Some news from our northern sister aboard Alcamy:
Last weekend (8-9 March) was the Sydney Harbour Regatta running for the 9th year in a row, with 170 entries racing on Sydney Harbour in perfect sunny conditions on Saturday and Sunday. ‘Alcamy’, an s80, owned and skippered by Ruth Lawrence, featured an all-girl crew in PHS Div 2. Donned in hot pink on international women’s day, day one was a good North Easter around 15 knots. Alcamy set off with a not so shabby start in both races. It was great to see the America’s cup catamarans flying past contrasting with the James Craig that was lumbering along with no technology on board!
At the end of day one we were 2nd in the first race and 2nd in the 2nd race – coming equal first overall. It was a restless evening with pressure and expectations building for day 2.
On day two we had a gentle NE with around 10 knots, dropping out at times. Our starts were not perfect but we had a mission, everyone was focused and stepped up to the mark. Race 3, we raced another 2nd. The last race was the most challenging. The finish line of the 18 foot skiff titles was directly behind our finish line. We had skiffs flying through with spinnakers up, coming in from the left and the right and we ploughed on through to our finish line – very dramatic. We pulled out a first in that race to take out the Division. ‘In the Red’ came in second and Primary Wave, 3rd. This is the 3rd year that Ruth has won her division – and the first time an all-girl yacht has won a PHS division in the regatta.
Great coverage for s80s!