(Race Reporter - Rikki/Gripper)
A perfect day for sailing, Sunny and blowing 15 to 20 knots. Six boats were out. New Wave, Sadiiqi, Gripper, Solaise, Siren and Shogun.
3 races were sailed for the second half of the Fairhaven bowl. Sadiiqi was leading the series after a great run last week, however this week it was New Wave who performed the best with three 1st place finishes. They made up for a crew of three from the week before by having six this week. Next week we are seeing if they can go with 12.
The pin was favoured all day. Gripper decided on the first race to attempt to cross the fleet on port tack only to end up ducking the fleet on port tack and being protested by Solaise for tacking in their vicinity. Solaise then tacked away into the oncoming Siren who skillfully managed to avoid them, Solaise did their turns, but never got back into the race. The course was two short legs and with the positions being New Wave, Sadiiqi and Siren.
It was only on the last downwind that Gripper managed to recover from its earlier trouble and squeaked into a very close second place with Sadiiqi and Siren close behind.
Race two had the standard pin end squeeze at the start, with Gripper again getting thrown out of the back door after Sadiiqi forced her up and New Wave sailed over the top. Positions were Sadiiqi, New Wave, Siren, Solaise and Gipper. Sadiiqi then had a blonde moment misjudging the top mark forcing a 360 and letting New Wave and Siren through. Later down the course they also managed a quick broach to help them into 4th place. Solaise also did not quite lay the top mark so again decided to tack into the path of a starboard tacker, this time Gripper’s. After much discussion, turns were decided to be done at a later date. Positions at the finish were New Wave, Siren, Gripper, Sadiiqi, Solaise.
Race 3 finally saw Gripper get off to a good start, but a blonde moment by them caused them to round up into the leeward mark and have to do a 360 as well. This let Solaise and Sadiiqi through for the final windward finish to take 2nd and third with Siren close behind in 5th.