Crasher Cup report
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With a stomach full of Red Rooster 35 competitors hit the water to compete for the Crasher Cup.
Owing to a late winter front the planned marathon course was not an option and following a briefing it was decided to run a shorter course and race for 1 hour.
The start was a fair way downwind which made rigging the right sail a difficult choice as there was little wind on the shore. Tom Radis was the wind dummy and went well on his 7.7.
The guys on the pontoon boat set the course (thanks, Duane, Duncan, Bob) and everyone was ready for a start about 2.30pm.
As the sailors went down the first leg it was obvious that the wind had shifted and a restart was undertaken. This caused a few problems as no one had been told how we would signal this and it took a fair bit of flag waving and shouting to get everybody back.
The course was shifted and the decision made to use the RIB for the restart to save time.
More confusion as we needed to get the RIB in front of the fleet but everyone started following it.
So the green flag went up and we got under way.
Each leg was 2.1 Km and the front runners did about 16 legs for about 34Km. Not quite the Marathon distance but a good hit out.
There were close individual battles throughout the fleet
but by the end Jesper was a clear winner.
Just as people got back to the shore the wind switched off so the timing was good.
Top 5 results of the 1 Hr race.
1. Jesper Orth (KA/F2) who retains the crasher cup
2. Isaac de Vries (Severne/ Starboard)
3. Dan Engdahl (Severne / Starboard)
4. Rowen Law (Severne / Patrik)
5. Darryl Griffiths (Severne / RRD)
Karin Jaggi (Severne / Patrik)
As usual these events can only happen with the help of a bunch of people who do not get paid and give their time freely. Make their day next time you see them by telling them how you enjoyed yourself (they don't want to hear grumbles!) and maybe ask at the next event how you can help.
Big thank you to Premo (below with first place woman, Karin Jaggi) for the food and drink and photos,
Tim for organising the permits, stickers and setting up, Mike for the t-shirt production and photos,
Moira for towing the trailer and registration, Garry for registration,
Duncan for being on the boat all day and setting the marks,
Duane for skippering the boat to and from Mandurah, arranging the dinner and towing the trailer, Shane and Bob for setting up the buoys, Joe for skippering and trailer parking and last but most important the guys from Mandurah Water Rescue for giving their time to keep everyone safe.
Hope to see you for the Windforce Wednesday's starting soon and the North weekend Dec 1/2nd.
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