The 11th Sydney Harbour Regatta was held under blue skies and a constant North East breeze last weekend. The PHS Division 2 was hotly contested. Here is our report from Ruth Lawrence from Alcamy, our favourite Sydney s80.
Alcamy’s team, included myself (Ruth Lawrence) on helm, Bridget Canham, Siobhan Spoljaric, and Tash Miller. Sydney harbour was picture perfect – ferries, skiffs, Opis, yachts everywhere. A blaze of colour and for anyone looking at the harbour who doesn’t understand yachting, seemingly random movement in every direction on the harbour. Boats everywhere.
We got off to a good start and in the first race of Div 2, Alcamy, won the race with Eau de Vie (a 33.7 Beneteau) coming in 2nd. Our second race was consistent, and was close – the order reversed, Eau de Vie came in first and Alcamy 2nd. At the end of day one both boats were equal first with 3 points.
2nd day of racing was another day of breathtaking beautiful sparkling waters and sunshine on Sydney harbour. 3rd race, was another NE, around 15-16 knots, with Eau de Vie taking out 1st place and Alcamy coming in 3rd.
Final race, the breeze cranked up a notch, and a few boats put in reefs. It was gusting to 25 knots, but still a NE. Alcamy pulled off an unconventional start at the pin end with clear breeze, while the rest of the fleet were at the boat end (the favoured end) getting tangled up with each other. Alcamy led the fleet up to the 2nd mark. All the boats were very close together and we looked around to see a pack of boats, close on our tail behind us. While the fleet went left across the bay we stuck to the islands and the shore hoping for a lift. We maintained our lead. This race was a cracker and we got the gun – taking out first in this race and first in Division 2 in the regatta. Special thanks to Bridget who was multi-tasking….. meteorologist, main and bow (hahahaha). It was a great weekend of sailing – well sailed girls!