2018 Spring Series

RaceReport - Spring Series races 3 & 4.

Better luck this time.

After last week’s lack of wind caused an abandonment of racing, Races 3 & 4 got off on time with good close racing in steady wind conditions. If only the sun had shone as well it would have been a perfect Spring sailing day; but we did get racing finished and crews back to the Clubhouse before the rain set in.

With a steady 8 knot breeze from the SE a windward/ leeward course was set on the Netley side of the Main Channel. The tide was rising to full during racing and, although on springs it did not create any major problems for the fleet. The starts were all important and those nearest to the line took full advantage of clear air.

In Race 3 Adam Marston in his Sonata Orion took first place from Bob Gardner’s Hunter Formula 1 Tearaway with Mike Garvey having to settle for third place in his X 362 Sport Magec but there was only a minute between all three of them on corrected time.

In Race 4 Orion pulled off another win with Magec pulling up to second this time. Third was Gwynne Lewis in his X 34 Aura.

We look forward to seeing you all out again next week for Races 5 & 6 but remind you the racing is on SATURDAY as it is the Southampton Half Marathon on Sunday.

RSYC Spring Series Races 7&8 - 29th April 2018

Winter’s back!

On a bitterly cold grey day the rather depleted fleet persevered through the two races. The wind was out of the NE but was very shifty and gusty with wind between 8 and 18 knots and quick 20 or 30 degree shifts.

However Mike Garvey in Magec had a good day and two dominant first places. In Race 7 he was followed by Rory Coupar on his Hunter 707 Sparkle and the consistent Bob Gardner on Tearaway. Aura had a surprisingly poor race and Fusion IV missed out the last mark. In Race 8 Aura came in second followed by Tearaway.

No racing in the Spring Series next week as it is the first race of the KORIS Double Handed series but we look forward to seeing you all in two weeks time.

RSYC Spring Series - Races 9 & 10 - 13th May

Adisappointing Series Finale.

The forecast wind was for never good - less than 5 knots from any direction and so it proved. The Race Team originally set up with a light gradient wind of 4 - 5 knots from the north but this died away resulting in a postponement of an hour. When a steady wind of around 5 knots did return it was from the SE but it did prove fickle. However a windward/leeward course was set with options to shorten. This proved necessary as the wind did die away. The Race Team decided not to proceed with the second scheduled race in the dying breeze and the ebb tide due to strengthen. Altogether a disappointing end to the Spring Series.

In the race Magec sailed a dominant race from a poor start and was over four minutes ahead of Tearaway on corrected time at the finish. They in turn were four minutes ahead of Sparkle who was third.

The Series Prizegiving was held back at the Clubhouse after racing. Magec was the Series Winner on 8 points followed by Tearaway on 16 and Aura a very close third with 18 points. Well done to them all

We hope that you have enjoyed the series albeit with some disappointing sailing weather at times. The RSYC Thursday night Twilight Series gets underway next week (24th May) and we hope to see some of you out on the water with us then.