Force six greets boats for latest yacht club races

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A windy weekend produced some hard sailing for the boats that came out over the weekend.

Seven yachts came out on Saturday to be greeted by a force six westerly, but the sea state was only slight, so there would be some fast sailing.

There was a competitive start with Icon, Antix and Samaki making the spearhead, but nobody was left behind. After a short leg to the west, the boats headed out on a run to the Bell Buoy. Only Antix was bold enough to air her spinnaker and pulled out a good lead with Icon establishing a small lead over her sister ship, Cold Steel.

In class B, Samaki took the lead, but Lady Hamilton was not far behind and would probably be in the lead when handicaps were taken in to account. Masquerade and Serenade of Parkstone, were having difficulty producing a balanced sail combination and dropped back.

At the Bell Buoy, the fleet hauled in their sails for the long beat to Sandsend against the tide. The order was maintained with class A completing two laps, but class B were well strung out and the Race Officer took pity on them and reduced their race to just one lap with Samaki now with a good lead and Lady Hamilton taking a good lead over the rivals.

Result: Class A, 1 Antix, John Allen, 2 Icon, Neil & Lorraine Williamson, 3 Cold Steel, Dey, Gowland & Jarvis.

Class B, 1 Samaki, Nigel Robinson, 2 Lady Hamilton, Malcolm & Joanna Stuart, 3 Masquerade, David Miller.

The forecast for Sunday was for even stronger winds but did not materialise and the wind was from the same direction, westerly, and about force four. There was a close start with Skywalker hitting the line immediately after the starting signal but Antix soon overtook her.

Icon had a small lead over her sistership, Cold Steel. Class B were very close with Skywalker, Lady Hamilton and Masquerade frequently swapping the lead.

Qantro made a token gesture of starting, but hadn’t any intention of racing and retired shortly after the starting signal. Again, only Antix aired her spinnaker on the run and established her unassailable lead. Icon was holding second out to the Bell Buoy, but Cold Steel took an inside line and took over the second spot.

The class B boats were all close together, but dropped back from class A, so the Race Officer reduced their race to one lap with class A managing two. The lead was still changing in class B and at the final turning mark, Lady Hamilton held the lead, but Skywalker tacked earlier and took line honours by a nose.

In class A, Antix stretched her lead and Icon squirmed in order to escape her unusual third place, but only managed to give Cold Steel an even bigger lead.

Result: Class A, 1 Antix, 2 Cold Steel, 3 Icon. Class B, 1 Skywalker, Peter Brown, 2 Lady Hamilton, 3 Masquerade.