OOD from Kim on Z76 who had already won the series with two 1sts, the ‘not up harbour series’ had one race left to sort out second and third places…
The last race with a 7pm start due to the nights quickly drawing in.
Short nights and a dying breeze meant that the course was short, set from KB, RA p, KB p, RA p and finishing at SS.
Eight boats made it to the start including Z57 who were joint second in series with Z71, but tonight Janet had given the reigns to Stretch and Zoe.. two crews and no helm, anything could happen…!
Z54 also had a different helm, Chris Smith, crewed by Catherine and Vicki- could they keep up Geoffs winning streak from Cowes Week??
The line was busy but everyone started on starboard with Z70 and Z74 taking off early into the wall. Z80 and Z75 led the way to RA. Z57 hit the line at full speed and height, but we misjudged and were 10 seconds late.
A short upwind followed by a busy rounding, Z80 and Z75 were still in the lead with the rest of the pack chasing them down. At KB the fleet split, go into the wall and try something different or stay out for preferential wind?
Some close tacking back up to RA but with Z80 and Z75 still in the lead, closely followed by Z57 and Z74. The reach to the line/Suffolk Sails was hotly contested between Z80 and Z75 but also Z57 and Z74. Variety struggled to get settled and Peregrine overtoook for part of the leg before the crew of Z57 worked out how to fly the spinnaker…
The places at the finish were-
Congrats to Z75 on another win
Congrats to Z76 on winning the Harbour Series for the Bishop Painting
Tonight (Thursday 29th August) is race 5 of 6 in the second Thursday series for the Puffin Trophy. Earlier start time of 18:45
See you on the water
Z71 (or Z57 tonight)