Spectacular electrical storms greeted the sailors to this year's Sail Sydney held at Woollahra Sailing Club. Sydney experienced over 10,000 electrical strikes the night before the 29ers were to race with the Woollhara Primary School experiencing a direct hit. Sailing was staggered to allow the many classes to compete with WA represented in the laser radials, 29er and 49er fleets.
With twenty boats registered in the 29er Class, only one came from the west. Sailing together since April, Annabelle Davies and Hayden Hunt spent a whole day at the Club doing boat work and re-rigging a fairly old boat.
Sailing in 10-12 knot winds and with out their anticipated new sails that had not arrived, Annabelle and Hayden put in an impressive first day of racing using just their training sails, finishing two points ahead of second place after three races.
Day two saw two more NSW teams join the competition. Shifty conditions played havoc with consistency for most, however NSW sailors Hanson & Colley would be happy with their results even if they had missed the first day of racing due to exams. WA still ahead by 5 points at the end of day two with four more races completed.
More storms overnight and we were bracing for wild weather during the day. With several fleets on the water it was going to be an interesting day for sailing. After a general recall the Flying 11s got underway but an approaching thunderstorm threatened the start for the 29ers.
With the several vantage points around the Bay, many parents took up perfect viewing spots in Neilson Park. Today's heavy rain saw them sheltering under trees, determined to see their sailors sail possibly the last race of the regatta.
The RO held her ground and one last race got underway with more rain and lightening just over the hill. A good start for the WA pair saw them leading for most of the race. A bad decision on the last leg saw them slip back to fifth place but they had been consistent enough over the three days to win overall. WA finishing first on 21 points ahead of second place by 4 points.
The pair now head to Sandringham for Sail Melbourne.