A pleasant WAGS day was had by all nine (9) MBBC boats and the neighbouring fleet of similar numbers sharing the course due to the lighter SE/ESE winds. A cordial welcome to “8 Bells” who is establishing handicap and could not share the booty after coming in with a podium finish.
The official fleet consisted of Divine Madness, us (Nice Try), Zingara. Double D, Jenesis, Rimfire, Seraya and Endorfin. The wind angles seemed to favour the multihulls which minimising the distances and number of tacks required. It was reported that only two boats being Nice Try and Endorfin saw the need to use spinnakers.
Nice Try had 3 on board which allowed safe use of the bag with Lucky Phil (Matthysen) joining Peter Casey and myself. With Devine Madness heading off first and keeping us honest in relation to starting times (nice try) little tacking was required to the top mark.
The sea conditions also favoured Nice Try with a moderate chop and, as we rounded in the congestion we could see Endorfin starting and gaining at great pace. When we rounded the Caboolture River mark we were mixed up with the combined fleets and had no idea of our position in our fleet. It was not until nearing the finish line did Lucky Phil make the comment that we may be in for a show however with 8 Bells, Jenesis, Endorfin and Zingara hot on our heels we somehow managed to hold them off. The official results being 1st Nice Try, 2nd Jenesis, 3rd Endorfin, however, it must be said that all boats were winners due to the great day in the bay.
Next weeks Start Times here: MBBC WAGS results from 17 January