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An okay race for us, reasonable start and went round Motutapu in good shape. Used the Code0 in company with the SR26's until it got sloppy and gusty after Rakino. Watched a whole lot of boats heading for Tiri.......

Cracked a 3/4 genny shortly after and carried that all the way to and round Little Barrier with only Motorboat and Entertainer in front, however the latter wrapped their kite and carried on towards the Mokes letting us though.

Coming home wasn't a happy thing, no power in the #3 to get through the waves, changed up, managed to clear Kawau just and were halfway to Whangaparaoa when the southerly hit. After that everything got blurred. We did well hugging the Whangaparaoa shore through Tiri Passage and thought we were still in it as we crossed ahead of Tickled Pink and Grunt Machine who had passed us us earlier.

Were hoping for a 4th or 5th but gutted when some SR26's and Cool Change slipped in ahead so we ended up 8th line, 5th handicap. Just over our racetrack rating so happy enough but wish I knew how those boats slipped though. Couldn't get my tracker to work at all but my phone was playing up with the cold and damp.

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Frustrating day. Terrible course choice.

 

Nah, it was a great course choice! Reaching into Little Barrier under screecher, leaping off a northerly swell and just SENDING it is something I'll never forget!

 

At least you missed the most frustrating bit, tacking up the channel in no breeze with the tide roaring out! You got one great lift through there.

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Freedom - Open 8.5 GBE

 

Had a pretty good start at the top of the line right behind Taeping and just had to wait for them to take off for some clear air. Tacked up to the Motahie Channel keeping Voom behind, crossing tacks with Stealth Mission and behind Borderline (like always).

 

Got the screecher on in the channel and lined up Little Barrier on the GPS. Shot the gap between two of the Noises (see below) which was a little nerve wracking at low tide but it paid off with keeping in touch with Stealth Mission and putting some space between us and Voom. Carried the screecher half way to LB doing 12-15kts but the breeze went lite and aft so swapped to the masthead kite. When we got about 5nm out, the breeze had come up again so we decided to swap to the screecher again but we dropped the kite in the water. Ended up going head to wind to get it from under the boat.

 

Had an epic screecher ride down the outside of LB doing 14-18kts, leaping off big northerly swells. The boat felt like a beach cat and loved being throw around! Kite back up to go around the back of the LB and found Borderline and Stealth Mission parked up, so the race kind of restarted there.

 

The beat home was frustrating with not quite enough breeze to really get the boat going but managed to lay through the Tiri Passage. The breeze went forward on us at the Rangi lighthouse and really died, meaning a slow beat to the finish against the outgoing tide. Got there in the end, 1.5 hours behind Borderline, 45min behind Stealth Mission and 45min in front of Voom, which is a pretty good result for us!

 

There is something special about going around Little Barrier. Its a pretty cool looking place. Thanks SSANZ and the sponsors Safety at Sea, Baltic, NZ Spars and Rigging & Evolution Sails for another great year.

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Frustrating day. Terrible course choice.

 

Nah, it was a great course choice! Reaching into Little Barrier under screecher, leaping off a northerly swell and just SENDING it is something I'll never forget!

 

At least you missed the most frustrating bit, tacking up the channel in no breeze with the tide roaring out! You got one great lift through there.

 

No, we didn't miss that. we spent hours doing the last 5 miles, as slow as 2 knots at the finish. Bean rock had 10-14 knots, we had

 

as shown by the track, we couldn't lay tiri channel, and a pretty basic course tactics wise.

 

kite halyard snapped, we ran over kite at pace, shredded it and damaged prod end.

 

had some exciting bits on the way out to LB, but not the best race, and very disappointed with how it turned out.

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Has anyone a photo of 'Boxing Day Donna'? and would she -

 

Mahna Mahna

Do doo be-do-do

Mahna Mahna

Do do-do do

Mahna Mahna

Do doo be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do-doodle do do do-doo do!

 

It was a long night..... and morning on the SSANZ mothership. Anchor down at 5pm then up at 6am. Mix a couple of rums with no sleep along a rocking good Thai chicken curry and it did get a bit freaky at times :lol: :lol: :lol:

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A couple of rums with no sleep along a rocking good Thai chicken curry and it did get a bit freaky at times :lol: :lol: :lol:

 

Okay you started it...... Woke up Friday morning with a horrible bug, by evening it was worse but I'd promised to take wife shopping (her birthday Saturday, sons Sunday, fathers day Sunday and I'm away sailing all weekend possibly, you get the drift :-) ) Anyway stupidly had butter chicken at the mall. That night I was seriously considering bailing and calling reserve crew. Went straight to bed an woke up slightly better.

 

Halfway through the race in inevitable started. Now if you've never had to use the head on a Ross 930 into 6 foot waves on a 45 degree angle in soaking wet clothes while feeling like you drunk 2 bottles of tequila the night before then you probably don't understand. 2 folded sheets of paper ain't going to cut it. On the third visit I discovered too late the toilet wasn't going to be pumping anything and the bowl was half full and was to remain that way for the rest of the race depending on angle of heel.

 

We'd arranged to meet at the boat this morning to tidy up sheets, sails and stuff, I did a dawn raid and removed all evidence and fixed the bog and tidied up. Nice start to fathers day. At least it was mine.... Radar on his birthday might not have been so thankful

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It was a fun day, a bit lumpy around the back of Jurassic park, but nice once on the western side. On the wind all the way home wasn't the best bit. However good wind all day and the final beat from whangaparaoa was fantastic sailing with moonlight, a nice steady 10-12kts and dolphins all the away which latched on in Kawau Bay. Maybe course 2 would have been a better choice or a even a big triangle? Happy Jacks, flat rock, through tiri to finish. WO all credit to you for carrying that red sail, snapping,flapping and rounding up past us until the corner. Especially with delhi belly! And also big thanks to ssanz, all the officials and behind the scenes elves who put on great series

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A couple of rums with no sleep along a rocking good Thai chicken curry and it did get a bit freaky at times :lol: :lol: :lol:

 

 

 

Halfway through the race in inevitable started. Now if you've never had to use the head on a Ross 930 into 6 foot waves on a 45 degree angle in soaking wet clothes while feeling like you drunk 2 bottles of tequila the night before then you probably don't understand. 2 folded sheets of paper ain't going to cut it.l

 

Haha yup Phil I have been there many times..Pepe RNI..... it doesnt get any easier in 40 kts at 50 degree heel either!

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Will write a full report tomorrow. We carried the mast head gennaker all the way but had to drop for the very last bit when the wind built. Then rehoisted to go across the top before peeling to the spinnaker around the outside. It was 2hrs of very intense sailing...

Just a shame about our handicap result. Not sure what more we can do!

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Charleston’s Report – Little Barrier & back

Had an OK start with space magically opening up at boat end after Triple 8 & Excess reached off down the line just the before the gun otherwise we looked locked out. Managed to roll over Triple 8 & Excess just before having to tack onto port at Rangi shoreline, dipped a few smaller keelboats to find a clear lane thru the keelboats & flopped back onto starboard to go out thru Motiuhe passage, Excess, Taiping & Triple 8 basically all tacked on our hip. Excess took the low road around the back Mototapu thru the keelboats & looked to suffer for it, after the Noises the order was us Taeping Excess then Tripple 888. Reach across to Little Barrier was very bumpy, we were leaping off waves & coming to very sudden stops into next, leeward hull was more like a half tide rock, would be nice to have some lifty things down there perhaps, boat speed btwn 15 & 18, was very hard to find any constant groove. We sailed the Rhumb line on this leg, Taeping was on our hip till about half way across, mayby 400m behind with Excess another 400 back, about half way across Taeping decided to go high & then come screaming back down with a reacher on, they looked to pass back thru the rhumb line about in line with excess so may have lost a place in this manoeuvre. Looked weird looking back at Excess as they looked quite elevated over the tops of the swells at times, so obviously doing a bit of foiling. At LB both Excess & Taeping came right back into us before were able to get out masthead on. About halfway round Excess stopped & rounded up with something broken I guess, this is the last we saw them , glad to see they were able to carry on & finish. Cleared Little barrier & the next obstacle, was the 3 Japanese naval ships one NZ Frigate which were doing some sort of manoeuvres directly on our Course line. Stayed high initially to avoid these which helped in the end. Managed to lay back to inside of Tiri, with Taiping directly behind most of way and slowly catching, could also Triple eights sail slowly getting bigger behind just . Once thru Tiri we were able to sail inside our woollies for max height ,being overpowered, in the perfectly flat water. We hit rangi shore right on Rangi light & laid across to to narrowneck, 2 more Tacks & finished with a nice little squirt of 17 knts boat speed across finish line. Most of our 15 minutes , on Taeping was in the last 8 miles of the race.

Was a race of 4 tacks & 1 Jibe for us, enjoyable boat speed race with Taeping & Excess until LB.

 

Cheers to SSANZ for a good series.

 

Shane

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