|Power Play (Farr 40) on the tight reach to Rangitoto Light|
The new Elliott 13.55 Crusader made her maiden race appearance, sporting black sails with square-top mainsail and a long prod. She made quite a sight under a big gennaker on the broad reach home from Passage Rock.
|Overload and Mercenary|
|River Rebel, Starlight Express (Davidson 55) and Power Play|
|Mr Roosevelt on the beat to Passage Rock|
|Overload lights up on the reach down to Motuihe Channel|
|Urban Cowboy - when good gybes go bad|
The spinnaker ride home was fairly easy for most boats, and made for a great end to the day. An increase in wind strength at the finish led to a few issues for crews, with a couple of gybes being necessary to lay the finish from Bean Rock lighthouse, and Urban Cowboy lost some valuable minutes and placings with a gybe that didn't quite come off....
The Carkeek 50 Equilibrium led the fleet home by a large margin, and River Rebel took PHRF honours, followed by the White 40 Whitebait. Crusader finished about 25 minutes after Equilibrium, but with an initial PHRF of 0.975 finished well down the results sheet with a 19th.
Full results are here: http://rayc.org.nz/gold-cup/#results, and more photos here: http://www.facebook.com/RichmondYachtClub