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Bay to Bay 2008
What a ripper.
15 24 sk's, 3 dk's and 5 28's competed.
Wind varied from not enough to at times too much (at least the 3 boats that broke masts thought so) but, then again, they weren't RL's.
Best by a goodly margin was Steve North in "Go For It" and a worthy winner of the inaugural RL challenge trophy, awarded on PBH but as they also took out CBH for division 3 there was a bit of justice.
Having June and Jenny Legg to present the trophy was absolutely icing on the cake.
"Apache" was 2nd on PBH and "Hart Beat" third.
Other boats to perform well were "Canuk", 2nd RL sk across the line on Sunday, "KD", best of the drop keels and "Flying Fox", the top 28.
On the social side, we learnt that a raft of 5 RL's with a total crew of 16.3 can swing off a 5 kg claw anchor in a 5 knot current at Garry's Anchorage.
Saturday's start was moved North, awaiting more breeze. It finally kicked in with a good 15 knot soueaster. The spinnaker reach from S38 to Garry's was where this leg was won and lost. Clear air was at a premium.
Sunday's start was also moved North to Sheridan Flats due to concerns about the breeze. We sailed to the relocated start, so the concerns were unfounded. Again clear air was needed to make the turning mark near Deep Creek and those that found it did well. Apart from one short spell when the breeze swung NE, it was spinnakers all the way to the finish.
I'll send in the best pics as I get them.

Cheers

Mike6-May-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Bay to Bay 2008
Agreed - the RL's were such a sight especially the MUNJAI kite in full flight
Who do we send photos to for uploading to the site? Hopefully the '08 B2B can get its own gallery
What happened to Mistress (yellow 24 with the FA18 rig and bowsprit?


Chris8-May-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Bay to Bay 2008
We had a great time on our first Bay to Bay. With very little spinnaker experience we managed to scare ourselves silly the first day but with a bit of advice overnight we had much more fun on Sunday.
RL owners are a very welcoming bunch of people.
Paul8-May-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Bay to Bay 2008 - PICTURES
Some pictures from Mike Hart of the 2008 Bay to Bay are here.
Keith Merkley11-May-2008    Edit    Delete 

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