2014 Double-Handed Yacht Race - Report

With strong winds overnight and concern about the gust strengths, the start of the 2014 Double-Handed Yacht Race was delayed by 30 minutes as the forecast was for 22 knots from South West by 1000 (plus 40% in the gusts = 30 knots).

Unfortuntely WICKED sustained some minor main sail damage on the way to the start and withdrew. AUDACIOUS and RUNAWAY also radioed in to advise they were withdrawing. JIVE and STREETCAR Did Not Start, which took the 13 entrants down to 8 starters.

With wind SSW to S 20-25 knots, the fleet was sent on Course 2 which starts in Southerly direction to SYC7 from the RBYC Tower Start.

A brisk and showery day with cold air pool storms bringing with them periods of rain and increased wind strength.

It was possible that three laps of the course could have been completed within the time limit but due to the later start, would have been touch and go to get all competitors finished in time. The course was shortened at the only opportunity during after the first 2 legs of the third lap. Timing of the legs indicated further changes in results were unlikely.

Many thanks again to our friends at RBYC for the use of their excellent facilities and Race Management Team Robin Hewitt, Val Hewitt and Neville Rose. Thanks also to Nick McGuigan for the following photos.

Provisional Results:

Line Honours
1 GEOMATIC, Adrian Lewis
2 WILD SIDE, Martin Vaughan
3 REMEDY, Andrew Hibbert

AMS
1 REMEDY, Andrew Hibbert
2 WILD SIDE, Martin Vaughan
3 PRETTY YOUNG THING, Daniel Jeffrey

IRC
1 WILD SIDE, Martin Vaughan
2 WHITE NOISE, Jason Close
3 SALTAIR, Sarah Allard

PHS
1 REMEDY, Andrew Hibbert
2 WILD SIDE, MartinVaughan
3 GEOMATIC, Adrian Lewis

Full Results http://www.orcv.org.au/results/2013-14/2014DHD/series.htm

1-2014 DH-WILD SIDE-PRETTY YOUNG THING

WILD SIDE wins the start, followed by PRETTY YOUNG THING, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

2-2014 DH-GEOMATIC-WHITE NOISE-REMEDY-SUNSHINE

GEOMATIC, WHITE NOISE, REMEDY and SUNSHINE, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

3-2014 DH-GEOMATIC

GEOMATIC, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

4-2014 DH-PRETTY YOUNG THING-WHITE NOISE-SUNSHINE

PRETTY YOUNG THING, WHITE NOISE and SUNSHINE, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

7-2014 DH DARK ENERGY

DARK ENERGY, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

5-2014 DH-Fleet1

Fleet shortly after the start, photo by Nick McGuigan

 

6-2014 DH Fleet2

Fleet on the way to first mark, photo by Nick McGuigan