The morning started out with terrible conditions but with the forecast of a steady 15 knot breeze 12 boats arrived for the afternoon race. By the time the official opening was done the promised conditions arrived.
The starboard rounding course was a 4 lap triangle-sausage-triangle- triangle with short legs and a downwind finish. The steady breeze made for quick upwind sailing with fast reaches riding the light swell.
Scott Olsen quickly got into the lead and showed his usual fast form finishing with half a leg in front of his nearest rival. Close racing was had amongst the rest of the fleet with positions changing regularly. Only a few seconds separated 2nd, 3rd and 4th place with the rest of the fleet following close behind.
Final places were- Scott Olsen 1st, Tony Carr 2nd and Ed Bannerman 3rd.
A great day sailing was had by all and Safety Bay Yacht club is eagerly looking forward to the Sabre fleet returning soon for the first state championship heats in November.
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