A light-air start splits fleet apart
THE Westlawn Finance Coffs Harbour Yacht Club twilight race got underway last Thursday afternoon under a perfect almost windless start, that's if you like struggling to make headway against the easterly zephyr and associated chop in the harbour entrance.
Booze Bus made a calculated tack in close to Mutton Bird Island to take advantage of the out-going tide, and quickly made a handy lead over the rest of the fleet.
A shortened course of the sea buoy - Macauleys then home - came as welcome news over the radio to most of the fleet as they contemplated either a late finish or the possibility of running out of liquid refreshments due to lack of wind.
First around the Macauleys buoy was Booze Bus followed closely by Slippery When Wet and Jura, with the rest of the fleet struggling in light air and current.
Slippery When Wet powered up to pass Booze Bus on the run home, and she went on to take line honours by a slim 30 seconds with Booze Bus second and a fast finishing Jura in third place.
The baby of the fleet, The Exporter, ran out of breeze completely at Mutton Bird Island, and a quick look at the large granite structure close by ensured the outboard was deployed without hesitation, and hence a DNF (did not finish) result.
Westlawn Finance has continued to be the major sponsor again this series, and the result has been a very successful and enjoyable series for skippers and their crew.
Thursday, February 19
1st Booze Bus
2nd Slippery When Wet
DNF The Exporter