Thoughts on Coventry Reef Race

The Coventry Reef race again lived up to it’s reputation as a tough day race on 24 November 2012 as more than 40 boats fronted for the race around the rock.


With a strong wind warning issued and ominous skies hanging overhead the race started in a light South Easterly for the run out towards South Passage.  A great start and upwind for us on the General saw us lead Div 1 at the day buoy with a handy margin. From here the breeze started it’s turn to the South West as lightning and rain developed – and as the breeze freshened the big boats started reeling us back in.  Some 3 hours later the clouds dissipated, the breeze was up at the 30 mark and we were preparing to round Coventry Reef…and the sleigh ride back to Fremantle.  And what a ride it was!  Great result for us with a corrected IRC win of over 20 minutes.  Third year in a row we have smoked this race.  Good times…except our regular bowman Billy who missed the ride with broken finger and a tendon damage.


Not so good for some others, a Beneteau 40.7 dropped its rig, another boat had a drama with the seawall at the finish, a man overboard, a man in hospital  and a swag of broken sails.


Video here – http://vimeo.com/54482615

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