ISLE OF MAN YACHT CLUB
NOTICE OF RACE
O F F S H O R E R A C E
SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
START TIME 0800 hrs BST, Port St Mary
Time of high water (PSM) 1000 hrs BST approx.
COURSE: Round the Isle of Man Port St Mary to Port St Mary clockwise leaving the Calf of Man to starboard.
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Race No 4 28th January 2018
Once again the forecast was for blustery SW winds 21 gusting 30kt. With Pipedreamer deciding not to race, Espresso Martini on maintenance duties and Just Jay out due to a Youth Squad event in Cardiff the field was cut to just Lily and Just Enough.
As usual the start was a downwind affair with Just Enough flying her spinnaker from a few meters beyond the start line. Lily, on the other hand, decided not to fly her spinnaker as it was likely that they would need to gybe at, or shortly after, the knuckle. INdeed they were proved right as Just enough broached on her attempt at a gybe before leaving the harbour. However Just Enough pulled out a fair lead as they headed out of the harbour with Lily flying goosewing before gybing early to hold a port broad reach on the leg to Bolivar. The tidal current was fairly strong considering the low tidal range and Lily recovered some of the gap to Just Enough as she rounded Bolivar.
The leg from Bolivar, to our favourite destination, Langdon Ridge, was its normal guesswork on currents and wind with Lily overhauling Just Enough sailing a fetch to leeward. At the mark Lily had a narrow lead and a bit of a buttock clenching moment with the normal very strong current running SW NE pushing her very close to the large yellow Cardinal Mark!
Having successfully cleared the mark Lily held a higher line on the next leg to Meath which paid off as the current as they neared Meath was running West to East and even Lily was a few 10’s of metres off the buoy.
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Race 4 February 25th
Thanks to Paul Sutton for standing in as race organiser and reporter...
Wind varied 10-27 Kts generally easterly. Course: Langdon (S), Bolivar (S), finish. Even port tack start with Pipedreamer and Just Enough to windward. By end of breakwater, normal service resumed with Espresso leading, JJ second, JE third and Pipedreamer languishing in fourth. JJ and Pipedreamer flew their kites to Langdon, but with doubtful efficacy and the order did not change. Almost a beat to Bolivar and broad reach from there to finish. JJ and JE both flew kites from Bolivar, JE overtaking Pipedreamer again......once they had rescued their spinnaker halyard.
The real fun started in the marina, but that would be telling tales out of school![editor's note: Can't wait to hear Paul!]
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CA Lobster pots campaign – the petition is live![Thanks to Paul and Cath Bond for bringing this to our attention once again.]
This video was launched at the London Boat Show with a special mention in it of Holyhead and sailing round the top of the Island!
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