The start was from Issy Bay, and Course 1 was selected – from the start, sail around Navy Buoy, then direct to Thompson Point at Onetangi via the Motuihe Channel.
4 boats were present, Sirocco, Incentive, Ocean Rhythm and Kittyhawk. The weather forecast had been for quite substantial wind, and Incentive had a (relatively) small headsail for the expected strength of breeze.
At the start the wind was in fact very light indeed, and from the NW. Sirocco probably made the best of the start, with Incentive and Ocean Rhythm quite close, then Kittyhawk just slightly further back.
The first leg to Navy buoy was more or less a run, so it was really slow going for all the yachts, and Kittyhawk had the misfortune to get held up by a big hole in the breeze that formed down by Navy Buoy when the other yachts had already made it around the mark.
By now the marching order was well established with Sirocco in the lead, followed by Incentive, then Ocean Rhythm, then Kittyhawk some distance back after their little bit of catamaran parking practice at Navy Buoy.
The wind shifted slightly to the SW now, so it was another slow run and broad reach heading to the NW corner of Waiheke, with the wind still quite light, but getting better as time went on.
At the finish the yachts were sailing on a broad reach in maybe 15 Knots SW breeze, so it never really got up as strong as expectations during the race.
As can be seen from the attached results, Sirocco crossed first, but it was Incentive who won the race on corrected time from Sirocco 2nd, then Ocean Rhythm 3rd, and Kittyhawk 4th.
It was not a brilliant sailing day, as it was cold and rained a fair bit through the race, but it still beats work, and Summer is not really started yet so we must expect some odd weather.
Well done to all those who made it to the race. The sun came out after the finish, and Fred said they were anchored quietly in warm sunshine at the Western side of Onetangi. I am sure the sausages would taste good whatever happens.
Please check the results and handicaps for errors. Also, it would help if those of you who have entered the series could let me know, so I can ensure that the series race results are entered correctly.
I look forward to (hopefully) making it for the next race.
Cheers, and good sailing.