Sunday, August 14, 2011

Airlie Beach race week Days 1 and 2

Airlie Beach Race Week. Races 1 and 2

Sorry for the delay in writing this up. We have been a bit busy, what with racing, partying, racing, socializing, etc. There has to be an easier way to make a living!

Race 1 19 miles

We were up early and pumped for this race. Our start was adequate and we were middle of the fleet by the turning mark. We don’t have a lot of practice with our spinnaker, in fact yesterday was the first time any of the crew had actually seen it up except me. None the less we had her flying for about 10 minutes before the wind built to nearly 30 knts and we thought it prudent to pull it down again. That proved a little more difficult than actually getting it up. Mick was physically lifted off the deck hanging onto it but eventually we had it in the bag.
Dreamagic sailed well in the conditions although not as quick as the other Bavaria 44’s which was disappointing. We got 11th from 24 yachts in our division.

Race 2 24 miles

Well we were first over the line! Unfortunately about a second too early and we were recalled. By the time we could extricate ourselves from the fleet and return to start again we had lost about 10 minutes. This multiplied to about 20 because of a kite problem we had, and then at the finish line a Beneteau that “didn’t see us” very nearly cut us in half. Even with us yelling, and me turning Dreamagic away the Beneteau missed us by less than 300 cms. I could see the helmsman of the other boat and he was shaking with shock as he went past our stern.

To recover from the shock we had a couple of beers on Time Lord before repairing to the Sailing Club for dinner. The singer/guitarist was brilliant, the red wine flowed and the Dreamagic Dream Girls danced, flirted, and one even fell on her bum as we proved that whilst we may be last in the fleet, Dreamagic is definitely first at the parties.

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