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RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 7

Portsmouth - 10 May 18 Offshore

A reef and number 3 jib was the preferred option for some yachts as race 7 of the series got underway in a frisky, cool, southwesterly gusting around 22 knots.

The SOOD Tinker T set a 3 mile beat in a west going tide to Mother Bank followed by a spreader mark, Quarr and a run home. However with the breeze going a little further left after the start the spreader mark ended up as a windward mark.
The first start got away cleanly and split up the start of the beat with some preferring to go left towards the Island whilst others picked the mainland shore. At
the second start five minutes later Jolly Jack Tar being keen to get into the fray was half a boatlength over the line but realising her error early, dipped back and still made Darling Associates, the first mark just in the lead from Tinker T. Her superior upwind speed in ideal conditions for her No 3 saw her round the windward mark ahead of both fleets and picking the left of the course across to Stokes Bay took line honours and what appeared at first glance to be a handicap win. However the recently launched Danegeld had other ideas and charging along at the head of the slower fleet took the handicap win with seconds to spare.
It was good to see Swordfish with the Sultan team back out on the water demonstrating the joys of yacht racing to the establishment personnel.


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