Bullitt 2 pulls clear in Whitby yacht race

ELEVEN boats came out on Saturday to continue the spring series of races in Whitby.

A moderate, cold, north-westerly greeted them and they were keen to get going.

Too keen, as several of the boats jumped the gun and all were recalled for another start.

With the boats behaving themselves for the second start, Icon judged it nicely along with Cavalier and No Compromise, but the smaller Bullitt 2 was also nicely positioned.

Bite the Bullet and Serenade of Parkstone, well shy of the line, brought up the rear.

On the beat to Sandsend, Icon got the better of No Compromise and in class B, Skywalker got the better of her sister boat, Bullitt 2.

Bite the Bullet made up on her poor start taking third place as she rounded the Sandsend buoy.

Most boats popped spinnakers for the run back to the Bell Buoy, but Bite the Bullet took time to change her foresail. Icon retained her shortened lead round the Bell Buoy with No Compromise pushing her and similarly, Bullitt 2 was pushing Skywalker.

No Compromise powered to the front as they approached the pier ends, continuing to extend her lead on the beat back to Sandsend. The two Sonatas, Bullitt 2 and Skywalker were not far apart, but Bullitt was getting the better of the battle.

After Sandsend, it was a fine reach back to the pier ends, testing spinnaker-handling capabilities.

The race officer shortened the course but it wasn’t short enough for Serenade of Parkstone and Monty who decided to call it a day. No Compromise led the fleet in, but again her handicap would give Icon the victory.

In class B, the two Sonatas were still close, but Bullitt 2 had pulled out a nice bit of breathing space.

Result, Class A: 1 Icon - Neil and Lorraine Williamson, 2 No Compromise - Derek Frank; 3 Bite the Bullet - Alan and Barbara Smith. Class B: 1 Bullitt 2 - Matt Robinson, 2 Skywalker - Pete Smith; 3 Mint Imperial - Anil Murray