Monday 12th - Day 3
Cross Street was quiet at 0830 this morning as the lack of Victory Class WhatApp messages meant Munch did not have to utter profanities to wake up the sleeping sailors. After a delightful breakfast the sailors assembled at their usual time in the ISC to quickly find that the Island had arranged a two hour postponement with Cowes Week Limited to bump their beer and bbq profits before sailing. The ISC desperately handed out free rum samples to ease the boardem.
After many rain squals we finally headed to the moorings in a little rush once AP had been removed, only to sit in the rain on the Victories going nowhere. The rain cleared and our course was announced, off to the strange unchartered west we went.
The course was -
Start at RYS Line 1
Cowes Yacht Haven (s)
Sevenstar Yacht Transport (p)
Yacht DataBank (p)
Gurnard Ledge (p)
RYS Line 1 to finish
A square-ish course crossing the Solent twice beating each side of the crossings.
Differing tactics at the start- Z69 on the pin end but late, Z73 in the middle but bang on time, Z80 v v late in the moorings, Z48 on the RYS rocks.
After a tricky beat with little breeze and lots of tide up the green past Egypt Point the fleet positions were changing regularly. At the windward mark Z69 emerged in the lead with Z71 following but nearly Z73 who couldn’t round CYH due to Z71 being on starboard holding them off. After deciding that the leg to the north shore would warrant a kite the fleet hoisted their colourful spinnakers and had a drag race to the entrace of the Beaulieu river. Congrats Z73 for a tought fight to the windward. Good navigation and excellent kite trimming were key on this leg!
Z69 pulled ahead but Z71 were hot on their heels. The Victories chasing the front two were split across east and west with Z77, Z74, Z48, Z54 fighting hard. Z69 and Z71 dropped spinnakers before completing their crossing of the Solent due to being further east, Z77 navigated superbly and closed up on the top two. At Sevenstar Yacht Transport the wind had shifted and it was nearly a drag race to Yacht DataBank, but the tide changes bought the advantages for Z69 who pulled away from Z71. After tacking up the north shore and going to lay Yach DataBank, Z69 slightly misjudged the layline due to the tide strength and had to double tack to make the mark, this allowed Z71 to hold on a bit further and catch up with the lead boat, once they rounded and headed for the big green buoy on the island shore Zinnia catapulted themselves on a tight reach, no spinni required. On the second beat Z77 closed the gap on Z74 and Z54 did even better and managed to cross infront of Z74 whilst making for Yacht DataBank, Z48 were also hot on the heels of the second group. At YachtDataPoint Z77 rounded ahead of Z74, follwed by Z54 & Z48.
Z71 didn’t managed to make any in-roads into Z69s lead. Most boats stayed in their positions but Z77 and Z74 had to deal with a couple of pesky Xs!!! The run down from Gunard Ledge to the Squardron finish was rapid due to the tide pushing the boats home. Z54 did cause a couple of early gybes by going for the inside line, Z74 squeezed past Z77 and headed the canons of the squadron line.
The final results were-
Z74 (Carols first Cowes gun- congrats!)
Congrats Team Scammell! Lets hope there is more breeze tomorrow.
We do do sailing… but time for a beer!
Zoe & Munch with guest editor Geoff Dixon xx