Saturday’s race was the first of the Coastal Series where we set off sailing for the most of the day. The sportsboats do not tend to enter these races as we often have a course of Whitby and back for example, and if the weather is bad, you are a bit too exposed in that sort of craft. If the weather forecast is a good one however, they are fine.
This Saturday was a poor forecast with NE Force 3 to 5 winds blowing with a considerable swell. (And we all knew that would be the least of our concerns) This combination is what the sailors of old dreaded – a lee shore.
The 09.00 start saw 5 boats set off on this occasion to Whitby Bell buoy and back, a distance of around 36 miles.
It was a long slog up to wind till we were abreast of the north side of Robin Hoods Bay and then we cracked the sheets, gradually easing to a beam reach when we got to the buoy.
We were some 5 miles short of the mark when we met Zephyr, a Maldives 32 catamaran coming back south, who completed the course in 3hours 59 minutes. This must be a record for a Scarborough boat.
We rounded and came back on the opposite tack at a good pace but there was too much wind to fly spinnakers. It was one of the coldest day’s sailing many of us had experienced. We look forward to the balmy summer days where this race has been know to take up to 9 hours!
The results are as follows:
1st Zephyr, Fry; 2nd Ruffian, McIntyre; 3rd, Whistler, Livesey; 4th Chansa, Boyes (sailed by Taylor).