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March 25th 2018
Pennant resail 11:30
Pennant Race 14:00
the following week
Easter no sailing
Today’s report is brought to you by ‘Buggar the Bone’ pie eating annual state grudge match sponsor, Banjo’s Shoreline (Supplier for all things pastry).
Day three was looking to be one for the heavy crews, a southerly at 15 to 20 knots was forecast and was building throughout the afternoon. Warm conditions and a cool southerly made for a top days racing on flat water allowing for fast and close racing.
In race 5 the fleet hit the left shore of the course, but it was clear those who took a dip to the right early pulled out in the lead at the top mark. With only 2 laps in the race, The Hitcher lead from Get Nicked at the top mark closely followed by The Nude, Bonus and Cromarty Engineering rounding out the top 5. Bondi Tram started in a perfect hole in the fleet near the boat end with clear wind. Bangers and Gracie were immediately to leeward and gradually clawed up to windward just before they reached the left shore of the course. After sending it downhill, Bondi managed some good spinnaker hoists and gybes by gun crew Adrian Bell
Despite yesterdays heat win, Rocketship had a shocking first upwind and rounded back in the mid fleet with a lot of work to do. On the first downwind, they were hard on the tail of Toxic and had locals, Early Warning and Phantom in the mix. By the bottom mark, good gains were made and Rocketship headed right with the hope of clawing back some more places on the final upwind.
On the final downwind, The Hitcher managed to hold everything together to take their first heat win of the championship from Snatch who was well back but just In front of Bonus and Cromarty Engineering. In the next bunch came The Nude 5th, Bone Work 6th and Get Nicked in 7th position.
After working hard, Rocketship managed to get back into 9th position before chasing down Epic on the final downwind to secure 8th position. Back with the Tram, slipping through the fleet, by lap two at the top mark it was Flipper, Just in Time, and Catharsis (Richard McMinn & Lucy Rees) followed by the Tram. Sending it downwind on a port gybe together, the Tram gybed away early in pressure and took that well down to the finish line – a perfect gybe onto starboard and crossed three boats before the line resulting in a 15th for the race.
Race 6 got underway in about 15 knots of breeze with all crews hitting the line with speed and good height. After the first race, crews were looking for a clear lane to hit the right of the course on the upwind. Getting through was Bonus, Snatch and Rocketship with The hitcher and Cromarty engineering starting to play the left who were also looking good. By the top mark, Snatch rounded in the lead followed by Cromarty engineering and Rocketship, Bonus and Get Nicked were very close behind.
Race 6 was a disaster for the Tram boys. At the start they were coming up to the line when the Nudists tacked onto Port and trapped the Phantom. Both boats capsized with the Nudists tearing their high tech mainsail. The Tram managed to avoid the collision and got away to a very average start.
By the end of lap one the Tram had slipped back through the fleet and a Startboard drop meant either a windward hoist of a two sail gybe at the top mark. Windward hoist was the wrong decision with an instant wineglass followed by a capsize in the gybe.
Back at the front of the fleet, Rocketship managed to work through Cromarty Engineering and close the gap on Snatch on the first half of the upwind. After some serious hard work and tacking the Rocketship crew managed to get in the lead and just round infront of Snatch at the top of the second lap before shooting off downwind. Unfortunately on a tight hoist and Skipper Beswick managed to catch his crew, LeBis unaware and hit his head on the boom during the Gybe after the hoist. Despite mild concussion, Rocketship managed to get off to a flying start on the downwind and held off a closing Snatch and close by Cromarty Engineering. Bonus continued to work hard in their chase of Get Nicked who were sailing consistently holding their ground to Bonus on the second work.
On the final lap Rocketship again went right initially with a dip across the the yacht club jetty to pick up strengthening breeze. Covering close by competitors was critical whilst making the most of changing wind directions. Pulling away on the top of the course from Snatch and Cromarty Engineering, it made the last hoist a little less pressured. With a perfect set and gybe to the bay side of the course, Rocketship looked assured of their second ever heat win. About half way down the course, Snatch was closing in on Rocketship and gybed away into pressure. Despite concern, Rocketship held their course and gybed as planned to head to the finish line. Snatch was looking close early, but as the boats came back together Rocketship kept their lead claiming the win from Snatch in 2nd and Cromarty Engineering 3rd. Get Nicked got to the finish line in 4th after holding off Bonus who finished 5th. The Hitcher managed a 6th for the race and the ever consistent Cunninghams in Bonework 7th.
Bondi Tram got back up again with Misunderstood on their tail. After holding them off back upwind and staying upright downhill, Bondi managed to finish in 20th position.
Buggar the Bone
This years’ traditional ‘Buggar the Bone’ interstate competition was a pie eating contest. With teams representing NSW, Vic and Tas along with a representative NS14 Tas ring in team the competition was hot. From NSW was Kostya and Luis, Vic, Dave and Craig, Tas, Adrian and Matt and Tas NS14 reps, Nick and Josh. From the onset rules were outlined to competitors first pair to consume their 7 pies. No mess, No Vomiting, Unlimited sauce and no cross pie eating, once you start you can’t give it to your team mate. Adjudicating was undertaken by class great Guy Bancroft and Nick Richardson as well as Mark Padgett to ensure all competitors played by the rules.
The NS14 team got out of the blocks early closely followed by Vic and Tas. On observation the NSW team seemed to be enjoying their pies a little too much and were leaning back in their chairs relaxing and taking in the scenery. Competitors soon realised that some of the pies were on the hot side and mouths were burning as they all slurped down the delicious Banjo’s meat pies. After a little over 5 minutes the NS14 team took the win. This left a strongly finishing Tasmanian team on the chase to Victoria for 2nd. Despite Adrian’s best efforts consuming 5 pies in the time his team mate matt had finished two, the Vic’s managed to take 2nd and Tas finishing third. Unfortunatly team NSW decided to share their last pies amongst the other NSW sailors and were listed as a DNF.
Sailing tomorrow will be interesting with a 10 to 15 knot south south-westerly forecast. After 7 and 8 races, 1 drop is used which will tighten up the points at the top of the rankings. At this stage, Snatch is looking strong in the lead with Bonus coming through based on predictions to 2nd, The Hitcher 3rd with Rocketship a close 4th. But anything could happen in the changing and shifting conditions on what has been a great racetrack consisting of some of the flattest water for a National Championship to be sailed on. Tassie is certainly fairing better than normal with 3 of the top 5 boats in the fleet.
See you tomorrow for some more great sailing.
Photos courtesy of Lynn Keil and the MPYC facebook page