The 2013 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series – “The weekend that delivered!”

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Two-handed Race 1

13 boats lined up for the start off the club under the control of Race Officer Dave Roberts, ably assisted by Deb Dewhurst and Jess Wana.

A 20nm course had been set taking the boats around the harbour. A few boats were a little too eager with an individual recall requiring some quick manoeuvres to get back around the start mark. At least one or two boats sailed outside the laid start mark, but they quickly recognised the error of their ways and restarted swiftly.

By the first top mark REVS had stretched her legs and was never headed – taking line honours for the day. The chasing pack had some great battles, with Testarossa, Gucci, 88% Proof and Eat My Shorts in close contact around the track.

Grant & Jamie Reid on Testarossa took second on line, but it was the fast-finishing crew of Eat My Shorts who took out overall honours on PHRF for the day as well as finishing 3rd over the line.

The team on 88% Proof lamented as they watch James and Shorts do the “buffalo girl” – sailing around them on the last leg from Ngauranga to the finish line – but were consoled with a well-deserved victory on IRC, with Gucci 2nd and Whistler III third.

Results for the race can be found on the website here. With the series being decided on total elapsed time over the three races there are still huge opportunities for all the boat to take out the series!

Fully Crewed – Race Day 3

All eyes were on the weather maps as Sunday dawned sunny and light. The forecasts all pointed towards and light and dying breeze – but luckily for the fleet, and Race Officer Ken Burt, reality was vastly different!

A northerly of 13-18knots, coupled with a relatively short course laid in Evans Bay lead to some tight racing and GREAT views for the spectators that lined the Bay.

Picking the shifts and some great crew work saw Wedgetail claim line honours in Division A from Ran Tan II and REVS. However it was Herdy and team on The Guarantee who used their masthead runner to great effect to take home the wins on Handicap and PHRF.

Division B was always going to be a close run race, but again it was Testarossa from Lowry Bay who managed to out manoeuvre the fleet to take the gun by two minutes. The team on Eat My Shorts also revelled in the breeze taking second on line from the ever consistent Gucci.

PHRF results saw Eat My Shorts, Testarossa and Saucy Sausage fill the top three spots, with Shorts also taking the win on General Handicap from Testarossa and Incantare.

Gucci was the best of the IRC fleet.

Full race results for Div A and B for the day are posted on the web here

With all the boats off the water – it was back to the bar where PaulJD gave away the goodies for the day – with RUM going to Whistler III and Rocket Science, a set of NORTH SAILS crew t-shirts to Rosschild – and Moore Wilsons Vouchers going to Ran Tan II.

A special thanks goes to all of the club members who supported Rose in her efforts doing ‘Dry July’. PaulJD challenged the club to raise $100.00 for Rose who was blown away by the generousity of the members – who donated over $250.00 on the day!

Photos from the weekend come courtesy of Doug Thomas – who was just one of the Race Management volunteers who made the weekend racing happen. A huge thanks to him as well as Ian Dewhurst, Jess Wana, Nicci Wood, Carol Love, Ken Burt, Deb Dewhurst, Carole Inkster and Dave Roberts – we couldn’t have done it without you!

What a day – what a weekend!!!!!

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