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Wednesday 1st July

 

With winds frustratingly light, getting over the start line in a westerly direction seemed to be the biggest challenge. Graeme once again steered Puffin to success. Blandina, Pimpernel and Anthea all completed the course with Magnolia retiring.

Prince Consort Regatta

 

Saturday 4th July

 

The course was back to the traditional Prince Consort (S), with the wind from the SW holding up nicely F3-4, later gusting F5-6. Four YOD’s joined the throng of XOD’s and Folkboats on the line near Berthon. Diatom got the best start and headed out to the windward side of the course. Puffin was closer to the mainland, and Blandina and Pimpernel followed behind. The long spinnaker run up to Cowes with the tide again emphasised why the Y’s like their large kites. At the mark, the flood was still strong, so everyone made for the harbour entrance, with its new breakwater. Puffin caught up when Diatom missed one of the marker buoys and had to do a quick reversal of course. Then in the mayhem of fleet tacking along the Green, Puffin got past Diatom to take the lead. At this stage, Blandina and Pimpernel were not too far back. By the time Puffin got to Salt Mead, Diatom was 20 boat lengths back and Blandina and Pimpernel were still in Gurnard Bay. Then slowly but surely, Diatom started to eat into the lead, sailing on opposite tacks. Coming into Bouldnor Bay, Puffin started to cover, and both boats tried everything to eke an advantage. Diatom used a moored boat to block the covering tack as she tried the decisive move, but with water coming in from all directions, was too sluggish to get going, letting Puffin just keep her lead, winning by seconds. Behind, Blandina seemed to have pulled clear, but was hunted down and overtaken by Pimpernel.

 

Sunday 5th July

 

After the high speed bash of SaturdaySunday arrived with a wheeze, as the wind disappeared. However, as the crews boarded, there was a little puff, with the promise of a sailing breeze to come. With the Committee boat in Bouldnor Bay, a course of N, 4, line, N, 8, line, #,8, line was set. After one General Recall, Puffin got the best start, with Genista, Pimpernel and Anthea following. Diatom and Blandina brought up the rear. Puffin led the fleet from start to finish, and Genista held on for second. Further back, Diatom caught and passed Anthea and set about chasing Pimpernel. After closing on the spinnaker leg to 4, Diatom did a tight rounding and caught Pimpernel forcing her to tack from port to starboard, thus taking third place. To make matters worse, Pimpernel missed going through the line and had to do a rapid tack and bear off to repair the damage, leaving Anthea to snaffle fourth place.

Sunday 28th June

After a glorious Saturday, Sunday woke up with a hangover, with clouds and the threat of rain showers. The wind did hold up and was blowing F3 from the SW, and the tide was ebbing all morning. John Poyner, the RO, set a course of Black Rock (P), Stone Pier (P,) 4-The English Summer Berry Co (P), Towers (P), 8 –Bouldnor (P), 18 -Mount(S) . All the Y’s in the water came to the line – 8 in total. From the start, the inshore boats did better, and  Puffin led off followed by Genista, helmed by Hugh and Magnolia helmed by Alex Gallimore. Diatom, Blandina, Anthea, helmed by Alan Seward, Katinka, with Stephen Payne and Jenny & Jack, and finally Pimpernel. At Black Rock, spinnakers were set to start the long run against the tide up to Stone Pier. Puffin and Genista eked out a lead at the pier, while Blandina called a cheeky water on Magnolia and Diatom. After the pier, Magnolia left Diatom to fend off Blandina’s luffs while Anthea crept ever closer. Blandina then started to defend against this new threat, leaving Diatom to get clean air and pull away. Behind, Katinka was keeping in touch, while Pimpernel fell further back. At Stone Pier, the first 4 remained in order with Anthea replacing Blandina in 5th. There was then a beat down tide past 4 to Towers with no changes in position, At Towers it was up spinnakers to run to Bouldnor. In the case of Magnolia it was up spinnaker then down spinnaker as the halyard slipped  and the sail went from pulling the boat forward to dragging her to a standstill as the kite filled with water. Diatom took advantage to slip by into 3rd place. Magnolia did recover her sail and held off Anthea. Following Bouldnor, it was a beat with the tide again, with the tricky call of when to tack for Mount. Puffin held on to win, but Genista understood the mark, giving Diatom hope for  a moment, alas soon dashed.

Final result – Puffin, Genista, Diatom, Magnolia, Anthea, Blandina, Katinka, Pimpernel.

Wednesday 17th June

Two YOD’s were out on a fine but blustery evening. Blandina, with special guest helm, went down for a get to know you session in Bouldnor Bay before the start. Right before the start in fact. As a result Puffin sailed off unchallenged to win. Blandina followed at a distance for second.

Sunday 21st June

With a nice westerly breeze holding up better than forecast and a strong flood tide, a course of Black Rock, Colten, Line, Stone Pier, Line , HE, 2, # was set – all marks to Starboard. Puffin and Genista led past the pier, with Blandina heading Diatom, Anthea, Katinka and Pimpernel. Most of the fleet stayed on the Island side after Black Rock, going well past Sconce before venturing over to the Mainland shore, The exception was Pimpernel, who went early from the back. The whole of the Island contingent massively overstood the mark, ending up reaching in to Colten. Pimpernel however, was passed going in the opposite direction as Tony had directed Steve to B in error. At C it was a spinnaker run across the tide, with Puffin and Genista ahead, Diatom comfortable in third, and with Blandina, Anthea and Katina fighting closely for the next 3 places. After gybing through the line, kites were held all the way to Stone Pier. There then was a long beat against the tide back to the line where the race was shortened. Puffin, Genista and Diatom occupied the podium positions, but there was much changing of position for the next three, with Anthea coming through to beat Katinka and Blandina. Pimpernel arrived last.

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