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#11 Veladare

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 10:38 AM

I was tucked up in Calypso Bay and couldnt believe my eyes. I figured Copelia and then Gale Force were just having a warmup for the 200 this weekend, but no, the boats kept coming.

 

Everyone looked to do really well coming around and changing to upwind mode..bar Rock Lobster is looked to be heading to the Cellar Door in Man O War Bay for a while...which we all agreed in board was a very good option given the conditions.

 

Was impressive to see given the sea state and weather, so well done all of you that competed


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Posted 20 April 2015 - 11:44 AM

Thanks DYC, another great race!

 

I overestimated time to line and didn't get the best start on TBT probably about 10 sec late. Struggled a bit on the first beat, was the first to tack away into clean air and settle down. It was windier than forecast but I thought I would hold onto the full main, a decision I would regret. I was happy when I tacked back to Rangi to find that I hadn’t lost much if any ground to Revo Blues (damn but you do heavy stuff well  :wave: ). H&H was having another blinder, and the two big boys had left us all for dust. Round Rangi the swells started getting alarmingly steep and short. I have never seen so much water over the bow, and I fell off one or two very steep ones with a bit of a bone shuddering thump. I was now really struggling with the full main and falling off behind Revo and H&H badly (had to do an extra 2 tacks) so they both soon disappeared into the blue. Halfway up Motutapu I decided to put a tuck in the main which helped the pointing and was much easier to handle the sea state. Round the back of Motutapu I tried to throw out the tuck but the reef line had wrapped itself around the boom and wouldn't let go. Trusting the autopilot surfing at 11 plus while trying to bring the boom in was a touch nervy to say the least. I finally got the tuck out (boltropes suck for solo sailing) and by now decided not to bother with the kite. I was running deeper and catching Revo, so all good. Had a number of surfs over 15 (log under reads and I didn't have the GPS on) but maintained high 12s for a good stretch. Got to Motuihe only a dozen or so boat lengths behind Revo with Cool Change breathing down my neck. Wind was now 28 plus so considered a granny tack, but a lull to 22 and took the chance and jybed across. One of the blocks on the self tacker let go so on with the autopilot again, and up to the bow to put in a temporary fix. I thought the pilot was taking me a bit close to the beach but fingers crossed. Saw two dolphins cuddling in very shallow water up ahead so I raced back to the helm. BUGGER - depth reading 0.0 (calibrated to below keel) and I skidded to a minor halt from 7+ knots. Puled the helm over hard and felt the rudder juddering along the beach, thank goodness for soft sand. Depth agonisingly and slowly climbed 0.1, 0.3 and finally about 1.2 so the day was saved, I could sheet in the self tacker and carry on but it did mean I had lost the time to put a tuck in the main again. Wind now gusting 35s I did all I could to depower the main and hang on. Cool Change is obviously better suited to that close reach with a fin and bulb and so hauled me in and eventually cruised past. The wind suddenly went from N to SW just before North Head (could see the change up the harbour) complete with a heavy crash of thunder. With the wind speed and angle now a bit easier, waterline length had me catching CC again. I was not able to sail through her lee despite several valiant attempts, so I snuck up to windward and managed to pull a few boat lengths free just before the finish.


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:30 PM

8 secs separation in those conditions is close. Just shows it ain't over till it's over. Well done on getting passed. I dropped the sheet and didn't get the jib off quickly enough. Gibing with masthead runners is hair raising in that breeze. Figuratively speaking that is.


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#14 CraigF

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 06:18 PM

Hi DYC and all the single handers

Had a great time on Gale Force, the choppy conditions probably suited the bigger boats on the wind, but still had plenty of water over the decks. Rob (Coppelia) and I had a good battle all the way round. He had a good start and he led all the way to Bean Rock where he allowed me to get past in a very gentlemanly manner. The breeze dropped at North head and I thought there may have been a come back but we had a  close finish, the handicapper giving it to Rob by 1 second, he deserves the win. Both disappointed we hadn't been brave enough to put the bags up. The cock up potential was quite high and we were expecting the SW change.

Thank you DYC for putting on the race and my apologies as I will not be able to make the prizegiving. Well be Back.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 09:06 PM

I'm loving the reports, thanks for eveyone telling their stories.
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#16 Wild727

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:42 AM

 
Everyone looked to do really well coming around and changing to upwind mode..bar Rock Lobster is looked to be heading to the Cellar Door in Man O War Bay for a while...which we all agreed in board was a very good option given the conditions.
 
Was impressive to see given the sea state and weather, so well done all of you that competed

Cantabrians getting slightly lost and finding "fault lines" 👏👏👏

He did keep a close eye on me during my clusterf@k after a jibe attempt that went on to a broach. Making sure all is going well.
All that was going through my head was : Darn small boats! And people from landlocked countries that get on them 😀
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#17 Dambo

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 09:27 AM

 Darn small boats! And people from landlocked countries that get on them

Yeahhh,,, speaking of which, what were you doing at Challenger Rock?  Do you mean Awash rock?


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 04:35 PM

Same again next year and we welcome the various spectators/commenters too.

This is an open race and the more the merrier.

There was discussion among the more 'senior' members that this must have been pretty close to the 50th edition.

 

Just a reminder that Prizegiving date is put back to Friday 1st of May to stay away from the long Anzac weekend.


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#19 Wild727

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:52 AM

Yeahhh,,, speaking of which, what were you doing at Challenger Rock?  Do you mean Awash rock?


I thought it was clear that i was BEING STUPID!
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#20 smithy09

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:51 AM

Great write-ups. Thanks everyone!


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