First heat brings close races
Sailors and volunteers were faced with cold and wet conditions on Saturday as they took to the waters of Mangles Bay for the first heat of the Cruising Yacht Club’s annual championships.
Club member John Percy said it was the old stalwart and mainstay of the class Dave Randall who proved triumphant in the end.
He said the two leaders headed inshore on the second beat when Mr Randall spotted a rain squall offshore and split tacks to take advantage of the stronger breeze.
“Dave crossed the line three minutes ahead of his son Glen, sailing in Buzzard, with a further three seconds back to Trump Card, sailed by Shane Phillips,” he said.
“In the Sabre class, Andy Byne skippering Hello Sabre again showed the way winning from Matt Hoffman with Chris Unwin taking out third place.
“Hard Yakka took out the Flying Ants Consistency race from Equalizer with Cool Runnings in third.”
Mr Percy said the Kaputin family were very close with their two boats separated by only six seconds at the finish.
He said Alicia Spencer, sailing Team AJ, continued to show her dominance in the 29er fleet, while her sister showed her smarts by retiring to head home in the uninviting conditions for an early shower.
“All the sailors from division 1 looked at the radar loop and decided to stay warm and dry in the clubhouse,” he said.
“Obviously their mothers had told them when they were younger that they weren’t allowed to go outside and play in the rain.”
Mr Percy said six division 3 yachts ventured out and it was Ruffian, sailed by Alan Campbell, who showed the early pace.
He said Bonanza, the biggest boat in the fleet, was favoured by the conditions and later dying breeze to finish first, with Lokman and Anelaua in third place.
“The whole fleet was separated by just three minutes and 30 seconds on adjusted time — the racing is turning out to be very close this year,” he said.
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