There were a lot of firsts for sailing at RPAYC on Saturday 19th September.
It was the first time there were two handed boats racing in the SOPS fleet and also the first time a Multihull joined the offshore fleet in the SOPS.
It was also the first of the seasons Cruising races, a handicap start.
The RPAYC ran 4 race courses on Saturday beginning with the Cruising Division race from Pittwater to Challenger Head. The start was scheduled for 1000 but was delayed 30 minutes to allow the light NE wind/breeze to build and then off went the initial Cruising race.
The second course for the day was the SOPS (short for Short Offshore Points Score) sailed on the Palm Beach Circle.
Race Officer Elaine Fowler, onboard Alfreds I set course 43, a 19 NM overall course from Barrenjoey to First Point return. The light NE was forecast to build over the day. A runout tide pushing the yachts towards the start line saw a general recall and restart of the race. The second start was more orderly with only two yachts OCS. The breeze did build but only to a comfortable 10-13 knots from the NE blowing over the race course. A short sea made for a nice beat up the shore to the windward mark. The 50 foot catamaran TOP GUN was first around the mark followed very closely by the Farr 46 PRETTY WOMAN. They finished in the same order however TOP GUN extended her lead on the water.
Having started the SOPS fleet Elaine took Alfreds I back into Pittwater for the start of the Estuary Fleet near Long Nose Point. A total of 13 yachts started in this race which saw the yachts sail a course across Broken Bay and then towards the Hawkesbury River and finally back around West Head to finish off Mackerel Beach.
In the meantime, further inshore, RO Stephen Merrington onboard Alfreds II set up the race course for a series of sprint races.
Stephen set this fleet off in four winward leeward races in two divisions with 9 yachts competing.
What a busy day for our race committee & mark layers. Thank you for your time.
Report by Rear Commodore Racing - Rob McClelland
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