Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Rouge Wave will be out racing on beautiful Port Stephens this Sat 21 Apr.
Depart: 1145h Soldiers Point Marina
Return: 1700h (ish.....depends on the wind).
Saturday's race is what is called a Sternchaser. Instead of all yachts starting on one line, there is a progressive start based on handicap. The slower yachts start prior to 1300h followed by the faster yachts who then chase down the slower yachts...hence the name. The forecast is NE 10-20 knots which is perfect weather for the old girl to go hunting!
The Sail Port Stephens Regatta IRC Championships are also on this week and weekend so the Bay will be a mass of colour.
Daz and Dani will be back onboard for some more tacking, gybing and kite flying, so put the mower away and come out for a race.
Same deal, BYO snacks and drinks, water and fridge available onboard and bring a windproof or polar fleece jacket as it is starting to chill off with a breeze during the arvo.
Last week was our first official race after several weeks of training sails and shadowing the race fleet. With only the two on onboard, we chose a conservative start behind the rest of the fleet to avoid any carnage. We sailed Rogue Wave over the 17M course in 3h:55min passing half the fleet upwind, however losing some ground downwind. We were happy to score a credible 7th place from 13 starters with a handicap of 880.
Other competitors were in awe of Decky Daz as he tested the limits in a marathon four hour winch workout routine, whilst demonstrating lightning fast tacks and fancy foredeck footwork! Great job Daz!
So you want to help Daz and Dani out.....then text or email to secure your spot (3 more left).....operators are standing by for your call.