An absolute cracker of a day to welcome the fleet back to the Waitemata after a long spell of indifferent weather. Having clocked a significant port line bias at the start of the ladies' race, most of the fleet crowded the pin for the start of race 1, leaving four boats, including Feng Shui (1348), Affinity (1059) and Upfront (814) to contest the middle and round mark 1 clear ahead (tracking here).
Your correspondent, again unable to find any sailing talent in New Zealand, welcomed Alison Kent (Wisconsin, USA) aboard Tortuga (779), who called two great races, which a more able skipper might have parlayed into stronger results.
Feng Shui (1348) maintained her lead throughout to take the race from Affinity (1059) and Upfront (814).
The breeze dropped marginally for race 2, which promised to be a re-run of the first race, but for the intervention of a runaway mark (see tracking here), which compressed the fleet into the right hand corner and allowed Upfront (814) to wrest the lead from Feng Shui (1348).
A reminder that the Invitational is next week. All regular owners and their crew are strongly encouraged to take part and to welcome potential new owners and crew to the fleet. We hope to get 16 boats out on the night - and racing will be followed by refreshments on the dock.
Willzy has been in touch with most of the owners, but if you have any questions or if you wish to add anyone to the list, please contact Willzy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tracking is more fun if you turn your tracker ON. Having trouble? See me (Alex Webster) before racing and I will be happy to help.
Results here (flight) and here (series)
Alex Webster is Auckland Fleet Captain and runs this website, so blame him.