Course: Deepwater Bay to Hardwicke Island
Distance: 24.50 nautical
of a Day!
Campbell River to Hardwicke Island
The start was
0830 so out wake up time was 0530 leaving the doc by 0630 because
the start was out in Deepwater Bay 12 nm North of Campbell River
which we had to motor out to.
We arrived 20min
prior to the start which proved to be just right, there was little
to no wind at the starting line. There were wind dances happening
and the winning boat was Ocams Racer. They were presented with a
bottle of wine later that night at the Hardwicke Island Fish Farm.
us at the starboard end of the line, and off we went backwards floating
back towards the start line, the committee boat stated that we were
over early. It was ok as we were drifting back behind the line from
the current. We were cleared to start and off we went.
at a very slow rate, edging up over top of the fleet. Soon we were
a blip on the competitor's radars. along the first quarter of the
leg wind channels would form stretching from side to side. We capitalized
on these edging us further ahead of the competitors.
We rounded up
past this light house and we pulled out our code 0. We had never
flown this sail before and we were anxious to see it fly. It looked
bend we went where we were met with really wild whirl pools current.
Many times we were facing the direction from which we just came
however we were going 3 knots towards the finish backwards, sideways,
Once we came
out of our white water rafting we switched sails and went with our
spinnaker. The winds built and we were hauling at 14+ thinking that
the finish would be near.
our surprise, the wind shut off, completely and the current was
running ramped on us, we were drifting backwards away from the finish
line, it reminded us of 2002 Swiftsure. I kept checking for Redshift
suddenly I noticed a Chute coming from a distance. I knew that they
would be upon us shortly; they were now in the winds we just left!
I could now
see the yellow of his hulls, they were really close. They moved
in and saw the shape we were in (floating away from the finish line)
and chose to go around us from behind and finish to our port side
in the wind. After a very long time we finally attached some wind
to our screecher and began to inch forward. We were losing our boat
speed and Redshift was moving in closer and closer. The wind built
enough and we crossed the line only to time and see if Redshift
got us. We had to give Redshift 7 minutes on handy cap, 6 minutes,
7, 8, 14 minutes passed and Redshift finished.
We were very
lucky to have received 1st in our division and 1st across the finish
We motored up
to the fish farm where we were greeted by Mike and Mike. The guys
were great! We had a salmon BBQ and the awards were held on HMSC
Oriole. Super cool boat, it was another excellent experience.
of Redshift) stated that this was probably the first time in the
world that a fish farm had 35 racing yachts moored to it.
lesson of the day: "Its never over till its over!"