Bad buoys day
AFTER a two week delay to allow bad weather to pass, the Bellbowrie Audi Twilight series was back on at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club this week.
Nine yachts faced the starter with a classic 15-20 knot nor-easterly breeze welcoming skippers to the line.
Popular ocean racer B52, sporting a brand new headsail and full racing mainsail, immediately shot to the lead under the direction of skipper Steve Brown.
Showing her usual form she took the lead and disappeared off into the distance while the rest of the fleet battled it out in true match racing style.
As the fleet arrived at the “sea”, about two nautical miles off the coast, it started to look suspiciously like the last whale heading south may have taken the marker buoy as a souvenir, so a GPS way mark was established.
It was next discovered the buoy at Macauleys Headland, placed earlier that day, also appeared to have had an altercation with ocean-going life forms and was missing.
So the fleet was left rounding different points.
In a further element of sporting gamesmanship, Silver Mist skipper, Daryn Digby tried calling right of way on Garry Innes on board Renee.
“I had to let Daryn realise the racing rules (and) allowed my boat to round the mark first,” Innes explained.
“The only collision from that incident was over a schooner at the bar afterwards.”
With some buoys in wrong spots and others missing, the racing elapsed-times were all over the place so the handicapper called no points for this race.
“That caused a few more collisions at the bar, all in good fun, of course,” Innes added.
Racing will resume this Thursday at 5.30pm.
Bellbowrie Audi Scoreboard
1 - Booze Bus (Wayne Benson)
2 - Renee (Garry Innes)
3 - Overdrive (Andrew Johnstone)
4 - B52 (Steve Brown)
5 - Attunga (Robert Fox)
6 - The Exporter (Jeff Leonard)
7 – Our Nirvana (Peter Orr)
8 - Jura (Pete Vaiciurgis)
9 - Tunnel Vision (Vilny Brickman)
10 - Silver Mist (Daryn Digby)