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Wednesday 20th August

An impressive 6 YOD’s took to the water, with Katinka joining in the fray. Puffin took the win, but Katinka came in ahead of Blandina, Anthea, Pimpernel and Francesca. Saturday 23rd August – Needles Race. 6 boats again came to the line on a blustery afternoon with the last of the ebb tide cutting the water up in the channel. The conditions were too much for Pimpernel who withdrew early on. The rest of the fleet had an exciting passage down to the Elbow, with the lead changing between Genista, Puffin and Diatom on almost every tack. Eventually Puffin rounded ahead of Diatom with Genista in close attendance. Blandina followed and Katinka brought up the rear. Spinnakers were hoisted for the leg inshore as the boats sought the early flood tide. There were surges and alarms, but the order remained the same at the finish.

Sunday 24th August

A red letter day for the Class as all 9 Y’s raced for the first time in many years. The weather was not entirely in keeping with the occasion, as there was a dying N’Easterly on the turn of the tide from flood to ebb. The fleet was split, with Genista, Magnolia, Katinka and Francesca starting out at the ODM and the rest inshore. Initially it looked like a winning tactic, as inshore the wind dropped and kedges were deployed. However, the wind filled in from the south, and the inshore boats were soon surging forward under spinnaker. The wind was inconsistent and leads were gained and lost on the long leg to Stone Pier. Then the outside boats got the wind and the fleet converged at the mark with Puffin, Genista, Magnolia, Pimpernel, Diatom, Blandina, Katinka, Anthea and Francesca. The race was then round HE to be shortened through the line.

Monday 25th August

Junior Helm Despite a miserable forecast, two intrepid juniors took to the water in a Southerly breeze laced with drizzle. Blandina got away at the start only for Pimpernel to catch her by the first mark, HE. They then set off for 2 with Pimpernel looking fast, but she did not get out far enough into the tide and lost some ground. From 2 it was round Towers to port then 8 to Starboard. Though the line to 19 then 9 then 18. Blandina had to tack to get to 19, but Pimpernel caught a freeing gust and made it in one to close the gap momentarily. Unluckily the wind inshore was fickle and Blandina went on to win, giving Alex Gallimore the trophy, with Dan Lee second.

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