My thanks to those keen sailors that lined up for the third race. The promised Sou'wester never showed up and we were left with a pathetic SSE trading places with an underwhelming WSW, and patches of nothing. A couple of the older members tried to trick the wind gods into action. John Elliott went ashore and dropped the sail of his 3.7, and Jim Brokenshire made an announcement over the loudspeakers at 1600hr to say that the bar was open. Sadly the wind gods were not taken in by these ploys and they waited till 1800hr before realeasing a pleasantly consistent Sou'wester across the lake. The laws of averages say we must get a decent wind sometime soon (they also say that forecasting is an inexact science).
A shade more wind than the Icebreaker kept the boats moving and the rain was not all that cold, but still not what one would call champagne sailing conditions. Results from these 2 points races are posted on the results page of the website. Though there are no cups for the Points Series all these races are counted as part of the Aggregate Series.
The first Sprint Series is coming up this weekend. I will be the Race Officer for the afternoon and I am going to try out a couple of small changes to the standard racing rules. I am hoping to minimise the delays between starts by having only 2 minutes between each fleet starting. Also there will be no penalty for hitting a mark (pity this didn't apply last weekend, I managed to hit a mark, then hit it again while completing my 360 for the first offense). The races will be short and it is quite possible we will squeeze in 5 races.
I would suggest that nudging a mark is ok but piling into a mark risks getting your centreboard or rudder hooked around the mark anchor rope. Given that a goodly wind is forecast for Saturday this hooking up manoeuvre is highly likely to result in both capsize and Dorsal Fin nomination. Roll on champagne sailing conditions I say and things are looking up for Saturday in that regard - WSW 10-15kt (18 - 27km/hr for the land locked).
Thank you to all the volunteers who turned out for the working bee. Some of us went to the extreme of spraying the roof or cleaning the gutters in order to avoid the dreaded oven but all the jobs on Fraser's list were dealt to. Wind wise spring sprung a surprise in the form of light and variable winds. Some sailors were clearly struggling to find their inner peace as windless holes enveloped them. Other sailors, like our esteemed commodore, had their last leg 'dial a friend call' for wind answered, carving up the fleet from last to second place finish. The highlight of the day was the special effort made by one Zephyr skipper to get his name on the Dorsal Fin nominee list early in the season.
Details of the coming seaon's Learn To Sail programme have been updated.
To Learn more, Information and Muster on Wed Oct 22nd, 1600hrs, HYC.
Numbers on the course are restricted depending on the number of boats available.
See under Events/Learn to Sail or here
The new season is almost upon us. Saturday October 11th is our opening day. We will have a working bee starting from 0800hr then a couple of Icebreaker Races in the afternoon from 1330hr. The Learn to Sail will have their muster at HYC Clubrooms on Wednesday 22nd October 1600hr. More details will be posted very soon.
For those who need to get racing sooner Ngaroto are having their Brass Monkey Opening Regatta this coming weekend on Sunday 28th September with a briefing at 1030hr.