Every time we wash up after a double-handed duel date, it seems like it was the best one yet…
Well, last Saturday was no different. Sailed in a lovely south easter of between 10 and 20 knots, with a south west swell of probably a metre and a half, the fleets made their way up and down the beach to Coke and Sunset marks, on long legs that really suit double handed sailing, before a reach from Milnerton to Landfall in the middle of the bay, and a final beat up to the finish.
There was once again a great turnout of yachts, with 8 Class 1 yachts and 9 Class 2 yachts. After just two races in the current six race/six month series, we already have 26 yachts participating. A hearty welcome to the newcomers on Saturday, sailing aboard yachts Sungazer and Toy, as well as a number of returning double-handers, After You, Ava & Bandit.
We tried the “raceQS” tracking app [a free smartphone app] and to those of you who participated, you can see how exciting the result is! Here’s a grab of Tenacity and Scarlet Sun tearing up to the weather mark [Harken] on the first leg.
There were at least 8 yachts on the app on the day…let’s keep trying with this one!
The expert after race analysis took place as always, around the big table at the club. It was a chilly evening, but nonetheless pleasant out on the deck.
Interesting analysis: the first five yachts in both fleets finished within 5 minutes of each other on corrected time after two-and-a-half hours of sailing. That’s pretty close!
A couple of die-hard double handers stayed on for a braai, and were joined later by 4 members of the A-L crew. Very nice afternoon and evening, and a couple of days recovery required from all the hard work aboard!
Yours with both hands