Crew: Geoff, Nina, Trey, Eduardo, Peter, Vivien.
Forecast: Southerly 15 knots, easing to southerly 10 knots but southeast 15 knots about the south coast this evening. Sea slight.
Lovely evening for our first race of 2022. The RPNYC Rum Race was to start at 1815 hrs and announced as course #23 which is to Shoal Pile in Evans Bay and back. Spinnakers to be permitted. We all met on Halo and rigged up the No. 1 HW Genoa and spinnaker sheets. We cast off from the berth at 1735 hrs and did some pre-race circling around to practice. Positions were Eduardo on bow, Peter on mainsheet, Trey and Vivien on trimming, Nina on keys, and Geoff on helm.
We adopted a strategy of sailing perpendicular to the start line and got off to a good start on a reach at 6.2 kts in about 12 kts of southerly, just behind Grenadier and close to most of the 15 other boats competing.
After rounding Pt Jerningham we were beating into the wind tacking our way up Evans Bay and rounding Shoal Pile after eight tacks. We then hoisted the Maxi Spinnaker and had a lovely run back up the bay. The 10 kts southerly was a bit shifty so we couldn’t relax too much! As we neared Pt Jerningham we dropped the kite and sailed on a reach again to cross the finish line at 1924 hrs.
We returned to Chaffers and packed up Halo then went over to the Port Nick clubhouse for the post-race drinks and BBQ and announcement of results. We didn’t win the bottle of rum but got a respectable 7th place. A great evening’s sailing.
Race Qs Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1355461