November 25th, 2016
Fresh winds and grey skies greeted the participants in the 50th anniversary Beware the Bullets Regatta.
The event was dominated by Hobies of various sizes, a couple of Nacras with Olympic hopefuls aboard and 5 Wetas (although only 4 on day one). Day two was sunny and warm but a bit hazy with a light breeze that barely reached 10 knots until right at the end.
Most of the races were close with the lead swapping through the fleet. Peter Graham was unusually back in the pack on day one but came good on day two when were were joined by Ian Richardson from the Illawarra with his brand new, never sailed Weta. As a regular Sharpie sailor he was competitive straight away - although still finding passing the tiller around the back difficult to remember.
Paul had some OK results on day one but his leaking floats were causing problems in the light winds on day two and he slipped back down the order. The other class newbie, Peter Martin was going lower but faster than anyone else and this helped him to string together a run of bullets and he was only beaten by Peter Martin and Ian once. Peter Duross had solid results on both days which enabled him to take a well deserved third place.
Photo gallery (credit Alison Guesdon, Sam Henman and Trevor Gourlay)
By Paul White