With 1 race remaining in the series, it will be make or break in the final race, for a podium finish for the series. Only 10 points separate 1st to 5th, leaving the final result wide open. Thank you to our Race Officer Lorraine for today’s race and to Rob for last week. The spot prize was not presented today, but it is up for grabs for the next week’s Ladies Race. However, it has been noted all the fleet is now starting in spectacular fashion, since mention of a spot prize! The results for today 1st Kantime, 2nd Sonnet and 3rd Caprice from RBC – currently 3rd in the series, 4th Frivolous Fish. Nexus was a distant 5th , but still a good enough result to hold 1st in the series – just!
Contact the Race Office Before you Finish on Weekends!
The winter course sheet has a request in bold print, that the leading boats must contact the Officer of the Day on Channel 77 or mobile, when they are within 30 minutes of the finish line. From 1 October there will be a dedicated mobile phone for the race box. The reason is to ensure your time is recorded when you finish. The line of sight from the start box is blocked by buildings. The Officer of the Day has volunteered to record the results for us, but more often than not, they will fit this into other things they have to do on a busy Sunday afternoon. A boat starter roster will be in place for weekend racing from October. This will be used when we have no more volunteers. Please help us retain our volunteer race officers. They want to enjoy their free time on a Sunday afternoon, and perhaps have time to go for a coffee, knowing they can rely on the racing boats notifying them of their impending finish. From 1 October there will be a dedicated mobile phone for the race box.
What’s Coming up in Racing
A busy summer season begins with Daylight Saving starting on 30 September. Not only are all our sponsors back on board, but we now have many of our course sheet race marks sponsored. This has allowed us to offer spot prizes on occasions, further develop racing and allowed us to hold our race fees at $80. A new “all year” course sheet will be in place, offering up to 70 courses. Wednesday nights will have A B and C (Non Spinnaker) Divisions again. Hopefully, we will see the return of some of our keen racers like Mathias, Risky Business, Bon Accord, Gambler, Mr Wolf and others that have not raced for a while. In conjunction with OCC Youth Sailing, we expect to hold on the 2nd Saturday afternoon, each month a sprint race series, probably in the Waikare. Initially with centre boarders, E59’s, one class match racing, and extending into general handicap, if sufficient support.
Pay Your Race Fees Night
On Wednesday darts night, 19 September, David will be available to accept your entry fees, and answer any queries.