With 2m swell and 20-25 knots on the race course, Day 3 was set to be tough – again! This is an amazing place to sail with sun, wind and waves practically guaranteed every day.
Jack Lewis and Charlie Bacon were the stars of the day, continuing with excellent, consistent performances in the under 17’s and were placed 5th and 4th. Elenor Keers and Aaron Chadwick also maintained their impressive form with a 17th and 18th in the Open category. Alex Colquitt and Robert Giardelli showed what they were capable of with a 9th.
As we watched boats come round the windward mark, Coach, Neil Marsden pointed out a Dolphin. However, the Dorsal Fin soon gave it away and we looked at each other and both said “No, it’s a Shark”!
But the theme of today was gear failure and from two of the boats who spend a lot of time on meticulous preparation. Having been placed 4th in the first race of the day, Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers suffered a broken wire and Coach Marsden put his head in his hands as he watched the boat limp up the beat with the jib flogging wildly. This was followed by Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright, placed 6th in the first race, breaking a trapeze wire, adapting to this by wrapping the good wire around the mast only for that to fall out, then deliberately capsizing to put the T fitting back into the mast.
It’s New Years Eve. Some families are cruising up the Swan River by boat whilst others will be Barbecuing the year in. All are planning to watch the fireworks – Sidney time, 9.00 here in Fremantle and 1.00 PM in the UK.
Happy New Year to you all from Team GBR in Fremantle!