A Bashford bashing
THE 5.30pm start for the Westlawn Finance twilight series got under way like most others, a bit of pushing and shoving and a fair bit of yelling but then something happened that blew the fleet away.
The Bashford 41 B52 with a noticeably clean underbody took control driving under Slippery When Wet to take the lead at the harbour entrance and then sailed high and fast windward to the sea buoy mark.
Such was her dominance in this leg, she left the rest of the fleet feeling like they had been totally beat up as she rounded the mark a staggering three minutes ahead of the next yacht Jura with the rest of the fleet desperately trying to recover from the insult.
The downwind run to Park Beach buoy however proved not so fast, with lack of crew on B52 they were unable to pole out their headsail, and therefore lost some time and the rest of the fleet breathed a sigh of relief to once again be back in some sort of contention.
The race continued with B52 dominating the windward legs, and the rest of the fleet gaining a bit on the runs. Coming around Mutton Bird Island to the finish, it was B52 with Jura just hanging on to take second place ahead of Slippery When Wet followed by Booze Bus.
With handicap results critical in this race, there was an air of tension in the Yacht Club followed by a massive cheer as the results were read out.
First in the Beer Raffle - B52; first across the line - B52; first on handicap - B52. That has to be a proper bashing!
The last race of the series was last night with the ever popular Lady Skipper race. This race should've been one hell of a scrap with several ladies seen out practising over the weekend.
4th Booze Bus
5th Slippery When Wet
6th The Exporter
7th Hot August Night