Week in Review: Strong winds and glowing twilight’s

Some unseasonably strong winds have recently caused headaches for the race management team at RBYC, with a number of Wednesday and Saturday race days requiring cancellation.

Last Saturdays gale warning for Port Phillip, while frustrating, was very accurate with the breeze consistently over 25 knots for an extended period of time, and at moments, reaching 40 knots.

It was a tale of two days with the weather for Sunday’s OTB racing becalming to almost nothing at start time. after a short delay, the team managed to fit in two races for each division, with everyone having an enjoyable day on the water.

After a nasty Tuesday weather wise, things weren’t looking promising for Wednesday, but with some luck, the conditions eased enough to get some Afternoon racing away for the Hearnes Heroes Fleet, although raced under a Y flag. The winner of race 3, making it 3 from 3, was Paul Wise on Instant Karma, ahead of Geoff Adam’s True Colours and Ted Masur’s Pizazzz.

The wind continued to ease into the evening for the Brighton Lad Rover Summer Twilight Series, the first race to go ahead, as both previous weeks had to be cancelled. Despite taking a small hit to their handicap after winning  the Spring series, it was business as usual for David Prest and the crew of Presto, taking another Twilight Fleet with extra victory. They finished just over a minute ahead on corrected time of Marg Neeson’s Wild Child and Brian Slater’s Redline. In the Pursuit Race, it was as close as you can get with Elegance owner Nick Knezic and crew just holding on for victory by one second, ahead of the fast finishing Xenia, owned by Koos Theron. In third was Ignazio Parolini’s Republica.

All crews were treated to a glowing sunset on the walk back to the club and for presentations on the deck.

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For OTB results – click here