Cruisers take advantage of good winds

| 12/07/2012

Pie Seas leads Shanti (236x300).jpg(CISA): The second of the six race Harbour House Marina 2012 Cruiser Series around North Sound took place on Sunday 24th June to coincide with the summer sailstice (sailboats worldwide winching up some canvas to celebrate the summer solstice). Unusually southerly winds gusting to 20 knots didn't dissuade the eight competing boats and all enjoyed a fast race.The only catamaran, Clive Bodden's “Yahoo Yahoo “ took line honours crossing the finish line at Kaibo after completing the 13.2 mile course in 1 hour 54 minutes.  Bruce Johnson's Blue Runner took second with Jonathan Cuff's Pie Seas III third.   Yahoo Yahoo and Blue Runner are now neck and neck on overall standings with a race each.

“The cruiser series is a collaboration between the Sailing Club and Harbour House Marina” explained Rick Caley, manager of the sailing club. “A lot of the smaller cruising boats or those new to sailing are put off by the thought of competing against professional racers. It’s not like that at all. We have nice easy courses and always finish up somewhere for a bit of a social. It really is about having fun taking part with the added thrill of being in a race. We hope more and more sailboats that are tucked away down all the canals will come out and join in the fun.”

Sunday July 15th sees race three with a change of course and 11am start off Governor's Harbour. The finish line will be at the sailing club where a post race bbq awaits competitors and guests.  If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact

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