Wednesday Race 4 2018-06-27
Over the last few days we have been experiencing the centre of a high pressure area but with the centre moving east the forecast for the evening race was good 11kt northeasterly. It certainly didn’t look that way inside the harbour! The assembling yachts struggled to find sufficient wind to maneuver up to the start line.
The fleet of 6 yachts managed, considering the wind conditions to make good starts with Incantation, recently back in the water, moving well alongside Flair as they tacked up the harbour towards the large cruise liner on the Aluminium Jetty.
Once past the knuckle the winds were beginning to increase and by the time they approached the harbour entrance the winds were now 11kt or more. There were a couple of very close encounters between these two yachts as they attempted to avoid each other’s foul wind. Carpe Diem, Rhumble and Hydrology all sailed inside the channel markers gaining a little better winds but Incantation lead the fleet as they headed out towards Clipera, the first mark of the course.
Jash, the OOD for this week, had set the course for Clipera (p), Bolivar (s), Penrhos (s) and finish. The leg from Clipera to Bolivar was a fetch and this allowed the two leading yachts to extend a bit of a lead over the rest of the fleet with Incantation being first to round bolivar with the tide now running sw - ne. Flair was again VERY close to the mark as she followed Incantation but was slow to raise her spinnaker on the leg back to Penrhos via, of course, sailing to seaward of Clipera. Once Flair had deployed her spinnaker she quickly reeled in Incantation and had a good lead before dowsing her spinnaker at Clipera for the reach to Penrhos. Rhumbull meanwhile had been sailing really quickly with her asymmetric flying and was now in second place with Incantation lying 3rd. At Clipera she continued to sail under the spinnaker but could not hold the course to Penrhos and eventually dropper her spinnaker and followed Flair to the mark.
The battle back into the harbour was becoming very close with Rhumbull and Incantation closing in on the leader but as the rounded the end of the Aluminium Jetty with its attached cruise liner Flair hoisted her spinnaker and even with the winds dropping back to 2 or 3kt she managed to keep ahead and was 1st over the line for the second time this month.
A simply fabulous evening race with a good turnout, great to see Incantation back in the mix with her new decals and slick clean antifoul. It was especially great to see Fenton at the helm!
As you will see from the results the race was VERY close on the IRC handicap with Flair and Hydrology joint 2nd about 30 seconds behind Rhumbull. The final results for the June series has Rhumbull taking the series in both the IRC and the NHC with Carpe Diem in second place in the NHC. Well done everyone…
Race 3 2018-06-20
After a few days of strong winds there was pretty much nothing at all when we arrived to prepare for the race but as we hoisted our mains on the swinging moorings a faint breeze was encouraging us to prepare another evening of tense racing.
6 yachts lined up for the start which being a westerly was a downwind leg so a number of yachts started with spinnakers, always entertaining around the moorings in the pre start area! Everyone got away safely and with the wind strength at around 2 - 3kt we crept towards the Aluminium Jetty on a short course called by Race Officer Wendy of Start, Penrhos and Finish.
Rhumbull had the advantage of the downwind leg and remained ahead of Flair and Carpe Diem who were at close quarters with a little bit of banter. Hydrology being sailed single handed Madam Wen and Vision following on. Carpe Diem was forcing Flair up towards the knuckle where the wind would be more fickle while Rhumbull decided to gybe and sail down towards Mackenzie Pier which put her on Starboard across the bows of Carpe Diem and Flair, who both retained their port tack and managed with the slight increase in wind speed to bear away down to the end of the Aluminium Jetty.
At the jetty Rhumbull had picked up a better wind from Mackenzie Pier and was on a close reach with her asymmetric, giving her the lead as the yachts rounded and sailed down towards Penrhos. Carpe Diem had got ahead of Flair at this point and gybed early, Flair maintained her port tack for a bit longer looking for the better wind. On the leg to Penrhos Rhumbull was again pulling away from the rest of the fleet with Flair getting to the mark in second place but with an untidy gybe and dowse putting up the code zero she struggled to get any speed up on the start of the windward leg. Carpe Diem stole the second place but somewhat to leeward. Madam Wen rounded Penrhos close behind Flair and Carpe Diem with Vision and Hydrology still in the shipping lane.
It was a single tack onto starboard for the entry into the harbour with Rhumbull being pulled in by the fleet on the upwind legs. Carpe Diem held her advantage over Flair and with one last tack Flair came in a close 3rd place over the water to Rhumbull and Carpe Diem, with Madam Wen, Hydrology and Vision all completing the challenging race, with light winds and tide keeping the crews on their toes![forgot to bring the chip off Flair for the track will add this in later]
Race 2 2018-06-13
This race was abandoned due to high winds.
Race 1 2018-06-06
This week’s Wednesday evening race was again sailed in fantastic weather conditions with a 10kt NE wind and very little swell. As the 5 racing yachts lined up for the start the OOD Jash called for a special course, i.e. one not listed on our course cards, of Penrhos, Bolivar, Penrhos, Clipera and finish. This was to take full advantage of the NE winds giving long windward and downwind legs with a broad reach to the finish.
The 5 yachts for this weeks race were Rhumbull, Flair IV, Carpe Diem, Madam Wen and Vision. Good to see some new boats out for their first Wednesday evening race!
From the start Rhumbull made the pace with Flair pulling ahead of Carpe Diem and Madam Wen as they passed the Aluminium Jetty and bore away down to Penrhos. Flair had problems with releasing the pin on her spinnaker pole so did not fly her kite and lost out to all except Vision who does not run in the spinnaker class. However at Penrhos, Flair was a few boat lengths clear of Carpe Diem closely followed by Madam Wen.
Rhumbull now had a substantial lead as they headed upwind to Bolivar with Flair holding a good course well to windward of both Carpe Diem and Madam Wen. However after Flair had tacked her skipper failed to tack intime to keep Clipera to her starboard bow and had to turn back, losing time and causing a protest with Carpe Diem at the mark. After re-rounding the mark she then had to battle to get back ahead of Madam Wen and Carpe Diem. At Bolivar the order was Rhumbull, Flair IV, Madam Wen, Carpe Diem and Vision.
On the downwind leg from Bolivar Flair managed to sort out her pole problem and flew her large white spinnaker to good effect with a gybe at Clipera but then disaster as she failed to dowse the spinnaker as she rounded Penrhos and had to sail off east away from the course. By the time she was back sailing on course Madam Wen and Carpe Diem, going really well as usual, had caught up and passed Flair. The leg back to Clipera was interesting with Flair re-catching Madam Wen but having to give way to her as she was on Starboard approaching the mark. Having had problems with her spinnaker Flair attempted to sail the last leg with her code zero but this was a mistake and she lagged back from Madam Wen and was very nearly caught by Carpe Diem as Vision called in to retire.
Back in the club house, thanks to the launch drivers for their services, quite late the food was still being served at 21:40 which we are all very grateful for, thank you Spinnakers!
Thanks also to Jash for his OOD session and a great course. Another cracking evening at Holymed!
Below is Flair's track, the missing section is where the instruments cut out as the batteries were discharged again..