For the first time in 15 years racing had to be cancelled on the Saturday due to too much wind!. However some brave souls headed out on the Sunday for two races which proved to be very challenging. Cy Grisley on “Gybe N’ wrote the below report.
Today was very challenging conditions for all that took part. 12 folkboats made to the start line and the race team did an excellent job under the difficult conditions.
The standout performance was from Raav crew (Katie Davies’s children) who gave a master class on the first beat, showing all of us their transom. Their downwind leg was a little more challenging as the lost their kite overboard, broke their spinnaker pole and the Vang but still managed to win. Outstanding!
Sadly, the issues they sustained meant they missed the second race. Meanwhile up the first beat it was a tight battle between, gybe n’, Madelaine, svane and if only. With some crews opting for white sails and some braving the spinnaker. In the end neither option was fast than the other, but from a personnel point of view the white sails were less stressful.
In race 2 the breeze had built further, and we were getting 30 knots plus in the guests. Madelaine slipped round the first mark with Gybe n’ and If Only close behind followed by Svane. If Only squeezed pass Gybe n’ on the run with Svane chasing hard. Final results were close but Madelaine took a well-deserved win for the day. Can’t wait for the Battle of Britain regatta in Hamble on the 8th and 9th September to continue the close battles for the summer series.
Chris Fox, the Lymington Fb Class Captain said of the Event,
“Despite the weather, thankyou to the Royal Solent for the usual friendly and beautifully run events, which still allowed many of us to enjoy the weekend even without sailing.
Results are available on the Royal Solent Yacht Clubs web site.