A fine F3 to F4 breeze and sunshine was enjoyed by the 8 boats taking part in the 2nd race of the season on Sunday 30th May, a 90 minute pursuit race around the familiar marks of the Roway Wreck, and the Inner and Outer submarine barrier passages.
Attempting to prove that a pursuit race could be run without a computer and without the OOD on shore manning the start/finish line, it became apparent at the briefing that a bit more thought was needed to ensure an orderly start... all useful feedback. Qudos to Cathy, Mark and Fin on the safety boat for making the best of confused instructions, a delayed start and a failing starter horn and getting the boats off more or less at their allotted start times.
Andy, sailing a Dart 18 solo, managed to sneak out of the Eastney side of the channel (again) and just made the first mark on a single beat. Matt and Dave also on a Dart 18 and starting at the same time closed the gap on some reaches but never quite enough as Andy managed to keep the lead for a full lap before being overhauled just before the second Outer Passage turn by first Richard and Charlie on a club RS 16 and then by Clive on his FX One. Clive soon after moved into and then held first place until the finish after 90 minutes, nearly completing a second lap.
Brian and Jennie starting 11 minutes behind the Darts on a Hurricane 5.9 without the spinnaker did enough to get 4th place while Adrian, Nick and Will sailing 3-up on a Tornado and starting another 8 minutes later did well to finish despite a broken spinnaker pole.
This was the first race that both club RS 16s were out (the first of many we hope!)
|Boat||Config||Sail no||Helm||Crew||Start relative to Dart 18||Position|
|FX One||D||310||Clive||9 mins after||1|
|SL 16||C||GBR 788||Richard||Charlie||6 mins after||2|
|Dart 18||A||2740||Andy||reference boat||3|
|Hurricane 59||B||082||Brian||Jennie||11 mins after||4|
|Dart 18||B||2800||Dave||Matt||reference boat||5|
|Tornado||C||Adrian||Nick/Will||19 mins after||6|
|RS 16||B||Bob||1 min before||DNF|
|SL 16||B||Mark||Jeanie||1 min after||DNF|