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RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 6

Portsmouth - 03 May 18 Offshore

The weather system that brought torrential rain and high winds throughout the day cleared the Solent as forecast to leave a fine evening for sailing albeit with a blustery WNW wind of around 16 knots.

The regular fleet at Gilkicker was joined by two yachts emerging from their belated refits, the classic Danegeld of Robert Veale and Martin Pounds Moby Jay.
Sunshine, the SOOD set a course of a beat to Browndown followed by a dead run to North Sturbridge and a further windward leg back to the finish. With a beat into the tide plus a tidal gate it had the makings of a big boat race and thus it was.
With the wind forecast to ease as the evening went on, sail choice became critical and several boats opted for a small headsail if not a reef, this turned out to be the wrong choice.
A clear choice was also there for the beat, Stokes Bay in shallower water or into the middle where the tide was still running more slowly (according to the tidal stream atlas).In the first start at 1830 Spirit of Kudu having extricated herself from the sticky mud off Gililicker led a small contingent into Stokes Bay with the majority opting for the middle. Similarly in the second start 5 mins later Jolly Jack Tar went into the bay with the main pack opting for the middle. The winning strategy was the Bay with JJT showing her pace and rounding Browndown first by a good margin. Despite having to sail the angles downwind with her big asymmetric she showed the rest of the fleet a clean pair of heels.


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