It was another great day for sailing on Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club conducted the Bengello Plumbing Services Broulee Race. The surf was up on the Clyde River entrance at low tide so the race was delayed for one hour until conditions were safer. A 15 knot south easterly provided a quick race to north Broulee and back. Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew of Terry Paton and Isaac Mackay set a well-balanced start line. After an even start “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) maintained superior height and speed on the first work to lead around the Marine Park middle mark from “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). Bain and company did some rock hopping around Burrewarra Point to move through to second. “Apostrophe” managed to carry a reaching spinnaker from Burrewarra Point to the north Broulee mark to extend her lead. “Attitude” was quicker to set her kite on the broad reach from Burrewarra Point back to Black rock and moved past “Wishful Thinking”. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was further back after snagging some weed around her rudder at the start but started to make up ground after changing her reaching spinnaker to her big running kite. She eventually overhauled “Wishful Thinking” on the last gybe before the finish line at Caseys Beach. “North Star” (John Drummond) had sailmaker Adrian Mills on board but still finished well behind the larger yachts.
“Apostrophe” lived up to her potential on the day to win the race on PHS. “Attitude” was the fastest of the three Adams sister ships for a well-deserved AMS win. Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au
Thanks must go to Andrew Bain for putting out the Broulee turning marks and to our generous sponsor Simon Lowth of Bengello Plumbing Services.