Simrad SR26 Style
11 Jul 2006
Well we managed to get 7 boats to the start line in the end, with only Markone not turning up for the day.
It was great to see all the boats milling around at the start line preparing for the respective starts, the SR26s and small boats were the last start of the morning, with only a little bit of banter within fleet, all the boats got off to a pretty good start, first around Rangi Light was Train Smash with brilliant start, a little behind the fleet at the time of the gun but with there Factional Genny up moved through the fleet to lead by a large margin from Jagged Edge, Rattle n Rum and Gaucho followed closely by Aqua Vitae, Travel n Man and then Mercenary.
The fleet enjoyed a great kite ride down to the Haystack, with Jagged Edge and Gaucho having few problems with broken gear, Gaucho unfortunately breaking her rudder and retired back to Arkles Bay to warm them selves with a bottle of Rum. Speeds of 18.9 knots were recorded on the run to haystack before the boats turning the corner to head back to Motuihe. SR's do not like bashing there way into 30-40knts 2 up but it was the only way to get home and several of them endured knockdowns in gusts well over 30knots. Final results on line were Rattle n Rum, battling it all the way to the finish with Mercenary, Train Smash, then Jagged Edge coming on strong towards the end and giving Train Smash a little hurry up, then back to Travellin Man, and Aqua Vitae with Gaucho not finishing due to her broken rudder.
Biggest mover of the day was Geoff and Andrew on Mercenary, recovering from last after the Prod broke just shortly after the start to finish second on line and taking out the handicap win.
It was a trying day for the SR's, but fun had by all with only the one casualty. Thanks to the organisers and sponsors for an enjoyable event. And we look forward to seeing you all for race two of the Simrad in August.