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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GBYC Last sail of 2015

Saturday saw the fleet line up for the final sail for the year and what a day it looked like being, the forecast 20k SW was in at 12 o'clock and didn't look like dying any time soon!!

Four sharpies hit the water ready for action whilst the other fleets scuttled around looking not to go. On the way to the start which was 2k offshore the breeze filled in to a recorded 31kn in the gusts. At the gun it was No Regrets first away followed by Amber Dream with The Uninvited and Suicide Blonde a further 20 seconds back, on the second gun NR and AD returned to start properly (both broke) TU,AD and NR went left whilst SB set out to the right in extremely trying
conditions with a steady20kn gusting to 30kn we had to be like a midget at a urinal always on our toes!

SB rounded the top mark first with TU and AD just behind, being windward leeward course SB gybed and went out to the left whilst TU and AD went right. NR was struggling with a raw sheet hand but continued for as long as they could before retiring to the newly installed trailer observation deck annexe at the tree of knowledge for beers and to watch the race. At the bottom mark SB came in on
starboard 50 metres from the mark whilst TU was on port, at this point Brownie who was sheeting for TU after a few weeks in tasars fell back into his old habit and started to think independently, we all know what happens when everyone on board wants to think, disaster!! mozz threw the tiller to gybe whilst brownie decided to go behind SB resulting in a trip to the piss. AD went past encouraging the crew of TU and set of after SB.

At the top mark it was close between AD and SB with both splitting tacks but coming together at the mark with SB just in front up the next work place changed several times with AD rounding just ahead setting off out to sea for the final time, at this point SB had one of those unexplained mysteries of sailing where a kite that is tied on at all corners came down fine but went up tangled and took an eternity to unravel, with the breeze still gusting to 30kn the gap between the boats soon widened to an unassailable lead for AD and TU overtook SB to round out the final placings and the tree of knowledge and the bar were the scene for many tales of great rides and heartbreak all in all a good day to end the year.

Thanks to Greg, Will Snow, Rob, Ian, Mozz, Ed, Brownie, Jeff Mike, and
Dicko for making sharpie sailing the fun that it is at the club.

Good luck to Ash, Grinder and Lewie at the nationals

Hope everyone has a good xmas and sailing at GBYC resumes on the 9th Jan
Pete C
ps photos may not indicate the true conditions on the day

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