Nineteen yachts took part in the Ruth Nangle Trophy Race to Safety Beach on Saturday, with 17 returning in the Jeanette Turnbull race on Sunday.
The first boats started at 8:00 with spinnakers flying in light breeze, flat water and cloudy sky.
The crew of Ellipse so enjoyed the idea of a spinnaker start they did a practice one two minutes before their actual start time then returned to start again.
The last two boats off, at 9:30 & 9:31, were separated by “just a minute” on handicap, but by a large margin in spinnaker area.
The breeze built over the day, the sun came out and the spinnakers stayed up.
The Commodore of SBSC, Ross and his wife Fiona welcomed more than 100 RMYS members to a great night at their club. Ross decided a party game was called for before the results were announced, a variation on Mandy’s Bundy Toss from Grand Final day involving a bottle of Johnny Walker Red and a paper plane made from a $10 note. Damien Ryan from Gienah won the bottle and the headache for the next day.
Sunday was a copy of Saturday except that the breeze had changed 180’ degrees and after a brief upwind leg at the start, the headsails stayed on the deck for the rest of the day.
Sailing administrator Allicia and race volunteer Marc Tracy had to recover a misplaced Muffin off Ellipse prior to start which was run by SBSC.
The three leaders, Addiction, Tigris and Ellipse, again battled at the front of the pack with other duels being fought out among the fleet.
Mrs Overnewton, Take Five, How Bizarre and XIT Strategy kept a close eye on each other throughout the afternoon, eventually finishing within two minutes of each other. The rumour that the loudness of Les’s shorts unsettled the crew on Mrs O has been denied although Doughie was seen wear his shades indoors after the race.
Billy Cart and XIT Strategy had a great race, both sailing above their performance handicaps and finishing within minutes of the leaders.
The breeze had freshened to 15 knots by the time the fleet began to round the Fawkner Beacon and then came up to 20 knots to give everyone an exciting blast to the finish and a welcome wave from Terry in the tower.
The corrected-time winners were a deserving Weekend Option, closely followed by Sunshine and Tigris.
We will do it again next year and Allicia has promised the same weather.
Thanks again to the Safety Beach Sailing Club for their great hospitality, our sponsor, Kiss, for supporting both races and Marc Tracy for sacrificing his crew spot on Mrs O to help Allicia on William Paterson.
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