Louvre Solutions Series Race 4,5&6 Feb 24th 2019
Much needed rain arrived in Akaroa this Sunday after a very dry spell of weather. Unfortunately the rain coincided with the final day of racing in the Louvre Solutions series.
Five hardly crews lined up at the start of race one of the three planned for the day. While the sunshine was absent the wind was plentiful. A moderate south-easterly breeze at the start line built to a stronger 25 gusting 30 knot southerly in the main channel of the harbour.
Race one had both Gabriella and Regardless over the start early giving Meltdown, One Way and Transition a chance to get to the first mark, mark 9 (Green Point) in the lead. The full strength of the breeze was apparent as we all turned to head downwind to mark 3 (Lushingtons) under spinnakers. Regardless showed their wisdom when they brought out a smaller spinnaker and the results at the end of the day confirmed this was a good decision. Regardless overtook the fleet on the second beat of the race and crossed the line first followed by Meltdown & then One Way. On handicap Meltdown took first place followed by Regardless then One Way.
Both the wind and the course remained the same for race 2 although the fleet was smaller by one boat after Gabriella withdrew. Regardless pulled ahead on the first beat to windward and then led the way down another exciting downwind leg to mark 3 with Meltdown, Transition & One Way in pursuit. The next boat to withdraw was Meltdown who lost a halyard up the mast leaving just 3 boats in the race. Regardless took the double with both line honours and handicap wins. Transition were second over the line although on handicap it was One Way who took second place.
It was windy and it was wet but the sailing was quick so there was time for a third race. Again it was the same course, which was well suited to the wind direction, and the same breezy southerly conditions. In a now familiar pattern it was Regardless who led the way and again took both line honours and the handicap wins. Meltdown was back for the third race of the day and was rewarded with second place both over the line and on handicap with Transition third and One Way fourth. Well done to all skippers and crew. That was a full on day on the water. There were plenty of dramas out on the water but unfortunately we were too busy on Meltdown to be able to spend much time watching the rest of the fleet. Nor did anyone have time for race photos.
The series results, which are listed on the AYC website, have Regardless a well-deserved winner. The results were very close with Transition only one point further back and One Way close behind them. Thank you again to our sponsors Louvre Solutions and also to our starting team of Peter & Kevin.
Next Weekend March 2nd and 3rd
The Young 88 South Island Championships are being held over this weekend with 7 races spread over the 2 days. At this stage it looks like 8 boats will compete with 4 from Akaroa and 4 from Lyttelton. The competition will be keen with One Way defending their title against the fleet with Flying Machine expected to lead the challengers
Timmy Richardson has organised a BBQ and live music for the Saturday after racing and all are most welcome whether or not competing.
An invitation race for non Y88’s is programmed for anyone who would like to race at the normal time on Sunday afternoon (2pm start)
Presidents Cup- Canterbury Keelboat Championships March 9th and 10th
A reminder that this event is being held at the AYC and once again a good number of visiting yachts are coming around from Lyttelton. It would be great to have a good number of local entrants to take on the visitors.
Oborn’s Series 3rd Race
It was yet another morning of low cloud and no wind but after midday a light southerly breeze had arrived in the main harbour and by race time there was also wind on the start line for the fleet of six boats in pleasant and mild conditions. Penzance was short-handed with just three crew but that ultimately turned out to be no handicap. It was an orderly start on starboard for all boats up at the pin end for the beat to the Kaik and soon Astruso was in the lead followed by Gabriella, Regardless and One Way.
Gabriella and Regardless kept a close eye on each other for much of the race!
Lightly Oiled and Penzance got waylaid by lighter air nearer the Glen shore. From Green Point Regardless got some nice lifts hugging the coastline and gained on Astruso. Toward the Kaik the wind inshore dropped substantially allowing Lightly Oiled and Penzance who both took a line further out to make excellent gains on the others who had to tack out to lay the mark. On the downwind leg to Lushington’s Astruso stretched out well in front with Lightly Oiled also showing great downwind speed in second as they took a straight line to the mark.
How laid back is that? A relaxed and happy crew – perhaps they knew they were going to take line honours!
Meanwhile Regardless and Gabriella kept close company heading out towards the western side of the harbour, but by now the southerly was beginning to die on everyone but especially those two, whilst Penzance made good gains on the rest of the fleet. So it was Astruso and then Lightly Oiled that lead the way around Lushington’s and on to Paua towards the two cruise ships, followed by Regardless, Gabriella, One Way and Penzance in fairly close succession.
The One Way tactical committee convenes to ponder their next move
The fleet spread out and then it all started to change – wind, tactics and boat order. The southerly finally petered out completely hallway to Paua. By then Astruso had decided (disastrously as it turned out) to tack over towards Wainui to take a line between the western shore and the cruise ship (one of two) which was moored on a line of sight between Lushingtons’ and Paua. Lightly Oiled and Regardless seemed to hedge their bets by staying in mid-harbour; Penzance also stayed in the middle of the harbour. Meanwhile Gabriella and One Way together took a line towards Green Point where there were a few ripples, a lucky but decisive decision as it turned out.
Lightly Oiled (second) and Regardless (third) about to sail into the calm en route to the Kaik
After everyone was becalmed for a while a very light northesterly crept its way out of French Bay allowing Gabriella and One Way to get way up well before anyone else, taking them down to the mark, with Gabriella leading around. These two then had the extra benefit of heading back up to the finish (though Gabriella again had no inkling that it was the finish) in a shortened race into a building nor’easter to stretch their advantage further. The rest of the fleet finally got wind, with the luckless Astruso, the only boat on the far side of the cruise liner, being the last to get going. Gabriella took line honours, 45 seconds ahead of One Way, with the other four finishing within 2 minutes of each other, Regardless taking third place. On handicap it was One Way, followed by Penzance, Gabriella, Lightly Oiled, Regardless and Astruso.
The overall standings after 3 races are One Way, Gabriella, Regardless, Astruso, Meltdown, Penzance, Transition and Lightly Oiled
Credits to Timmy Richardson and Sophie Wadley for photos, and Tim Anderson for the text.
Akaroa Yacht Club Racing News
Black Cat Cruises Series Race 3 4th November 2018
Spring is the season of changeable weather and this weeks racing was very much ‘typical’ spring sailing. The weather forecast offered Nor-west 20 – 30 knots, changing to Sou-west 20-30 knots then nor-easterly! Some positive feedback due to Jonny Bell, our race officer of the day because this was a very difficult day to set a coarse.
At the start line it ended up blowing 10-15 Kn from the West with the pin end heavily favoured so there was the predictable squeeze at the start but no bent or bumped boats. Great to see the fleet grow to 7 boats this week with Penzance out for the first time in the season & Transition out again after a week off.
Regardless, Transition & Astruso led the fleet round the first mark although shortly afterwards Astruso was forced to withdraw from the race due to gear failure leaving the remaining 6 boats to battle the tricky , shifting & gusty winds. A tight reach between mark 3 & 7 had the fleet well separated with Regardless in the lead & heading to the middle of the harbour, while One Way & Gabriella stuck more closely to the Wainui side of the harbour. All three boats made good gains on the fleet while Transition & Meltdown managed to find holes in the wind and the accompanying frustration.
Spinnakers finally came out on the next leg to Childrens Bay and this kept all crews busy on such an unpredictable day. Both Transition & One Way managed to broach and show us their recently painted bottoms but no serious harm done. The final windward – leeward legs between marks 2 & 9 saw Regardless strengthen their lead, with Transition next over the line, followed by One Way, Meltdown, Gabriella and Penzance. On handicap Regardless completed the double, followed by One Way, Transition, Meltdown, Gabriella and Penzance. A fun day on the water with the crews of all the boats having to work pretty hard for their living and well deserved after match refreshments.
The race this Sunday 11th November 2018 is Race 4 of the Black Cat Cruises and is a long harbour race with an earlier scheduled start time of 1300hrs
Akaroa Yacht Club Racing News
Black Cat Cruises Series Race 2 28th Saturday 2018
Six boats turned up at the start line for race two of the Black cat cruises series. A steady southerly of 10 kn at the start line freshened to about 15 kn in the main channel of the harbour. To misquote our new Commodore Charl “The start was a relatively orderly affair without Transition there to liven things up!”
Off the start line Regardless, Astruso and Gabriella surged ahead of the fleet with Regardless choosing a course in the middle of the harbour and being rewarded with rounding the top mark first. Gabriella and Astruso were in close pursuit. Meltdown led the Young 88 1/2 of the fleet round the top mark followed by Afterglow and One Way.
Unlike opening day the wind held up both in strength and direction throughout the course and Regardless , Astruso and Gabriella enjoyed Close racing in the downwind leg to mark 3. Further back the fleet Meltdown stretched out its lead on Afterglow & One Way.
Regardless and Astruso on their way to Mark3
On the second beat to windward the front three boats continued to enjoy close racing while further back in the fleet One Way tried the interesting technique of throwing their Spinnaker into the water as a sea anchor. Unfortunately for them there were still enough other boats around to view & enjoy their embarrassment.
In the latter stages of the race Regardless , Gabriella and Astruso continued to enjoy close racing at the head of the fleet with Afterglow and One Way enjoying equally close racing further back.
Over the line Regardless took line honours followed by Astruso , Gabriella, Meltdown , One Way and Afterglow.
Gabriella was rewarded for their consistent sailing and staying in touch with boats carrying a higher handicap by taking first place on handicap followed by Regardless & Meltdown.
Black Cat Cruises Results to Date
Next week is race3 in the Black Cat Cruises Series and is once again a 2pm start