Written by Jonathan Stone
It was a wintry day. A cold southerly had been blowing for some days, and would blow for several more. Rain in the morning was discouraging but the conditions eased a little as the race approached - some sunshine, the wind easing slightly to 20 knots (with gusts to 25 nots)
In the race itself (from notes provided by Chris), Corinna won the start narrowly from Smitten with Sanity about a minute and a half late. By Taylors Bay Sanity had almost caught Corinna with Smitten in close company. Sanity continued to show speed and, at the bottom mark (Sow’n Pigs), led by about 2 minutes from Corinna with Smitten still in touch.
On the work back up the harbour Sanity showed power and speed to carve out a 10 minute lead from Corinna, who dug too deep into Rose Bay and did not play the shifts well. Smitten did well up to Shark island but lost ground on the final leg to be about 8 minutes behind Corinna.
After the race, gentle sunlight kept us warm as crews from on all three boats sat on the deck, with drinks hot or cold. The wind was very fresh but all boats had handled it comfortably, and all had enjoyed.
Thank you John for coming out on such a cold, cold day, to give the fleet a start. Greatly appreciated.
We race next on July 1.