It was an amazing balmy sunny April afternoon, but a tricky day for racing, with the wind shifting nearly in a full circle during the course of the day. The race committee took the unusual step at DBSC of raising the AP on shore while waiting firstly for the breeze to come in, and then for the northerly breeze that appeared to be replaced by the predicted E / SE breeze scheduled to arrive from nearby Botany Bay. The AP came down at 1.45pm and racing was underway a little late at 2.20pm in a 6-7 knot easterly. After some competitive racing in both fleets, the breeze began to fade, resulting in a shortened course being called at the last top mark, followed by hoisting of “N” over “A” to signify abandonment of further races, leaving time for the fleet to drift home, and enjoy a sundowner on the dock. Winners, after handicapping, were: Standards, Geoff Kirk, and radials/4.7s, Kate McHugh. Thanks to Andrew Cox, Matt Knight, Tom Beregi and Vic Whitby for their on-water race management and support.
This race also brought to a close the 2019 Autumn Pointscore. Congratulations to our series winners. In the Standard fleet Hadrien Bourely eked out a victory with 33 points, with Max Jura (36.5 points) and Steve London (40 points) close behind; in the Radial/4.7s: Jim Dounis finished first with 40 points over Ashton Scott (51 points) and Emily Ball (52 points).