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WAGS Report 19/02/2020

WAGS 19th saw a forecast of 15 to 20 knots northerly that proved to be a good gesstermation from the BOM. The bay turned on a tee tree stained face with small white caps for 13 yachts thanks to the recent rain. Shala surged across the start line with eased sheets the cutter rig reveling in the fresh reaching conditions. We passed OD to leeward before the Cabultur River Mark on the wind we found Shala hard pressed to carry full rig. With a bit of hard winching the crew reduced the area of the Yankee to a more manageable size, catching up to Double D and not able to out point her we tacked away crossing in front of OD on port tack kept Keith and Dave working hard on the primary winch. All clear ahead except for a couple of local trawlers. When time to look for DB red I was surprised to see we were on the lay line thanks Dave for the disturbed air forcing us to tack away earlier. On the run to Reef Point only Devine Madness to pass and the fast boats of the fleet looming larger behind no time for relaxing Keith and Dave set to the task of poling out the Yankee to windward the jybe at reef point was a bit messy but manageable. After a tidy up and a chance to look back on the challengers we noticed a bit of jockeying for 2nd and 3 rd position let them play they will not catch us now.
Cheers Shala
Big thanks to MBBC for the beer sponsorship and to the other 12 yachts and crew for the competition and comerardery back at the club.