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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vita Brevis exerts her influence in the flukey Easterly breeze off Busselton

fluky easterlies
A few beers before bed time

A small band of 4 metro Sharpies joined in with the Busselton regulars to fight out the “New Country Championship”. With BOM forcasting 20 to 30 knot easterlies we were hopeful of some flat water blasting on Saturday and praying we would have some breeze Sunday.

Right on queue as we prepared for a nice afternoon on the water the Sou Easterly slowly died off until It was around 8 to 12 knots for our first start with the famous busso bullets and lulls and 30 degree shifts. Vita Brevis and Suburban boys took the left, Impact the middle and the rest the right. The left paid the middle got hammered And the right was ok. Vita took out first from locals Suburban Boys and Suicide Blonde. Race two had Vita the Suburban Boys and Poida having a good battle. Vita held off the other two as they battled each other on the final leg for a comfortable 2 minute win.

Sunday’s breeze was 8 knots and just managed to hold in until we hit the beach, allowing perfect unrigging weather. Every one had a taste of the action in race one with Impact looking the goods on lap one of the race before Gordo picked two rippers on the down hill legs to chalk up a well deserved win. Vita took a big gamble mid race with a big inshore move paying a heavy price and finishing a long last. One boat length separated 2nd to 5th , Suicide Blonde, Impact, Suburban Boy’s and SS.

With the 6th place from Vita opening up the regatta it was all to sail for in the fourth and final heat. A 30 degree wind shift with 30 seconds to go had Vita favoured and a further shift on the down wind leg set up a soldier course. Vita took the win to wrap up the series and gain a bit of confidence before the Melbourne Nationals from the Suburban Boys and Impact after consistently poor performances by he skipper bringing in Third for the race and series.

Vita Brevis now takes a commanding lead in the travelers series and is the official State Team representative at the Black Rock National Titles. Good luck to Vita, Black Sun, Loaded Dice and Run to Paradise in Melbourne.

The racing was followed by a few quiet beers and a little fence mending by The President. Our thanks to the GBYC, volunteers and the caterers for a great event and sensational Saturday night meal.

Keep the boats on the water and we look forward to seeing you in Perth in February for the State Titles.

Written By Craig Mann

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Country Champs Results 2010-11 Season GBYC

Sail # Name Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
911 Vita Brevis David Meehan 1 1 6 1
807 Just Suburban Boys L. "Snow" Francis 2 3 4 2
821 Impact Craig Mann 4 4 2 3
879 Loaded Dice Gordon Mckercher 5 5 1 5
805 SS Peter Ivannac 6 2 5 4
894 Suicide Blonde Craig Francis 3 6 3 6

Entrants 6 6 6 6 6

Progressive results

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