Mix T Motions B&G Simrad 50 2010 report
12 Jul 2010
Simrad 50 Report ? Mix T Motions
The start to Rangi
The day started well, Bill and I turned up at Westhaven at 7.00am, the boat had been readied the day before (a clean bottom thanks to the floating dock), and a new main which we fitted the night before. We opted to motor out to the start line early. There was a quick safety inspection carried out by the committee boat (being early meant this was easily accomplished). There wasn?t much wind around but we remained optimistic about it kicking in because of the forecast information from the briefing.
We readied the masthead spinnaker for the start. Early into our starting sequence we hoisted it and started drifting towards the line, we got almost to the line and stopped dead for a good 15 minutes, we still hadn?t heard the gun so turned the VHF back on to discover the start had been postponed. We also heard that some of the long haul boats had taken more than 20 minutes to get across the line, possibly meaning they were classified as DNS (this rule seemed harsh considering the circumstances and we hoped it wouldn?t be enforced, especially if the same thing happened to us).
We repositioned the boat for the next start and away we went. We then made the first crucial mistake of our race and headed away from North Head, not wanting to fall into the big hole we perceived to be there, however we fell into our own hole (which was bigger) and we could only watch as most of the fleet sailed off into the distance along the east coast bays. When we got closer to Rangi shore we saw Travelln Man a little way ahead, it was nearing 12.00, and with high tide at 11.55 we decided to get back in the channel for some tidal assistance. Close inspection of a channel buoy seemed to indicate the tide was still coming in. It was about here that Bill confessed to bringing two bananas aboard, we quickly disposed of them but I fear the damage had already been done. We were back in our hole again and Travelln Man had made some serious gains on us. We were now positioned near the rear of the fleet.
Rangi light to Billy Goat Pt
We opted to stay wide, away from Rangi shoreline, and this payed some dividends, with some tidal assistance at last. We were running at the same speed as Crack a Jack who took an inside line. But some of the other boats on the inside were not moving much and we were making gains on them, we edged past Navenka just before Billy Goat and hoisted the mast head kite again. As we turne the corner (a group of 5 or 6 boats formed a possey 50m behind us).
Billy goat Pt to Motuihe Green Buoy
We made a few more gains on this leg and overtook another two boats, by sailing the kite shy and working the angles a little it was possible to generate more speed (the wind was still very, very light) we thought we could make out Travelln Man in the distance sporting a big blue gennaker.
Motuihe Green Buoy to Passage Rock
As we rounded
Passage Rock to
We gybed the gennaker as we rounded passage rock and held onto it, it was giving us superior boat speed and we were carrying it well forward of the beam (smething I didn?t think this sail could do) we weren?t to worried that we were dropping below the rhumb line at that stage, as we believed the better boat speed was more advantageous, and as the wind increased (supposedly) we might get a lift as we got closer to Browns. The opposite ended up happening, the wind got lighter, we were deposited into the mother of all holes (Bill and his bananas). We were then stuck there for hours, every now and then a puff of wind a quick little run then gone again, getting around
After finally rounding
So there you have it, a bit of a shocker for us, coming last in our division, and a complete contrast to last years Simrad 50 where we won our division on handicap. This year we seemed very good at finding where the wind wasn?t, maybe if Bill have left the bananas at home it would have been a different story.
Thanks to SSANZ who also had a late and tiring night waiting up for us.
Bring on some wind for the next one. We need to prove we can actually sail.