Forecast is something of a concern this year, MetService is calling the breeze to drop in the evening whilst the PredictWind models have it dropping only slightly but still definite wind warning country well into the evening.
To cover the possibility that it will still be strong into the evening and given some boats may have people new to sailing, I've elected to make courses very simple this year. I've also chosen to make the finish line a transit from the tower through the ODM meaning you can finish outside the ODM if you wish.
Keep in mind people, as always, it's the skippers decision as to whether to go out sailing or not. My personal advice, if the wind is up, be certain of your decision before leaving.
As usual, for those starting last on the short course or first on the long course, if you particularly want to sail the other course, let me know and I'll see what can be arranged.
Short Course :
7.6nm: From the start rounding Bean Rock Buoy to starboard finishing in a westerly direction on a transit line from the Westhaven Tower through the ODM.
Long Course :
11.4nm: From the start rounding Motukorea Buoy to starboard finishing in a westerly direction on a transit line from the Westhaven Tower through the ODM.
The start line is defined as a line from Westhaven tower to the outer distance mark (ODM), the finish line as noted earlier is a line from the Westhaven Tower, through the Outer Distance Mark to a point on the northern side of the harbour.
Start times shall be signalled with number boards on the tower and we will endeavour to broadcast each start time on VHF ch77. We expect to coordinate start times using GPS time so starting on your GPS time should work well.
Keep in mind people you are sailing under Collregs which do require a higher degree of caution while navigating in close proximity to other vessels. There are also insurance implications so if close to other vessels, throttle back the racing enthusiasm, no one wants a damaged boat just before their Christmas cruise.
Apologies to the purists as I know it's not likely to be a tactical or challenging course, especially if I've overestimated the severity of the weather.
Any questions, please email me at email@example.com
Start times, as at 16:00, Tuesday 17 December :
7.6nm course :
17:59 Crocodile 17:59 Serene 17:59 Sweathog 18:04 Bondi Tram 18:05 Flashwave 18:06 Duty Free 18:06 Cool Change 18:07 Legless 18:07 Young Magic 18:07 Panama Jack 18:07 Elliphunk 18:09 Ovlov Marine 18:10 Carpe Diem 18:11 Hawkeye II 18:11 Hard Labour 18:12 Fast Company 18:13 Team Sex 18:13 Chain Reaction 18:14 Fun-n-Games 18:14 Waka 18:15 Atomic 18:16 Pretty Woman 18:16 Motorboat II
11.6nm course :
17:45 Transformer 17:45 Atamai 17:47 Black Pearl 17:47 Extreme 17:48 Force Eleven 17:59 Knee Deep II 18:04 Freedom 18:12 Romanza
Stay safe people, if you're out enjoy the sail.