Airlie Beach to Butterfly Bay

Posted by on June 19, 2011

Race 1 was a gate start off Airlie, through Unsafe Passage between North and South Molle Islands, with the finish through a line North of Baird Point.  We fluffed the start, thanks mainly to the halyard on the mainsail blowing out, and were 500 metres behind the fleet at the start.  There were nine starters.

We initially did quite well, passing four boats before Pioneer Rocks, but then misjudged a wind shift and stalled her in a tack.  We made it across to North Molle, and then short-tacked near the shore which caught us up some time, and we passed through in seventh.

The trip north to Hook Island saw us pass a couple of boats just before the line, including the 1250 Seachange.  I patched up the halyard as best I could with whipping twine as we motored around to Butterfly Bay.

We anchored in 12m of water as the moorings were all taken, and I jumped into the scuba gear to have a look at how it was sitting.  It was actually not sitting well at all, so I pushed it in as best I could and will rely on the anchor alarm.

As the spot was nice and secluded, I thought it might be a good spot to use up the close-to-expiry flares by giving Colleen a try.

Early night.

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