2016 AMIB Fun Sailing Race - Write-up by Sharon Bunnin (S/V Toon Town)
It was great to participate in another Fun Sailing race. This year the weather was picture perfect. Thanks to our starting boat M/V AlleMare ( Allen and Mary ) who did a great job " tooting their own horn". They also got some great action shots.
Skipper Carl Bunnin, and Crew on Toon-Town were feeling pretty chill as we crossed the start. Cockpit crew Bob McKinnon, Bryan Westby, and Al Cannon took turns at the helm and tacked us nicely around the course. The good looking deck crew ( Elspeth Westby, Mary McKinnon, Gail Mitchell, Sharon Bunnin) enjoyed soaking up some natural Vitamin D, while making sure the guys stayed on task and navigated properly. Elspeth got some great pictures from the deck.
The light breeze at the start quickened a bit and before we knew it, Callisto sailed up fast alongside Toon - Town with a bow wake that made us turn our heads! Rounding Bouy U58 by Lyall Hbr. was exciting with Callisto breathing down our stern! We were off to Fane Island ......actually it turned out to be a crab trap near Fane Island....... as we got in the shadow of St John's point, the wind dropped and we had to use the crab trap as our next reference point. A quick communication and decision over the VHF had us turning around the crab trap and heading to Browning. We had some eager helmsmen on board so everyone had to have a turn around U58 ............Congratulations Callisto and C'est le Vie a close second, gave her some good competition at the finish! The best dressed award goes to Kesho who looked great with their bright green asym.! They should have got the Gourmet Mac and Cheese......
How did we get a total of 30 boaters onto 5 sailboats? It was just as interesting getting them into the restaurant ! The staff at Browning took good care of us and we all enjoyed ourselves.