2019 King Island Race Update - Race within a Race
Shortly after our morning race update Huey did the right thing and bent the wind back to the East meaning that by 9:30 everyone was back on course for Grassy harbour. Those watching the tracker will have noticed a mysterious green line appear on their screens…that’s the race within the race with the major (and only) prize being a slab of beer for the first boat to cross the latitude of Cape Wickham on their corrected PHD handicap. Of the six boats to have crossed the imaginary finish line Cartouche is comfortably in the lead although there are still ten boats yet to cross the line with a chance to steal the prize.
Back onto the real race, current standings at 12:30 are Under Capricorn followed by Maverick and Alien in AMS with an estimated 4 minutes separating the first two and Alien 50 minutes behind which will be a big cap to close as they are in close proximity and will experience the same conditions. Under IRC it’s Maverick followed by Cartouche and Wicked but the separation between these three is estimated to be about 10 minutes. Of these, Maverick is likely to perform better as the wind turns further to the north but does carry the natural handicap of only having two people on board...it’s not all bad though, just think they will get 12 cans each if the win the minor prize!
King Island airport is currently reporting 9 knots from the east and the current will start running south down the side of the island in about an hours’ time. This will be a nice little boost for those lucky enough to be past Cape Wickham by then and its likely navigators will be going inside Elephant Shoal to take full advantage of this. The first finishers are expected a bit before 4pm today and based on current ETA’s the handicap results are likely to be known 2-3 hours later, subject of course to Huey behaving.
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