TERALBA: Saturday 19/11/16 SSE 15knots small choppy conditions. Port course.
Another good turnout of 8 skiffs after last week's testing NW breeze.
Saturdays SE condition ideal for VS's to contest the 3rd heat of the Club Championship.
Good to see the return of some old hands & new young talent. Steve getting Range on the water with Geoff Jakins up front & the "Devonator" aka Rod Devon in the middle. Michael Northam back from the Bahama's driving Stowe with Brad Dodds in the middle & Ryan Fokes up front with a borrowed boom from Tim, after last week's head-butt incident. TBS assisted very capably in the bow by Mitch Blake off Raptor for the day.
A tight start at the boat end saw Meeks locked out & tacking back for a restart. Firestorm lead the hard charging pack out on starboard & was never headed, driving a significant margin in the first downwind leg from Meeks who recovered after a spectacular come back 1st work from last across the start now in 2nd. TBS & Range had some close racing changing leads several times and eventually closing the gap on the two leaders that ended in a compact finish at the club with Meeks 2nd, TBS 3rd, Range 4th. Stowe stayed close to the leaders for most of the race but drop back a bit after a crew overboard incident but hung on to 5th. Devocean, Banana Spares & PBB all retiring to the club. PBB suffering a broken mast after a head bolt holding the back stays let go.
With Raptor, SFC & Plan B in the shed next weeks Regatta looks good for 11 club starters to be joined by 3 Hawkesbury travellers.