PSC, Outerspit, RNC&RAYC, Gleeds, KB, Alfie (nearly all the Victory class marks, we did go near VW)
The sequence was started and then postponed to wait for the late running Z48 (welcome Mike) started again with some ...ish timings and eventually the race for under way, with all boats through the gate by 48 seconds. It wasn’t long into the beat that Geoff starting cursing the return of Z38 (welcome back Andrew) as he pointed higher and faster than Z54. The beat to OSB was tidal with the strong west going dragging us towards Hayling and the flood dragging any who ventured into the deep water approach channel back into the harbour.
The logic by the crew of Z54 was up the middle, so it was to some surprise when Z78 did a long beat south and then kept going a bit more. We were convinced that they had a different tidal atlas. Once clear of the forts Z38 also stuck a long one into the east, again going against our logic of up the middle. Unfortunately our logic wasn’t great as Z78 came rocketing in and passed just behind Z38 and infront of the rest of the fleet. The outbound Cross channel ferry caused some concern but the fleet were clear.
It was halfway up the beat that I realised that Z54 and Z70 were the odd ones out as every other boat ended in a 8. 38, 48, 68, 78 (with only Brian, Z58, missing we nearly had the whole set.
Crews retired to the lightship and enjoyed a few pints in the sun before heading there separate ways.
A cracking Saturday afternoon ( apart from my boats bottom)
Next race is in Tuesday for the second race in the Bishop Painting series and with guest sailmaker Dick Batt onboard Z77.
See you all on the water!
Written by Munch/Mark Briggs