Largo Bay Nationals - Day 3

Largo Bay Nationals – Day 3

Friday looked more promising when everybody got out of bed. A moderate to fresh south-westerly was building. The fleet was joined by some more classic boats, including 2631 “Groovejet” sailed by Neil and Megan Cardno and 2533, sailed by Brian Irving and his father – his first time ever in a sailing boat!

Will Lee and Beth in Born Slippy pulled off a port tack flyer and was well up the fleet at the Windward mark, he managed to keep ahead of the rest of the 97 rules boats finishing eighth. Ben Butler in Slippery when Wet tried to follow but was a little way behind an was forced to tack off. Chris Lewns and Tom Pygall in Antidote to Panel Games consolidated their lead on the series with another win, with Riot Van taking a flyer on the final beat to take second from Atum Bom who finished third. John Hamilton and Digby Still in Cheese Before Bedtime had a cracking race to finish fourth. Eleanor pulled back from a poor start to get up to third at the windward mark demonstrating its potential as a pure boat speed weapon, they then popped the kite and accelerated away from the boats around them, only to swim on a gybe and letting about five boats through. Ronin also started 5mins late for the start of race 6, but caught up to a credible 7th, just behind Shiny Beast.

Race 7

With black clouds building over Methil Race 7 started after a general recall, Ben Butler in Slippery when Wet had a less than successful start and mounted the committee boat, fortunately no damage was done, apart from pride. there was a good breeze and a massive northerly shift for the first beat with Atum Bom, Usagi Yojimbo and Riot Van arriving at the windward mark at the same time. Riot Van had problems with the hoist but were soon sorted by super crew Eddie. The fleet charged down the first run together with some place changes in a down wind drag race, although everyone was mostly still together at the leeward mark which gave a congested drop area but really got the blood pumping. Ronin had considered a port tack flyer at the start, but bottled it at the last minute meaning they were spat out the back and were bounced over to the wrong side of the beat. Having sailed through the fleet after a poor start “the idiot with the stick” in Antidote to Panel Games managed to drop it in on a gybe which left them in fourth place at the end of the race.

The wind dropped, shifted and became patchy towards the end of Race 7 Ben Butler in Slippery when Wet, noticed that the right hand side of the course had more wind so stayed on that side and benefited from a good shift that let them reach into the finish past about four other boats who were floundering in the slop with very little wind to get a ninth place. The wind continued to drop and swing around, with some of the late finishers hoisting spinnakers on the “Windward” leg.

The race finished with a first win for Atum Bom, Usagi Yojimbo second and Riot Van 3rd, leaving all to play for on the final day.

Race 8

In a good call from the Committee Race 8 was postponed till tomorrow due to a lack of wind.

Position Boat Name Sail No Crew Name Points
1Antidote to Panel Games2699C Lewns T Pygall5
2Usagi Yojimbo3202A Peters J Peters11
3Atum Bom2688P Croate T Unerman11
4Riot Van3204G Bridle E Bridle15
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