Race report for Thursday 7th June

​Thursdays Not Much Sailing

The wind was light, and after a bit of grumbling on the camber about how much a stupid sport sailing is, crews headed to their boats. I was on Z77 tonight with Hugh and Max therefore I didn’t increase my boat count for this year. (I might on Tuesday though).

With conditions unknown we decided not to hoist our sails and motor out onto Spithead, and for a moment wondered if it was a harbour race, there were no other boats, Rosina or anyone on the signal station, luckily others arrived before we started backtracking and cruised up the harbour. Still with light breeze, we moored to Alfie.

Rosina radioed the fleet, whilst performing a mad dash across the harbour to get an inflatable mark, stating that they intended to start at PSC and the fleet motored/sailing/both in that general direction. Again, my lassoing technique was honed as we attached to PSC. Highlight of the evening was watching loads of jellyfish, mainly of the Moon type drift westwards with the tide.

Rosina arrived at full throttle and set a course of “KB, leeward, gate, around as many times till we stop you” although the leeward was to be laid after the start. The horn went and the crew of Z77 jumping into action getting the sailing up. The first 7ft of the main went up, until again the halyard jumped the sheaf, and main wasn’t going up any more. This has only happened with me on the boat this year, so I will let you draw your own conclusion as to what the problem might be. 

Z77 motored back into the harbour and tried successfully at high tide to unjam the halyard from Haslar Bridge. (I Need to grow an extra 6 foot…). As we did re-enter the harbour, a glance over the shoulder did confirm that everyone has started as was moving in the light breeze, although only one lap was completed I’m lead to believe.

If anyone would like to comment on the racing, rather than the wildlife and how I managed to thwart our sailing then please chip in.

See lots of you out on the water for this weekend’s Portsmouth regatta, on a Victory or in another class of boat.

Munch

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 08-Jun-2018 By Zoe Whittaker in
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Tuesday 5th June race report

With racing cancelled last Thursday (31st) due to no wind, we were praying to the wind gods and they did deliver, albeit a little lighter and shiftier than one would hope! 6-8kts off the shore from the north(ish).

Guest sailing coach Jim Saltonstall was out on the water filming the racing on the rib with Phil and Max. OOD this week was Sid with help rom Billy, Jar and Claire.

Eleven boats took to the water for the first two races in the Multi-series for the Zarena Trophy. Due to the light winds a shorter line was set off Rosina with a laid mark, for the first race Alfie was the windward mark followed by rounding the laid mark and back to Alfie, to finish at the laid mark. During the first downwind the breeze went soft and fluky so only one round was completed.

Z71 helm Gareth was convinced we were in second coming into the finish, before seeing the other 4 boats behind the sail!! Close racing across the fleet with many gybes downwind to catch the shifting breeze.

The results of the first race-

Z57

Z75

Z77

Z74

Z68

Z71

Z78

Z76

Z54

Z70

Z53

A short postponement followed whilst Rosina was moved as the wind shifted round towards the east. A laid mark was the windward with KB being the bottom mark, twice around. The wind was still light and challenging !

The second race was a game of cat and mouse. On the second lap Z71 overhauled some boats and then seemed to drop right back on the next tack, with some luck on the shifts we came into the top mark on port (danger zone!) but in the lead, the boats coming into the mark on starboard were a little further behind so we could sneak a tack in around the windward and hoist the dragon.

With the rest of the fleet still coming into the mark we did have to avoid heavily when some Victories hadn't seen us (in a battle of their own), settling down and finding the clear breeze the rest of the fleet were in pairs or threes and joshing with each other to the finish. 

The boats with clearer breeze (Z71, Z54, Z70) did very well down the last leg. Halfway down the leg the breeze filled in and shifted onto a reach. Z71 thought they were rounding the leeward and going back up for another round so we were midway through dropping the kite when the finish hooter went off... ! 

The second race was a game of cat and mouse. On the second lap Z71 overhauled some boats and then seemed to drop right back on the next tack, with some luck on the shifts we came into the top mark on port (danger zone!) but in the lead, the boats coming into the mark on starboard were a little further behind so we could sneak a tack in around the windward and hoist the dragon.

With the rest of the fleet still coming into the mark we did have to avoid heavily when some Victories hadn't seen us (in a battle of their own), settling down and finding the clear breeze the rest of the fleet were in pairs or threes and joshing with each other to the finish. 

The boats with clearer breeze (Z71, Z54, Z70) did very well down the last leg. Halfway down the leg the breeze filled in and shifted onto a reach. Z71 thought they were rounding the leeward and going back up for another round so we were midway through dropping the kite when the finish hooter went off... ! 

The results of the second race-

Z71

Z54

Z70

Z78

Z57

Z77

Z75

Z68

Z76

Z74

Z53

The evening concluded in PSC with some beers and a presentation from Jim Saltonstall who talked us through certain points of each race with recordings from on the water.

Brilliant start to the Multi-race series!

Thank you once again to the OODs and to Phil and Max on the rib for laying the marks.

See you on Thursday for the fourth race in the Puffin Trophy.

Ps- don't forget this weekend is the Portsmouth Regatta, beer and top quality racing- what more could you want?!

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 06-Jun-2018 By Zoe Whittaker in
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Race report for Thursday 24th May

​Delayed race report from Thursday evening, OOD Gareth Penn and Zoe Whittaker. Light winds from the north (ish) caused some trouble with what course to set, Gareth ended up using Rosina parked off KB for a short leg up to PSC and back to KB (four times!) followed by hooking PSC to starboard and then finishing at Alfie. 

​Nine boats took to the water for the second race in the second Thursday series. Z71 and Z70 were OCS at the start but the rest of the fleet had a slow but clear start. The aim of the game was to keep the momentum going in the light breeze! Up to the first windward Z78 and Z74 went right but Z77 went left and was round PSC first. Followed by Z57, Z78, Z68, Z71, Z54 and Z48. 

Hugh on Z77 kept extending his lead to KB with Z74 chasing them down. At the next rounding at KB Z77 was still in the lead with Z57 swapping places with Z74. Geoff Dixon on Z71 has jumped places to 6th going deep to KB with lots of gybes. Z78 and  Z74 kept with their previous tactics and went right up to PSC but could never quite catch Z77 up.  Tight racing for all the rounds between PSC and KB, during the last rounding of PSC before reaching to Alfie the front four boats were very close with Z77 ad Z74 fighting for first and Z57 and Z78 also in touching distance of each other. 

The leg from PSC to Alfie ended up being quite exciting! Z77 pulled away and was 40 seconds in front of Z74, Z57 was then nearly a minute behind followed by Z68 and Z78 almost level at the line at the wall. We weren't sure who would pull 4th out the bag until outsider Z71 came storming up to the line on the Alfie end, Geoff had realised there was less tide and perhaps freeer air out towards Alfie. Z71 just pipped both Z68 and Z78 at the finish- see how close in the pictures!

The final race results were-

Z77

Z74

Z57

Z71

Z68

Z78

Z70

Z54

Z48

Congrats to Z77!! Thank you Gareth for a good evenings race despite the light conditions!

The next Victory Class race will be on Tuesday 29th May for the third race in the Bishop Painting series. See you on the water!

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 28-May-2018 By Zoe Whittaker in
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