Today was a long day for the people working the committee boats as well as for the racers, as most classes at the Heineken Regatta had to complete two races. We met up as usual at 7AM at the yacht club and then headed out to our committee boat “B” in order to set up and prepare in time for the first scheduled start at about 10AM. The conditions at sea were somewhat more moderate than the previous days, but it was still blustery out there and many boats had set reefs in their sails.
Luckily our start line was set up just inside Simpson Bay in the neighborhood of the airport, so we were protected from much of the swell while at anchor, but the constant unpredictable motion of the boat made identifying boat numbers on the start line with binoculars rather difficult and despite both Mark and myself scanning for numbers we were not able to identify several of the starters before they were to far away for any positive identification. Fortunately we had no bad starts that we were unable to verify numbers for this day.
Both courses were set to be relatively short and the boats we sent out did remarkably well given the boisterous conditions. Only one boat came back with a torn genoa although several boats did call in on the VHF to inform us that they were retiring from the race.
It was very difficult to stay awake after we'd returned, I was knackered from being aboard the catamaran and the burning in my eyes from the sunscreen didn't help at all. I went ashore to get some more milk for my morning coffee and had one drink at Barnacle's before returning to the boat and informing Mark that I wouldn't be joining him for the party at Kim Sha beach that night. I made a pasta dinner and tried to read but by 22:00 I was dead tired and slept well until they turned the volume up at about 02:30 in morning. My whole boat was vibrating to the bass beat from the speakers at Kim Sha and it took a long time for me to get back to sleep and on any other night I would have done the “If you can't beat 'em, join 'em”.

Catamaran racer approaching the start Under full sail even cruising catamarans can do some impressive upwind speeds.
(2015-03-07 11:37:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/2000s] ISO 200)
Catamaran racer approaching the start
Luffing prior to the race start One of the bareboat fleet luffing the genoa to lose speed before the start
(2015-03-07 11:40:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Luffing prior to the race start
Ready to put up flags This flag position shows when boats are over the line or there is a recall to be made.
(2015-03-07 09:30:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Ready to put up flags
Committee Boat officers coming aboard Nancy and Rob arriving on the boat in the morning.
(2015-03-07 07:52:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Committee Boat officers coming aboard
Rob announcing the day's races Rob on the VHF to the competitors announcing the courses for the day.
(2015-03-07 09:28:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Rob announcing the day's races
Sometimes waiting is all there is to do The wait times between the periods of action often seem to be very, very long as there's little to do.
(2015-03-07 09:28:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Sometimes waiting is all there is to do
Marking the distance This racer will show the distance from the start line in boat lengths when the race is about to begin. This ensures that the boat can be as close as possible to the line without going over.
(2015-03-07 09:32:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Marking the distance
Racers circling before the start The various sailboats sailing around in a herd before the starting sequence is to begin
(2015-03-07 09:36:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Racers circling before the start
Marking start line distance Two boats fighting at the start line
(2015-03-07 10:38:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Marking start line distance
Start line is clear Rob, Arnd and Nancy checking to ensure that no boats are over the line at the start horn.
(2015-03-07 10:39:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Start line is clear
Sail SWE 102 heading to the finish line They are hard on the wind as they race to the finish line, which was another kilometer upwind of us.
(2015-03-07 11:27:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Sail SWE 102 heading to the finish line
Heineken Regatta fleet at sea Several classes approaching from the turn around the headland.
(2015-03-07 11:27:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Heineken Regatta fleet at sea
Selika beating Selika, number 218, going to windward and heading for the finish line.
(2015-03-07 11:28:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Selika beating
Racers beating upwind towards Simpson Bay Our Bareboat fleet coming to windward
(2015-03-07 11:30:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Racers beating upwind towards Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay start line Bareboat classes approch the line in Simpson Bay
(2015-03-07 11:34:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Simpson Bay start line
Racers beating upwind 20 knots of wind and a good groundswell made for fun upwind legs.
(2015-03-07 11:34:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Racers beating upwind
Racer 275 crossing the line Boat number 275 on crossing the line
(2015-03-07 11:36:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Racer 275 crossing the line
Racing in Simpson Bay Racers to windward in Simpson Bay
(2015-03-07 11:39:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 200)
Racing in Simpson Bay
This is no Sitting Duck Team Sitting Duck and another competitor at the start line
(2015-03-07 11:41:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/3200s] ISO 200)
This is no Sitting Duck
Atrevida Atrevida is a beautiful classic schooner and sailing in the Lottery Class
(2015-03-07 12:49:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Atrevida
Atrevida schooner passing Atrevida passing with 3 sails up
(2015-03-07 12:49:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Atrevida schooner passing
Observing the passing boats One of the tasks before the start is to find out which of the racers are cruising around the start area.
(2015-03-07 12:50:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Observing the passing boats
   
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