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Thunderbird Marine Supplies Howe Sound Regatta, held in Vancouver, BC on September 26-27

Six Farr 30's sailed as the only one design class within the event's overall fleet of 35 boats. West Vancouver Yacht Club's race committee PRO Brent Foxall ran three races, each windward-leeward and twice around. Saturday's Westerly wind started as 12-15 knots and quickly built to over 25 knots. Conditions rewarded superior heavy air boat handling. Saturday, Andrew Hamilton's Through took two bullets and a second, edging Rich Alban's Spiny Norman with two seconds and a bullet.

Boat speeds in the teens combined with sunny skies and mild late-summer temperatures to put a smile on everyone's faces. After racing, fleet spirit was on display at WVYC's docks as Farr 30's shared spare parts and resources to make repairs and get everybody back on the water for day two. Sunday's racing started with the RC setting a longer windward leeward course in fickle Howe Sound outflow winds for race four before a convergence with Westerly's in Georgia Strait forced the course to be reset back to Saturday's course.

Races five and six were sailed in light to moderate conditions with leftover swell making it difficult to read the current and shifts. Light air speed and strategy, along with parking lot avoidance, were critical factors Sunday. Spiny Norman counted two bullets and a fifth, allowing Through to add a point to their lead with a first-second-third scoreline. Opening things up a bit, Kinetic IV and Idiopathic broke into the top two for a race each on Sunday. M Power and Short Circuit kept the pressure up and as a result the fleet had some very tight finish sequences.

Top-notch RC work, a variety of conditions and a full turnout of the BC Farr 30 Fleet made for an excellent regatta.

The BC Fleet's next Farr 30 one design event is coming up fast - the VARC Closer Regatta, hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on October 24-25. This will be the final event in the BC Fleet Championship Series for 2009.

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