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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Hard Day

A Hard Day

The Sunday at Mounts was the final hit out for a couple of guys heading to Queensland (Good luck guys) and the weather was interesting to say the least.
We arrived at the club and the breeze was east to north east and dying rapidly, luckily for by the time the 4 boats (Impact, Wise Magic, SS and Vita Brevis) were ready to hit the water a 5 to 10 knot sea breeze had managed to sneak in.
With no race crew the 4 sharpies headed to Matilda and sailed windward leeward, between Matilda and the club. We were doing gates starts to get underway which were very successful.
All up we help 5 races, and the stars for the day were the vastly improved crew on Vita Brevis. Two Finland 470 sailors over in Perth to supporting the Finnish team for the worlds jumped on broad, Dave now being the heaviest on board was relegated to the wire. The upwind legs were a bit tricky heading into the bay, with the fickle Sou Wester proving to be quite fluky. The results changed a around for most races, But Maria (Helming) and Matilda (Sheet) showed the fleet how to sail in the light airs. 2 seconds and 3 firsts out of the five races was a pretty good start for a Sharpie career. The racing however was nice and close, with the gate start providing an even start for the 4 boats, all in all it was a great day, and who can complain about being sailed around the course by two expert Finland sailor then arriving back to shore to have the sharpie trolley in the water with 3 corona's ready to be drunk. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to Maria and Matilda for the sailing lesson, and you are welcome to join the sharpie fleet as any time.

Dave one wire

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