Sunday 16th September 2018
Once again the forecast of better weather after 12:00 with high cloud breaking up provided a great start for the race. It had been decided, after a couple of weeks where the ferries had been late getting away from the harbour, to delay the start until 14:20. This week there were just four yachts starting with Ken sailing solo on Incantation. Phil having had to return home to get his keys was back just in time to finish his crew’s preparation on Rhunbull before leaving the mooring for the start.
From the start Rhumbull flew her asymmetric whereas Flair raised her spinnaker at the knuckle and Incantation, understandably, decided not to fly her spinnaker at all.
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Wednesday 12th September 2018
For once a Wednesday evening with a reasonable forecast for SSW winds between 11kt to 19kt and sunshine! Six yachts turned out for the 2nd of our Wednesday evening races in September and all got away cleanly with Incantation and Carpe Diem on the wall side Flair and Rhumbull further south. Incantation appeared to be leading as they headed to the knuckle but soon Flair was ahead in better wind with Rhumbull closing in with her asymmetric set and Helen at the helm.
The OOD had warned of a shipping movement at 18:20 but the ship was actually the small cruise liner and it followed Rhumbull as she tacked downwind,
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Race no 5 2018-08-29
Yet another light wind forecast but this week the wind due to fill in later. It was great to see Madam Wen back in the group after a busy August.
Circling round the moored boats in preparation for the start the six yachts were preparing for a downwind leg on a basic course set by the OOD Wendy, Clipera (s), Penrhos (p) and Finish. Incantation was first off with Flair in hot pursuit with her spinnaker already flying. Rhumbull was in 3rd place as she stayed out towards the breakwater with her asymmetric spinnaker on a broad reach. As she tacked and headed back on starboard tack there was some close sailing with Flair, on a dead run, having just overtaken Incantation to port needing to bear away to starboard, thus gybing, to avoid a collision with Rhumbull, forcing Incantation, now flying her spinnaker, to also gybe. Once clear to turn round Rhumbull’s stern Flair gybed back but that completely blanketed Rhumbull’s sails and in the very light winds all this action was fairly tense with a deal of shouting!
Once successfully past this danger point Rhumbull continued on her 120° wind angle across towards the moorings while Flair and Incantation continued on their dead downwind course directly to Clipera.
As Rhumbull gybed and sailed back on port tack she was just astern of Flair who had pulled out a reasonable lead over Incantation and Madam Wen as they passed the Aluminium Jetty. The duel continued with Rhumbull continuing to tack down wind but Flair remained ahead as the two yachts reached Clipera. Incantation was third at the mark with Madam Wen fourth and Vision and Hellhound bringing up the rear.
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Due to a poor Weather Forecast for this weekend the events have been cancelled. We hope to rearrange these for later in the season.
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