The small yet energetic MC38 fleet took some awesome rides on Pittwater for the first day of the 2016 MC38 Australian Championship hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
Kiwi entrant Menace, powered by Doyle Sails New Zealand, is sitting in the lead by one point after securing a bullet in the opening race and a second for race 2.
“We were over at the start of race one and had to come back, but managed to sneak around the fleet win it handsomely. Race two we had a very bad start, second row, spat out to the right, which was actually the way to go. We had a few minor mishaps but still managed a second,” said tactician Will Tiller.
The Menace team were on a roll and were disappointed that racing was called off early for the day, but it wasn’t a good day for Assassin. During the first upwind work following the 1230hrs start of race one, Assassin crewman Tom Brewer lost the tip of his pinkie finger in an accident, and was immediately taken off the boat by RIB to a waiting ambulance.
In race two a cruising boat found itself dangerously mixed in with the tightly-packed fleet at the top gate, with nowhere to go but with them around the mark. The small crew on board surely learnt a few new choice words.
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Posted by MC38 Class Association on Thursday, 4 February 2016
While trying to avoid a collision amid the chaos, Chris Hancock’s Vino clipped the gate mark which then wrapped around their keel. In the same race Ginger’s crewman Peter Bourke suffered a broken finger and was taken ashore once the boat crossed the finish line.
There is never a dull moment with MC38 racing!
The forecast for day two, Saturday February 6, is south-easterly winds 15-20 knots decreasing and Sunday is looking light, south to sou’east 10 knots. The usual Pittwater weekend traffic will be out tomorrow adding plenty more spice to the mix. Racing will start at 1100hrs rather than midday to capitalise on the breeze