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RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 7

Portsmouth - 03 Oct 19 Offshore

Despite the light conditions and an earlier start to combat the fading light a good turnout of 8 yachts turned up at Gilkicker. The race started in a shifty northerly wind of 1 Kt.


At the start Tinker T established a clear lead, leaving the rest of the fleet to arrive at Darling together. There were reports on the radio of a collision between Option and Spirit of Kudu. Danegeld, as SOOD, was positioned to view the start line, and not in a good place to make the first mark. The reach to Kemps Quay suited those with asymmetric spinnakers, but was a little shy for conventional spinnakers. TT was first to the mark under white sails.

The next mark was SBSC Central, with a dying breeze against the tide. Sunshine overhauled TT on this leg, and JJT with TT rounded together. Having got round the tidal gate first, Sunshine went on to take line honours and first place on handicap.

There was another coming together between Kudu and Option after the finish. Kudu's engine failed, and she was towed back to Portsmouth by Option. TT took over the tow at the harbour entrance, but there was yet another problem for Kudu as there was not enough water to enter her berth. Eventually after much heaving and pulling she was secured.

Everyone arrived back in the dark, but what a lovely crescent moon!

Results: https://archive.halsail.com/Result/Public/1405/52


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