the reports from various sailors we felt we’d made the right decision to pull out with our little 29 footer. Geoff and Ken stayed on Halo overnight and sailed back to Chaffers first thing in the morning for showers and breakfast.
Eduardo, Murray and Lorna then joined us at 1030 hrs and we cast off for some practise sailing before our start. Positions were allocated as Murray on mainsheet trimming, Eduardo on bow, Lorna on keys, with Geoff and Ken alternating on helming and jib trimming.
The race has a staggered start. Halo was in the first block of boats at 1130 hrs with the rest of the fleet spread out until the fastest boats, Blink and St Laurence, left at 1300 hrs.
The Metservice forecast appeared to be spot on with about 15 kts northerly so we rigged up the No. 1 HW Genoa and one reef in the main for the start. With Ken on helm we started on a bean reach towards Pt. Jerningham. As we rounded Pt. Halswell we shook out the reef and rather than brave the spinnaker we poled out the Genoa ‘goose-winged’ down the harbour entrance round the outside of Steeple Rock light. As we neared Barrett Reef light we put reef back in the main and prepared the No. 2 Jib. As we passed the Island Bay Inner Mark we took down the No. 1 Genoa and hoisted the No. 2 Jib which stayed in place while Geoff helmed for the rest of the race.
As we cleared Barrett Reef light we then had a hard beat into 35-30 kt winds up the Heads past Front Lead light and across the harbour. ‘After Midnight’ passed us just as we rounded the Korokoro Mark. The last run back to the finish line we had an exhilarating 30-40 kts behind us with boat speed up to 8 kts at times surfing back to the Finish.
Total race time for Halo 4 hrs 10 min. The provisional results showed us at 12th on handicap although two protests were received so this may change. A great result for Halo in tough conditions!
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Seaview Overnight Trip Photos
Island Bay Race Photos