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2015 Coastal Classic

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quite a few of the smaller multis, plan B - GBE, sledge - farrier f82 

 

had to pull out

 

the big light cat, taiping could never get into its groove against the big heavy cat sundreamer

 

all of which makes charleston's performance against the big boys look even more amazing

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There was an area of light westerly between Cape Rodney and Whangarei Heads that Charlston hooked into and that was it, game over. Taeping went in there with mixed results and we bailed out to sea, coming back together but by then Charlston was a speck on the horizon and excellently sailed, there was no getting back at her. Predict Wind had the patch forecast before the race. Go to the race tracker and watch how boats a mere 50 metres apart got split into different patterns around takatu. Giacomo and Dragon got really shafted.

It was an awesome race and well done to the 50% that made it. Some years have to favour the upwind boats (not too many thank you)
 

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There was an area of light westerly between Cape Rodney and Whangarei Heads that Charlston hooked into and that was it, game over. Taeping went in there with mixed results and we bailed out to sea, coming back together but by then Charlston was a speck on the horizon and excellently sailed, there was no getting back at her. Predict Wind had the patch forecast before the race. Go to the race tracker and watch how boats a mere 50 metres apart got split into different patterns around takatu. Giacomo and Dragon got really shafted.

 

It was an awesome race and well done to the 50% that made it. Some years have to favour the upwind boats (not too many thank you)

 

Well done SD + crew.

 

It was an exciting race to watch even via race tracker from bed at 1am!

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So from the phil Clark SD crew. I am NOT rehab, know nothing about him and don,t agree with any of his veiws. It was a brilliant race and the tracker worked well.taeping won the marina race. Thanks to Mr hart and the rest of the crew for a totally brilliant weekend and to our competitors. Who would have thought that after 12 hours of racing we,d be splitting tacks with beau geste and taeping at cape Brett. Utterly brilliant race :)

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Yes, a brilliant race, a bit of everything.

It was great from the start under kite to North Head, except for the fact that we were being covered by all the big monos so we couldn't really hit our stride. We peeled to the screacher and headed off with Tigre nipping at our heels all the way to Leigh, sitting in the high teens all the way (max speed 20.2 knots).

Then things went awry. From there to Whangarei heads the winds could be 100 degrees variation and anything from 0 to 18 knots. PlanB passed us both and we then match raced them for the next hour.

At Whangarei heads the NNW came in a solid 15 to 18 knots and very lumpy seas. The boat took off sitting nicely on 7 to 9 knots, but every 30s or so the boat would go thru the waves rather than over and with all the crew needed near the bow to keep it down it was going to be another 6 to 7 hrs like this. We decided to pull out.

I was really impressed with Sledge, and it wasn't her performance that caused us to pull out. She was pointing as high and going as fast as the monos around us. 20 yrs younger and I would have kept at it.

It was nice to put her on the trailer at Marsden cove on Saturday and tow her home.

Definitely an enjoyable race even if we didn't finish.

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