Twilight racing on Wednesday and Friday nights has kicked off. After only three races everyone's been different. We've had wind and no wind, good results (2nd place) and bad results (DNF - did not finish due to no wind - only one boat out of 30 boats finished!), we've had sunshine and rain. That's the beauty of the twilight racing...not one race is the same!
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We're fully back in the swing of Sydney life now and settled in our home for summer - D'albora Marina Rushcutters Bay. The photo above shows our view from the berth! Not bad!
Since being back we've shown the Sydney Harbour sights to a few groups already. On Friday we did the Giant Steps Regatta, although the guests were more into the champagne and cruising than the racing which was fine by us!
That was followed by our first Friday twilight race of the season with RANSA. Lots of fun - our crew for summer is a fun bunch so it should be a good season!!
Saturday, we were back out for a charter with 24 guests (very full boat) - a farewell party - plenty of oysters, wagyu steaks, swimming and chilling!
Pilgrim Sailing's first Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week and it certainly won't be the last. We had core crew of four - Paul, Clare, Micko and Sandy with extras joining us along the week either for the day or those who got hooked kept coming back for more...Ken!!
The racing was great fun and competitive mainly around Cleveland Bay with the Round the Island Race on Saturday was, of course, the day with the least wind!
MIRW is a stark contrast to Hamilton Island Race Week in its relaxed and easy feel. All the accommodation, boats and Race HQ are a stones throw apart.
WE LOVED Magnetic Island Race Week and will be back next year with bells on for the 10th annual regatta! Who's coming with us?
From 15th - 22nd August Pilgrim race at Hamilton Island Race Week. The crew were Paul Ley, Clare Ley, Matt Wenke (tactician), Chris Brooks, Dave Hodgson, Liz Blackford, Sandy Garrie, Michael Sugg, Ben Feeney, John Dooley, Nick Atwell and Christian Becerra with a few guest appearances along the way.
It was a great race week - plenty of breeze to test the crew and plenty of Tamburlaine wine to get the party going after the race.
Layday was a chill out day with hammocks, bubbles and a visit to our neighbour the Police Boat for a tour!
Overall we came mid fleet which was a respectable result based on all the super new carbon "cruisers" around us!
We'll be back next year...!
Sun 19th Apr, 2015 - A snapshot of racing at Sail Port Stephens. If you like the look of this...join us at Hamo or Airlie Beach this year!
Sun, 19th Apr 2015 - Winners of the Spirit of Sail Port Stephens trophy! We're stoked! What a great regatta!
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