Pursuit Race Results, 30th May

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/06/2021 - 21:12
Pursuit Race Briefing

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