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Racing Day 1 – 6th January 2009

The first day of racing took place in Bass Harbor on Tuesday with good winds from the NE giving the Racing Class a close start. ZUHRAH closely following HI FI and YO!2 tacked clear early on. The rest of that fleet headed on in towards land before coming over.

The first day of racing took place in Bass Harbor on Tuesday with good winds from the NE giving the Racing Class a close start. ZUHRAH closely following HI FI and YO!2 tacked clear early on. The rest of that fleet headed on in towards land before coming over.

Starts for the Premier Cruising Class and the IRC boats went off without a hitch. The Sport Boats all reached the start line at about the same time in a picturesque formation of speed and spray! Finally joining in with their class was the laggard BBC (#4) who perhaps forgot to set their alarm clock?

Meanwhile, the Start Boat was dragging anchor, forcing an AP flag-off for the Club Cruising start while the Race Committee aboard NAVY PA-4 reset the line! The mechanics of doing this called for assistance and a second anchor. Which sort of worked – at least long enough to get the Club Cruising boats off and away.

By now the whole course had become dotted with spinnakers with a gaily colored parade flowing down the harbor to converge with those racers who had already rounded the bottom mark and were beating their way back to weather.

JELIK took line honors at 11:21 am as the first to finish. At this point, Navy PA-4 – maybe wanting to be part of the racers – dragged anchor(s) again which created an interesting drifting finishing line! Fortunately, the Finishing Officer had efficiently noted the line bearings while still solidly set, so was able to call the same line angle for each subsequent finisher.

Re-anchoring NAVY PA-4 (the 2nd anchor now in a tandem arrangement on the chain) the Committee could then set up the line for the remaining finishers as well as tuning up a start sequence for the Racing Class. Times for the IRC Class were recorded at Mark 2 and would be used for their finish as it was predicted that they would not make it to the actual finish line before their racing time ran out.

With the Racing Class already out in the field for the second time around, it was time to begin the starting sequences for the remaining classes for their second race. The Premier Cruising Class all approached the line in a complex gaggle of togetherness that produced quite a lot of shouting as well as a few unfurled protest flags.

Not to be outdone, the Sports Boats came up for their second start equally bunched, and with rising levels of yelling, but there were no protests and they crossed the line “all clear.”

JELIK again crossed over the finish for line honors, with nobody even close.

Tomorrow is another day – Good Luck to all racers!

By: Win Chemin

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