Burnsco Cruising Race 2
Published 20:16 on 8 Nov 2020
A forecast for high winds & rain on Saturday night convinced Series Co-ordinator Warren Henderson to select a bay race, Course 20, for Burnsco Cruising Race 2, combined with WBC. This turned out to be an excellent decision.
Thanks to Miles & Sue for manning start boat Olympus, who set a 20 strong fleet of boats (GHYC 12, WBC 8) on their way, with an immediate split in the fleet between those who read the NOR/SIs carefully and those who didn't, everyone eventually making it around the yellow GH buoy . Tactics to make the best use of wind and current resulted in some good tacking duels en route to Navy Buoy, then out came the poles for goose-winged follow-the-leader to Marine South. There was little chance for overtaking tactics on the close-hauled leg to Marine North, and with the fleet relatively spread out apart from boat on boat tussles to keep position, boats rounded the GH buoy a second time for the last leg into the finish. Almost all the fleet were home by 1400, making sure to keep clear of the Pine Harbour CC single-handed sailors finishing in the same vicinity.
A good crowd turned up at the Club, with WBC, GHYC & PHCC sailors enjoying post-race banter, results and a BYO BBQ.
Three GHYC boats 'retired' prompting a reminder to all participants to read the current NOR/SIs THOUROUGLY, including the course descriptions.
Leading from shortly after the start and never looking back, Memphis took line honours.
On 'corrected time', the spread of GHYC boats was less than 18 minutes -
Podium: 1st: Mayflower 2nd: Shine On 3rd: Toronui
Points for the GHYC/WBC Interclub Waka Trophy go to the top 10 boats in the combined fleet results. Winner of this annual trophy is calculated taking results from all the combined cruising races sailed each Summer.
Last updated 07:21 on 18 April 2021