Racing on Sydney harbour
Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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The sun quickly burnt off the clouds and we spent a productive day practising man over board drills and some of the finer arts of sailing which no doubt alluded me. The wind began to pick up in the early afternoon to a classic Sydney summer "Nor Easter" so we spent the rest of the afternoon practicing race sailing before our inaugural Sydney twilight race later that evening.
We crossed the line third in our class and probably the best race position one of the flying fish boats has ever achieved in the twilight series so we all felt pretty happy, non more so than our laid back New Zealand skipper who turned into a truly competitive All Black suggesting we run any boat in our way off their line and not be afraid to bump a couple of $250,000 yachts around the marks. A great race and many beers at the yacht club after.
I sneaked back home at about 11 and returned with croissants for the crew and with the kids to see the boat which they loved. We also learned that in the last week, just going up the middle harbour channel (which is very narrow) they tagged 13 sharks! - a comforting thought.
I had a really great week. Mark was an outstanding instructor and great guy, the crew were great, super people and some very impressive younger girls and guys whom I wish all the best on their course. I hope to see all again for another twilight race in a couple of weeks. If anyone wants sailing lessons in Sydney - -they should use Flying Fish.