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Road Runner Tavern Rum Race 7
The blustery easterly had the fleet bunched at the start, fighting for position. A downwind start had Orange Peeler breaking away early to lead to the first mark. It was certainly a busy race, with some crews managing four spinnaker runs.
1st place to Kantime, 2nd to Orange Peeler and 3rd to the consistently fortunate Nexus, who also won the Road Runner lucky draw. One to watch will be Tom’s cat Tigger, which made its first appearance at OCC for the season. – 6th out of the 10 boat fleet.
Wednesday Race 4
Great easterly conditions had courses set up for the Waikare on the high tide. After a shaky start, the night was won by the surprise entry “Solomons Quake”. While carrying a hefty handicap, it succeeded in keeping all opposition firmly on shore. However, it faded badly before it could win the “lucky lift out”.
So how does OCC decide it will cancel a race in the event of a potential natural disaster risk? Should we take a punt and just go for it, and let the bristling Waitangi Day press photographers record our disregard of official advice? Or do we defer to the official advice? What agency is responsible?
Like it or not, it’s Civil Defence. So how was the decision on Wednesday made? At 4.26pm Civil Defence advisory 1 “watch” was upgraded by Civil Defence advisory 2 to a ‘warning’, so unfortunately no race! Civil Defence cancelled the warning at 9.20pm.