Batemans Bay Sailing

Despite an ominous forecast, last Saturday turned out to be a great day for sailing. Half the yachts in the fleet are out of action with various motor and rig problems, so only three headed out. Race officer Terry Paton and his trusty sidekick Andrew Bain ventured forth in Andrew's runabout to run the race. Depending on which forecast you believed, the wind was supposed to get up to 30 knots, but in the end it was a pleasant 5 to 15 knot easterly with an occasional 20 knot gust.

Terry set an excellent start line. The wind backed significantly just before the start, enabling "Moonmist" (Tony Sutton) to pull off a port tack start and claim the early lead on the upwind leg to Chain Bay. Around the top mark the crew on "Accolade" (Lachlan Brown) got their kite up first and caught right up to Moonmist on the broad reach to the marine park middle mark.

"Accolade" gybed inside "Moonmist", hitting 13 knots in some of the gusts. She was able to carry her asymmetric spinnaker most of the way along the tight reach to the leeward mark at Caseys Beach. "Moonmist" had to drop her symmetrical spinnaker a lot earlier, allowing "Wishful Thinking" (Simon Dunlop) to make up ground.

"Accolade" held on to finish ahead of "Moonmist" and "Wishful Thinking" on line honours, AMS and PHS.

The next BBSC keelboat event is a handicap start race on December 19th. The committee boat "Clarence the Clocker" will be back in the water after having her motor replaced. There will also be a new group of volunteer drivers getting familiarised with the now much faster "Clarence".