Twas a great day for sailing on Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the penultimate Bay Cup race of the season. It was blowing a 14 knot nor'easter which built to around 18 knots. Race officer Terry Paton and his trusty sidekick Andrew Bain set a boat end favoured start line on the committee boat "Clarence the Clocker". The course featured a work to Chain Bay then a reach to the Marine Park Middle Mark and another broad reach to the Caseys Beach mark.
"Accolade" (Lachlan Brown) got the best start and led early, but "Moonmist" (Tony Sutton) picked up a backing shift inside Chain Bay to round just behind at the top mark. Unfortunately for "Moonmist" a spinnaker snafu at the wing mark saw them drop back.
"Wishful Thinking" (above sailed by Simon Dunlop) was sailing conservatively while "Xanthia" (James Gardiner) was moving well after a new coat of antifouling went on recently.
"Accolade" had the race under control on the last leg but headed off to where they thought the finish boat would be rather than where it actually was, allowing "Wishful" through for the AMS win. "Rainbow Runner" (below, skippered by Geoff Scott) enjoyed the moderate conditions to win on PHS.
Batemans Bay Sailing Club welcomes new members. You don't have to own a boat - most of the yacht crews in the club are looking for additional people. Please contact Richard Dunne on 0411675264 with any enquiries.