The historic M-Class fleet hit the water in Auckland today for the final day of racing before the 78th Arch Logan Memorial Race scheduled for Saturday 14th April. Three boats made the start line, and although the fleet was micro, it was a mammoth afternoon of sailing.
Racing as part of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club fleet, two harbour course races were planned for the afternoon in a 15knot nor-westerly.
Race 1 saw some argy-bargy on the start line between Marksman and Menace, with Menace managing to sneak ahead to win the start. Menace was looking favourable up the first work towards the Resolution mark and were easily the first boat around. They popped the big black M-Class bag and sent it towards the turning mark at Torpedo. Marksman was in second with Mach One in third.
Menace looked like they had the upper hand, however they gybed off at the mark, with the rest of the fleet continuing on. It wasn’t until half way down the leg that the crew realised they were sailing the wrong course, so they heated up trying to minimise their loss.
Marksman was hot on their tail at the North Head mark, and although Menace lost a significant amount of ground, they still managed to just round the mark seconds ahead of Marksman. At this time Mach One were cruising on the downwind with a human pole, after they managed to snap theirs completely in half – not ideal with the Logan just one week away.
Menace regained their momentum and went on to win the race. Marksman was second, with Mach One in third.
Race 2 saw plenty of action and a plethora of words. A small incident at the top mark between Marksman and Menace resulted in some “friendly” conversation to avoid a visit to the protest room.
It was to be Marksman’s race, after the Menace crew managed to tear out their keyboard leaving ropes and halyards all over the place. At one point they were certain they were going to capsize with the boom firmly in the water and waves crashing over the leeward hull, but somehow they managed to just save it, wishing they knew how in a hope to avoid it happening again in the future!
All in all it was great day for the small fleet, who are now repairing their damaged boats to ensure they are shipshape to be on the start line at the 78th Arch Logan Memorial.