Another glorious evening for some on the water time. The weather gods are currently smiling on sailors!
It was the turn of Option to run proceedings and with the tide honking to the west a short run to Darling Associates, followed by a beat against the tide to North Sturbridge, a tight (possibly) kite reach to Kemps Quay, a run to Browndown and another beat against the tide in Stokes Bay to the finish was set. A testing course if the wind held, gloom for the tiddlers if it didn't.
Key to the start was whether or not to hoist a kite for the short run of 100M to DA, great if you could pull it off with some slick crew work, disaster if you couldn't. Danegeld and Spirit of Kudu in the first start opted for kites and the 2 yachts led into the first mark and disappeared up the beat with the rest of the fleet trailing. This they held on the next 2 legs until Danegeld, gybing at Browndown failed to slickly carry out the manoeuvre and slid gently back to the pack.
In start two Tinker T and Jolly Jack Tar were quick with their kites and would have repeated the pattern of race one save for Sunshine with no kite deciding a luffing match was more fun, holding Tinker T up to allow Moby J to round in the lead. As expected the faster boats pulled out a bit on the beat but could not shake off the pursuing Tinker T who was able to get even closer on the next leg to Kemps Quay as the wind veered a little more southerly and even the asymmetric boats struggled with their kites. The deeper run to Browndown demonstrated some interesting tactical thinking and with the wind now hinting at going back to the southeast the leg down Stokes Bay became a tight reach which Tinker T took full advantage of. Line honours to the Navy Team boat but the handicap win to Tinker T.
Alas with the wind then finally dropping the tail enders had to retire in order to be able to take advantage of HSSC's fine pie or curry.