RPNYC Opening Day Interclub Race – 9 Oct 2021

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Juliet, Martin, Trey.

Forecast: Northwest 20 knots, easing to 15 knots this morning. Changing southerly 20 knots this afternoon. Moderate sea easing. Fine to start. Fair visibility in showers from afternoon, possibly heavy.

Geoff attended the RPNYC opening day celebration on the deck of the Port Nick clubhouse. Met up with new crew member Trey who has just completed the Learn to Sail Course. We then went over to Chaffers to start preparing the boat for today’s race. This was to be the third and last race of the Interclub Series. Martin, Murray and Juliet joined us and after doing the safety briefing for the new crew we rigged up the boat and cast off at 1207 hrs.

The wind had already eased off to under 10 kts and we rigged the No. 1 LT Genoa and full main. Positions were Murray on helm, Martin on bow, Geoff and Juliet on sail trim and Trey on mainsheet. The course was advised by Race Control over Ch. 62 as a special course, Start – Evans Bay mark 8 – Ngauranga mark 4 – Falcon Shoal mark 10 – Evans Bay mark 8 – Finish with start time of 1300 hrs.

We got off to a good start in the middle of the fleet and sailed towards Pt Jeningham on a beam reach following in the track of the fast boats Blink, Bullistic and Gucci. As we approached the entrance to Evans Bay we hoisted the maxi spinnaker and made good progress to pass a couple of boats before rounding the bottom mark at 1330 hrs just ahead of Saucy Sausage, Haumuri, Jesse James, and Incantare.

We then started our slow beat up the harbour as the wind gradually died out. Race Control announced the course would be shortened and the finish line would now be between Falcon Shaol and the committee boat. A few boats announced they were giving up and going home. We battled on and zigzagged our way up to Ngauranga as our speed dropped to almost nil before eventually rounding the top mark at 1452 hrs. We then hoisted the kite to get the last gasps of the northerly breeze before it turned to a southerly and we were back to tacking into a head wind. It suddenly got cold and dark and we put on extra layers to keep warm.

The southerly was steady at around 15 kts which was somewhat overpowering the large genoa but we pressed on and crossed the finish line at 1547 hrs, neck and neck with the 42 ft Allegresse.

We then sailed back to Chaffers with Juliet on helm and docked at the berth at 1635 hrs.

RaceQs Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1325893

Total trip distance 16 nautical miles.

Jostling for position
We’re off
Spinnaker hoist
Into Evans Bay

Boats behind us
And beside us
Rounding the bottom mark
Boats rounding bottom mark after Halo
Waiting for wind
Rounding the Ngauranga Mark
Short spinnaker run before the wind turned
Neck and neck to the finish line with Allegresse
We made it!

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