Island Ales 9 6 May 2018
The final race in the Island Ales series took place in hugely contrasting conditions to those prevailing last week! Glorious sunshine coupled with a distinct lack of wind.
The race officers laid short courses.
First away were the Squibs (this weekend slightly reduced with four teams representing the club at the Burnham Gold Cup.)
The west-going tide kept all shy of the start line. Kestrel (David Longford) was first to find sufficient breeze to overcome the tide and created a decent lead towards the windward mark. Viper (Craig and Emma Dymock) was second out of the slips crossing the line nearly five minutes after the start signal. All eventually managed to make the line, even after the start sequence for the next fleet.
The entire fleet stalled shy of the windward mark as everyone struggled to master the tide in the really fluky wind conditions.
Eventually most did get round with Viper having taken the lead. Positions changed on the two downwind legs. As Viper was heading for her first victory, the race officers shortened the course to finish at the second leeward mark. Incognito (Ian Morgan with Rachel Wroath) found their private wind line and managed to get inside Viper to beat them to the finish line. A very first win for Incognito, with Viper second and Sequel (Osborne family), in third place.
Whizzard takes first place in the series, with Buccaneer and Incognito second and third overall.
The fast handicap dinghies sailed the same shortened course albeit more quickly! Mark Irons' RS led the fleet, followed by Charlie and Harry White. Tom White had been left fighting tide and lack of wind at the first mark. But with great perseverance he kept at it and did complete the course.
Corrected positions were Charlie White, first followed by Mark Irons then Harry White.
Overall series positions were Harry, Charlie and Tom taking first three places in the fast handicap.
The slow dinghies had a frustrating time. Despite their best efforts fighting the tide none made the start.
Last updated 22:36 on 16 February 2020