At the start the wind was already around 15-20 NE. The decision was Course 3 to AwaAwaroa.
Incentive made an excellent start, Sirocco was a little further back but not too far, and Mr Roosevelt was busy making a pig’s ear of putting in a reef, so they were nearly 8 minutes late for the start! It was a tight-ish reach towards Bean Rock, in gusty and lumpy NE wind.
Sirocco went very high towards rough rock, as they had not heard or understood the course change. When they turned to get back on course, a washboard flew into the microwave and the door shattered spreading glass throughout the boat, so they reduced sail and sorted out the mess, then motored and sailed to the destination. I spoke with Sergey and he said all was good, he was sitting in the Bay with Fred and having a nice glass of wine in a beautiful place, so all is well.
The wind remained brisk and gusty till the boats were able to round Navy Buoy and head off towards AwaAwaroa. It was still gusty as they yachts passed the Crusoe passage between Motuihe and Waiheke, but settled after that, and it was a nice sail the rest of the way, and fairly quiet in the lee of Waiheke.
Mr Roosevelt must have been travelling very quickly to beat Incentive across the line by enough distance to give MR R the double, Line and Handicap victory for Matt and Kath.
Attached are results and handicaps. Please check and if you think your handicap is incorrect or unreasonable, do let me know.