Basin sailors glide towards season’s end

ON Saturday, April 5 was the last race of the SIBYC’s weekend points score series for this sailing season with an Inside Triangle course out on the Basin.

With regular committee boat and Phil Q. away for the weekend, the starting and committee boat duties were undertaken by volunteer Max and his assisting crew.

The 1pm scratch start saw six boats away on time under grey and threatening skies and a variable south to south-west wind.  

With all boats crossing the start line in close order, there was a bit of friendly banter between crews with suggestions for some minor course changes.

The first work found the fleet trying to figure out exactly where the wind was coming from, with some lifted and others knocked. 

Southern Cross (Greg, Lynne and Captain Billy) and Lowana (Silver, Ken and Gary) had a good fight to the first mark, followed by another close tussle between Fly Navy Too (Greg and Rhonda) and Bay Blues (John and Steve). 

Next was Two Up (Paul and helper), and finally bringing up the rear, HooRoo (Andy and Lou).

A tight first reach and increasing breeze made it difficult to hoist a spinnaker. 

Not surprisingly only Fly Navy persisting with that challenge, but things eased up on the next leg to allow all boats to hoist a kite.

Southern Cross and Lowana maintained their close quarters combat all the way to the finish, with Lowana just holding on for line honours. 

Fly Navy Too was third over the line, then Bay Blues, Two Up and in the cruising division HooRoo. 

Official results have been posted on the website.

The Basin Classic was held on Saturday, April 12, before the final scheduled weekend races this weekend.

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