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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GBYC winter series final

Last Sunday saw the final two heats of the winter series, the conditions were a tad chilly and raining on and off. A good breeze was present around the 15 knot mark with a few gusts. Race one saw Suburban boys with Rob and Josh teaming up with new helm Snow take the lead from the start over Suicide blonde, As “regular” skipper Craig was unable to sail due to “family” commitments Pete and Brownie enlisted first time sharpie sailor Julian to fill in. Training took place on the way to the start, Julian did a tremendous job to overcome the lack of proper instruction from Pete and Brownie. In saying that it was a good race with the boys deserved winners by about 1 min.

Race two started back to back, this time with the polished crew work by now veteran forward hand Julian the racing was neck and neck. The boys rounded first and went left (windward leeward course) whilst Suicide went right in a good gust before gybeing onto a good line to the mark. At this point the breeze kicked to around 30 knots leaving the wise crew on suicide pleased with their decision to delay the kite set till the gybe, the inexperienced Julian was a popular guy about this point, Snow Rob and Josh just had to sit and wait till the breeze hit and with big Josh (71kg) on the wire the rest is history as they say. Suicide went on to complete the next lap with relative ease able to keep the boys in sight behind. A few beers on the lawn at the club after saw the wind strength increase and the winning margins change dramatically dependant on who you listened to.
As always good fun, first shakedown race is oct 2nd. May see Mozz, Mervyn. Kym, Roger and crews out then.
Has been talk of a few sports boat people buying sharpies for the odd sail.
Looking forward to the new season.
Pete C

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