The whole 16 fleet had a nervous moment when the official series one horn blower got a twitchy finger (he claims he was slapped in the face by a flag) and there were two sounds on one start today. All the competitors were looking around for a recall flag, but pressed on nervously when the dreaded code flag X didn’t appear.
There has been an anonymous request for Bonnie, Chilli, Vinnie and Will to get your port and starboard calls right! Perhaps this was why Bon and Chilli went swimming?
New Caledonia team of Leo and Tom have built a 9 point lead over fellow countrymen Auxence and Jean in the youth fleet. Vincentia’s Will McKenzie (with Crew Caitlyn Epps), who is starting much better than hid dad in the 14 class, is just one point back in third. There will be battle lines drawn between this father and son as they race against each other in the Open H16 series next week.
The only boat likely to challenge for the podium has the best mates Kyle and Nick hoping for a strong wind to get these porky boys around in front of Will in a few races. If the forecast is accurate, birthday boy Nick will have to suffice with a big birthday bash at the presentation and NYE party afterwards.
The ladies H16 racing today was tight all the way to the finish with a ‘Gybe off’ between Emma and Bonnie all the way downwind. The final day of racing will decide the Women’s national Champions - after three days, there is still just one point between the Vincentia girls Bonnie and Chilli, and the Mother Daughter team of Emma and Zoe Morris from Somers. Ellie and Genevieve look like they are having a great time, as they have massive smiles almost the whole time they’re on the water. The friendship status of Clare and Kerrie does however, remain unclear after Clare threw Kerrie off the boat on the way back to shore this afternoon - probably should check facebook for that friend status.