EBYMBC Tuesday Twilight Sail – 23 Nov 2021

Crew: Geoff, Juliet, Vivien, Trey.

Forecast: Southeast 10 knots but 20 knots about the south coast, easing to variable 5 knots but southeast 10 knots in the south this evening. Sea becoming moderate for a time this afternoon.  

On the spur of the moment we decided to enter in the Tuesday Twilight Sail for the first time. It was looking to be a lovely evening so it would be nice to get out on the water considering the last two races had been cancelled due to the high winds. Vivien and Tray joined Geoff on Halo at Chaffers and after a safety briefing for Vivien as it was her first time on Halo, we cast off from the marina at 1732 hrs.

The southerly was 15 kts at the marina and by the time we motored round Pt Jerningham it was 18-23 kts in the bay so we conservatively decided to hoist the small No. 3 Jib for the race. As we neared the clubhouse Murray brought Juliet out on the support boat and she climbed aboard.

The start countdown was set for 1830 hrs and the course was advised as: Start: Pt. Jerningham, Oriental Bay 5K mark, Pt. Jerningham, Finish. It was still gusting up to 23 kts at times so we decided to goose-wing the No. 1 HW Genoa rather than fly the kite. With Juliet on helm we had a great start as we set up the spinnaker pole and hoisted the Genoa and sailed up the bay at up to 7 kts passing Tamerlane and almost catching up with Grenadier who had started well ahead of us. As we went round Pt Jeningham into Oriental Bay Grenadier cleverly out-manoeuvred us and rounded the OBay Mark with a good gain on us.

Back in to Evans Bay we beat our way into the southerly which had now dropped to around 14 kts. We were under powered with our No. 3 Jib and Tamerlane were able to creep past us to cross the finish line six seconds ahead of us.

RaceQs Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1342884

Total distance sailed: 12 Nautical miles

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