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RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 9

Portsmouth - 25 Jul 19 Offshore

The Windguru forecast from the Spitbank Fort website did not bode well for the final race of the summer series. 1800 - 6 knots from the west, backing southwest and decreasing to 2 knots then swinging southeast at 3 knots.

It was pretty much spot on! As Tinker T the SOOD sailed at 1715 there was a delightful SW breeze of 11 knots but on arrival at Gilkicker the flat nature of the Solent to the west of the point indicated the worst.
Attempting to use what little breeze showed on the water a course to the east of the point with a run to Gleeds against the rapid west going tide and a beat home seemed a reasonable solution but with ever spreading patches of calm a caveat to review the situation at 1900 was added to the course instructions.
The first start saw Moonfleet swept over the line by the rapid tidal stream and she was still fighting to return five minutes later as the faster fleet started. The run against the tide was agonisingly slow and although the two Sigma 33's from start one had made good progress for a while, the GPS on Tinker T at 1900 gave an ETA at Gleeds of 2035, 5 minutes beyond the time limit with a mile and a half back to the finish line to complete. This was not fair racing. The SOOD mindful also of the staff closed up at HSSC to provide apres race victuals abandoned the race.

A pie, hearty bean chilli or chicken curry awaited at Hornet and fine fare it was. Very many thanks to the regular team who turn up on a Wednesday evening to provide sustenance to the racing crews, they can now look forward to a quieter month until the Autumn Series commences on 21 August.

So who won? Mark Brown's Prima 38 Assassin entered for the first time showed her power and pace by winning both IRC and NHC classes. In NHC Jolly Jack Tar took second and Wizard third. In IRC Tinker T was Runner up with Sunshine third.


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