The BOM predicted 10 knot northerly winds so it was a pleasant surprise to find a 15 to 20 knot breeze. Bill and Vince (Divine Madness) chose a starboard course followed by Blade Runner (Geoff sailing single handed which would not have been a problem if the wind remained at 10 knots), Jaguar and Volando.
Bill’s request to shorten the course prior to the start due to lack of wind was politely declined. This was our 4th consecutive race with 11 or more starters, encouraging signs for summer.
The mid fleet, including Rooger, Zingara, Ripple, and Grecher enjoyed the increased wind strengths, although Greg (Grecher) did have reservations about his decision to sail the race single handed.
The late starters, Rimfire Catalina and Seraya also enjoyed the good northerly and finished strongly.
At the end of the day it was Craig on Rooger, ably assisted by Bob and Ben from Oscar who claimed the gold medal in his first race since replacing the anti-foul. This was Craig’s first race for the season, a good start for the year. Well done Craig!
Second place went to Greg on Grecher who did a great job in getting a 38 ft boat around the course sailing single handed. If the race was a little longer he may well have claimed first place. He survived the lack of party pies and enjoyed the peace and quiet that one gets sailing single handed.
Third place went to Dale on Catalina who came home like a train.
Meanwhile, back at the clubhouse, the winners of the lucky draw were Jerry Emberly (Volando) and Darryl (a visitor from Victoria) sailing on Zingara. Many thanks to Roger (Ripple) acting as master of ceremonies while DMC was held up at work. And Peter D for writing this report.
The start times for the next WAGS race are attached here: MBBC WAGS results 11 October