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RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 8

Portsmouth - 16 May 19 Offshore

The cool Easterly had been blowing all day at 12 to 15 knots but right on cue as the Wednesday racing fleet gathered at Gilkicker down it went to 5 knots with the Solent to the west looking particularly flat and windless.

However at Spithead and the harbour approaches there was a more solid breeze but how best to utilise it. Sunshine, the SOOD hit on a cunning plan, a very short run against the rushing east going tide followed by a beat with the tide, eastwards to Gleeds and a run home - perfect.

With 8 boats in the starting area, one start one start only was called. The start proved to be the biggest tactical decision of the race with the first mark as always Darling Associates just some 150M uptide, how best to get there first in the very light airs. Sunshine decided to stay out in the tide and run dead downwind to the mark whereas Tinker T opted for lesser tide inshore but with further to go at a hotter angle and thus more speed. Sunshine made it by a boat length from TT but the rest of the fleet also out in the tide made slower progress and lost out at this tidal gate. Sunshine led up the beat from Tinker T and Jolly jack Tar but could not open up the separation she needed by the time Gleeds was reached. On the run home the giant asymmetric of JJT showed its worth and she managed to catch and pass Sunshine just before the finish. TT however hung on to their coat tails and easily took the race on handicap.
With half a point separating JJT and TT, next weeks final race will decide the podium. In NHC Wizard looks to have it sown up bar some divine intervention.


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