A good turnout for the winter Finn champs. Dave, Ray, Dirch, Jim, John, Gerrit, Justin, Illia, and me. Triangle courses both days with fast reaching and close uphill battles.
Dave is sailing damn fast. His fitness is good as well with all the bike riding, and the motivation videos he’s studying are paying off. Dave took 4 guns and a 2nd over the 2 days. Ray had a DNF in race 2 after breaking a tiller universal. This allowed nzl23 to take 2nd spot in the regatta with Ray 3rd.
I’m sure Ray can’t wait to get his new mast and sail combos up and running so he can find some more speed.
Great courses set by the ever reliable Kevin McGee and his side kick Tane Mahuta.
Justin sailed well and was happy to have match raced everyone at some stage during the weekend. Maybe looking for a bit more speed with a mast change. He finished the regatta with a broken boom but Mr fix it Gerrit is on the job.
Dirch had his mind on other things like lying on the beach in the Philipines. This usually up the front sailor spent more time upside down than a foiling moth.
Duffy enjoyed the conditions, but sailing came to a shuddering holt when he and Gerrit had a pretty bad port starboard collision. Gerrit will be busy getting the boat ready for the North Islands in 3 weeks, but if anyone can my money is on Mr Fix it.
Illia finished all races so had a mid fleet finish. He even broke his de rigging record by 30min, it now only takes him an hour and a half.
Jim had his usual speed until his sail ripped, but showed he’s still the king of the debriefs.
I really enjoyed the up wind battle with Ray and Dave, and it’s good to have my complete rig back and nzl23 felt fast.
All the results are on the web site and thanks once again to the WYC for running the event.
One more weekend sailing at WYC in a fortnight before the North Islands.