Well last weekend we raced in the Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta
here in Sydney
It was a "working sails
for those of us in the cruising division.
2 races per day with an arbitrary handicap system.
There were 8 boats in the division and on Saturday it blew a good steady 18 knots for the morning race
and then 20 to 25 for the afternoon race
. it truly blew and the rain made it most unpleasant.
There was just the Admiral, a friend of ours and me on board with the Admiral steering
. She had never been racing
before let alone steered during racing
Results: Winner of race 1 and second in race 2 !!!!
There were three Seawind
1000 and other cruisers including an Oram 43 and Crowther 52.
The Seawinds were faster than us downwind but we were 5 degrees higher than them upwind and much faster. For example, in the second race we went around the last mark three boatlengths behind a Seawind
and in a 1.5 mile beat we stuck 5 minutes into them.
Sunday saw a change in the weather
(or at least the wind). Light and patchy breeze with lots of holes (still raining).
Results were a last and an unable to finish inside time limit.
Again the Seawinds were faster downwind. They are a lot lighter. Once they had a gap the different wind
all over the course made it difficult to bridge the gap.
A great weekend and some interesting lessons learned.
You have to be able to barberhaul the headsail off the wind. It allows you to goosewing even when you are not DDW and gives a much better sail shape when reaching.
Even in the gusts on Saturday afternoon which exceeded 25 knots the boat felt stable and in control. We did not reef. the feeling I got was that upwind the leeward hull
just bit in a little and gave 2gether heaps of height.
Photos, if we get any, to follow.
daniel and elaine