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Recap: Fraser Lightship Race
by Blackice
Fraser Lightship Report:

Oct 3 saw 41 boats head out for the annual trip round S1 at the mouth of the Fraser.

Div 1 had a strong turnout with a few big boats, including Strum and the 1D48 Ha'a Koa (ex-Flash) on the startline. Also contending with the big boys was an F-33 trimaran. Moderately strong breeze coupled with punishing sea state, especially in the shallower sections, claimed a few scalps in this division with Ha'a Koa retiring early, and the trimaran dropping it's mast. This left the Riptdie 50 Strum, with Randy Vogel, to lead the fleet in and set a new course record, around 3.5 hours. Previously this was held by the Andrews 70 Rent-a-grenade. Surprising exactly no-one, the Riptide 35 mk2 Longboard took the handicap honors.

Div 2 was hard to predict in the hard reaching conditions, but eventually the long waterlines stretched out in the rough seas and jib reaching conditions. Steve Blaine's Rubato took line and handicap honors. The Melges 24 Sawlty Trowsers was able to get the kite up briefly on the outward leg to close back up with the fleet and make a strong showing despite it's small size. Finish times in this division were very close.

Div's 3 and 7 only go as far as T10 before beating their retreat back to the bay. Again length paid, with the big C&C Terna III taking Div 3 and John Peters' Marbella beating the shorter div 7 boats - Div 7 very nearly sorted exactly by LOA.

Great conditions will make this a Lightship to remember.

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