Whilst for some sailors, the forecast of a closed water strong wind warning and a 95% chance of rain, the temptation to say “bugger that” and sleep in would have been strong!
However, that wasn’t the case, with once again 17 boats getting out on the water for a 0815hrs first warning signal on Sunday morning for the second stage of the dustbuster.
Making their Dustbuster Debut, Two skud 18’s came out to play. The Skud 18 was the double handed class used in the Paralympics. An adaptive class, the Skud allows disabled and able-bodied sailors to get out on the water an enjoy fast OD racing.
The Skud’s surprised many with their downwind speed, as they rocketed downwind. The combination of Linda Buchan and Alistair Reed, narrowly took boat of the day spoils with a 1,2,1 scorecard.
Niall Powers and Alistair Reed are current Youth Development squad members relished the opportunity to jump in the Skud class. “I got quite a surprise when the boat lit up downwind” commented a Jubilant Niall Powers.
The Etchells once again had a healthy fleet of 7 boats turning up on the start line. The Crawford’s came out with a win in the first race of the day, and once again it looked like they would dominate the day. However it didn’t all go their way, with Grand V and 2107 racing both taking race victories. “Getting off the line cleanly and getting the first shift really gave you a comfortable jump” commented a pleased Will Dargaville, who won the last two races of the day.
The RPAYC Fleet of 8 x Elliott 7’s once again had plenty of crash and burn action, with some “love taps” and some spectacular trawling.
Pat Langley put in a dominant performance, with 4 bullets. However Pat found himself mid fleet at times, but managed to do a great job of picking the shifts to easily pass his opponents. Pat has now come within 1 point on the overall Pointscore, with Easy Tiger’s Chris Way still holding top spot.
Commodore Michael Lockley sailing with his old sparring buddy and past Commodore Russell Murphy elected to utilize both experience and youth with Youth Development Graduates Liam Bennett and Lauren Crossman helping round out his crew. The commodore had a string of different results, which included a third place in the second race of the day. “I’m just happy that Russell and myself managed to not fall in the drink!” commented a reflective Lockley.
The Int 5.5’s class was missing in action. Adding to the mystery of who will be the form boat leading up to the 2020 worlds. Speculation has it that a few of the owners are doing secret training in Europe.
David West and his race management team did a great job getting away 4 windward leeward races, with the racing done and dusted by 1030hrs
Stage 3 of the Dustbuster regatta is scheduled for the 28th of July - Lock it in your calendar now!