Sunday, September 6, 2009

Opening Day Results

The RQYS opening day started with drizzle and no wind. By 10am however, the clouds had cleared and there was a shifty westerly floating around. The blazer-wearing festivities got underway, but we kept clear of that until the free sausage sizzle came wafting across the rigging lawn. The newly reddified Wingman, the newly carbonified Challenge and the newly Cassified Ghetto Sled were wearing 2nd rig and were itching to go. The kite ride to the start line off Green Island started as a nice flat-water 2-string ride and ended up as a crew-in-kitebin "situation". The wind proceeded to shift around through all 360deg for the rest of the day.

Race 1 got off to a slow 1-string start. We got away well, then Challenge caught a nice puff up the first work, but the Wingman lead around the top mark by 100m. The run saw Challenge crew Wayne fall overboard and have to swim back to the boat. During the next work a northerly shift came through and we were on the right side of it and took the win.
Race 2 got underway with a 90deg southerly shift right on the gun. The Wingman and Ghetto Sled saw it coming through the Etchell fleet so both did the pin-end-on-port (Bandit) start. A soldiers course around the next 5 buoys (with 360deg windshifts included) resulted in The Wingman packing up and going home. We took the win again.
Race 1
1st: Ghetto Sled
2nd: The Wingman
DNF: Challenge

Race 2
1st: Ghetto Sled
2nd Challenge
DNF: The Wingman

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