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Go for Gold proved to be a very testing event worthy of the title.  Race 1 stopped before it started with a dash for the shore amidst a wild squall, reduced visibility and the wind well above acceptable levels.  The race eventually got underway an hour and a half later in a fresh wind and a very lumpy uncomfortable sea.  Nick won a closely fought battle with Chris.  The start of race 2 saw the wind increasing and the sea becoming very steep.  Some top end sailors ( names withheld for legal reasons) were seen to be enjoying a swim on the downhill leg. This enabled some of us to get a bit further up the leader board than would normally be expected.  The race was won by Pete with Chris again being the bridesmaid.  Race 3 was postponed to another day as the wind increased and the rescue boats were fully occupied.  To her credit visiting flyweight Susannah finished both races leaving some of the heavier crews wondering where they went wrong.

Day 2 was the exact opposite.  Racing started on time with a decent breeze but a lot of chop.  The 10knot wind still held enough tricks to catch out two of our number downwind ( No Names) with a dose of the rolly pollys and a cooling swim. Chris finally managed top spot, this time with Matt as bridesmaid.  Race 4 started in a falling wind.  It took a long time to get to the windward mark where a strong tide had many helms taking several shots at getting around.  The race ended partway up the second beat with no wind and the tide slowly pushing boats towards Frankston.  Nick was in the lead but there are no points for a half completed race so the overall winner was Chris with Nick second and Tim third.  Congratulations Chris, Nick and Tim.  Pete was badly behaved under a black flag start and dropped out of a very close battle for the top places.  It was a good event and I for one will be feeling the effects of it for the rest of the week.

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