Ann Sea the yacht to beat
THE Poseidon Sailaway Club Championship cut up the waves on Saturday for the five yachts that ventured forth in the moderate 17 to 20 knot south easterly breeze.
Magic, Ice, Tau Ceti and Port FM Mais Oui chose reefed mains for reduced sail and greater control but under full sail series leader Ann Sea set a blistering pace to lead from start to finish claiming line honours in 01:16:17.
Magic held second throughout the course (01:23:18) as Ice (01:34:01), Port FM Mais Oui (01:35:48) and Tau Ceti (01:37:20) chopped and changed places around the three lap windward leeward course.
The 21 minutes between the fleet on elapsed time was cut to just 10 minutes on corrected time but the win was already in the bag for Ann Sea recording her second win in as many starts for the Spring Series.
Tau Ceti claimed second with Port FM Mais Oui ahead of Ice by just 22 seconds with Magic fifth.
The win confirms Ann Sea as favourite for the Spring Series but a tight race for the overall Club Champion is developing between Ann Sea skippered by Tim Preuss and current series leader Port FM Mais Oui, the club owned J24 skippered by Andrew Walker.
There are four races still to run and five yachts are in with a chance of a share in the prize-money up for grabs in both series. Racing resumes on November 12 allowing for a short break for the annual spring cruising season.