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Going into the weekend the forecast was bleak, rain, drizzle, possible thundershowers, Aeolus and Poseidon were up to their tricks again. Heading up the channel on a slow drizzly broad reach reminded some of us of sailing somewhere back East. Shifty, Puffy, Black Holes, coming from the South East combined with a half a knot or so of current coming from the south kept our argie bargie fleet (and every other fleet) from being over early on the first race. A forty degree shift to the right during the starting sequence made the course into a drag race. With nine knots of wind, some complicated port side spinnaker launches and douses, we ripped around the course. Dean was in a sweet spot from the start and did an excellent job of boat handling to defend their lead. I think we will all be practicing that port side, close reaching, jibe set maneuver in the near future. In race #2 Dean seemed to have some crystal ball which lead them gracefully through the minefield of frustrating holes and headers. With the breeze at 0-5 knots,, we all got to exercise our patience and focus under difficult conditions. Fortunately the current was helpful in dragging our boats (all but one) over the finish line to put an end to the pain. The rest of our scheduled four races were cancelled. In the end Dean pulled off two bullets for blazing victory, Wombat took second after the tie breaker and Trolleycar took home third. Many thanks to CYC and Marilyn Cassedy, regatta chair, for putting a great regatta. Thank you Kellie Fennessy, who stepped in at the last minute to fill in as PRO. A big happy crowd filled the downstairs at CYC where we enjoyed some excellent food, free beer, good company and nice trophies. Photos by Miriam Moses and Ali.