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‘Should we reef?’ ‘Gunboats never race
reefed!’ So went the conversation as
we tore out into the bay, where frenzied
surf was breaking on the reef. Into race
sequence, we ran the length of the start
line, timing when to pounce. Finally, at the
committee boat end we crossed ahead and
sheeted in for leg one, but within minutes
we were distracted by a ‘bang’ and the
thrashing of cloth. The foredeck trio leapt
into action and the sail was down the
forestay and under control in no time, to
reveal that the webbing head of the Solent,
not the halyard, had ripped. Our smaller
‘Spitfire’ foresail was man handled out of the
port forepeak to be hoisted in lieu and by
the time Safari rounded the windward mark,
a surprisingly good recovery was made. The
Gunboat 66 Sugar Daddy was still within
reach and the general multihull class, which
started 5 minutes behind us, was just about
being held at bay.
The mark rounding saw the big cat Safari There was a good selection of multihulls at Heineken week
unleashed! Into turbo mode she went as we
rolled out the code zero and tore off on a
deep reach. The starboard hull began to lift.
We were flying two cabins and a bathroom!
Past the entrance to Simpson Bay, the
Hard upwind conditions – note the Gunboats have not reefed!
boat speed crept into the nearly 20s and
amongst a furore of spray, we eased the
sheets. The breeze was definitely picking up
and it was a timely call for the Code to be
furled and replaced by the smaller headsail.
When the squall cell hit, rain fingered the
water around us and the island became
a blur. With 30 knots and over, Safari was
a merry projectile shooting towards the
Western end of the island. The furled Code
sail began to thrash angrily at the clew,
until a patch more sail unfurled itself and
the writhing coil had to be dragged bodily
Gunboat at speed!
down to the deck. Once secure, there was
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