long time no sea
The season opened with perfect conditions for the fleet of 7 early-birds, including newcomer Maverick (1077) and a welcome smattering of new faces throughout.
Pelle Petersson, who has recently acquired Verity (241) took to the sharp end of Tortuga (779) to learn the knitting - but hopes to take the con on his own boat before too long.
The opening start was mercifully free of unwanted drama, despite some familiar crowding at the boat end. A turning tide kept things interesting and even on the (necessarily) short course and there was little to separate the fleet at the top mark.
Proving that it pays to read the NOR, the majority of the fleet then turned confidently to the blue bottom mark and took the lead.
There remains some question as to who did and who did not sail the correct course (and the results may need to be amended), but suffice it to say that your correspondent is feeling relatively smug about this one.
An efficient RNZYS managed to get off three races in quick succession before the light failed, but it was evident from smiling faces on the dock and at the bar that all were eager for more of the same. As Al Gair put it "it's been a long time between drinks".
Many thanks to Patch Graham for some excellent photos, a selection of which are posted below.
Results here (flight) and here (series)
Alex Webster is Auckland Fleet Captain and runs this website, so blame him.