KABOOM! Sydney amped up the show yesterday with a full blown Southerly Buster sweeping in after a stifling hot morning. The cool change was heralded by a 30 knot gust recorded at the airport, and it arrived at the club shortly before racing was due to start. This brought grins to some faces and nervous looks to others. There was a half hour delay as the RO waited to see what would happen, then the AP went down and boats were released.
There were some epic examples of sailing skill, none more so than 12 year old Duke Secco, who helmed Crescendo to complete the first race and record a result.
At the sharp end, McMissile (Campbell McKay and Stirling McKay) were fast off the line in the first race, and led the way up the first beat with Rumble Fish (John Dransfield and Tyler Dransfield) and Blue (Dave and Imogen Wade) close behind. Bulletproof (Simon Barwood and Tyson Barwood), who were in 4th, tried a gybe set while the other leaders went towards the shore. The Shark Island side didn’t work, and Bulletproof had lost ground to the leaders while Bob (Damian Carey and Austin Freer) had drawn closer.
As they reached the finish line, it was Rumble Fish first, followed by Blue, then McMissile.
In the second race, Bulletproof got the jump at the start and led up the first beat, tacking just in front of Blue on the starboard tack layline. Bulletproof caught a wave on the quarter and capsized while setting the spinnaker falling back to sixth. Blue didn’t look back and led the rest of the race to claim the win and cap a great day for David and Imogen. McMissile were second and Rumble Fish third. Bulletproof passed Foxy Lady III (Jess Andrewartha and Grant Atherton) and Firefly (Gavin Cooke and Oliver Cooke) up the next beat. Firefly unsure of the course at the top mark second time, sailed around the spreader mark letting Bulletproof get away on the first reach. A big gust came through halfway down the bottom reach for a fast ride to the line.
In the words of Simon Barwood, "Finally Sydney turns on some great weather for us, pity the thunderstorms brought a great day’s sailing to a premature end."
So, with one day and up to three races left, Rumble Fish now have a seven point lead at the top of the table, followed by McMissile, then Wave Catcher.
1st Rumble Fish - 24 Points
2nd McMissile - 31
3rd Wave Catcher - 35
4th Bob - 36
5th Waterborne At Last - 58
6th Ripples - 65
7th Bulletproof - 72
8th Foxy Lady III - 76
9th MadCat - 80
10th Choppa - 90
Full results available here: http://www.imcansw.org/uploads/1/3/9/8/13987755/series___r9.pdf
As usual, don't forget to check out Robert Owe-Young's daily photo album. Some amazing shots there! https://robertowe-young.smugmug.com/2019-Mirror-Worlds/Day-4/
And so it all comes down to the final day. Racing will start at 11 in the morning this time to allow time for boats to pack up before the Prize-giving Ceremony and Closing Presentation.