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RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 5

Portsmouth - 29 Jun 17 Offshore

Not very summery! Rain all day and no wind. However today the Met office forecasters actually earned their pay today. They prophesied that by 1830 the flat calm will have morphed into a N to NE breeze of 7-9 knots - and thus it became.

Although initially a tad miserable (nobody likes rain dripping down their necks) the Dolphin which accompanied the fleet out to Gilkicker point cheered everyone up, it seemed particularly keen to provide a bit of racing advice to Sunshine and eventually accompanied Option back to her berth in the marina.

Taking no chances with the possibility of a dying breeze Tinker T the SOOD set a short course of a run down to Kemps Quay and a beat home. With the northerly breeze shifting by as much as 40 degrees the crews needed their wits about them to gain from the shifts.

Spirit of Kudu in start 1 vied with Danegeld down the run rounding the leeward mark just ahead, a position she held to the finish despite the chasing 2nd start pack determined to hunt her down. The normal Wednesday evening commercial vessels again caused angst for the tacticians particularly with a couple of choruses of 5 short blasts from one large vessel.
The breeze lightened towards the finish line and the boats that could stay in the pressure profited, amongst these Tinker T who had to recover from a poor kite drop at the leeward mark just made her time on the pack in a close finish.


NOTE: The organiser is away on Summer hols for the next 2 races but will be fed the results by email, please be patient if they are slightly late in being published. RH

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