THE forecast for the Derwent Estuary was “inviting” for the second race of the Tilfords Auto Group Winter Series, which was held on Sunday 28 June.
Ten to 15 knot north-westerly winds and a temperature of 14 degrees was forecast.
While the temperature was right, the wind crystal ball must have needed a service.
Not long after taking off, contestants were battling 35-knot pressure gusts and a constant 20 to 25 knots from the north-west.
But this did not stop yachts enjoying close hard-fought racing.
It was a spectacular sight from the committee boat Alaska 45 and no doubt from the Eastern Shore with all boats battling hard to improve or hold its positions.
With such close racing it was inevitable that some mistakes were made.
“Black Magic” and “Rousabout” collided in a port / starboard incident with Rousabout being assisted back to the Bellerive Yacht Club marina by Alaska 45.
“Kharis “ and “Obsession” also rubbed gunwales and both were retirements from the race.
The broach of the day went to Gav Adamson and his crew aboard “Madness” with a heavy gust of wind resulting in a wild broach and involuntary “Chinese gybe.”
Thanks to all the patrol boat and committee boat crews for their assistance and seamanship in difficult conditions.
Tilfords Auto Group Winter Series Race 2 results:
First place: “Planet X”, Mick Rowley and Crew.
Second place: “Tas Paints” ,Ian Stewart and Crew.
Third place: “Wild West”, Michael Denny and Crew.
First place:“ First Light”, Ben Davidson and Crew.
Second place: “Just In Time”, Mick Sheehan and Crew.
Third place: “Saga”,Chris Sheehan and Crew.
First place: “Off Piste”, Paul Einoder and Crew.
Second place: “Kama”, Don , Rod Cushion and Crew.
Third place: “Y-Nacht” , Paul Wilkinson and Glen Frame and Crew.