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RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 2

Portsmouth - 06 Jun 19 Offshore

With the embers of the Red Arrows display, part of the D Day anniversary celebrations, dying in the sky overhead the small fleet of yachts assembled at the Gilkicker start line for the second race of the Summer Series.

A moderate South westerly of 15 knots and a honking east going tide looked like it was going to be a big boat race again - beats into the tide plus big tidal gates always favour the quicker yachts. The SOOD, Option had very little option but to set a beat to Mother Bank, a broad reach to Fairhall West, a quirky leg back to Browndown followed by a kite reach home.
With fewer than 8 yachts, the starts were combined and at the gun Tinker T led the charge to Darling Associates, always the first mark to limit the line length, just preventing the overlap at the buoy from a charging Assassin. However nothing could stop Assassin from rapidly taking the lead up the beat rounding Mother Bank some 2 minutes clear of Tinker T. This was where it all unravelled. Running under big blue kite Assassin took a line down to Stokes Bay Central some 300 M east of the intended mark Fairhall West with Tinker T following until halfway down the leg when she realised and hardened up onto a tight kite reach to round the correct mark. Managing to hang on to her lead to take line honours it was clear that she, with her nav error had lost some time and so it was when the numbers were crunched Tinker T topped the podium with Assassin managing to hold on to second from Spirit of Kudu in third. In NHC Stephen Parry with his reduced crew numbers took the bullet.

With Jolly Jack Tar back from a (hopefully) successful SOR and the return of various others in the fleet, next week should see numbers back up once more.

With regard to the error made by Assassin in last nights race it is worth noting that if the Portsmouth Harbour Handbook is being used as a guide for Eastern Solent racing marks, marks numbers 50 and 51 are transposed in the chartlet.

NB. An error in the NHC results has now been corrected. See amended results for NHC Yacht of the Year, Spring and Summer Series below.


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