With light winds expected, the fleet set underway in what is one of the shortest courses ever set to SWM Ao Makham and back, with two short loops around SWM Ban Nit and OSCM. Total course length 9 nm. Regardless, only David and crew on Miss Saigon completed the full course, the rest of the fleet were shortened to a single loop, and Mark Horwood’s Iruvai’s course shortened further removing both loops. This season we are benefited by being able to progressively shorten the course for boats towards the rear of the fleet and still provide a result, rather than a DNF. Rob Azzopardi’s crew failed to show up leaving poor Rob left alone at the ACYC after rejecting earlier offers of crew. Nonetheless, Rob set out by himself and although a little late to the start line, sailed the course singlehandedly for which he was awarded a bottle of wine for his efforts.
On Saturday, David Liddell from Miss Saigon spent several hours practising his starts and it paid off, because Miss Saigon was the first across the start line, plus the only boat to complete the full course length and earn line honours as well. Towards SWM Ao Makham, Linda, trailing Miss Saigon, was pulling away from Windstar upwind, but after rounding the mark, Linda didn’t have a spinnaker and was quickly passed by the ever-competitive Peter Wood roaring up from nowhere in Windstar, with the distinct colours of his kite not to be missed. Windstar, much to Peter’s disappointment at anything but first prize, finished the day in 3rd place overall. Miss Saigon beat Windstar by just 3 seconds on adjusted time coming 2nd place overall. Bill Sax on Astraeus took the glory and the wine for the day, having the largest performance increase over last Sunday’s race.
Kudos to Iruvai for finishing the race, despite the wind falling away towards the end… although Peter did keep wondering when Mark would be back within mobile phone range! 😉