Hornet News

RNSA HSSC Summer Series Race 4

From Ric Hanslip.

The nights are drawing in – Summer Solstice +1 day. However the light South Easterly, although expected to fade, was enough to produce a race which required much thought and not a little anticipation.
Jambo the SOOD set a course of a beat into the strong west going tide to N Sturbridge, a kite reach to Kemps Quay, a gybe and a marginal kite reach home.
With the small fleet bolstered by the addition of Peter & Sarah Hodgkinson’s monster 50 foot Hanse Xiteable Too and the long awaited appearance of Cutlass the RNSA’s Corby 29 the fast end of the fleet looked very competitive.
At the gun a tight knot of yachts crowded into the 3 boat length circle at Greenings Fin Tech with the massive wind shadow created by Xiteable Too slowing those who opted for kite for the short first leg. Spirit of Kudu taking advantage of the melee slipped through on the inside and was first onto the beat. Two options were available upwind, straight across the tide to the Island or hard left into the shallow waters north east of Gilkicker out of the main force of the adverse tide. Four boats went right and 3 left. At the windward mark Sunshine who went left crossed Cutlass from the right by a matter of a few feet. Full marks to those going across to the Island, a quicker route – on the night. On the leg down to Kemps Quay Sunshine slowly extended on Cutlass with her new kite pulling well but with the situation reversed following the kite gybe towards home. However the breeze was fading fast and with the leading boats under spinnaker being pushed rapidly west by the fierce tide and the wind fading Sunshine was first to go to ‘white sails’; this proved to be a winning move as the fleet ended up sailing close hauled towards the finish to overcome the tide. Cutlass with the misfortune of a crossed halliard dropped late allowing the fast closing Jambo to slip through into second and after number crunching it was Sunshine from Jambo and Cutlass making up the podium. Meanwhile Wizard currently the slowest rated boat in the fleet struggled to make gains upwind against the tide so decided to be first in the food queue for a change and slipped home.
Your author is away for the next three weeks however a plan is in hand to publish the results on the HSSC website as normal but with reports dependant upon the publishing inclination of the SOOD.

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