The Port Macquarie Sailing Club held the second round of their sprint series on Sunday with a mostly overcast sky and a slightly gusty south-easterly breeze.
The start of the first of the five races at midday had the tide still running out quite strongly, but by the end of the days racing, the tide was just starting to run in.
After falling into a wind hole at the first mark and falling half a lap behind, Tony Kuhn on Stella past Jack Corthals on Harpic when he fell into the same hole at the same place on the next lap of the catamarans 3 laps, to take the win on both yardstick and handicap.
The monohull fleet’s first race of two laps was won on yardstick by Terry Howard in Ratz ahead of Tony Walker in Deep Purple, Martina Holt in Spellbound and Stuart Symons in Britannia.
The monohulls second race saw the old club Pacer Britannia being sailed brilliantly to win on yardstick by 15 seconds over Ratz, then Spellbound, Deep Purple, and Pineapple.
Splash Dance was forced to retire with a broken mast rotator. Britannia also won on handicap ahead of Spellbound, Deep Purple, Ratz, and Pineapple.
After the lunch break, the catamarans third race was again a procession with Stella again beating Harpic and Spica on both yardstick and handicap.
The fourth race for the catamarans was a close tussle for the yardstick win, but Stella still held out a fast closing Harpic for a seven-second win and Spica was again third.
Harpic did win on handicap though, followed by Stella and Spica.
Ratz won the monohulls fourth race on yardstick with Spellbound, Splash Dance, Britannia, Fire Fly, Deep Purple, Pineapple, and Rainbow taking the minor places.
Pineapple won on handicap followed by Splash Dance, Ratz, Spellbound, Britannia, Fire Fly, Deep Purple, and Rainbow.
Next Sunday is a double header with the morning’s race five delayed 15 minutes to an 11.15am start to allow for Remembrance Day, a barbecue lunch after the race and the third club championship race starting at 2pm. Frank O’Rourke is rostered on duty.