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