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Race 1 25th Feb
Race Report - 16 April 2011
While most boats were expecting a light south easterly wind, the weather kicked in just prior to the start with a 12 - 15 Knot easterly, which in turn had the fleet rethinking their wardrobe and tactics for the afternoon. A course down to Roundtop island, and back was a good choice under the conditions, and the fleet got away to a clean start.
With the fleet beating down to the first mark, it was clear that the racing was going to be close, with the smaller, trailer-sailers mixing it well with the bigger boats. Upmarket (Tom Jordan) and Daddy Long Legs (Jim Garner) and Kickatinalong (Graeme Poole) were having a good battle, while up ahead The Poacher (John Foster), Guided Missile (John Rae) and Delher Magic (Greg Tobin) were having a similar fight for supremicy.
Once the fleet were around the island and on their way back it became clear that spinnakers were going to be marginal on the tight reach, although, as the wing mark got closer, more spinnakers appeared. Nemesis (Troy Neilsen) cleared away at the front, enjoying the conditions and the downwind angles to perfection, and went on to a convincing win.
Further back in the fleet, Checkmate (Don Bowden) and Rebel (Col Clarke) were performing well, in conditions that would be quite trying in the smaller boats, with Mystery (Bill Hopton), sailing short handed, and Foxtrot (Jim Kirchner) not far away.
The final leg was a tight reach back to the harbour, with all boats finished by 1700 Hrs.
On corrected time, Nemesis made it look easy, however, the results between 2nd and 10th show how close the racing was, with any mistake on board being quite measurable.
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