Hallo Ween, where are you?
Happy Halloween everyone! On a day associated with all creepy crawlies and other ghastly things, a heavy downpour just 10 minutes after the start washed away all hopes of completing the full course planned for the sailors. This prompted the raising of the S Flag, reducing the pennant 2 course to just 1 loop, as participants creeped and crawled across the channel in what was arguably the longest short race ever.
These conditions do tend to favour the smaller and lighter boats. Jellico performed well in the IRC Class, holding her own in the fleet of 4, claiming both line honours and the win on corrected time. She fended off late attacks from Minx and Waka Tere, but both boats failed to overtake the little J24 – settling for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the PY Class, Marut returned to the racing scene with renewed vigour! Despite feeling under the weather (in more ways than one), Skipper Luke survived and carved out a satisfying victory on his Jeanneau Fun while having fun on the course. Remington, the surprise podium finisher was sandwiched between 2 boats under 25ft. Finishing just over a minute behind Balqis, it was enough for her to clinch 2nd on corrected time, relegating Balqis to 3rd.
Sporting a devilish grin, bright orange locks and a pair of unremarkable horns, Graham Horn sailed well to glide Jaza Too across the line in ghostly fashion. She placed ahead of Miss Visayan, trailing just 4 minutes behind. Completing the podium was last week’s winner, Kaze! Great to see others dressing up as well, I believe a skeleton was lurking somewhere on Phoenix.
Leading by a long way, Addiction was clinical at the start and finish, yet again dominating the Beach Catamaran class. She placed ahead of Tim’s Stray Catz as well as Babe in 3rd. Most notably, we understand that a new skipper was at the helm of Babe. Dissatisfied with Matt’s performance on the helm in the previous races, Kellie has now taken the reins on Babe, and did a great job completing the drift-a-thon despite the challenging conditions.
Congratulations to all the winners – we take a break this coming weekend, next race is scheduled on 13th November. See you then!