The day the gremlins come out..
Championship days seem to bring out the devil in skippers.
Mild mannered reporter types become obsessed with that ephemeral thing called "air space" ...or lack of it .... my space, no space, lack of space, not to mention large black and yellow buoys lost in space!!
but first ....
on deck early and calm as can be..
Marchello was prepared for any conditions at sea
... the line up was tidy and tight
ready for a bit of competition
..the dinghies were looking like a well teamed fleet
Solitaire saw Lynne and her "follow me" flag..
Miss Behaviour had the pre race blues...
Wistari made a rare appearance
closely packed, "up, up , up," "air, air, air"
The pocket rocket slipped through the fleet
some took the road less travelled
while Wistari went for cover amongst the shipping
... with five minutes of fame they disappeared
But 'over the other side '
twin pacers fought it out,
Jackson, Maria, Ray all tussled at the buoys
John was searching for a sign...
Yacht Bank Buoy
there was teeth gritting stress...
the action tense ...
Race 2 countdown
..... and the fleet are synchronised on port
... all except Ray
... on starboard tack..
it could have turned nasty,
the camera was poised...
but skill and dexterity won the day ..
that is .. every sailor displayed skill and dexterity
there was a little bit of this and a little bit of
We watched Miss Behaviour come home with a kite
and do you remember how it all looked at the start ?
it never looks like that at the finish..
it's a lot more relaxed ..