Hornet News

HSSC & RNSA Autumn Series Race 8 and Series Results

Course: Stokes Bay East - Browndown - Stokes Bay Central - Stokes Bay East - Finish

By Ric Hanslip:

The final Wednesday evening race of the year followed the surprising trend for the Autumn Series of high pressure over the Solent producing light winds from the west. These conditions certainly suited the lighter racier boats but not the heavier more traditional hulls.
Jolly Jack Tar, standing in for an absent Cutlass took on SOOD duties and fearing a fade in the light South westerly set a relatively short course to Browndown buoy and back leaving Stokes Bay Central to starboard to keep the spinnaker running fleet inshore in Stokes Bay. The start provided plenty of drama with a fast flowing west going tide surprising most of the fleet who found themselves over the line at the gun. JJT, Sunshine and Jambo all restarted correctly but found themselves well back as the rest of the fleet beat westwards. Fortunately, all being faster yachts they sailed back into contention quite quickly and it was soon Sunshine leading the way towards the windward mark helped now by the surging tide. Spinnakers popped at Browndown and the battle to the finish against the strong westerly tide ensued, most choosing an inshore route well into Stokes Bay to try and escape its clutches. Sunshine sailed serenely away at the front adding distance to her rivals with Danegeld the boat to beat to win the series struggling first with blanketing by the huge kite of Xcitable Too then fighting a collapsed kite as she gybed. The Sunshine crew heaved a sigh of relief as the watch timing Danegeld at the finish indicated a clear win for Sunshine who therefore took the series.

Organiser’s note: A successful first season for Hornet Services Sailing Club who with RNSA affiliation provide a weekly evening racing programme for yachts based in the Eastern Solent. Although fleet sizes were down a little on previous years the pandemic has not been helpful nor the demise of Naval Establishment yachts participation in racing activities. This notwithstanding, the overall provision of a weekly racing programme by HSSC has continued the successful formula introduced originally by the RNSA. With full support from the club’s catering organisation the mid-week function will I am sure only build momentum in the future.

A date for diaries – Wednesday 24 November – prizegiving. Details will be forwarded to all in due course.