Sunday was another beautiful day on the harbour. While the forecast predicted West or South, we got a South-East wind. Who'd be a forecaster?
Again we had a very healthy 10 starters and 9 finishers. The presentation back in the pub is definitely getting longer. Oh, and our prizes are changing with the first appearance of our new Helly Hansen gear.
With the wind at such an angle and Course 3 chosen, it was always going to be a soldier's course up and back. In fact, all boat speeds were so high with a favourable wind and the strong outgoing tide that we didn't have the usual bunching up at the Manly marks. One Mo' Time tried a divergent angle to permit a spinnaker hoist into Manly West but it didn't really help them.
Working back south, Breva stayed up high enough to take 2nd place from the tacking Megisti by the Eastern Channel marker but Celete was nowhere to be seen in 1st place. It really is a transformed boat after its dunking.
After Shark Island, the big blue boats reeled in little Megisti. Martela stayed just ahead of Blue Sky to claim 3rd place in the race and 2nd equal in the series. Again, some very close finishes with just 4 minutes between 3rd and 8th.
Only 5 points now separate the top 3 boats in this series. It sets up an interesting last Spring Series Race on January 20 next year . . .