Moderate winds and blues skies over Waikawa Bay greeted the 20 boats and their crews who took to the water in the final of the Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series last week.
With a mathematical chance of taking the Division 3 title, Greg Cornish gave Acamar every chance, the Easterly 30 taking the win ahead of John Oswald’s Lidgard Supertramp with Alex Soper’s Hanse 345 Our Girl only fourteen seconds behind in third place.
In the final standings, Ian Michel took his Wright 10 Playwright to the series win, consistency seeing him finish on 23 points, four clear of Acamar, with Chris Gorman’s Farr 1020 Free Rein dropping to third.
Nine seconds separated first and second in Division 2 in race 10, Bill and Adrienne Crossen taking the win aboard Sequin, the Jenneau 36 beating Freaky, Rob and Mandy Carpenter’s Farr 727, with Richard Coon’s Hanse 400 Raconteur in third. Line honours went to Raconteur from Andrew Wilson’s Farr 1104 Rapport with Terry Allen’s Hanse Imagine It third on line.
As expected, Settimio dominated the final standings, Clive Harragan’s Raven 26 finishing on 16 points, eleven points clear of Sequin, with Raconteur claiming third on countback from Freaky.
Showing that the little guys can mix it with the big boys in Division 1, Clive Ballett’s Farr 1020 Coup D’Etat executed a strong start sequence, pushing Satellite Spy over the line early, requiring a restart from the flying Ross 40. Bob and Jennie Crum’s J120 Bluebird set the early pace despite some “interesting” episodes with their big blue gennaker however Satellite Spy displayed some excellent spinnaker work to take the lead by the end of the first lap. Line honours went to Satellite Spy ahead of Bluebird with series leader Global fighting hard to take third on line. Once handicaps were taken into consideration, Dave Kelway’s Beneteau Khamsin took the win ahead of Global with Bluebird seven seconds back in third place.
Going into the final race of Division 1, Khamsin had to produce a win and hope that Global had a bad race. While the first part of the equation was delivered, Global ensured the title was theirs with their second placing enabling them to drop a fifth placing and finish with a total of 15 points ahead of Khamsin on 19. Despite a broken halyard aboard Flying Fox, Chris Williams held on to third place in the series, one point clear of Bluebird.
Attention now shifts to a racing format new to the Waikawa fleet with circuit racing making its appearance for the first time. In this format boats sail a series of laps of a short course for a set duration. The average lap time for each boat is then calculated and their handicap applied to that average lap time.