Gucci’s ride to Ship Cove / Blink’s story

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For once we got two write-ups for the same race – thanks both Gucci and Blink for your input!

From Gucci

What a great last race to end the main season 2021-2022 on with the Ship Cove Race on Saturday. Thank you to Jim Gordon, Geoff Herd, Deb Williams and Elle Eagle for doing race management. Here is a report from Brent Dewhurst, skipper of Gucci.
Friday nights briefing forecast Northerly 30kts and rain.
Managed to find another crew so that made six.
On the start line at 12 noon there was Gucci, Blink, & Laissez Faire.
With no3 and full main & 25 knots of wind, it wasn’t long before we had the chicken shute up and powering out of the harbour.
A bit of a twist while gybing  but all good.
By the time we got to the rip we had a reef and 30 kts with plenty of water over the deck.
Blink was seen doing a few tacks in the middle of the Strait, but we continue on.
The call soon went out to shake the reef out, then back to the no2.
Malcom say where’s the no1? I say back in the shed.
Approaching the the Brothers the winds back up to 25kts,but we are sailing to windward at 10 knots and 3metre seas; more water over the deck and crew.
We eased the sheets after Koamaru with only six miles to the finish, 6hrs 41 min.
The record is 4hrs 30min by Arbitrage 2001.
Dinner was served on the way to Furneaux Lodge where me met up with Blink and Laissez Faire
A good time was had by all .
Thanks to my crew: Deb, Malcom, Cam, Juliet and Amanda.

Blink’s story

Cracking start in NW 16-22 one reef in main and #2.
Hoist A6 at Kau bay and away sneaking in a few cheeky 20 knots boat speed heading out. Top speed 22.9 knots.
2 sail reach from MM to Sinclair with a change from #2 to #4 settled into a long upwind leg with a few tacks to the brothers.

A couple of reefs in / out / in
Bear away a touch at Cape Komaru only to have the wind swing to SW so on the nose to the finish

5:01:05 race record is 4:39 and some change..
Next time…

Then the games commenced.. Port / Beers / Rums repeat
Dinner at Furneaux
Terrible pool
Shennanigans

Shoulder injuries driving back – checked out and nothing serious 🙂

Congrats to Gucci for handicap and PHRF honours. Great sailing with Lassez-Faire and Gucci. Thanks to Geoff and race control for volunteering.

Thanks to Craig Shearer (crew herder and mast), Gordie (trim/co tactics), Fletch (bowman), Hardy (business class – runners), Ash (trim), Peter (main).

Tony (helm/co tactics) and Vesna Wells (keyboards, crew welfare).

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