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RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 4

Portsmouth - 13 Sep 18 Offshore

Wow! The light and shifty northerlies may not have been exactly what the Autumn Series fleet wanted to sail in but the wonderful sunset presented on the inbound leg showed that natural occurrences can still be hugely impressive.

Tinker T took on the task of setting a course in the 5-8 knot north easterly forecast to ease still more during the race period. A short course of Kemp's Quay and back was therefore selected with the start brought forward half an hour to compensate for the shorter daylight.

The start as is often the case was key to the race result. The majority of the fleet chose to start close to the shore so they could lay the first mark Darling Associates under spinnaker. However they were in lighter winds and swifter adverse tide. Sunshine and Tinker T opted to delay their kite hoist and sail a shorter distance and higher angle to the mark in more breeze and less tide. With the breeze dying still more inshore these two boats rounded DA many minutes ahead of the rest and the race was all but done. With SS and TT rounding the leeward mark close together It only remained to see who would prevail up the beat. Splitting tacks the early gain was to TT but nearing the mainland shore with the wind lighter and flukier SS pulled ahead and when the numbers were crunched took the race by 18 secs from TT. Despite her huge handicap SS also took the NHC win.


The final disappointment for TT was getting back to the marina and having to use full power to carve a passage through the mud into her finger berth!

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