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HYC Autumn League update 2018 -Race 6

The Higginbotham team of father, son and crew pulled off a great win in the HYC Autumn league last weekend taking first place on Echo for Race 6 of the series. The wind was rather variable –from 1 knot to 13 with wind shifts of everything in between and very heavy rain. The R.O. set up a course 003,   Z – C – W – P – W – P to port, mark S to starboard and finally to the finish line.
MYC had three boats in the Cruiser III Fleet: Shenanigans, Kahera and Buster. Of the three, Kahera had the best start and quickly opened up a good lead on both Shenanigans and Buster. They were placing third on the water by the time they reached the Z mark.  With a fetch from there to the C mark and then hoisting the spinnaker to W, followed by a long beat back to P and a run to W. Unfortunately this where it all untangled for the lead boats, the wind dropped to almost zero and the tide took over!
For the “less fortunate” boats behind, the wind issues encountered by the lead boats did not seem to cause the same problem, so they sailed right back into contention. And to add to Kahera’s woes, loosing their well earned lead, they also hit the W mark and so had to carry out a 360° turn which they did when in clear open water, inadvertently allowing Buster to pass them!! Buster then opened up a small lead rounding the P mark.
The three lead boats from HYC, a club shamrock, a J24 and a Laser28 were now just 3 minutes ahead.  With no chance of catching the HYC boats Kahera settled into a battle to close the lead on Buster which they did, but not it was not quite enough as Buster finished on the water just 0.08 of a second ahead which with handicaps applied gave Buster 1st place overall on Echo. Well deserved.
The photo above shows two of Buster’s adopted crew, Emma Hurly and Máire O’Donoghue, in torrential rain just before the start of last weekend’s race, -quite sure their regular skippers will be welcoming them back soon after their heavy weather training.
With just one race left for our cruiser racing fleet, the 2018 season has almost come to an end. For anyone interested in getting involved for 2019 season please contact our Cruising Sailing Secretary Brian Stewart @ 087 70 99 250 or why not come along to the Laying Up Supper on Saturday the 27th October?  Meet the cruisers and the crew. New crew –of all levels are always most welcome as we have lots of experienced skippers only too willing to welcome, encourage and help train new crew.

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