Thanks to Mark from ENDORFIN for this week’s WAGS report.
With the forecast of ‘breeze on’ I thought John would pull the plug on WAGS this week for fear of breaking something before the Peal Challenge. But, at 14.13.05 Endorfin hit the line at 15 knots with no crew on board. Of the three skippers I somehow ended up with the tiller in hand with clear instructions to finish no better than fourth.
My wife can attest to my inability to follow instructions too, so here I am writing this report as punishment.
As usual we were still enjoying a coffee and some hot chips at the club as the fleet headed off.
We started with the screecher up in an all-out effort to catch the front runners that were half way down the second leg but we found ourselves overpowered with just the one hull in the water at times so we soon put it away.
Of the 10 starters Sentier seemed to be experiencing some gear or crew problems and found themselves taking up the chase from the rear.
The beautiful looking Seraya was the only other victim on the back straight.
Working up the last leg there was plenty of canvas ahead and it seemed that extra minute to our handicap was in the bag.
Rimfire showed us the way into the calmer waters deeper into Deception Bay and an increase in boat speed.
Heading to the finish the fleet that was to save us from the wrath of the handicapper turned into the Newport leads leaving just Comfortably Numb closing in on Zingara ahead of us.
Somehow Zingara managed to hold off the fast finishing Comfortably Numb but despite the extra handicap of having to drag three hulls through the water Endorfin got her nose in front.
John credits today’s success not to the rookie skipper but to the superior work by the crew of the day.
Next week’s Start Times here: MBBC WAGS results16 May 2018