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?!

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