A strong ebbing tide and a variable, shifting breeze put the cat amongst the pigeons in Race 1 of the final flight of the season and turned the fleet on its head, with Captain Pete (716) claiming a decisive bullet.
It was always odds-on that the breeze would die or shift and leave those heading left on the ebb in no man's land and Anne Marie Waugh wisely opted for a right hand corner, ultimately laying the top mark with no other Etchells in close enough to gloat upon.
Split Decision (914) and Valsheda (950) both cut their loses early and followed the blue boat around a clocking course to take 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Race 2 and a curtailed Race 3 did not see further upsets and the final results of the series top three remained unaffected, to the probable relief of Feng Shui (1348), who had carded an uncharacteristic DFL in Race 1.
Overall a great evening - with thatnks again to the Gairs for race management and Craig Greenwood for the use of his boat - and a fitting end to an excellent series.
There is plenty of racing to come next year: The Tuesday Night Series (Part II), kicks off on 28th January. The proposed dates of the Auckland and National Champs are posted on the website, but remain subject to change.
New Series - New Sails?
It is worth mentioning that the Tuesday Night Series restarts in January with a clean slate. Accordingly, there is still every incentive to join the fleet, spruce up the boat and ask Father Christmas for some new sails. To that end, North Sails is offering a 10% discount on new sails - order before 20th December to ensure delivery before 28th January. Please contact Andrew Wills for details
Final Results here (series) and here (flight 6 )
Join the Fleet!
There are still some Etchells for sale - although I have received a number of serious enquiries since the Invitational. 2014 is a new year and a new series, so take this opportunity to get into this fun, competiive and affordable fleet. Please contact Alex Webster if you have any questions.
Alex Webster is Auckland Fleet Captain and runs this website, so blame him.