The forecast was for 25 knots from the South at about noon, then dropping gradually in the
afternoon, so a vigorous start expected, followed by a nice breeze to take us around what
was likely to be a Manly course. Reality? Around 8 to12 knots from the South at the noon
start which built later to 15 to 20 knots, with patches of not very much wind at all, and gusts.
As predicted, Cap’n Gemma on the starting boat set Course 3. No boats set spinnakers.
One Mo’ Time thought about it, and Cap’n Duncan even went for’ard to break out a new
asymmetric kite, but was persuaded that as they were already making about 7.5 knots, the
potential chaos was unnecessary.
We were delighted to have a new yacht in the fleet, a Huon Pine Snook 27 recently re-
named Lady Lucille. Owner and skipper, Cap’n Joe, has spent many hours returning her to
ship shape condition and we enjoyed watching her set off in scratch position.
Megisti, with a poled-out headsail that she carried most of the way up the first leg, made
good time, and probably pulled back some of the 11 minutes she’d given Lady Lucille at the
start. Megisti’s roundings of Manly West and Manly East were good, but unfortunately she
found herself with too much sail up for the return journey. First mate Sam worked
courageously and was finally able to reef the mainsail, holding on to cope with the heel
caused by the stiff breeze and the swell through the Heads of 1.5 to 2 metres. (This was
only Sam’s third race on Megisti). Cap’n Hugh jocularly suggested the headsail then be
changed also; the crew demurred, believing that the cockpit was a much safer place given
the conditions. Meanwhile, Martela was well prepared and reefed her main between Manly
West and Manly East which gave her a more comfortable ride to Shark Island, passing
Megisti not long before rounding the Shark Island mark. Megisti Blue performed consistently
well as usual and came in second behind One Mo’ Time.
It was OMT’s first win in about 18 months, so there were smiles all round, as well as stories
of hitting over 10 knots as she rode the swells. Congratulations also to Cap’n Joe and crew
for achieving a third in Lady Lucille’s first race with BPYC, and Cap’n Joe’s first race in his recently refurbished yacht.