MTYC: Race Report – Winter Series Heat 1 - Sunday 17 June 2012
Nine trailable yachts turned up for the start of the MTYC Winter Series for a great day’s sailing, with forecast westerlies around 15 – 20 knots. Forecast winds in the days previous may have deterred some from sailing, but for the group that turned up it was a great day with two short course races sailed. The first race was triangular and windward and return and the second race was a windward and return course of three laps.
Lumpy seas made for tricky upwind sailing, with one tack being significantly more challenging to maintain boat speed into the Port Phillip chop. The passing showers in the second race hampered visibility for a few minutes but interesting to note the wind strengths were only greatest at the start around 1100hrs. The wind plot also highlights some of the significant drops in wind pressure and it was vital to ‘change gears’ in these conditions.
Some very close racing all round, particularly amongst the six Noelex 25. Well done to the two handed “Running Free”. David and Ted Phillip, blown away by the Noelex performance, particularly on the second reach of the first race with average speed on this leg over 7knots and hitting 10+knots. “Running Free” and “Tainui” each had a win and second place in the two races with a close win overall to “Running Free”.
Dean Hanson’s “Paradise City” took out the Performance Based Handicap and had some close racing with John Robb’s “Footloose”.
The TackTracker data confirms these figures and suggests that Mark McLellan’s Castle ‘No Excuses’ may also have hit some figures around 10+knots.
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