23 July 2018 – Cowes Classics Week – Day 1

Start position
Cowes
Start time
10:52
Start engine hours
830.8
Towards
Cowes
ETA
08:28
Distance travelled
19
Finish position
Cowes
Finish time
15:19
Finish engine hours
832
Skipper
Richard
Crew
Louise
Weather
  • SW 2-3
  • Sunshine
Tide
  • HW Portsmouth 09:10, 21:30
  • LW Cowes 14:20, 1.7m
New faults
Np->Sp %
25
Just the two of us on board today. We’re sticking with the No.1 jib to focus on upwind performance. The ebb tide is running as we position for the start, but not too strongly. The start line, inside ‘Snowden’ and avoiding moorings is very short. We end up on the line on port, with ‘Satellite’ going the other way. There’s nowhere to got but over the line. We’re near the ODM, so it’s not a disaster as we gybe round and head off after the others. The fleet is beating close to Gurnard to get the best tide. Then it’s a a fetch across to Beaulieu. We’re soon back past all but ‘Dorothy’ and ‘Rosenn’ who have left the rest behind. Then back into Thornes Bay, where we just can’t lay the mark. Now downwind trying to avoid the tide and a shifty beat to the finish.
Once ashore we head for RLYC for tea, cake and results. We’ve got 4th place, which is about the best we can expect. We’re going to struggle again in the light winds. Then it’s all round to the Cowes Corinthian Sailing Club for their hog roast.
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