Yet again it was a weekend of two halves experienced by competitors in the 2014 RPNYC Moore Wilson’s Winter Series. This week we have two unique views on the racing: the Classics from a competitor’s viewpoint; and Sunday’s event report brought to you from the bridge of the Race Committee Boat “Bloody Mary”.
With a weather pattern that made sailors feel like they were actors in the movie of the same name, the third weekend of the 2014 RPNYC Moore Wilson’s Winter Series turned out to be a “mix, stir and repeat” of the conditions experienced in the series so far.
Well – you just cant beat Wellington on a good day – and the second race weekend of the 2014 RPNYC Moore Wilson’s Winter Series proved that by turning on 2 extremely different sets of conditions last Saturday and Sunday!
The RPNYC Moore Wilson’s Winter Series burst into life with a stunning weekends sailing experienced by all those who took to the waters of Wellington harbour for the first of five action-packed race weekends. Regatta Director Paul Davies takes up the story:
“I am totally blown away by the number of entries we have received for the series this year. 50 boats is just sensational and a testament to the state of keelboat racing in Wellington.”
The 2014 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series will kick off on the weekend of the 14-15th June and the regatta organisers have got more of the same – and a little something fresh to keep all winter sailors on the water from June to August 2014.
Sunday dawned bright and breezy – and a collective sigh of relief was heard around Wellington by the skippers and crews who were champing at the bit as the 2013 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series entered in to ‘Reserve Day’ phase. The relief was visible on the faces of Race Officer Ken Burt and event organiser Paul Davies as a large number of club members and supporters met at the RPNYC at the crack of dawn to enjoy breakfast and to watch the Louis Vuitton racing. Collective gasps went out as ETNZ buried the bows at the top mark. With the second race called off – it was off to the Harbour to see what the Wellington breeze would provide for the fleet.
To prove the Winter Series racing in Wellington is anything if not unpredictable, the RPNYC fleet woke to 2 very different forecasts – One predicted 20 rising to 35 – while another said 5-7 from the Southeast.
A third opinion anyone?
Going in to the third and final race of the inaugural Moore Wilson’s 2-Handed Winter Series it really was anyone’s race. The top 6 boats all had a show to take it out – with the longest course of the series set by Race Officer Paul Davies – and a repeat of last weekends forecast – 10-15knots from the SE. Huey did not disappoint – and 10 boats charged the line with their race faces on at 1000.
There is nothing like an easterly forecast to put a fleet on edge – and that is exactly what greeted the fleet of 13 boats who lined up for Race 2 of the two-handed Winter Series on Saturday morning. The fleet set off in a light easterly direction on time at 1000 under the eye of the Race Management Team – Paul Davies, Deb Dewhurst, Dave Roberts and Mike West nervously anticipated the fleet rounding the first mark at Horokiwi. Much to the dismay of the Race Officer a radio call was received from Testarosa: “Paulie – I have got bad news for you – Horokiwi has gone!”
The weather gods were definitely smiling on the organisers of the 2013 Moore Wilson’s Winter Series – with 2 sensational Wellington winter days with the sun shining and the winds delivering idyllic sailing conditions.
Racing was completed over the two days with the first of the two-handed races on Saturday and picture-perfect conditions for the fully-crewed races on Sunday.