HYC inaugurates Club Racing in the sun - Week 1

08 May 2024
HYC inaugurates Club Racing in the sun - Week 1

One Design Tuesday

The HYC Club Racing season for one design keelboats kicked off on Tuesday evening in a light Northerly breeze.

The Puppeteer fleet had a great showing for the first race with 13 boats on the start line with Trick or Treat, Yellow Peril and Harlequin taking the podium positions on Scratch and HPH. The squib class were well represented with seven boats making it to the start line for the first race with Kerfuffle leading from O'Leary and Kaizen.

On handicap Tears in Heaven topped the board from Kaizen and O'Leary.

Keelboat Wednesday

After a few doubts due to light weather conditions, Class 1, 2 and non spinnaker fleets got the first Wednesday Night off to a great start with 20 boat on the respective start lines.

The weather gods cooperated, the wind filled in and boats rounded the course twice in an hour until forty chilled crews packed to a warm clubhouse for hot food & drinks!

- Non-Spinnaker Class

Eight non-spinnaker cruisers made it to the startline: a great fleet for the opening race of the season! A better southerly breeze than expected accompanied the competitors and produced hot competition at the top of the fleet with “Toughnut” and “Splashdance” swapping the first place along the course, with “Toughnut” crossing in first in the end.

Positions changed frequently also among the runner-ups until the evening began falling cold on the fleet.The wind filled and competitors rounded the course twice in an hour before gathering in the heart and body warming HYC Clubhouse for food & drinks.

Thursday is Dinghy

After what seemed like a short hiatus after the recent Frostbite Spring Series, Dinghy racing kicked off once again on Thursday evening.

As the start gun approached the light afternoon breeze disappeared and it looked like we were set for a drifting match at best.

Having negotiated launching on a very low tide, three generations of Sargents leapt into action with Johnny junior organising a much-appreciated tow out to the starting area, while Dad and Grandad (Dave and Gerry) manned the committee boat.They stuck with it and managed to get one race in the bag!

The Farrelly Melges 15 edged across the finishing line just 2 seconds ahead of Darragh Sheridan in his aero with Sam Osbourne taking third. On corrected handicap the honours went to Shaero with M15 in second and B14 in third.