Maybe – The weather forecast was basically summed up as, “Maybe we can get a race in”.
At 1000 hrs we had a bit more breeze than suggested by the models so we went afloat and started the race with a D2 course – Start S-C – S-C – 8- Finish. It was pretty slow speed racing but the Div 2 boats were making progress when the breeze started to fade a bit more as the ebb tide built.
At the second time to S Mark the course was shortened with an SH, meaning go to Number 8 then finish, but with the tide ripping down the Sorrento Channel the possibility of all boats beating back to the finish was in question, so the race was shortened with a S flag at Number 8. Shortly afterwards the breeze completely dropped out.
It was a short race but like any race, the winners were the boats that made the least mistakes and picked the best patches of breeze across the course.
At this time of year we can get variable breezes, so although a bit of an unusual race, it was a fair race and it was great to get one done.
It’s all about the ‘Boat’ – which in the Racing Rules of Sailing is a term than means ” A Sailboat and her crew on onboard” – so all of the crews gathered on the western deck for seafood burgers which were a big hit.
In the soft conditions, Aliscia took Line Honours, while on Handicap, Lucy took the win with Duchess second and Fiona in third. For full results, click here.