Well a very wet evening to welcome the 5 yachts entering the race! As preparations on board continued the weather changed from drizzle to rain and light winds to very variable and gusty conditions as the rain fronts moved across the harbour.
Wendy returned to officiating as OOD and a course of Bolivar, Clipera and finish was chosen, a shortened version of Course 3 from the new Course Card. This gave the competitors a reaching start to the knuckle then a broad reach to the end of the wall and pretty much a dead run down to Bolivar. On the return to Clipera it was a long upwind leg which continued into the New Harbour with a fetch from the knuckle to the finish.
As the new start line has yet to be painted on the wall the old start line was used so the competing yachts had to negotiate the cluster of Porth Y Felin moorings as they jostled for position at the start. Incantation was first over the line, but was called back for being too early, Flair IV next with Houdini following close behind. Hydrology, Sheerwater and then Incantation after her restart followed the leaders out of the harbour.
At the knuckle Flair IV, somewhat shorthanded unfurled her code zero and lost a little ground to the chasing Houdini in her attempts to drop the headsail to get the code zero to fly; she was still ahead as they reached the Spit mark (end of the breakwater). From here Houdini raised her small spinnaker, it is pretty big in reality, and headed downwind to Bolivar. Flair IV, without a functioning spinnaker pole on the evening, retained her code zero and headed down towards the shore line as deep as the sails would permit. Houdini now having the advantage she rounded Bolivar first and Flair conducting some interesting maneuvers, raising the jib and furling the code zero, as they jibed round the mark. As far as can be told Incantation resumed her rightful position by the time the remainder of the competitors reached Bolivar and started the beat back to Clipera.
Houdini retained her substantial lead over Flair IV all the way into the harbour but as they reached the knuckle Flair once again unfurled the code zero to take advantage of the narrow reach to the finish. This increased her speed but it was not enough to get close to Houdini.
Overall it was a really good evening although all the crews got soaked the majority of the race was held without any rain until we got back onto our moorings when, of course, everyone got wet again as they packed sails away and prepared for the food and drinks in the Club House.
Previously in April:
OK Guys where are you all? Flair IV out again all on her own getting in more practice ready for when some other boat turns up to challenge her. The winds were light and variable with patches of wind and big areas of almost flat calm. This was perfect for Flair IV's crew to spend the evening working out sail performance on various different points of sail...
We were scheduled to go racing again this evening. Start 18:30 with a warning signal at 18:25
Hopefully we will have a few boats out this evening to take advantage of this wonderful pre Easter weather. Time to check out the light wind sails!
Winds light NE 9kt going E 10kt
Now we have a few boats on the moorings we will be running our 2019 April Wednesday evening race series. Our first race will be on Wednesday 10th April with a start time of 18:0 and wind forecast of 9kt NE so ideal for a windward start! Flair IV will be there come what may.
We were hoping to have the new starting line organised with the white lines moved 170m east the breakwater but this hasn't happened yet. Our Draft Race Instructions are shown on this link [just remember that you have to be logged in to read this as it is only a draft at this time]: Sailing Instructions for Racing and our Notice of Race is on this link: NOR. These are awaiting confirmation by the Sailing Committee but since we're beginning to race we're posting these now, if anyone has any comments or suggested corrections then please do get intouch with Mark or Dawn.
The course card for the offshores has been updated to cover more options and you will see that the list of Offshore Courses run from Quarterdeck includes a mark referred to as Coast. This is not yet available as there are problems with ensuring the stability of the anchoring at this point. Therefore the courses which include Coast (6,7,8, 9,12,13) are not valid at this time. Also we are advised that Penrhos mark is not in place at the moment. Courses have been shown with rounding Clipera to the shore side of the mark, this is to ensure rapid and perpendicular crossing of the Traffic Separation Scheme, these courses specifically refer to the comment in Clause 10 of the Sailing Instructions for Racing.
Please remember that there is a requirement for a current IRC Certificates for those wanting to enter the IRC class in the racing results. So far we only have 3 boats registered with current certificates. It would be good to have the rest asap so that they can be updated in the results system. The NHC listings will be re-started from the beginning of this season too.
Come on yachties lets see you on the water!