The best way to spend Australia Day

What better way to spend the Australia Day weekend than effortlessly cruising around Pittwater, stopping at a pristine beach for lunch, followed by a blast back to the marina in the setting sun. TMG team member Joe took a group of friends on the Dragonfly 25 Sport to experience for themselves what this high-performance trimaran is capable of.

After meeting at the marina in the late morning, the afternoon breeze was filling in nicely. With an esky full of ice cold drinks, we were set for a day that resembles Australia best. After a quick rig check off we went. The main hoisted, we headed north at a comfortable 8 knots in 12 knots of wind downwind. Noting the perfect wind angle the crew quickly rigged the Asymmetrical Spinnaker. With the kite up the boat was skipping down Pittwater effortlessly. Bearing down in the gusts gave us some good boat speed reaching downwind speeds of up to 15 knots.

Before we knew it, we were adjacent to Palm Beach and the crews’ stomachs began to rumble. The decision was made to head to the Basin inlet. Perfectly protected in the building southerly. After a quick upwind leg to the Basin we pulled the sails down and motored through the Australia Day revelers – some moored 4 abreast on one mooring ball. We worked our way through the crowds and swimmers in the water to the most protected part of the bay. With the rudder and centreboard lifted – steering with the outboard only – we gently brushed up against the sandy beach (much to the amazement of onlookers).

With the picnic blanket set and the boat sitting peacefully we whiled away the afternoon with cold beers and good company interspersed with the occasional dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.

As the sun began to drop below the steep wooded hills we packed up the picnic rug gently pushed the Dragonfly off the beach, jumping on board. Leaving the bay, we hoisted the main with one reef and once in the fresh 20 knot southerly we were cruising back home upwind with 15 knots of boat speed.

Guest on the boat for the day Kim, an experienced sailor said that in the “range of wind conditions that we had the boat was the most balanced that he has ever sailed”. Having come from a background of Tornado and performance catamaran sailing he was impressed with the rigidity of the hulls and the upwind performance.

All in all, a fantastic way to spend the Australia day weekend, the fun of a sail boat, with the speed of a powerboat.

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