It was a great day for sailing when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the 7th Bay Cup race of the season.
Photo taken by Terry Paton
A fleet of 7 yachts headed out in light conditions. Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew of Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a course for a nor’west breeze. However the wind then changed to a northerly resulting in a boat end favoured line and a soldiers course which consisted mainly of reaching legs. The boat end of the line got a little crowded with “Avior” (Tony Sutton) running into “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) then avoided crashing into “Avior” by the barest of margins.
Photos taken by Terry Paton
“The Shed” (Ron Spelman) got away cleanly and led around the first mark from “North Star” (John Drummond). Ron was in cruiser mode and didn’t set the spinnaker allowing “Accolade”, “Attitude”(Greg Taylor), “Wishful Thinking” and “Xanthia” (James Gardiner) past in quick succession. “Xanthia” was powering along under her quarter acre dream spinnaker until a slight navigational hiccup interrupted progress on the return leg.
“Accolade” led for the rest of the race and won on AMS from “Wishful” and “Avior”. “Xanthia” had a much improved performance to win easily on PHS from “Accolade” and “The Shed”. Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au