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RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 5

Portsmouth - 27 Apr 17 General

Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, you wonder where the warm wind is.....cos last night it was freezing!

Nevertheless it did not deter the enthusiastic Wednesday evening racers as nearly a full entry list assembled off Gilkicker point. Another ten minutes later in trying to leave Dolphin Pool and the fleet likely would have been two down, both Tinker T and Spirit of Kudu were hard aground in their berths with low water still three quarters of an hour away. Some judicious use of warps and engine managed to extricate both boats in the nick of time despite the exit channel also being not very deep. A no show from Kurketrekker the nominated SOOD assumes that she also suffered from the same problem in Premier Marina.
The yachts at Gilkicker could be forgiven for thinking it was November rather than nearly May as black clouds swept in from the north bringing sustained gusts of around 25 knots. Tinker T taking on SOOD duties set a relatively short downwind leg to Motherbank followed by a beat to Stokes Bay Central and a fetch home. Even this became skewed as the wind then veered significantly but after the start of course.
In the first start Spirit of Kudu led the way and were the first to hoist a kite as the wind eased a little, this extended her lead as the rest stayed on goosewinged headsails. This move gave her a well deserved IRC win. In the second start an under staffed Tinker T briefly led the way at Darling Associates but with kites popping out from the other yachts this didn't last long as she plodded downhill under goosewinged jib.
The beat to Stokes Bay Central ended up quite exciting as the RNSA yachts mingled with the Stokes Bay Skiffs and Cats around the buoy, fortunately all were well behaved and the right of way rules met without the need for any raised voices.
Spirit of Kudu took IRC honours with Electron V in second and in IRC 2 new boats on the podium with Hurrying Angel first and Thunderflash third.


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