Race 10 of the Furneaux Lodge Twilight summer sailing series had a couple of false starts, but managed to get under way on Wednesday.
On Tuesday night, conditions were too strong for racing, so the Waikawa Boating Club event was rescheduled for Wednesday night.
Excellent conditions for sailing greeted the fleet, but the Waikawa BC start boat, Blue Peter, discovered a kayak with two people in difficulties out in the bay. One person was in the water, unable to re-enter the kayak, and both were cold enough to be in distress. Blue Peter's crew removed them from the water and brought them back to the wharf where they were treated by ambulance staff.
When the 10th race of the series got under way, it was fiercely contested. In Division 1, Paul Tredennick took the win aboard Aquiesce from Matt Michel's Reprieve in second, and Ash Davey's Maracas in third. Overall, after 10 races, Maracas has a one point lead over Reprieve, with Tom Hutchison's Resolve 2 points further back.
In Division 2, Panic Knot took first place with Bill Richards at the helm. Flying Nimbus' Hiram Taylor was second, with Bill Crossen on Smokey third. With one race to go, three boats are in a triple dead heat for first place overall - Pip Maslan's Ricochet, Clive Harragan's Settimio, and Taylor's Flying Nimbus.
Sovereign took its third win of the series, with Paul Williams sailing well in Division 3. Odette maintained her consistent form with second place for Clive Anstiss, and Ian Michel's Playwright came through from a start time near the back of the pack to take third. Overall in this division, Playwright has a six point lead over Sovereign, with Larry Hammond's Paperchase third.
Racing promises to be intense for the final race of the series next week. The end of the series will be celebrated with a prizegiving back at the clubhouse, live music and a BBQ meal.
- The Marlborough Express