O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring.
Cripes, it was tricky out there. After a slight delay to allow the wind to clock through 270 degrees and back 90, the fleet enjoyed 2 and a half races across an ebbing tide, threading the needle through the RNZYS Ladies fleet. It was harrowing stuff and the outcome was never certain (at least towards the top of the fleet).
But the night, it seems, belonged to Anne Marie and Captain Pete (716) who weathered all to post a respectable 2nd overall - held out by a dominant performance by Feng Shui (1348) and just keeping out Affinty (1059).
There are three more flights in the regular season before the Nationals on 5th and 6th April. A formal NOR wll follow - together with a brief schedule of events over the weekend. If, as is hoped, the RNZYS manages the regatta, it is proposed to enjoy a swift sharpener on the dock following racing on Saturday and thence to the Squadron Bar. On Sunday after racing, a brief (but important) prize-giving will then take place at Swashies over a few drinks and some F & Cs.
Results here (Series) and here (Flight).
Alex Webster is Auckland Fleet Captain and runs this website, so blame him.