27 July 2018 – Cowes Classics Week – Day 5

Start position
Cowes
Start time
09:43
Start engine hours
836.3
Towards
ETA
08:39
Distance travelled
10
Finish position
Cowes
Finish time
13:59
Finish engine hours
838.1
Skipper
Richard
Crew
Louise, Mary
Weather
Tide
  • HW Portsmouth 12:20, 4.4m
  • LW Portsmouth 17:30, 1.3m
New faults
Np->Sp %
75
The wind is still in the East. Our start has been brought forward 30 minutes to avoid a repeat of yesterday. A short loop up to Ryde Middle and back. We go via Bramble Bank to make best use of the tide. We tack earlier than most of the fleet and make up some ground, but it turns out to be too early. Others definitely go too far. ‘Spinaway X’ reveals a large colourful cruising chute and races away from us. Ours isn’t rigged due to our reduced crew.
We’re back in early in time for the prize giving, but it hasn’t been our week. We need more wind to compete with the lightweight boats.
We’re surrounded in the marina by a fleet of charter boats. We should have moved while we could.
Brian hosts us at ‘Number 3’ for a convivial evening, preceded by drinks with Kim in Osborne Court. It’s a select group and good to get to know Andrew and Angela from Spinaway better.
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