RCYC WINTER SERIES: SATURDAY RACING & WEDNESAY EVENING TALKS WITH KRAKEN
The Club Winter Racing Series was concluded with the sailing of the last race this past Saturday.
The series this year consisted of four Saturday racing dates, which were linked to very informative Wednesday evening presentations on Briefing; Navigational Aids/Apps; Sail Trim & Tactics. Thanks to all who attended and delivered these popular presentations and to Kraken for providing us with tastings of their fine dark spiced rum.
For the race on Saturday, Windguru predictions were 8 to 11 knots of SW winds and 6 metre plus swells. Fortunately the wind prediction was incorrect and it was up to 20+ knots at times, so it was very necessary to sail effectively in the large swells.
Many of the regular yachts were not back from the False Bay Spring Regatta so it was good to see 10 yachts on the start line and welcoming Triton, a Dix 26, to her first race. The start to mark 4 was an easy fetch however FTI Flyer and Hors d’Oeuver were recalled and then a good spinnaker reach down to Milnerton. Jacana with some North Sails experts on board showed everybody a clean transom as they set their big yellow kite. For those who attended Andrea Giovannini’s chat on tactics, the previous Wednesday, would have noticed the oscillating shifts on the windward leg to mark 2. Jacana certainly did while the rest headed for the header off the mountain.
The fleet became quite spread out and the decision was taken to shorten the course for the 6 Div 3 yachts. Ava must have revelled in the conditions as she was able to win by 18 seconds on corrected time from Hors d’Oeuvre and FTI Flyer, with the latter two being disadvantaged as a result of their early starts.
The second windward leg from Milnerton to mark 2 was now a persistent shift from the mountain so it was a matter of getting to the lay line and correctly judging it. It was too tight to carry spinnakers to the Paarden Island mark and the wind was steadily easing as it switched more southerly. Jacana lead the way in Div 1 on from Ray of Light while in Div 2 Necessity’s spinnaker woes in the 20+ squall allowed Nthur Witch to close up and win comfortably on corrected time.
Many thanks to Kraken for their generous contribution of product for both the racing and talk series. The racing series had 23 competitors in total and 7 who sailed in every race. The overall winners, winning a bottle of Kraken’s finest brew, were Jacana in Div1, Necessity in Div 2 and FTI Flyer in Div 3.
Many thanks to Ron, Adrian, Toni and the bridge crews for doing this essential task, for the enjoyment of the sailors.
by Dave Booth