Sunsail Race Series Final, 6th - 8th November
Nick Bowles (skipper),
Bill Taylor (mate and nav), Sue Whitehill, Tony Hinton, Tracey Hindmarsh,
Emily Shrosbree, Mike Yogarajah.
This was a bit different to the usual Sunsail event - it was already
dark when we picked up the boat on Guy Fawkes night for one thing;
and the marina at Port Solent was eerily quiet, it being a Thursday
The final was to be three races on Saturday so, in order to make
a respectable showing we had arranged a practice on Friday, and
a day of cruising on Sunday just to wind down.
We'd hoped to get some spinnaker practice in on Friday as we
were a mix of old hands and relative newcomers where racing was
concerned, but it was just too windy. Instead we concentrated
on reefing, tacking and gybing practice. Never mind, if the forecast
turned out to be accurate then it was likely that the race organisers
would call a compulsory "no spinnakers" rule and we'd
all be competing on equal terms.
As it happened Saturday was rather nice with sunshine all day
and F4/5 winds. One or two of the other boats had troubles with
broaches, wraps and even ripped spinnakers, but we were the only
ones who didn't use one at all. Invevitably we lost a lot of ground
on the long downwind legs and when the results were posted up
we were in last place overall. However to keep this result in
context we were a mixed-ability crew up against the top-placed
boats throughout the series.
And so ended a successful season in the Sunsail Race Series. We'll be having
another go next year, so watch the programme page for dates.
Tracey at the helm for the third