The Australian Sharpie is a highly competitive yet social class with a long history of attracting and developing champion sailors

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nationals Heat 1

Black rock once again turned on some spectacular racing conditions with the sea breeze coming in right on queue. From there the swell built rapidly and while we were racing reached close to 1m in parts of the race course (particularly at the gybe mark). It was on for young and old both uphill and downhill with some of the best testing the water temperature.

From the pin at the start it looked like many boats were OCS at the start however only 1 was pinged by the race committee. Working into the waves uphill was a constant battle of whitewash. The steerer had to be alert. The main had to keep boat surging and the trap had to make sure he avoided getting washed backwards from his position. After the 5th wave in a it gets hard to maintain that rhythm.

Downhill you hang on for the ride. And make sure you keep it upright.

Keysie was up there in the results with a 6th and Vita Brevis 8th place by half a bow. Both recovering well from capsizes early in the race. Gordo was right next to Keysie until the last top mark when they went for a swim resulting in a 15th. Once again Camel showed the fleet how to do it followed closely by Geoff McCloud and Dave Higgins.

Today lighter conditions are forecast with a large high pressure system lingering to the east.

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