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!

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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.

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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.

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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
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Cowes Week Class Dinner 2021

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

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Crew Social

​Crew Race and Social now on Friday 23 July 2021

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Solstice Regatta Saturday 19 June Race Report

Solstice Regatta Saturday 19 June Race Report

Third time lucky for the Solstice Regatta racing this year after the first two days were rained off. Our Saturday race saw 6 Victories venture out into the Eastern Solent to partake in a course, which once finished would earn them Cornish Pasties and Lemon Drizzle Cake. All washed down with lashings of (not ginger) beer. The course was a Committee Boat start at Royal Albert heading via:

Linnington - starboard, Browndown – port, Gleeds – port, Royal Albert – starboard, Linnington – port, Suffolk Sails – finish

With the race stating at 1300, just after low water the tide was running to the east. After crossing the start line all the boats headed out into the main Solent Channel to seek the tidal advantage. Gleeds was reached within 25 minutes with Z69 round first, followed by Z67, Z70, Z54, Z53 and Z73. Then the calls came, ‘what Browndown, that’s Cowes’; one unnamed boat even brought binoculars! Decisions, decisions as the fleet split, some towards the Haslar Wall and others back out into the main channel going the shorter route via the central Solent. At the Green Post, the fleet was close together running down the shoreline. No fishing lines were caught but we did interrupt a photoshoot, to the displeasure of the model, who’s outfit clashed with our bright spinnakers. And yet Z69 lead ahead of Z54, Z70, Z67, Z53 and Z73. As we carried on further east, more challenges awaited; a large fleet of Lasers needed to be navigated, most went round but two went through adding new obstaclesto the Laser course. Once navigated, the challenge was getting round Browndown against the tide. Z69 rounded first and whizzed off east with the help of the tidal gate. Z54 and Z70 had a tussle, a couple of jibes later Z54 rounded next with Z70 close behind. Z67, who decided to stay close in and have a nosy into the houses in Lee on Solent rounded 3rd. Z53 decided to try fishing as they went round by trawling their spinnaker whilst Z73 closed the gap.

The beat upto Gleeds beckoned, with the tide still going east the key was the balance of boat speed and height. Z54 went for height and Z70 went for speed; at the windward mark of Gleeds Z54 was ahead and even despite the earlier house viewings Z67 had crept up. With time ticking; the course was shortened at Royal Albert; this lead to close racing between Z53 and Z73, who had the dryer spinnaker? Z73 did; they pipped Z53 to the finish by just a couple of boat lengths. Ahead of them was Z67 in forth, Z70 in third and Z54 second, just. Z69 was first with room to spare.

Racing complete, but; most importantly the Cornish Pasties and the cake waiting back in Portsmouth, noses and bows pointed to the shore and headed home. Once ashore, a 2-course meal was enjoyed by all. We were all grateful to Liz, Angie and Zoe for the food and luckily we beat the rain which fell shortly afterwards.

Finally, before we finish do spare a thought for our Committee boat, (Sid, Annie and Mike S) their intention was for a fish supper but all they caught was the invisible fish. So, if it wasn’t for those pasties they would have been rather hungry this evening.

The Solstice Regatta is not over yet, we get to do it all again on Tuesday; up the harbour.

Zoe Whittaker’s avatar 19-Jun-2021 By Zoe Whittaker in Sailing & racing
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Victory Racing Mark Sponsorship

Would you like to see your name or company name on one of our racing marks located in the eastern Solent?

Marks could be a dedicated to a loved one, a birthday gift or a company promotion. All our racing marks are in close vicinity to Portsmouth harbour entry, marked on relevant Solent Charts and in the nautical almanacs.

For sponsoring a mark you will get a yellow racing mark with your name (and logo) printed in black. The mark is lifted every December and re-laid in March after winter maintenance to smarten it up.

Marks are available to sponsor now and for future seasons. A range of sponsorship terms are available so please contactour Class Secretary to discuss via email: gareth@goodsalonguide.com

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