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Race Day 2 – 11th January 2012

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Everything looked great this morning to start the second day of racing for the International Regatta. Skies were clear; winds were approximately 9 knots from the ENE and staying steady. Thirty-three competitors had left their berths early to make the 5 mile passage out to the race course. Today the races were being held outside the group of islands that form Bass Harbor. The mark boats took their buoys in the directions indicated by the Start Boat, and to the GPS positions that would lay the courses for the different classes. A lot of media were out on the water today recording the racers, starts and finishes from a variety of crafts.

The first series had Racing, IRC-1, and Sports Boats all starting and sailing out on course #1, and the rest of the competitors working to sail the #7 course. The starts were all cleanly done with the exception of an individual recall in the Sport Boat class where competition is very keen.

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A bit further on in the morning saw JELIK 2 (Frank Pong) and HIFI (Neil Pryde) coming toward the downwind mark under spinnaker. JELIK 2 dropped theirs first, then at the mark HI FI had a man go overboard after releasing the tack of the spinnaker! Fortunately, he held on to the boat and was quickly brought aboard, but the spinnaker fell into the water too and took precious seconds to recover the waterlogged sail.

All the Racing, IRC-1, and Sports boats had finished before 11 o’clock and a 2nd start for these 3 was made with the same #1 course to follow. Even though the winds were dropping, all seemed to going well with the boats, and they all had good finishes. However, farther up the course the wind was definitely going lighter until it crashed below 5 Knots. There was no sense sending these speedy racers out into dying winds, so they were released from further racing and dismissed for the rest of the day.

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It then fell to waiting for the other classes to work their way across course #7. The Ocean Rover class had a shortened course and finish line. The Multihull class took a shorter course too. Wouldn’t you know that a rain line formed up to windward and the breezes picked up enough to allow WARISAN DUYONG (Tropical Yacht S/B) to work more efficiently to weather. However, his last tack had him miss the buoy altogether forcing another set of tacks upon the vessel.

Meanwhile, at the far end of things, the catamaran MIND THE GAP (James Wilding) was slowly working its way toward its own finish. I must say, they get the daily award for perseverance! Or was it the Race Committee? Nevertheless, a job well done!

By Beth Liggett

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