Just one week before the first race of the 2016-2017 Sailing Season it was hard to imagine getting on the water, with stormy and wintry conditions wreaking havoc across the state. But the weather Gods listened and the weather opened up to welcome us to another sailing season.
The fleet was met with a fickle forecast, making for a difficult first day for our Race Officer. The wind settled from the north, giving us a rare look at a downwind start which was well sailed by all involved.
An 8-10 knot breeze was enjoyed as the fleet made their way to the first buoy, in the vicinity of the wreck buoy (which, as far as we can tell has found itself on a beach…. again) before heading off to a buoy near the Number 5 beacon and home again.
Sailors were pleased for some breeze and sunshine in what made for a perfect shake down sail.
Many boats featured new or rusty crews including From Russia With Love who, along with 3 new crews to the boat, went on to win Division 2 on PHS to continue the boat’s fine winter form. Following them on PHS was Young Einstein, followed by newcomers to Division 2 in Vertigo.
Young Einstein and Vertigo held strong on AMS as well to take the first two places, with No Eye Deer sneaking in for 3rd and a good start to their campaign.
Alliance and White Knight opened up a 4 minute gap on their rivals in Division 1 PHS, with the pair taking first and second ahead of Shining Sea.
The tables turned however on AMS with Two True winning the day ahead of Shining Sea and White Knight who finished just 8 seconds apart on corrected time.
It’s another week of firsts this week as the Phil Hoffmann Travel Twilight Series commences on Wednesday, followed by our first Offshore (Tapley Shoal) and Coaster on Saturday. It’s all business from there, with our IRC and AMS State Championships taking things up a notch on the 22nd.