Whispers of wind were marginally better than the Wednesday start with north easterlies at 5 knots in the morning. There was a haze that thickened as the winds died in early afternoon.
But when the breeze picked up around 1500, we saw some racers quickly picking up speed and rounding their marks to the finish. Almost all racers finished yesterday, even with the light winds. Three class courses were shortened, with all other classes racing the original course. The winds started light at 5 - 8 knots, dying to nothing in the early afternoon, leaving the haze on the water.
From 1300 to 1500, not too much moved, with the wind kicking in around 1500. The race finished well, with westerly winds at 7-10 knots. Even though the winds were light, we saw lots of action. The racing boats were spectacular, with fifty yachts flying brilliantly coloured spinnakers, silently moving across flat seas.
We also understand we almost ran the first " Ironman Regatta", as the original lat and long given to the first mark was over Pulau Tiloi.
The entertainment started late in the afternoon when the wind died and boredom set in as the yachts sat quietly in the sun for the second day. Most sailors were resigned and relaxed. However, there were a few antics as boats finally crossed the finish lines.
Thanks to the sailor who bugled a tune for the group as well as the several songs we heard over the radio. To the singers - please keep your day jobs. The one plane that buzzed up set up one of the largest wakes we had seen for a few hours. There was also a bit of excitement as the one racer drifted into the gate.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.