All boats in the 2012 Port Fairy race are relishing the wonderful conditions this morning as they race down the surf coast with spinnakers flying. The winds are now freshening as expected with 25k west north westerly winds reported by Fantasea of Man just before they were forced to retire with a jammed jib furler.
Crews in this years Melbourne to Port Fairy race are enjoying “t-shirt and shorts” weather as they approach Cape Otway this morning after a comfortable nights sail. The morning view from The Secretary looks good and the crew are away with the fairies!
Today, in the late balmy afternoon sunshine, the crew of Yoko seemed very relaxed as they made their final preparations to the boat for the Port Fairy Race. While crew member, Terry Barridge, was busy adjusting the forestay, skipper Robin Hewitt called “time for a cuppa”.
The fleet danced by the light of the silvery moon last night as they ran along the coast under spinnakers’ in glorious full moonlight and a light following breeze.
We have just spoken to Cameron Henderson, the Duty Weather Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology and below is a synopsis of what he had to say.