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#21 raz88

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 07:19 AM

Report from Kristina  

 

Got away cleanly and headed off with a poled out #1 and full main.  Spent the run dicing with Blondie, Farrari and a couple of the big production boats, got to the back corner of Waiheke just behind the bunch, neck and neck with La Carmargue.  Breeze had built again by this stage and the gybe was a bit hairy.  Just as we were about to we set a new speed record for the boat of 14.1 knots surfing down a wave.

 

Reached in through the shifty breeze behind Waiheke to Shag rock, dropped the genoa and hoisted the jib as we did this.  Managed a faster job than Farrari and overtook them, but Blondie who'd been on small jib the whole way got away on us and the big production boats were able to use their waterline length on the reach and gain some ground too.  

 

Rounded Shag rock, had a pretty relaxed 15 minutes heading back up the back of Waiheke, debating what it would be like after rounding the corner as it had been breeze on when we came in.  Decided to put a tuck in the main before we got to the open water, and were glad we had as soon as we got clear of Waiheke.  Was the windiest part of the day for us, and there was a pretty messy sea until we got well clear of Waiheke.  

 

From there we settled in for the long close hauled trip up to Tiri. The ugly chop slowed us down a bit, at 29 feet against 40 footers we were getting bounced around a bit, and had a few issues with slipping halyards, but once we got those sorted we settled into it reasonably well.  Over the leg we had 3 or 4 big squalls with wind well up into the 30s which we seemed to cope better with than others, each time we noticed a lot of the boats ahead being blown off to leeward and losing a lot of ground.  We managed to keep holding Farrari off and put time back into Blondie and some of the bigger boats.  Coming in to Shearer we had a big shift which meant we were a little over laid, but not by as much as a lot of the others.  Enough for Farrari to sneak past though.  

 

Rounded Shearer and had a pod of dolphins come and play around the boat for 20 minutes or so as we reached towards the Haystack.  Saw another squall on its way and decided to climb up so we had some room to run down as the squall hit, but sadly it arrived too late and we'd already got to the Haystack and were back on the wind, just behind Blondie.  Had an ugly board out from Haystack and Blondie extended, but tacked back in and had a better angle on the waves and gradually started to make some ground back again on them.  From there we all lifted up and it was a straight line race to Rangi light and round to Orakei to finish.  Celebrated that by chucking bacon and egg pies in the oven as we motored up the harbour and having a well earned hot feed!

 

Thanks to SSANZ for getting us out there on a day we normally wouldn't have been.  Learned some things about what the boat likes in heavy weather, and had a lot of fun along the way.


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#22 MikeD

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 12:01 PM

Report from Excess

Thanks to SSANZ and Coastguard.

Our race started in moderate wind, even momentarily becalmed off Emu Pt.

Charleston had good pace and looked pressed up all the way through Motuihe Channel to a good lead. Good breeze off Home Bay and settled into a low mode trying not to go too fast into the swell. After the gybe it required some vigorous steering in avoiding the waves as we overtook them.

Charleston did 2 extra gybes so we rounded Gannet even. A few lengths lead at Tarakihi evaporated when we cut the corner.

Managed to overtake Charleston to windward but shortly afterwards we stuffed the bow into a wave, slowed, and got blown over. Initially it happened fast, but the actual capsize was slow enough to hang on. I don't think Bruce got his feet wet.

By the time we got our breath Charleston was already talking with Coastguard. We were comfortable so they continued.

Comms with Coastguard was straightforward and clear on waterproof handheld. They sent Maraetai and 50' Lion Foundation, which hauled us up sideways with a single line on the forward beam. Minor damage from the line cutting into the board. It was less than an hour between capsize and righting.

 

5-10mins of tidying then sailed back to Auckland. Thanks to SSANZ for a tow into the marina at 5pm, and Adrian of Freedom for the hot pies.

Mike
 

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 02:54 PM

Good report Mike, pleased for you that the damage was not too bad and there were no injuries! Well done to sail her home.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 05:11 PM

Mike, you weren't kidding when you said you were trying to slow her down before you went over. There is a lot of red in that final stretch. 

 

We need to add hot pies to the NZMYC capsize recovery guide!


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:29 AM

Voom, your nav lights are still on.


Thanks for that. Got another text too. Must have knocked them on Sunday when drying sails. We're definitely off on Saturday night. Away at the moment, hopefully they will be turned off on Saturday, le me know I still on Sunday! Doubt battery will last.....

When we flipped voom last year, Adrian bought us pies too. Just awesome. And Sam bought beer, also appreciated.

Voom had a mixed SSANZ race, some exciting moments, and one snapped board that cost us 15mins. Might write more when not just on phone.
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#26 Spencebox

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 08:10 PM

Charleston

   Got off to a fairly slow start on port. luckily this put us on a nice port tack lay line that took us cleanly through Motuihe passage and north of D'urville rock. Boat was going nice and fast up to about this point but then it became to choppy for us to safely hullfly down wind without risk of cartwheel. Excess obviously was catching us by now and we coud see them foiling gradually up to us. We decided on an early gybe to Gannet which cost as Excess got the angle right and did two less gybes than us.  We stayed close to them through the back of Waiheke and even overtook again briefly after Tarakihi when they fell into a wee lull. It started to get fairly puffy as we started to leave Waiheke's lee and then we got caught napping by a gust that gave us one our closest moments to date. When we recovered we saw that Excess was on her side. We stopped, dropped our jib, notified coastguard, granny tacked about and sailed around them to make sure all was ok.  We could here them communicating with coastguard. They (Bruce and Mike) indicated they were fine and motioned us to get going so off we went. So after that fright we dropped in the 2nd reef and changed to the number 3, then off to the black rocks.  We didn't hoist the jib till 3/4 the way to flat rock.The boat sailed somewhat better in that breeze with main only as the headsail tended to blow the bow off a bit. when we finally did break out a jib we got nailed by a squall that was blowing spray off the top of the water so jib down again. Eventually made it to Flat rock - after 4 hours!! then the breeze more or less died. We didn't shake the last reed out till about Murrays bay level as, we were tired and really probably just wanted to nurse the boat along. Then the breeze really died and went aft at Wakatere ( after I'd coiled the kite sheets) and had to go to a reaching sail for the last bit. -Tough day for us for sure and a pity our running mate had an early exit.

    Thank you to Ssanz

 

Cheers Casey  


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#27 Freedom GBE

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 05:54 PM

Voom, your nav lights are still on.

Nav lights still burning bright this morning. You must get a prize from the committee for having enough power in your battery to run your nav lights for a week, LEDs are just so good.. Lanny turned them off this morning.

Relaxing race today in the harbour only three 8.5s.


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#28 Kick Ass

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:15 PM

A Small video taken from Meister last Weekend.

 

Didn't have the camera on when the carnage happened. We managed to blow out the masthead and fractional kite and also snapping the pole in half =/.

 

Hope you enjoy it.

 


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#29 Romany

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:40 PM

Pull the other one Meister - are you saying the foredeck gentleman just said "oops wrong way". Surely he had something more colourful to say than that

Looked like fun.
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Posted 16 August 2015 - 09:15 PM

I was the bowman, I let my dad do the easy job! I didn't really have much to say, after putting up and pulling down 3 kites in a short time i was to knackered and just got the job done.

 

Was fun, tiring and bloody expensive on the old wallet!


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