Yesterday we finally had the good old Napier blue skies and sunshine with a stronger sea breeze for the day. Safe to say, the big crews were happy to stretch their legs, while the skinny Femme Fatale boys (us) hiked for their lives.

The race kicked off all clear at the first try. It was pretty tight racing upwind with a good 10 knots of wind. At the top mark we had some fresh faces at the front of the fleet. Flying Flamingo (Lewis Davies & John Radnell) and Ffantail (Wade & Lyle Tresadern) were one of many! Seeing the Aussie pink hats and a silver fleet boat up there with the big boys was super cool. Clearly the Flying Flamingo diet of barbecued frozen sausage rolls paid off! Nice one boys! But the ultimate winner of the first clash were Loaffer (Brian & Bridget Kent).

The 1st run we sailed Femme Fatally and lost heaps as new breeze compressed the fleet at the bottom mark. The second half of the race proved difficult with no side really reaping the benefits. It was tight with constant changing of places. For us the priority was clear air and the lifting tack, with the last shift in to the mark decided the pecking order, and of course bragging rights.

Our highlight was having our best reaching leg of the event so far. We rolled two good Gold fleet boats in our awesome Silver fleet boat! Sorry Blowfish!. Proud of Femme Fatale and my crew Simon! Yipeee!
It was really awesome to see Iff (Jenny Price & Alison Howitt) and Fflying Cloud (Chris Field & Cam Maher) from the kiwi contingent getting up amongst it, throughout the second half of the race.

The last beat didn’t let up as we had a nail-biting finish with 5+ boats crossing the finish line in a 20 second period. Another great Flying Fifteen race!

All-in-all, I think everyone was happier with a bit of breeze. Safe to say the fleet earned a good feed come the evening. The kiwis closed the evening off with a barby and few beers curtesy of our F15 President (nice one Chris!).

Let’s have another fun one today! Forecast is looking good.

Konrad Weaver
Femme Fatale (3092)