What seemed like a promising westerly system prior to the start of the Sunday Series II, Race 3 swiftly deflated to a painful 1-3 knot breeze, thankfully accompanied by an insignificant tidal flow. The race route took sailors to Squance Buoy and back, an appropriate length for the prevailing conditions.
The biggest class of the day deliver racing with some mark rounding excitement, as the 4 boats in the IRC Class kept the competition close throughout the course. And early departure on starboard tack did not pay off for Jellico, having to pinch through the moorings – sacrificing speed for height to clear the moor vessels in her path. Eventually the J24 returned to meet the rest of the fleet left her trailing slightly, commencing her catch-up plan in the becalmed weather. She clawed back to claim a well-deserved 2nd place finish, playing second fiddle to Minx. The X342 claimed line honours and victory on corrected time, sailing well in the flat waters to consolidate her lead on the final run to finish. Simba completed the podium in 3rd.
Continuing to support the Keelboat PY A fleet, it was great to have Birregurra racing with us on Sunday. The Hanse 415 was joined by 2 under 25ft boats in the Keelboat PY B Class – Marut and Windflirt. The former recently had her bottom repainted, looking slippery on the race course. The Achilles 23 certainly did not make it easy for Marut, sailing superbly despite light winds being a well-known Achille’s heel. The Jeanneau Fun prevailed at the end, surviving a great performance from Windflirt to place first just over 3 minutes ahead on corrected time.
In the Multihull Class, Bula extends their lead in the Series and reaffirms their support for our club races. Michael races consistently every week, and we appreciate the team’s efforts to participate in both our Sunday Series & Twilight Series! She claims top spot, finishing ahead of Miss Visayan and Kaze in the same order. Lastly, great to see Addiction returning to race with us after a long break. The Viper F16 skippered by Jeremy Perrier sailed the course despite being the only beach catamaran participating – thank you for continuing to feed your sailing Addiction!
Congratulations to all winners, and big thanks to the 11 participating boats. We hope to see more returning boats over the remaining 2 weekends of Twilight and Sunday Series II Racing.