Not so trivial twilight pursuit
SKIPPERS and crew of the latest Westlawn Finance twilight yacht race were again greeted by the ever-popular pursuit race.
With slower boats leaving at 5.30pm and the quicker boats leaving at timed intervals thereafter, the main idea was that all yachts should cross the finish line at approximately the same time, making it a dream come true for the handicapper.
A course was set around the Park Beach buoy and then back to the harbour before the usual run to the Macauleys buoy, and then home.
The Exporter seemed to have an unassailable lead at the Macauleys buoy but was run down and overtaken by four of the bigger boats by the Park Beach mark.
B52, the last boat to start, never hit her straps and seemed to struggle in the light air.
At the Park Beach buoy it was Nina, Jura, Overdrive and Slippery When Wet all closely bunched, with any one of them a chance at line honours.
Nina tacked towards Mutton Bird Island and the finish line but had to contend with Jura crossing her on starboard tack, resulting in Nina having to bear away under Jura's stern.
Jura showed her tactical skills and immediately tacked back to give Nina her 'dirty' air in an attempt to slow her down - which she did - and went on to take line honours ahead of a somewhat bewildered Nina, ahead of Slippery When Wet.
The rest of the fleet all finished within three minutes of the leaders, giving a great handicap result and increasing confidence in the handicapping software. Well done to the handicapper and thanks to Westlawn Finance for a great evening of racing.
3rd Slippery When Wet
5th The Exporter
8th Hot August Night
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