Hornet News

HSSC RNSA Wednesday Series Race 10 and Series' Results

Race 10 Course: Stokes Bay East - Stokes Bay Central - North Sturbridge - Stokes Bay East - Finish

By Ric Hanslip:

Fortunately forecasts, despite modern super computers, can sometimes be wrong. That was so for the final race of the Summer Series with wind predictions at lunch time for very light (4 knots) Easterlies. In the event a delightful ESE 7-11 Kts provided the perfect setting for the final race of the Summer Series.
Wizard undertaking her first SOOD duty set a course into the east going tide to Stokes bay Central, N Sturbridge and home. Following a heated discussion on board Wizard of whose Mickey Mouse watch was closest to BST the fleet eventually got off to a good start with some prompt spinnaker hoists. The majority, bunched on the Gilkicker shore out of the tide were led by Spirit of Kudu with Sunshine in more adverse tide offshore but kite at a hotter angle initially appearing to lose out. However, as they converged and SS eased into less tide the gap on the inshore bunch became apparent. Sunshine with a gybe onto the layline led around SBC by a good margin with the tidal gate helping to open the gap as she set a close-hauled course for N Sturbridge. Jambo by this time had sailed into second place but could not close the gap on the lead boat despite the disturbed air created by a close passing Wootton ferry. Sunshine took the chocolates and with it the Series. Spookily and uniquely for all series thus far the podium places are the same in both IRC and NHC – SUNSHINE, JAMBO and SPIRIT OF KUDU.

The Tempests of Charles Hawkins and Derek Budden joined us for the final race and thoroughly enjoyed their match race on a fine evening.

The catering team provide a superb meal on completion of racing as always and on this occasion was enjoyed by the whole fleet on the outside picnic tables in the evening sunshine, a great way to finish a fun series in these rather odd times. Well done all!