Round 2 of the KA Sails Victorian Grand Prix was held at Mornington YC, the location for the upcoming nationals. Unfortunately numbers were down a bit with many away, injured or with broken boats. Never the less the day's racing was particularly eventful.
In a similar fashion to round one we picked a day with plenty of rain and some very fickle winds, at least until we went sailing. The wind was blowing about 15-20knots when we left the beach, however it was forecast to reach 30 during the afternoon.
We all went out, sailed past the pier and out of the protection of the harbour and got smashed! The combination of the wind strength, which was now well above twenty and the waves, meant it was too dangerous downwind. Personally my top speed was 26 knots, which in Port Philip waves can be tough to maintain. The race committee was then kind enough to set us another course much closer to shore, where we were able to seek the protection of the harbour. The conditions were still bumpy in certain areas of the course, but very sailable.
Race one saw Andrew McDougall take the win with Leigh Dunstan taking second and Richard Jackson in third. Race two was a bit more eventful with Richard rounding the top mark in first with Andrew close behind in second. After Richard parked not far past the top mark Andrew had to crash to miss him, causing damage to his boat and finishing his day. Leigh managed to find the passing lane on the final run and finished just ahead of Richard on the line. Kohie came through to take third.
We then had to sail back in in what was now gusting to 30 knots, which made for a tough sail in. A special mention has to go to Kohie who sailed well in the very difficult conditions.
After two rounds third place is Richard Jackson, sailing MK Building Group, second place is Andrew Mc Dougall sailing KA Sails and in first Leigh Dunstan sailing Racer X Marine.
Thanks to KA Sails and Racer X Marine for their support of the event.
We're looking forward to round 3 of the Grand Prix Series to be held at Sorrento Couta Boat Club on the 3rd December.