A cool and gusty wind greeted the over fifty starters for the first Twilight race of the new season.
In a change in starting order the seven starters in the Black division started ahead of the Blue fleet. Normally the Black division would be sent on a long course and the earlier start is intended to get the Black fleet all back home before the breeze dies. Tonight with the course setters believing the forecast for dying winds the Black division was sent out on the same short course around Cockatoo and Goat and home and they enjoyed an early finish.
Just before the start we saw 25 knots on the wind speed indicator on Passion and while the breeze did lighten off later the fresher breeze and short course made for a quick trip around the islands. The eight starters in Blue could see the gold fleet heading back into Humbug just as the Blue fleet was rounding Cockatoo on the way out.
It was fortunate that the race was quick and the results produced quickly too as it was chilly on the deck so thank you to all the hardy souls that came back for our on deck BBQ.