The Etchells gave the Westhaven dragon boats a run for their money on a long paddle out to the race course - until the expected southerly filled in to push the tail-enders out into the flooding tide. This new breeze filled and established itself quickly, allowing the Squadron race committee - ably led by Megan Kensington - to get away three short, but action-packed races for the Etchells and the ladies' fleets.
Beginners luck prevailed again with 'newbie' Craig Greenwood celebrating his return to the fold with a bullet in race 1 aboard Affinity (1059). Your correspondent was hot on his tail until the last mark, but was rolled by Willzy et al on Feng Shui (1348) - finishing strongly (as ever) after an earlier error (circles duly noted).
Reality also bit Magrette (1240) after their stunning debut in Flight 1, but do not expect this rock-star crew to stay down for long.
With Hugh Rebbeck absent, the ring-in crew aboard Echelon (1083) sailed an intelligent flight, culminating in a bullet in the very-tricky race 3 to take out 1st place overall from Affinity and Feng Shui.
This week's racing featured TRACKING and you can relive the action for all three races here. Warning - this is highly addictive. Please note also that not all boats were tracked - it would be great to get everyone on board next week (and certainly for the Auckland Champs in two weeks' time).
Check out the guts and never-say-die determination of Lincoln Fraser's Alliance (1295) in race 3 here - particularly the final run - (just don't look at who they rolled...
Many thanks as always to the ROs for an excellent and highly enjoyable flight
Results here (flight) and here (series).
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