Clear skies and a gentle breeze made for a fantastic day of racing, much to the delight of the sailors taking part in the 4th Race of our Sunday Series II. Shifty and gusty winds between North Angler and Paku meant that sailors had to plan their route carefully and be quick to react to the changes.
In the IRC Division, it was all smiles onboard Waka Tere, as they sailed a superb race to claim their second victory for the Series, setting the stage for a final battle with fierce rivals Jong Dee on 13 September. Despite looking like the crew needed more time to adjust to operating their new asymmetrical spinnaker, Waka Tere took full advantage of the favourable wind angles and converted it into very good boat speed. Born in Fire crossed the line 40 second behind Jong Dee – barely enough for her to claim 2nd place by 2 seconds on corrected time!
Again, boats were separated by seconds in the PY Class – with Marut just missing out on podium position by 1 second! We think it would have definitely been a different outcome if she had a better start. A strong start from New Blue Eyes paved the way to victory, as she sailed well off the breeze, scoring a bullet just 26 seconds ahead of Olmeto in 2nd place. Marut‘s loss was Ikaroa’s gain, as she bounced back from a premature start to sail well and clinch 3rd on handicap.
Jaza Too dashed across the line to claim her first victory in the Sunday Series II, scoring a win in a competitive fleet of Corsair Multihulls. She held a significant lead, with Kaze finishing only 11 minutes after. When the numbers were tallied, Kaze slipped to 3rd on corrected time, surrendering 2nd position to AbraCaDeborah. Kaze nearly missed out on a podium placing, as Cicak positioned 4th just 28 seconds adrift. In the overall standings Series II standings, Cicak is primed to take the win, with a bullet, 2nd and 4th from 4 races, proving to be the most consistent Multihull both in performance and attendance.
A healthy fleet of 6 boats (5 F16s and 1 Nacra 20) graced the line in the beach catamaran class, with the lone Nacra 20 successfully fending off the Vipers and Taipans to take line honours. However, Kaze Cat‘s lead was not enough, placing 3rd just 23 seconds behind Allo after corrected time. Madfish II claimed her second bullet for the Series, accumulating a total of 7 points going into the final race in September. Both Stray Catz and Bad Influence are tied on 15 points, as they look to finish ahead of each other in the deciding race.
Thank you all for participating in the 4th race of our Sunday Series II – links to results and photos are below.
Overall Series II Standings