Update from Team Blunderbuss on races held during February and March.
Skipper and vessel owner of Team Blunderbuss is Eric Marsh, an active Wyndham Harbour resident. Team Blunderbuss have been very busy competing in many HBYC events including the premier Sea Pilots Race with good solid results.
In the ORCV Offshore Series, they raced to King Island on the March long weekend in very light conditions with a crew of 9 on Blunderbuss, a very tedious race finding little wind at the start and the fleet getting the jump on them early. They came back strong later in the race and finished 10th on IRC. The Easter weekend was Melbourne to Port Fairy race with 10 Crew on board and winds ranging from 10 to 25 knots with some squalls reaching 32 knots at times with rain. They had a ripper start out of Port Phillip Heads setting the pace, around 5nm into the race they decided to launch an asymmetric masthead kite to take advantage of the 10 to 15 knot breeze and perfect wind angles for this sail, all was going well until the kite halyard became tangled around the headsail halyard in the dark morning sky!
This turned out to be a real problem as they had trouble pulling the headsail down and a kite that was also not well set! During this time sorting out tangled halyards they quickly dropped back in the fleet! Having lots of difficulty sorting things out in the dark, they decided to wait and fix the problem at daybreak.
From then on their luck changed! Just like flicking a switch we start pulling the fleet in, by the time they were abeam of Cape Otway we had only 1 boat ahead of them, around 5nm’s off the port bow. From Cape Otway to the finish they set a cracking pace and finishing a good 30 minutes ahead of the next boat and taking out Line Honours also 1st IRC and 1st PHD. Whoo Hoo, 1st place.
The hospitality at Port Fairy Yacht Club was fantastic and they all had a wonderful time socialising with other crews throughout the weekend.
Next Race is Williamstown to St Leonards 14/04/18, Blunderbuss will then be slipped for preparation for Melbourne to Apollo Bay 19/05/18 and Hamilton Island Race Week during August of this year.
We’ll keep you posted on their progress.