Race 5 was not only part of the GFS Summer Series but also designated as our Saturday contribution to the Sailing Events held in conjunction with Australia Day. The GFS Twilight Australia Day race is next Wednesday January 27.

Wind 23

 

Race 5 began with ominous skies and a strong breeze which reached about 25 knots with a couple of gusts of 28 kts.  However, rain kept away and the wind eased (???).

 

 

Course 28 kept the fleet away from the tanker movements in Gore Cove and gave a chance for skippers and crews to show white sail reaching skills.

 

In Division 1 the start was won by Sydney Ferries as yachts negotiated the orange diamond as they attempted to clear the line and the ferry.  The next obstacle was the totally upturned Hartley trailer sailer at Snapper Island. At the end Irukandji made it home just ahead of Sweet Chariot and then Solitude.  Division 1 handicap results as published are incorrect and will be updated. 

In Division2 late sail changes and exceptionally strong breeze at the start spread the fleet. Umzimkulu II and Paca continually made up ground throughout the race.  Evo kept in touch and were rewarded with third on handicap, Paca finished strongly to be second just behind Flair.

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