Race report - Deep Purple
Tough day at the office. North easterly of 25/35 knots, extremely rough and first mark 25 miles to windward was always going to be tough for a 25' 600kg traileryacht in a fleet of 30/50' keelers. The small boat division, most of which are bigger than us were given the short inshore course as conditions were unsafe for them But if you don't start you are excluded from the series so out we go. Almost half the fleet didn't start or didn't finish but we kept going at times going sideways more than forward. Oh for a #3 jib and second reef. We rounded Gannet Rock a distant second to last but the send home was fun albeit with no chance of catching the leaders. Lots of bursts well over 16 knots, 14 boats passed and a great gennaker run from Haystack to Rangi Light. Anyways we crossed the line 15th and last (22nd) on handicap in our division. 22nd out of 37 finishers on our course so pretty respectable. On the bright side, Deep Purple took it in her stride, needing nothing but a bail out of water to be ready to go again. Crew Rob Shaw was awesome. Thanks SSANZ and team for putting on the series. One short race to go in 4 weeks, a nice 10/15 knot SW please. A small glimpse of us on the start.