Team Racing at Seaview Yacht Club : 19 June 2018
Published 09:37 on 21 Jun 2018
The four-way team racing at Seaview Yacht Club proved to be an intense and exciting test of tactical racing, with a strong force 4 gusting to 5 and creating challenging conditions. Each yacht club had three boats. All RVYC Mermaids went three up (in the Light Green, Dark Green & White boats). This helped to even out the responsibilities making way for effective team racing through, excellent communication, trim, tactics and sportsmanship.
The first race was against Royal Solent Yacht Club. They too had their fair share of young guns, resulting in a very close first race with a challenging windward beat, leaving the in-shore boats to hastily make their first mark rounding. It was left to the final beat for the RVYC team to be victorious, as Phil, Harry and Angie made a two hundred-seventy degree turn to bare behind the final RSYC's boat to avoid being boxed in, and so winning the race to the line by a hairs breath. This secured race one, as the other two RVYC Mermaids stormed over the line.
Race two was not to be underestimated, with Brading Haven Yacht Club bringing a strong fight to us. The start was chaotic with heavy gusts plaguing the Mermaid's performance and the teams upwind speed. Nevertheless, the RVYC failed to give in, tussling and using all the experience they had to push up and gain more valuable places. Howard, Chris, Tom, Charlie, Rob and Ian on two of the RVYC team Mermaids hunted down the lead boats on the runs to secure the win.
The final race of the evening would see the hometown hero's Seaview Yacht Club up against the RVYC. Once again, the start was close with strong South Westerly gusts racing through the fleet hindering the RVYC's first windward beat. By the windward mark it was SVYC, who, with great skill, were in first and second position. Hunting them down was the RVYC pack with both green RVYC Mermaids catching. SVYC won the race and claimed the overall win and crowned the four-way champions once again. This left the RVYC to earn a valiant second place with RSYC taking home third and BHYC fourth.
In the end it was a fantastic evening for all the clubs with brilliant racing thanks to Jo Hague, who was the evenings race officer, and Guy Mattinson the Mid-week Mermaid Class Captain.
Written by Harry White (RVYC)
Last updated 16:32 on 10 April 2019