Fantastic! It’s the only word I can use to describe the day of the Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge 2010. The wind was just right, the rain decided to take the day off, and the start line was busy. It’s the perfect combination for a perfect day of sail boat racing.
Even the timing was perfect. It is the time of year when the membership fees are due, and many are asking themselves if it is a wise investment. This is the kind of day that makes you realise why we have a Yacht Club, and what it can do for us.
For me personally, this has been a memorable day. Not just because of the perfect conditions, but also this is the first event I have helped to organise since joining the club, and it is my first attempt at being a Race Officer.
A Race Officer’s job looks so easy when viewed from a competing boat. Just wave a few flags, blow a few horns, right? Like all skills in life, if you’re good at it you make it look easy even if it is not. I guess I have been lucky enough to have good Race Officers in the past. Many thanks to Bob who gave me a pep talk and some very good advice that turned out to be very useful.
The first start of the day was in Road Harbour. The line was set, the boats were circling, and the clock was ticking. I was worried as I could not see Racing In Paradise, driven by Richard Wooldridge anywhere. I am not sure I am allowed to root for one particular boat as Race Officer. But it is hard not to, when RIP is the boat I normally crew on, and my wife Kelly was racing that day. I was relieved to see them come charging in at the last minute, just in time to circle around and make the start.