Was today just like all the previous days in this regatta? A light easterly breeze with the heavyweights wallowing? There were a few surprises…
Race 5. Shark!!!
When a fin was noticed near the start line, what do you think the fleet would do. Of course, everyone sailed towards it to have a look. It was only small. White pointer, hammerhead, bull shark, bull mullet, mulloway, goldfish were among the descriptions I heard after the race. And while we were all brave at the time, I did notice that any capsizes were very quickly righted today!
Meeks and Firestorm were close all race, separated by only a boat length or two around each buoy. Each took a different gate mark before the final beat to the finish but it was Meeks that went the right way, taking another nice victory. Chook, Hayden & Ben had been snapping on the heels of the leaders all race but had a few kite troubles, eventually crossing in 5th, behind TBS & Range. However Black Diamond had done enough to win comfortably on handicap.
Race 6. All about TBS
There is not much else to write about in this race. Col, Adam & Janine had the perfect day, jumping to a good lead up the first work, then increasing it on every leg thereafter. Every time I looked they were in good pressure and on a good lift. In the end Troy Botting Shipwright won by over 4 minutes. Well done!
As for handicap, TBS took that victory too, again by a very comfortable margin.
The rest of us can only hope tomorrow is a different day…