Race Reports

2012 Saturday A Series Race 1 and Sunday A Series Race 1

After a winter series of reasonable breezes and occasional sunny weather, you would like to think that by April it starts to get a little milder.  Not this weekend.  We had two days of ferocious squalls, knock downs (especially in our case) and some of the most exciting sailing you can imagine.  Not for beginners this weekend!

Saturday was the first race in the Saturday ‘A’ Series saw wind in the North of between 16 and 20 knots.  The course was from the East Pier start line to the Scalby Ness buoy off the Seal Life Centre and back to the Spa Complex buoy – 2 laps.  Well there were knock downs – where the yacht is laid on its side as a consequence of the strength of the squall – spinnaker wraps and in one case of poor Stormchaser, complete annihilation.

All got home safely and the results were as follows.

Saturday Series A Race 1

707’s 1st Humdinger, Simpson, 2nd, Black Sheep, Clark and Parker, 3rd, Stormchaser, Patrick

Class 1, 1st, Nemo, Turner, 2nd, Vado, Russell, 3rd, Dash, Donneley

 

Sunday saw the crews gathering on the East Pier discussing what they might do as the wind had shifted round to the North East.  Still an icy blast – blowing between 18, and as we found out on the water, around 35 knots in the squalls.

The course was more compact this time around South Bay, out to our ‘Easterly’ buoy, around a mile off the harbour. No-one dared fly spinnakers today as it was just too strong.  In fact the slightly smaller 707 fleet all stayed in the harbour as this is great weather to break boats.

4 laps saw some very fast sailing – it taking 14 minutes on average to complete one.  A heavy squall accompanied by stinging hail challenged us some more half way through, followed by bright sunshine.

An exhilarating race but we were all grateful for the warmth of the clubhouse on our return.

Sorry for the lack of any photographs – we were a little ‘busy’!

 

Class 1, 1st, Nemo, Turner, 2nd, Vado, Russell, 3rd, Dash, Donneley

Class 2, 1st, Zaris, Sizer, 2nd, Whistler, Livesey, 3rd Takaza, Chatt.