Winter Series Race Open Race 3

Race report – Open race 3, 7th June, 2015 –Canny sailors dominate in tricky conditions

 

A fine day with a 10 to 15 know westerly breeze saw a good turnout of boats.  The usual Mark Foy start, designed to avoid crowding and stress at the start line, resulted in some close-quarter racing, but soon there was a steady stream of yachts of all shapes and sizes making their way out of the harbour entrance and downwind to A Beacon, with some electing to fly their spinnakers.  Invincible made good gains coming back through the harbour entrance by staying close to the Mount, and almost caught the race leaders, Candidus, Déjà vu, Persuader and Nelani  on the way up the western arm of the harbour in the dying breeze.  But it was not to be Invincible’s day, as the leaders caught a puff of wind and were away, leaving the rest of the fleet making no headway against the tide.   Formula One was most impressive, with her big rig powering her majestically up the harbour seemingly oblivious to the tide. Rocky demonstrated much skill and tenacity in working up the left of the Western channel, and was rewarded by being second in A division behind Formula One, with Jetstream finishing in third place.  Candidus took the B division honours, sailing a very tidy and smart race, closely followed by Déjà vu and Nelani.  Overall, a very enjoyable day on the water, with skill and tactics having a big influence on the outcome.

 

 

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