With the first race of this series having been called off there were only 3 entries for the second race on Wednesday 10th August as several of the normal competitors are entered in the National IRC Championships. The 3rd race was abandonned due to very light winds and strong tide leaving boats floating around in the area of Clipera. The 4th race saw again only 5 entries but good f3 NE winds and the final race of the series on Wednesday 31st saw a return to a bigger fleet with 8 entries.
With 8 entries vying for the start an F3 WSW wind, giving a dead downwind spinnaker start, finding a place to prepare for the start was a challenge. Pipedreamer got a good start close to IDM with Carpe .Diem chosing the wall end of the line, Lily again slow to the line chose port pole on a line close to IDM but had failed to get round onto the run after a close encounter with Pipedreamer in the moorings, unable to turn in the room left to another moored yacht and was last away.
On the downwind leg all the yachts apart from Carpe Diem and Lily headed off towards the end of the Aluminium jetty as Lily managed to pick up a place passing Incantation before the harbour entrance. As usual there was a bit of a lull at the end of the wall with spinnakers flapping but clear of this the yachts headed out to Meath, with Carpe Diem sticking well out to the west. Rounding Meath to starboard saw the dowsing of spinnakers for the next leg to Clipera again Lily struggled to raise her genao and get the spinnaker down allowing Carpe Diem to get ahead and Incantation to get close again. Pipedreamer was well clear by Meath and extended her lead back towards Meath for the second time. As Pipedreamer aproached Clipera the second time she called starboard on Incantation who was aproaching the mark on port. This action caused Incation to struggle to get round the mark with a strong tide running west to east.
On the beat back into the harbour Lily stayed out north and initiated some rapid tacking gaining a lot of ground over Just Enough and Flying Dragon finishing just 18 seconds behind. A great eveining's racing...
Thanks as usual to Wendy Argyle and Sue James for running the quarterdeck.
The winds were 15 gusting 25 from the SW and Lily got off to a very poor start trying to set her main reef and no2 genoa. Houdini and Carpe Diem got good starts and Lily followed almost exactly 4 minutes after the others. Race 3 was selected by Wendy and the yachts set off for Bolivar on the end of the ebb tide. Carpe Diem had matched Houdini for most of the leg out of the harbour but Houdini had a significant lead by the time the 3 yachts reached Bolivar with Lily closing on Carpe Diem. Soon after rounding Bolivar Lily overtook, very kindly, on the leeward side of Carpe Diem on the leg to leave Clipera to port. Lily was beginning to pull back a little time from Houdini as they approached Penrhos and on the way back into the harbour the margins were looking like 4 minutes.