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Freedom Coastal Classic

165 Boats entered the annual 120 mile dash from Auckland to Russell in the bay of islands. 

3 days before the start it was looking light, slow and upwind.

Then easterlys were forecast at around 10 knots and we all started getting keen.

On the day it was 15 knots north easterly so tight upwind to Tiri channel (10 miles north of Auckland) and then a lay / tight reach to Cape Brett

As far as an upwind coastal went it wasn't bad. 

We got a crap start after a discussion about start times on the boat. 

Then just ducked Pulse in time to see the whites of Tim C's eyes ( sorry tim).

We elected to short tack up the north shore and then around Whangapoaroa in flat water and had used up our coastal quota of tacks ( 5 tacks allowed for coastal) by Tiri.

There was a discussion that Bon accord harbour at Kawau island was looking pretty good if we weren’t laying Kawau!!

 

We were going pretty nicely at 10’s – 12’s flying a hull working through the leaners.

Just one hitch that we lost the masthead halyard out the back of the boat, oh well, we’ll grab it later in a tack. Wups forgot to grab it, Wups forgot to grab it again.

 

It then became a lay to Flat rock, which turned into a lay to Cape Rodney and it was all pretty pleasant with the water flattening out and solid 8 / 10 knots of boat speed.

We were right next to Exodus at Cape Rodney with Tigre not far ahead when the breeze  lifted and they both horizon’ed us as they cracked off.  

We peeled to the fro which felt pretty good and lifted to Whangarei heads.

Somewhere in here the tail of the masthead halyard fell in the piss and pulled the halyard to the top of the mast, F$%K !!

 

Around Cape Rodney the wind lightened and we decided we needed that masthead halyard. So Liz ( all 67kg of her) volunteered to go up on the fro halyard with a  boathook and have a crack at retrieving it, in around a 1 metre sea, Kudos!!.

This was unsuccessful as everytime she hooked it the boathook got shaken off and the bloody thing dropped back into the mast from the weight of the rope.

After 15 minutes of this poor Liz was pretty battered at the top of the rig and we gave up.

 

Hmm ok plan b what do we do now ??

 

So we headed high behind the Hen island to some flatter water and lighter breeze, dropped the main, headed down wind and get her up on the main halyard.

This worked really well except poor Liz was getting really battered on a swinging rotating rig.

We were back sailing again within 5 minutes and had the masthead zero up 10 minutes later.

She’s a top foredeck that Liz ( but not bright no way you’d catch me up there J). More Kudos !!

 

After the hen n chicks the breeze progressively got lighter as the rich got richer and the poor buggers at the back got knocked in a dropping breeze.

Cape Brett at midnight was a sight for sore eyes, followed by a light kite run into the bay where the large leaners caught us.

The race had a final kicker right at the finish when the wind went right forward. For us it wasn’t too bad as we just pulled the kite right in and went low. I heard it screwed up a few people though.

 

Then a few rums and a feed with the multi raft up and gosh what’s that light stuff in the sky? Why are the tui’s all waking up?

Oh its dawn, ok bedtime.

 

6th multi overall

2nd 8.5 multi

3rd multi under 10 metres 

 

Not bad for a 40 year old girl

 

 

 

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Liz sailed with us last Friday night.  She's got bigger agates than me with that sort of behaviour

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Great video and Liz is quite a gal! Give her a hug from Texas.....

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yep, that would be Steinlager.

Front Page - nice work Phil.

I did the race 2 handed on our Elliott 1050, for an upwind race, pretty damn pleasant, if not the normal downwind/reaching SW blast. Was nice not to have to beat in from Brett though.

 

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17 minutes ago, Clipper said:

yep, that would be Steinlager.

Front Page - nice work Phil.

I did the race 2 handed on our Elliott 1050, for an upwind race, pretty damn pleasant, if not the normal downwind/reaching SW blast. Was nice not to have to beat in from Brett though.

 

But slow Clipper, slow !!!

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Wow, Liz sounds like a legend, how about a photo of her tits?

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4 hours ago, he b gb said:

Wow, Liz sounds like a legend, how about a photo of her tits?

I've seen photos of the bruises from going up the rig. Looked painful

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I was on the Y11, Fineline, our first race on the boat so quite a learning experience. We tacked up to the Tiri Channel then stayed high, going outside the Hen and Chicks, hoping the breeze would swing to the north as predicted. Our plan was to lay into cape Brett, heros, as the rest of our division tacked up the coast like losers. Unfortunately the wind held to the East and everyone layed the cape and we looked like lemons, however it was a glorious sail in beautiful weather and an amazing cruise home. 

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Cam was a piss-wreck at 8.30 am, he was on Starlight Express and they had been drinking since they arrived at approx 1.30. He's a good time. 

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On 11/2/2018 at 10:51 AM, he b gb said:

Wow, Liz sounds like a legend, how about a photo of her tits?

Hiii, Creep! That's me you're talking about. I would have responded sooner but was too busy racing in the 3rd race of the Gold Cup series in Auckland on Freedom today. Pretty blowy conditions -- we saw gusts over 30kts on the windward end of the 50nm course. Been like this all week here, and I was super stoked to get out in it. I'll leave the details of the day to Phil -- he's Race Recap King, as you can surely see. Just wanted to say hello, and that I see you, and that I think you're super fucking disgusting.

Lots of love,

-Liz, crew of Freedom, where the men respect women and abhorrent comments like yours aren't tolerated.

 

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Sorry Liz,  I was joking ( that was pretty mild compared to a lot of the posts on this forum) and I apologise, I was serious about your legend status though! Keep up the great crew work as you sound to be a lot more ‘’gung ho” than a lot of the guys I’ve sailed with.cheers .

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Great work Phil, looked spectacular, and Liz good on you for calling out the bullshit. Not all of us are 15

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On 11/2/2018 at 8:23 PM, Alcatraz5768 said:

Cam was a piss-wreck at 8.30 am, he was on Starlight Express and they had been drinking since they arrived at approx 1.30. He's a good time. 

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Fineline was sold recently? Went on board at Nagles this year, nice boat and a real bargain given all the work done to it, I would have been in the queue if I didnt already have a hole in the water.

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