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Thanks to our sponsors and our starter Paul. It was a real treat for the ladies who took the opportunity to race on Lion NZ tonight. OCC is very fortunate to have Explore NZ supporting our club’s racing. The fleet, along with Lion NZ’s lady crew, headed up the Waikare Inlet in a steady easterly on the high tide.
Welcome to the new entry, the cat “Crash Cart”. They took out the prize for sailing the ‘longest course’ while they worked out where the various marks were located. They will be one to watch out for, now they have that problem sorted. OCC now has three to four cats racing regularly and they have added strength to the A Division fleet that had faded earlier in the season.
Best start went to Hogwarts Express who sprinted off the line. Great to see all boats finishing tonight with 1st to Cats Paw, 2nd to Overdraft and 3rd to the on-fire Hogwarts Express. Lion NZ’s result reflected a genoa sheet issue at the start gun that cost them time.
With 2 races remaining in the clubs most seriously contested series, Frantic and Nexus are fighting for the top spot, with 4 boats in the running for 3rd. With such close results, do not expect the next 2 ladies races to be uneventful. Who knows, but on past experience – when things are close – it could well be decided in the protest room!