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Four boats were on the ramp for what proved to be the toughest conditions seen this series. With rain greeting competitors to their boats, there were some waterlogged competitors until the warning signal for Race 1.
With the wind in the SW, 10 to 25 knots was on the menu for the day. Course 4 was therefore again on the menu.
A slow start was had by all, as it took a while for the fleet to realise a starboard tack start would prove challenging, with an outgoing tide.
Marksman hit the front closely followed by Menace. The 2 reaches challenged the crews as the wind shifted as numerous gusts hit. The second reach to Bastion was a little tighter with Marksman, Menace and Mach One all struggling to lay with kites. However Marksman remained in the lead around Resolution and was followed home by Mach One, Menace and Motivator.
Race 2 had a similar menu, Course 4, however Mach One, Menace and Marksman all played with Post tack starts as they headed to Reso for the first time. Marksman led followed by Mach One, Menace and Motivator. As the race went on the wind continued to build, and as the boats arrived at Reso for the final run a steady 24 knots was on the cards.
Marksman hoisted, with some outstanding crew work being displayed, followed by Mach One who hoisted during the largest gust of the day, which saw them broach. The good news is she floats. Menace took the safe option not to hoist whilst Marksman took the safe option and quickly dropped their kite as they hit the finish line, followed by Menace, Mach One and Motivator.
The M Class will now take a well earned Christmas break and return in the New Year for the Anniversary regatta.
On behalf of the class I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year, and here’s to some more great sailing next year.