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Race report from Portsmouth Sailing Club’s Hot Turkey – 25 December 2021 race

Four sets of brave sailors, stunned the various forecasts for the big Christmas day’s race in quiet and overcast Portsmouth harbour. The breeze was a calm 8 to 12 knots. Not even QHM stirred.

The dedicated race team successfully found the special race pennant, the small Christmas tree that would be used to dictate the direct of the course. Following many hours of studying tides, wides and malt whiskey; the southern course was picked. Which was from the Portsmouth Sailing Club flag pole in the harbour entry to Spitbank Fort to starboard and back.

Boats gathered, with tinsel, fairy lights and reindeer antlers for the start at 1030, prompt. No present was greater awaited than a clear start across the line. Z48 judged the incoming tide the best and was first across the line, Ruby too was next followed the Z70 and Katabatic.

The tide wasn’t as strong as predicted which enabled all boats to clear the harbour entry and make way to the fort. The breeze shifted from the south east to the east as the boats continued their way up the beat. Ruby Too had the best pace of the line and accelerated away from the fleet. Z48 and Z70 were just a pigs blanket apart as the fort became nearer. Katabatic, made a quick recovery from the eggnogs on Christmas eve and nipped between Z48 and Z70 to climb into second place at the turn around the fort.

The fort was successfully navigated by all boats, who sailed between it and the pylons. The downwind leg beaconed to the finish in the harbour entry and sprouts aplenty. Ruby Too extended their lead from the fleet. Z70 bravely hoisted the spinnaker on the close reach back, this paid off as they overtook Katabatic. Z48 gained a couple of extra puffs in the main channel and too extended away from the chasing pack.

The finishing line was gaining ever closer now and Ruby Too had the pace of a cork from that morning’s Bucks Fizz to gain line honours on the day. Z70 was striving and reaching to catch up with Z48 but alas Z48 stayed ahead to cross the line in 2nd. Z70 came home in 3rd and just a couple of minutes later Katabatic crossed the line. The race officers gave the safety rib driven by John Hughes an honourable result on the water too.

All boats received big cheers and a wave from the shoreside Race Committee and spectators in the Boomyard as they crossed the line too due to the absence of a hooter!

Having successfully completed the race, all competitors headed back to PSC for a well earnt drink and nibbles provided by Tony, Karen and Robin.

A few drinks later, the race officers had made their deliberations and based on the best antlers and prettiest helm awarded Z70 the win for the day. Thanks to all involved and everyone was back for a well deserved Christmas Day lunch!

Geoff Dixon’s avatar 14-Nov-2021 By Geoff Dixon in Social

Prizegiving 2021 at RNC/RAYC

​Thanks to Matt and his social committee, Sailing Secretary Sid, and the team at the Royal Naval Club/Royal Albert Yacht Club for a great prizegiving evening last night. A lot of happy people, including Class Captain Russell Mead with the Beazley Trophy for Overall Cowes Week, Hugh Pringle with the Captains Decanter and Liz Ballard with the Don Metcalf for services to the class. And a selection of other smiling prizewinners…

Many more photos to follow….watch this space..

Russell Mead - Cowes Week Overall
Hugh Pringle - Captains Decanter
Liz Ballard - Don Metcalf Memorial
Team 69 (Z69 Zinnia)
Matt & MC (Z70 Unity)
Ian Perryman (Z75 Zilch)
Geoff Dixon’s avatar 14-Nov-2021 By Geoff Dixon in Social

Bart’s Bash Results

Bart’s Bash results are now available on the Bart’s Bash Website​ : Global Venues – Bart’s Bash (bartsbash.com)

Sid Dollery’s avatar 12-Sep-2021 By Sid Dollery in Sailing & racing, Crewing

Race Report from Saturday 14 August - the final race in the 3rd Saturday Trophy

Race Report for the last race in the 3rd Saturday Trophy – 14 August

Four boats set sail into a busy easter

Solent with plenty of others making the most of the glorious sunshine. The race started at 1400, 2.5 hours before high water.

The course was, starting at KB – Stokes Bay East (Port), Linington (Port), Royal Albert (Starboard), Suffolk Sails (Port), Portsmouth Sailing Club (Port) and finish at Suffolk Sails. Z68 kindly volunteered to be gate boat.

The race started in a soft south westerly breeze of 10 -12 knots. The 4 boats split as the went up the first beat to, Z48 and Z68 went into the wall; with Z70 and Z53 heading out, away from the wall on starboard tack. As the fleet converged at Gillkicker corner, Z48 was ahead with the others chasing behind. As we rounded the corner we stayed close to the beach before tacking out to the mark, Z48 and Z70 rounded in one with Z68 taking an extra tack to make the mark. Z53 rounded shortly afterwards.

With kites up with starboard poles the fleet headed to Linington, successfully navigating some Solent chop from ferries and ribs; all of which were very keen to get a close look at the action!

Linington was reach with Z48 still ahead, Z68 had caught up with Z70, who had made a couple of jibs as they approached the mark. The beat to Royal Albert was next and the tide was still going into harbour do boats tacked off to avoid being sucked down the channel. Z48 extended their lead, with Z68 making good gains on Z70 so that on the final approach to the mark managed an overtake and move up into second place.

The downwind leg to Suffolk Sails was easily navigated by all and finally a short sausage to PSC and back for the finish. All positions remaining unchanged.

Z48’s win meant they have now 2 guns from 2 races sailed this season, a 100% record! Z68 came home in 2nd with Z70, 3rd and Z53 in 4th.

And that concluded the 3rd Saturday Trophy which saw 8 boats compete in over the whole series and the overall series winners were Z70.

Next up on Saturday is the Underwood Trophy which runs from 21 August to 16 October 2021.

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 15-Aug-2021 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing

Chasing Ferrets!

Race Report: The 2021 Pursuit Race Thursday 12th August

The concept of a Pursuit race is quite simple. Set the tortoises off first, then release the hares, and in a perfect race all the competitors would finish across the line at the same time. Reality of course is very different, and anyway in sailing you don’t have tortoises and hares, as everyone knows you only have Ferrets…….

And so on Thursday night we reached the point in the season where the Victory Class hold their annual Pursuit Race. With Ferret-Master in Chief Sid Dollery in charge, assisted by Mike Scott (thank you once again guys), a slightly depleted fleet of 5 Ferrets (following the rigours of Cowes Week) came to a start line at PSC racing mark. The Ferret-Master set course 2 (twice RA to Suffolk Sails, then twice PSC to Suffolk Sails)

The start time for each Ferret had previously been calculated by the Ferret-Master based on performance to date in Class races this year and the target race duration of 60 minutes. Those Ferrets feeling smug at earlier great performance looked a little crestfallen as they realised how many minutes of a lead they were having to give those with a less illustrious early season. The start process commenced with no concession to those who were not actually present, and so a number of ghost starts occurred, with the names of missing Ferrets vainly called over the VHF.

After 2 minutes Z70 charged enthusiastically off the line under the control of MC and headed up the first beat into an inviting SW 12-18 knots. Two minutes later Z54 wandered over the line a few seconds late, contemplating the huge gap ahead, followed one minute later by John and Bill in Z68. Finally, after a further 2 minutes had passed Z75 set off, followed 30 seconds later by Z57. A total of 5 minutes and 30 seconds separating the first and last racing Ferrets. There was however plenty of space on the start line when it was your turn.

The balance up the first beat was between the fresher breeze offshore and less tide under the wall. A careful balancing act. It’s always lonely as the up front Ferret, but Z70 pressed on, while 54 worked hard to close the gap. Optimism proved misplaced, while 54 closed the gap, it was Z70 hanging on to be the first around the windward mark. Behind the two leaders Z68 held her position, while at the back Z75 and Z57 were nip and tuck, playing with the 30 seconds that separated them.

Downwind to SS Z54 went low, through Z70s lee and away…? ‘Not So’ said MC, and 70 hung in there, all the way to holding the inside berth at SS. Only after rounding did 54 manage to break away on the next couple of shifts to take the lead on the beat back to RA. Behind us Z68 held her place, and 57 and 75 fought on within a few boat lengths of each other. The breeze softened on this second beat, causing a little angst… nothing like having boats astern with a history of beating you to make you concentrate on every little aspect of your sailing!

Z54 followed by Z70 around the windward mark and off down the run. Somewhere along the way 75 and 57 got past 68, all the action left was with 75 and 57. The Ferret-Masters voice on the VHF announced that ‘Glady’ was at SS with an ‘S’ flying, and that all Ferrets should stop there and go home. 54, followed by 70 in second place crossed the line, and we watched the last of the battle as Z57 beat 75 by seconds followed by 68. The stopwatch said that Z57 had clawed back just over 30 seconds on 54 during the race.

Ferrets of course drink beer… you know what happened next….

Geoff Dixon’s avatar 13-Aug-2021 By Geoff Dixon in Sailing & racing

3rd Saturday Series – Saturday Trophy - Race 1

3 boats kicked off this series,

Z54, Z70 and Z73. The wind came across the land from the NE and with an outgoing tide made for an interesting battle. The course set, starting from PSC
was, with Z54 being the gate boat was:

Gleeds – port, PSC – port, Linington – port, Suffolk Sails – Finish

The fleet immediately headed to the channel to seek the tidal advantage, Z70 got there first and stayed there all the way to Gleeds, despite some argy-bargy with a Sunsail yacht. PSC was next and reached in considerable less time than the beat took, the fleet remained unchanged with Z70 in the lead of Z54 and Z73. Up again to Linington which saw all the boats heading to the channel, before tacking up. This was not as easy as its sounded as they wind was getting light and the tide was playing games. This meant plenty of tacks were required to reach Linington. The last leg down to Suffolk sails was a very close reach to start, then a run and then back to a reach to the finish. Z70 remained ahead of Z54. Z73 retired but still had an eventful trip back home as tey required a tow as their outboard got a little salty! Thankfully Orinoco rescue them into the safety of the harbour.

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 30-Jun-2021 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing

2nd Thursday Series –  Puffin Trophy – Race 3

A good fleet of 9 boats set sail on a sunny Thursday evening, we were set course number 2 but starting at KB instead of the Victory line. With the tide coming into the harbour the smart move was getting over to the wall for the beats. This paid throughout the race despite the lure of more breeze further out. There was close racing throughout with Z57 leading for the first half, followed closed behind by Z74. Z74 took the lead on the last beat and stayed there for their first win in the series.

The results were: Z74, Z57, Z77, Z78, Z68, Z69, Z54, Z70, Z73

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 30-Jun-2021 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing

Cowes Week Class Dinner 2021

​Cowes Week 2021 Class Dinner - to be held at the Island Sailing Club on Thursday 5 August.

RSVP to Matt via mattsalt1@gmail.com

Crew Social

​Crew Race and Social now on Friday 23 July 2021

Any questions, please contact Stretch - stretch172@gmail.com