Winter Warm Up Cat Fleet

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With the full range of conditions on offer and 12 cats competing, we definitely had variety.

Round One… survival – gusting over 30 knots!

This is the week we learnt to right our boat after getting blown over with our sails flapping! Just 2 boats made it to the start line (just) and survived the course to put points on the board. It wasn’t pretty but effective. Not a spinnaker to be seen…

Round 2… 22 knots and loads of fun!

With slightly less wind this week and some hairy downwind moments, most of the sailors came back to shore with large grins. But the best racing was to come in the next two rounds

Round 3… a drifter!

With whatever wind there was being hard to find it provided some really close racing. The race of the day saw 3 Hurricanes finish within 30 seconds of each other after 1 hour and 32 minutes of racing.

Round 4… perfect!

The best sailing conditions for the series saw 10 boats all squashed up on the heavily starboard biased line. Both races had close finishes with the same 3 Hurricanes finishing within 30 seconds for the second week running in race one and Barry’s Dart 18 sneaking a last gasp win to rap up 2nd place over all in the last race.

Moments of the series…

– Some of the crews may need counting lessons over the next few weeks. ‘3 laps’ and ‘5 laps’ have happened during the series!!!

– Barry Peters ripping his trampoline during race 2 – would loved to have seen that happen!

– Nick Moore finding sailing very difficult when he couldn’t have his half time coffee as Maxine had forgotten it!

– Eric storming into second place (on the water) only to pull his spinnaker down and go home (he had something better to do????)

– Getting up to make the start on time during week 2 seemed a problem for all but one crew! Was there something on that I missed the night before?

Many thanks to all the officials – especially for all the help on and off the water during week one.

Graeme Staddon (Hurricane 5.9SX 414)

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