Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
Here's a recap of the regatta: Day One: The Racing Begins The fleet of 35 boats convenes at the rendezvous point in Narragansett Bay and wait. And wait. And wait. After four hours of lolling around in large swells in the blazing sun the committee has mercy and lets us go home. Day Two: This Boat is Slow The stay-ashore mums of our crew take a guided tour through The Breakers, the Vanderbilt's family seaside mansion. The tour guide says: "Lucky you Australians got me as a guide; I am not from here. Since losing the Cup the locals don't take to Australians that well." On the offshore courses the American boats certainly don't have to be afraid of us, despite the fact that our manoeuvres are next to flawless. We realise that with our stump keel/centre board we can't point as high as the other boats, at all. We get a last and a second last place in our 10-boat division,hmm. Day Three: Rain, rain and more rain It is bucketing, but at least there is wind. Senta starts well but just can't keep up with the highly-tuned competition clad in 3DL sails. The crew is drenched but content, everybody is enjoying their job on the boat. The results: a last, a second last and third last place. Day Four: Fog for a Change On racing day four thick fog greets us at the rendezvous mark offshore. The boats drift around the committee boat trying not to lose sight of it. Racing without any visibility seems too dangerous and the race committee moves us inshore. We end up racing with no land in sight but are able to spot the rounding marks on approach, an eerie scene. The results are looking up, we achieve a third last and two second lasts in the three races. That night's crew party is typically American, pork roast, baked beans, beer and lemonade and cookies. I pine for a glass of wine. Day Five: Around The Island The last racing day is the week's highlight; the organisers send us around Conanicut Island. Short tacking against the tide along the beautiful mansion-lined shore in 15 knots and sunshine is fantastic and we are keeping up with the fleet. The long spinnaker run, however, has a parking lot at the end. We have to beat a Swan 48 not to come last and Senta is giving her best but it just isn't meant to be. We lose by one second. Crescendo wins our class, well done Hughie and theWilmotts. At the final prize giving at Harbour Court the crew of Senta clearly wins the cardboard box race down the club lawn; competition is scarce as it is not for the faint hearted. We had a great week, never mind the result. Antigua, here we come! O BETTER ENGINEERED SAILS www.doyleaustralia.com Congratulations Arajilla. Winner IRC at Airlie Beach 2007 The Doyle Experience. Doyle Sails Sydney Doyle Sails Auckland 02-9361-4836 9-307-0799 Doyle Sails Brisbane Doyle Sails Melbourne 07-3252-5161 03-9646-5273 Doyle Sails Hobart Doyle Sails Airlie Beach 03-6234-5422 07-4948-1868 Doyle Sails Perth Doyle Sails Adelaide 08-9430-5366 04-3881-8916 Doyles Lake Macquarie 02-4945-3994 Winning is fantastic!
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