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2014 SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series

Rattle N Rum Baltic 50 report

22 Jul 2014

Rattle n Rum
This was our first real race on the Rattle since Noisy brought it last year, and we probably should have taken it out a few more times beforehand with the race sails. The bulk of the pre race was spent sailing around looking at other SR's to see what headsail they had on, we weren't even sure if the 10kts we had was too much for the No.1 2 handed. Ended up going for the No. 2 pre start (wrong call, made worse by the wind easing rapidly). 

By the time we had the zero set up, was 2 minutes to the start, and ended up too far down the line and a little late. Had the zero out of the start, but wasn't going as fast as we could since had my weight off the rail changing to the one. Ended up back in the fleet rounding Rangi light. Pulled a bit of weed off the rudder after seeing Motorboat backing up (lucky it was only 600 down).

We went alright upwind, until the wind shifted and we had overlayed the Noises, bore off, then the wind shifted well back right and ended up beating round the Noisies and Ahaaha's in light slopp. Made worse by the rain sticking the woolies to sail.

Eventually hoisted the zero on the reach to Waiheke, hitting our top speed of 9kts for the day, making back up some ground on Rocky after screwing around deciding what to put up.

We were overpowered on the beat up to Rocky bay, and swapped down to the No. 2 which was great until the wind dropped off again to 5kts 10mins later.

Drifted down the run (night time now) with the (much too) big Mumm 36 kite, that spent half its time sitting in the water under the bow. Ended up well in towards Pine harbour thinking we'd gype through 90 deg in those conditions, which we didn't (and the wind shifted). Came rocketing back doing 6kts in about 6kts of breeze under zero to make it round Browns Island, where we came across Rocky (again) who had driffed down the middle of the course under kite. Passed Rocky and a few others under zero carrying our apparent wind through towards Bean rock

Quick peal to the geneker before just Bean, and through to the finish, mid fleet on line and handicap, and being beaten by the first SR by 2hours.

Leasons learnt:- stay in the middle of the course in shifty conditions, don't change sails unless you really have to, and a Mumm 36 kite is just way too big.

Thanks to the SSANZ and the race committe, great event you put on as shown by the huge turnout.

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