Saturday afternoon’s overcast and light wind conditions did not attract the usual number of enthusiastic Pacer sailors however Pacer 2 and Pacer 3 took to the water with Gary Price at the helm of Pacer 2 and Brad Rayson at the helm of Pacer 3. The Bridge crew on board the R B Townsend laid a course in the Esplanade Channel well out of the way of the afternoon’s scheduled shipping movements. With the almost 5-7 knot southerly wind the course ended up being a reaching course to each of the turning marks laid on the edge of the channel off E5 and at the turning basin in front of Wilson’s Wharf. Of course this provided with the shore based spectators with a good view of the racing. The light wind and incoming tide made for some testing conditions and challenging sailing. Two 3 lap races were sailed. The first race started 12 minutes after the scheduled start time while the Bridge crew waited for the Ndongeni and her barge to clear the channel leaving the channel clear for the remainder of the afternoon. Despite some good starts the Yellow team of Pacer 3 was not able to keep up with Pacer 2 who seemed to find all the correct breeze lanes in the patchy wind and soon managed to edge ahead. The crew on Pacer 2 worked hard at their sail trim and weight distribution but the light breeze seemed to evade them allowing Pacer 2 and the Blue team to win both races. By the end of Race 2 there was hardly any wind and the boats returned to the moorings under power shortly before 16h30 just in time for the crews to enjoy some pleasant after sailing sundowners on our Ndongeni lawns.
Match 7 will be sailed next week and the leader board is starting to become interesting with gaps opening up where sailors have been off the water for a few races. If your name is not on the ladder or you have not sailed recently you should contact Margie Harris in the Sailing Office to reserve your spot and stand a chance to win a prize at the end of the season.