For those who couldn't turn up you missed an awesome afternoon. Apart
from a very few brief showers it was near perfect conditions. Due to
the recent windy weather the waves had swept the beach clean and
packed the sand down right up to the grass which made for a hard,
smooth and wide race track.The wind was less than forecast averaging
around 10 -15 kts most of the time and stayed pretty much square on to
the beach for 95% of the time making for some great fast racing over
the 1000m course. It didn't seem too cold either, infact very pleasant
especially when the sun was out.
So the moral of the story is not to take too much notice of the
If my arithmetic is right we had 12 yachts turn up. 3x c3's and the
rest mostly c5s.
It was great to have Roger, Clem, Darren and Desmond turn up from the
BOP and see Francoise out on his new RGc5.
Great to have Bill Nairn set up the course and come out to race in his
John O'Donnell turned up but being straight from work was unable to
bring his yacht so took on the OOD duties and did a magnificent job
waving the flags at us. Both classes got in a few races each and then
at the end some of us headed down the beach for a few kms and back
just as a wee rain squall came through with a top up of breeze. John
followed us in his car and clocked us doing around 90ks. I was
surprised how little speed difference there was between some of the
c5's and 3's and it's made me wonder a bit as to why I'm lugging
around a big 3 when a 5 is almost as quick - they don't look as cool
though and I reckon they wouldn't pull as many chicks - back in the
day that is!
All going well we plan to sail next at Muriwai on Sunday 7th July.