Thursday nights race - a very square line and a port hand flyer.
OOD was from Tom and Duncan, they set a superb line off Alfie. The course was set-
Line - Finish
At the committee boat end of the line there was a pile up and lots of boats were early and had to come back again, Kim Taylor went for the port hand flyer on Z76 and nailed it!
The fleet set off for Gleeds with boats spread across the race area. Z76, Z70, Z71 and Z57 were in the front pack heading along the wall. Z71 came out of the pack in the lead as Z76 tacked off followed by Z57 and Z70.
Z71 nearly overstood Gleeds (we even set the spinnaker pole briefly) but right to left tide taking us onto the windward mark meant we just made it round in first position followed by Z57 and then the rest of the fleet.
The committee boat decided to shorten the course due to the lightening breeze, the race was to finish at Alfie. If was then a sprint to the finish!!
Final results from the first 3rd Thursday race-
Thanks to Tom and Duncan on Z74 for some great racing!
Onto Saturdays report-
Z71 wouldn't normally be out twice in a week but we had some Cowes Week training planned.
Gareth, Stretch and myself were dutifully volunteered to be gate boat, setting a course which required actual navigation!!
Start at Alfie
Spit Elbow s
Mary Rose p
Mary Rose p
Z69 went for the far end of the gate with Z70, Z78 crossing closer to Alfie. Z71 tacked back once the gate had closed and the fleet headed up the edge of the channel until 2 Bar, where we are allowed to race in the channel, the strongest tide was in the deep water of the channel and the whole fleet headed up past the nav aids to Spit Elbow. Close racing with lots of gains and losses up the first beat, but Z71 just pipped the rest of the fleet and rounded the windward mark in the lead.
The downwind leg to KB was fairly uneventful, Z69 and Z78 enjoyed a little tussle. Rounding KB the fleet stood on for a little before tacking off, except Z78 who wanted to try something different and nearly ended up going to Ryde!
Up to Mary Rose the fleet still stayed close together, with Z78 looking like they might've made gains. Rounding Mary Rose Z71 was in the lead with Z70, Z78 and Z69 following. With a short loop to Gleeds and then back up to Mary Rose, the standing didn't change. It was now downwind to KB and reaching to Alfie.
Z71 finished exactly 1 minute ahead of Z78 who fought hard to overtake Z70 and then Z69.
The final race was to the bar, flying our spinnakers into the harbour in the back eddy- because why not, the fleet gathered at the Mary Mouse for a cool beer in the sunshine.
Thanks to all four boats for some great racing and perfect racing conditions, what a way to spend a Saturday!!!
The next Victory Class race is tomorrow night and it is the Pursuit race, please see the sailing instructions online for your start time.