Hornet News

RNSA HSSC Spring Series Race 8 and Series Results

From Ric Hanslip

The final race of the Spring Series produced a cracking Easterly wind of 15 knots gusting to over 20 at times. With the only option a spinnaker start the SOOD Sunshine set a crew testing course of a run to Fairhall West at the western end of Stokes Bay, a short beat east to Stokes Bay Central, a run back to Fairhall West then a beat home. Each mark requiring a spinnaker set or drop would need to be error free to gain time against handicap. Not all yachts achieved this!
Sunshine led off the start line, hotly pursued by Jambo and Jolly Jack Tar whilst Assassin struggled to get her kite under full control with a broach or two thrown in before she could really get going. Although much frantic crew work was needed to get it right at the corners the race in the gusting Easterlies took no time at all and the lead botas were at the finish line in around 40 mins whilst even the lowest handicap yacht Wizard turned in a time of less than an hour. Whilst Sunshine took IRC honours from Jambo by a mere 7 seconds it was Spirit of kudu (muttering about so much work for their depleted crew) who took the NHC win with Sunshine, Jambo and Spirit of Kudu sharing the podium places in both IRC and NHC in the Series overall.
As always the crews enjoyed their pie or curry back in HSSC, however the shortened race condensed the crew arrival times so that for a while the HSSC bar resembled the check-in queue at Birmingham airport!
With a short break of a week, racing will resume with the Summer Series on 1 June.