Friday was annual Aust Day round Botany Bay race. 3 moths started. Dave Lister, Greg Kennedy and myself. It was E to NE and a bit light and we each had issues tacking and struggling to get back up foiling at various times. So it was a bit like snakes and ladders and we each lead at different times. I managed to bust my vang strop when we were nearly to Kurnell and at that point we were all reasonably still close together. Greg and Dave rounded the Kurnel Cat Club mark close together. On the leg to Yarra Bay, Greg tacked east towards the heads while Dave continued in towards Port Botany. Greg came out well ahead, and lead for the reat of the race into Yarra and back to Brighton, Ramsgate and home to StGSC. Both passes the Kurnell CC fleet before Ramsgate. The CC start at Kurnell the same time we started at StG. They did not bother with the Kogarah Bay leg. Its too dodgy after a great sail around teh bay.
Saturday: Dave may have retired since Greg beat him, or else he was on family duty. Luka was also on family duty, skippering for his National Champion wife Ari, on their MG14. She said he was OK but not National Champion material. Beautiful day with building 12 to 18 kt NE and gentle runout tide and small waves.
So again only 3 moths. Greg came back for more, I had my boom vang repaired and Bruce McLeod fronted too.
Race 1: Greg and I had a close one, swapping places a few times but I manged to beat him by about 20 seconds for the 2 laps. Bruce has no pace or height upwind but seemed to stay teh same distance back after the first mark. Finished about a minute back
Race 2: Greg got away to a good lead up the first work, again Bruce dropped behind. I had a great downwind and got close at the bottom and was able to pass him upwind with more height. The next 2 laps I stayed ahead with Greg gaiing a few times but finishingmaybe 60 seconds behind. Bruce with his old MSL10 was maybe anothe 1m30 back from Greg.
Greg was top rooster for just one day, I get a week, Luka promises to be back next week, I do not know about Dave.
Till next week