Hornet News

HSSC RNSA Summer Series Race 2

From Ric Hanslip.

With the deep Atlantic low transiting the country bringing frequent showers some torrential accompanied by squally gusts up to 37 knots the second race of the “Summer” Series looked in doubt. However some of the forecasting models were optimistically predicting an easing of conditions by 1830, race start time and so with fingers firmly crossed the organiser did not cancel! “phew” At start time just one dark cumulus was fading to the northeast and the small fleet gathered at Gilkicker were treated to a frisky South Westerly of around 15 knots – ideal racing conditions. Jolly Jack Tar the SOOD set a cracking course of a beat with the tide to SE Ryde Middle followed by a run to N Sturbridge then a closer reach home.
At the gun Jambo, Sunshine and JJT were pushing hard to win the start and to the disgruntlement of the skippers of Jambo and Sunshine were called OCS and both boats returned to restart leaving JJT forging ahead. By the windward mark Sunshine had made up some of the distance with Jambo not too far adrift. Sunshine with her conventional kite was able to sail a little deeper than JJT with her big asymmetric set and by the time the leeward mark was reached both yachts were level. The game changer then kicked in with a wind angle for the last leg of 85 degrees Sunshine dropped her kite whilst JJT opted to gybe theirs and it soon became apparent that this was an error as they rapidly disappeared in the direction of Southsea rather than Gilkicker. Sunshine took the chocolates with the JJT error compounded by also letting Jambo into second.
It was good to see Cutlass out on the water at last but alas with some sail issues to resolve they didn’t manage to join the race in time, hopefully next week we will see them on the start line.

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