There was widespread agreement that Saturday was one of the best days this season. The sky was blue, the temperature was comfortable and the wind was a shifting 8 to 10 knot east/nor’easter. The downside was the muddy brown water, the result of the recent heavy rains, though it was less polluted than the week before.
The race was a handicap, and the limit markers Tempo, Peter Dallas and Ian Campbell, and Aeolian, Darren and Kylie Chignell, battled for the lead for the early part of the race. Then Murphy’s Law, skippered by David Haseldine in the absence of David Johnston, with partner and regular crew Kate Thompson, challenged them and lead for much of the race, with Aeolian putting up a good fight.
Totally Sinister, Craig Jelfs and Neil Bilsborough, worked its way through the fleet and caught Aeolian at the last mark. Uncle Norm, Eric Partland and Garry Wills, one of the two scratch boats, gained third place on the run to the finish.
Totally Sinister was first across the line, and becomes the new scratch boat. Aeolian was second just 15 seconds later, followed by Uncle Norm, third. The fleet of eight finished within five minutes.
Uncle Norm had the fastest time by 22 seconds ahead of Totally Sinister.
Murphy’s Law is leading the season point score, while Totally Sinister is leading the summer point score.
Uncle Norm is leading the Fastest Point Score.
The next race, race 15, will be a championship race.