EBYMBC America Cup – 23rd April 2022

Crew: Malcolm, Murray, Marion and Geoff.

Forecast: Variable 5 knots in the morning. Northerly 15 knots developing in the afternoon. Fine.

With Geoff and Malcolm on board we departed Chaffers at 1025 hrs. The wind was under 5 kts but forecast to increase to a nice breeze for the race. Another beautiful Wellington day for sailing!

We enjoyed a leisurely sail around to Evans Bay taking the opportunity to do some more trialling of our new Simrad auto-tiller and tied up at the wharf beside Rogue.

The race was announced as a Mark Foy race with all divisions racing together on the same course with staggered starts according to your handicap. The course was to be: Start – Mark 12 (Ward Island) – Somes Island – Finish. Halo‘s start number was #38 which would be approximately 1238 hrs. Tamerlane on #35 would start 3 mins ahead of us. Starting after us would be Granadier on #41, Incantare on #48, Rogue on #56 etc. A total of 15 boats were entered in the race.

Murray and Marion joined us and we cast off from the wharf at 1220 hrs. Positions were allocated as Malcolm and Marion on sail trim, Murray on mainsheet, Geoff on helm but with Murray taking over helm on the downwind sections and Geoff handling the spinnaker. With the wind predicted to be around 10 kts we decided to hoist the No. 1 HW Genoa with full main.

We had a good start on starboard tack crossing the line just as our number dropped. We were able to get up the bay and around Pt Halswell in three tacks. As we sailed across the harbour towards Ward Island we hoisted our maxi spinnaker for the beam reach towards mark #12.

Hoisting the kite
The spinnaker drop

We rounded the Ward Island mark at 1334 hrs and immediately tacked back to go north west towards Somes. The wind was a bit shifty and we worked hard trying to catch the lifts and avoid the knocks doing five tacks up to the top of Somes. We seemed to extend our lead over most of the keelers behind us with only Incantare closing in on us as we rounded the Mokopuna rocks at 1423 hrs.

On the east side of Somes we had a wind shadow for about 10 minutes as we did a couple of gybes before hoisting the spinnaker.

We eventually got some good speed going as we reached down the harbour although Incantare were able to pull away ahead of us.

We had a great spinnaker run down into Evans Bay getting up to 7 kts at times and crossed the finish line at 1521 hrs.

We then motored back home arriving at Chaffers at 1600 hrs. We all went back to the club house and at the prize-giving Halo was awarded 4th place on both line honours and handicap. Well done team Halo!

RaceQs Action Replay: http://raceQs.com/event/1387395

Some history: In 1925 the United States Pacific Fleet came to Wellington on a goodwill visit and enjoyed the EBYMBC dances so much they presented an “America Cup” to the club for future competitions.

Total distance sailed 21 nautical miles

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