Within minutes, Wild Oats XI was 200 metres clear and from there on she sailed her own race in the light breeze, hitting 23 knots in 12 knots of breeze as she gybed
downwind under her massive Code o headsail.
In the first race while in a position to win on the final leg I suffered a major brain explosion and gybed
into his bow, losing the race and receiving a half point penalty for causing serious damage.
inshore on the first night and got through a little lull that hit all the others--our guys thought there might be a bit more breeze on the other side which could work to our advantage and low and behold, we skipped away a few miles.
We over rod Lloydy (tactician ross Lloyd) on that first beat and Wot Now rounded in front of us, but we gybed
inside them and caught up a bit of time on them on that first downwind leg.
A savage southerly buster arrived and an out-of-control Bluebird surfed past, gybed
, and the boom swept a fat guy into the bay," Kiernan recalls.
Our saviour was the high pressure system that moved south-east of Tasmania generating 8-15 knot easterly wind along the Tassie coast, then north-easterly as we gybed
at Tasman Island, then 12-15 knot northerlys across Storm Bay and up the River.
A crewmember of another WA entrant, Philip Child's Knee Deep was also injured when the yacht Chinese gybed
on the first spinnaker run of day two.
As I was left alone sailing on deck for a considerable period with the sunlight display screens showing me the shallow patches to avoid on the electronic chart, I tacked, gybed
and sailed on most points of sail totally unassisted and without having to put the autopilot on.