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Sunday, October 31, 2010

East Freo 30th October

With the not enough starters for the Indian Ocean Classic, Mounts Bay on a break for a week the only place left for a sail was at EFYC. We called it preparation for the upcoming State Selections in 2 weeks time. The river turned on a fluky Easterly for Blatantly obvious and Vita Brevis to sail with.

I'm not sure how long it is since Vern Tidy has last sailed but it is long enough for a blue tongue lizard to find a home in one of the sail bags. When the crew went to open the bag they got a bit of a fright.

EFYC from my memory has been a very sociable club but they are very precise with their start times. The Start box had start signals for the skates up and both of them were still rigging on the beach. Then came the sharpies turn and we were still rigging. It was mostly just a hurry up and the starters reset the sequence for us.

Onto the racing Blatantly obvious got away to a good start and lead all the way to Point Walter. However after surfing a stink boat wake for a while and picking a few nice shifts upwind to miller Vita Brevis took the lead and held it as we sailed back to the club. The last 200m into MtLyall Blatantly obvious kept in pressure and managed to get inside mark rounding rights on Vita. From there it was a struggle to the finish line with Vita taking at the mark and Blatantly obvious weaving through moored boats to find pressure and finishing 10 seconds ahead of Vita Brevis.

Arriving back at the beach Swanny and Ash had arrived to have a chat. And a few beers for Swanny (I'm not sure that a diet of Beers is going to help him loose 8kg in 8 weeks). It was a nice day to be on the water. Thanks to EFYC Volunteers and we look forward to the State Selections in 2 weeks

We also learnt back on the beach that a after a shark attack off Garden Island Fremantle Sailing Club had called off racing at the Indian Ocean Classic. Not only had the sharpies avoided a shark biting them but also the $120 nomination for no Sailing

The sharpies will be on the road again to MOFSC and PFSYC Open days to Sail next weekend. Look forward to seeing you there.

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