9th July 2017 – Classic Channel Regatta day 2

  • Start position – Dartmouth
  • Start time – 12:30
  • Start engine hrs – 689.4
  • Towards –
  • ETA –
  • Finish position –  Dartmouth
  • Finish time – 16:25
  • Finish engine hrs – 690.3
  • Distance travelled – 15nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise, Sofie, Marion
  • Weather – Sun, calm – SW3
  • Tide –
  • New faults –

There’s no wind again this morning, so the race start is postponed and we all stay in the river for a couple of extra hours. Eventually we get an announcement that wind is expected soon after 13:00 and we all head out. Sure enough the wind fills in and we get our first race of the event. The wind is late and initially light, so it’s a couple of short loops around the cans. Perfect race training for our untested crew. As ever it’s a little tight for 4 in the cockpit, but we find a routine.

We’re with the bigger bermudan boats, so plan for a conservative start. Despite this we end up heading in on starboard at the committee boat end, with one large yacht coming up under us. Nobody’s going to be happy when he harden’s up on the line, so we desperately try to slow down to let him get away. Eventually that works and we get a clean start, while others run out of space. The wind has gone right and it’s just a couple of tacks up to the windward mark. We’re having a good sail, but are clearly one of the slower boats on the course. The wind is further round for the second lap and we fetch the mark directly. The other classes only do one lap, so we’re last across the finish line. Then it’s back to RDYC, where the cream teas have long gone. We enjoy the prize giving then head across the river to the Royal Castle Hotel for supper. It’s an early night as tomorrow is the main event.

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