The RNZYS RO did well to get racing away, after competing breezes duked it out for supremacy over a fast-flooding tide. Once a pleasant Westerly had prevailed, the fleet sailed two short sprints - hurtling towards the top mark on the flood, before inching and eking a route back down-tide in a thrilling slow-motion mash-up of chess and all-in wresting. It was gripping stuff, with boats barely crossing the finish line, inches apart.
As ever, the crew of Vashelda (950) impressed with unlikely boat-speed and dazzling boat-handling to triumph in both races and take the flight.
Various gear failure had sadly depleted the fleet with two boats retiring before and two during the flight, but race 2 was nonetheless a humdinger that remained too close to call until the line. Pelle Petersson on Verity (241) looked certain to take 2nd, but inexplicably gybed onto port at the finish to let Tortuga (779) cross ahead (v e r y s l o w l y) - just behind Valsheda (950).
Next week is the last flight before the Christmas break and we hope to get a decent turn-out: The series looks secure for Valsheda (950) and second is likely for Upfront (814), but there is everything still to play for the last podium spot.
Results here (flight) and here (series).
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