‘Huey’ blows hard over weekly twilight course
CONDITIONS on Pioneer Bay caught many boats unaware for the last race in the Sailing Club’s May twilight series.
Boats left marinas in a comfortable 10-15 knots with large headsails set but at the start line “Huey” had other ideas and soon filled in to over 20 knots, with gusts touching 30, leaving boats over canvassed.
Sirocco was the solo multihull and flew around the course to finish in 45 minutes.
In Division 2, the crew of Huahine furled their headsail after the first lap. Despite completing the rest of the race under main alone, they still managed to sail to the handicap win ahead of Dehler Magic and Wobbly Boot.
Another Fiasco struggled somewhat in the strong breeze and fought hard to finish just in front of QMS, the week’s best starter.
Meanwhile the gusty conditions suited the heavy Anthea, who fought a close quarter battle around the track with Synchronicity, finishing a mere 10 seconds apart. Unfortunately a broken halyard forced Riff Raff to retire from the race, leaving Rossgo and Kameruka to fight for the podium positions.
Racers are now looking forward to another Challengers’ Cup Bay Race on Sunday afternoon, when spinnakers will be flown, conditions permitting .