Race Updates - West Offshore Products Coastal Sprints Race 3

Updates of Race 3 - 24th April 2021

1.45pm Approaching Mark 4 and not far to go

A relatively close fleet as Carrera S leads them around mark 4. With a shortened central course, it's through the gate and onto the finish for all those enjoying a day out on the ocean with Race 3 of the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprints.
Enjoy these shots taken from onboard Skullduggery.  Photos Sjaak Lemmens
 
Over the bow of Skullduggery Photo Sjaak Lemmons Onboard Skullduggery Photo Sjaak Lemmens

 

10.30am Clear of the heads and rounding mark one

The front of the fleet is quite bunched up as it heads south east from the Heads. Most boats flying spinnakers and seem to be handling the conditions very well. Careera S had been leading the fleet but there's not much in it as the leading boats approach the first mark, just off Rye Ocean Beach. The fleet is about to be passed by the Spirit of Tasmania to seaward. Boats will round the mark off Rye Ocean Beach to starboard and then head west into the wind for about 12 miles before heading back north.
Wicked have shared some shots, conditions seems to be great.
 
Photos: from Mark Welsh onboard Wicked and enjoying the downwind sailing
 
Wicked enjoying downwind sailing Photo Mark WelshWicked crew Photo Mark Welsh

9.30am The start

21 yachts made to the start for the 3rd West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint at 9.30am today. With 15 knots WNW and 1 metre swell, Carrera S lead the fleet out through the heads with True Colours, Lord Jiminy, White Noise in the first group behind. After clearing the heads, up went the spinnakers as they turned to head East on the first section of the 55nm race.
Enjoy this Drone footage of the start off Queenscliff below too.
 
 
Looking from Point Lonsdale over the reef to the fleet now clear of the heads Photo Grant Dunoon2021 CS3 Out the heads they go 1 Photo Grant Dunoon
Looking from Point Lonsdale over the reef towards the fleet now clear of the heads and then coming out the heads and over the pier  Photo Grant Dunoon