Most will likely have the idea of the story, a great turnout of boats to start (I counted 21 Whitby and Scarborough YC vessels in all). A push Northwoods via two Start Courses to thin the crowd a little, with fun images of yachts getting ready in a hypnotic dance as Paul’s video showed so well.
Images en-route were a little sparse as Little Jeannie soon found ourselves in an empty sea listening (with some irritation!) as the faster vessels completed their race and called in at Whitby SYC, as the wind fell off, leaving a long-ish haul under engine power up to the port side of the doleful clanging Whitby Cardinal saying ‘pass by my North view or else’. The sailing instructions were equally doleful, and SYC observed this to the letter.
For those who haven’t navigated the Whitby marina, the channel is a rather narrow S-shape passage in an otherwise broadish river mouth, with siting marks on the way – transgress at your peril. Not so obvious on the way in, but hopefully the later pics show the S-shape on the way out. Fish and chips, snacks, and curry for many along wait beer and stronger drinks, and a mostly quiet night until some noisy fishing vessel took off around 5am.
On the way out, most of the previous day’s Vernon Dawson racers assembled to become the Commodore’s Jaunt North, next stop Hartlepool. This is over 30 NM distance, and with forecast winds of around 4NM/H, might make for an interesting journey, though Kelvin Robertson reported good sailing around 10:00 hours.
Day one and overnight all completely fab, and the jaunt North should be around halfway to Hartlepool as I write.