Ladies take rightful place at the helm

EIGHT ladies took the helm for what turned out to be an extremely testing race last Thursday afternoon.

Tricked by a 12-knot north-easterly wind 10 minutes before the start, most yachts decided that a big headsail was the order of the day, but within minutes into the race start a 30-knot southerly blew in, causing most yachts to make frantic headsail changes on the run to the Macauleys buoy in preparation for the bash back to Park Beach.

It was a rather controversial start with half the fleet breaking the start line, this may have been attributed to the nervous situation most ladies found themselves in. Much more nerve wracking than sitting on the rail.

The fleet settled somewhat with a couple of boats doing their penalty turn, others chose to continue on, hoping their broken start would go unnoticed.

Slippery When Wet skippered by Kathy led the fleet out of the harbour and was able to hold her lead unchallenged throughout the entire race. Kathy was also one of the few ladies who remained at the helm for the entire race, therefore she was justly rewarded by taking out line honours on the night.

A small altercation while rounding the Macauleys buoy between B52 and Jura led to a tricky situation which the lady skippers both handled nicely, resulting in them crossing the finish line second and third respectively.

By the time the boats further back in the fleet were making their way back to the harbour, they had the misfortune of a massive wind drop back to a five-knot southerly, therefore getting across the finish line created a fair bit of frustration.

All lady skippers are to be congratulated on their courage to actually sail on the night with the weather once again proving to be a monster.

LADIES NIGHT HANDICAP RESULTS

1st Jura (skippered by Kylie)

2nd Slippery When Wet (Kathy)

3rd B52 (Louise)

4th Nina (Tanya)

5th Booze Bus (Vanessa)

6th Razzamatazz (Leah)

7th The Exporter (Kim)

DNF Renee (Jacki)



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