Well the measuring is over, they hype is done with and the 2008/09 Tasar Nationals are started with just under 70 competitors. This would have to be the windiest Tasar series I have encountered and for the local area I have never seen it blow for seven days straight. The breeze has been hard on the lightweight and short crews but it has made for some unbelievable fast reaches and that just getting to the start! Heat 1 & 2 were sailed in 17-20 knots of breeze with the first beat of heat 1 being in 12-15 knots before the breeze came in. Heat 4&5 were sailed in borderline conditions of 25-27 knots and serious chop. Only half of the fleet got through both races with capsizes, rigs falling over, crews exhausted and ripped sails being seen post racing. Heat 5 was in 20-22 knots and heat 5 & 6 in shifty 15 and 8-12 knots respectively. The boats going fast are Rob Douglas in Coolit, Shane Guanaria in Sway, Paddy Oliver on Orange Lodge, the Warne’s on Oki Doki and 470 imports on the good ship Instinct. Still another three heats to go. We are lying around mid field which is ok given our weight. And if I get the boat off the line….well who knows. Big thanks to Rob and Nic Douglas for helping our heavy weather set up. After their advice we pulled a 25th in the 27 knot race and we are one of the lightest crews.