Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Monday 26th June 2016

With a Westerly breeze and, initially, a slight incoming tide, a course was set to use Hamish as the windward mark and the Bar Buoy as a Leeward mark. After a long spinnaker run out of the harbour there ensued a battle to return against an ever increasing ebb tide and a decreasing breeze.
Unfortunately, Madeleine and Pheonix incorrectly negotiated the Northshore beacon and subsequently retired, Easy Tiger fell foul of the training bank and one or two others touched bottom in Shell Bay.
After our initial euphoria, on board Vinyl Solutions, of making a decent beat, a speedy spinnaker hoist, and an good run, we found ourselves on the wrong side of the incoming Condor ferry and tired ourselves out on the countless tacks, culminating of sitting and waiting for the Chain Ferry to leave Studland.
However, I was told we had scored a finish "on the water" so we accepted that (as, I believe, did Easy Tiger)
Congratulations to those who made the finish line at the Box.
I think this was the final positions, but PLEASE let me know if I am wrong.

1st 4270  Jolly Roger
2nd 4074  Crackerjack
3rd 4263  Jobs for the Buoys
4th 4239  Zaphod (without Skipper Phil)
5th 406  XP Rigging
6th 4222 Easy Tiger
7th 4067 Vinyl Solutions
Ret 4242  Pheonix
Ret  4265  Madeleine
mobile tel no. 0782 552 8413

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

J24 Racing Parkstone 13th June 2016

Congratulations to team Flying Colours on a triumphant Spring Series.

The Summer series started last Monday but was abandoned due to lack of wind and a strong tide.
However, this Monday a nice healthy SW breeze allowed all 10 J24s a decent beat up to Balls Lake and a downwind leg rounding Northshore Homes. Twice round was the order of the day.

Madeleine showed the way followed by Jolly Roger, (welcome back from your foreign travels). Wijit's crew got Andrew out of a sticky situation and claimed third spot. (Just shows the value of testing one's spinnaker before the race)!

And, whilst only four up, and sporting a jib rather than a genoa, we, on Vinyl Solutions, can claim not to have finished last (for a pleasant change), well done Eve, Jenna and Ben !! 

Parkstone Yacht Club J24 Monday Evening Spring Series 2016
18th April 25th April 2nd May 9th May 16th May 23rd May Points 
all 6 races to count
4266 Flying Colours 1 2 3 4 2 4 16 1st
4265 Madeleine 3 1 1 1 DNC 12 1 19 2nd
4235 Wijit 5 4 4 DNF 9 3 6 31 3rd
4074 Crackerjack 4 3 2 2 DNC 12 DNC 12 35 4th
4263 Jobs for the Buoys 6 5 5 5 4 RTD 10 35 5th
4239 Zaphod 7 DNF 8 6 3 5 5 34 6th
4067 Vinyl Solutions 8 6 7 6 8 7 42 7th
4242 Pheonix DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 1 2 51 8th
XP Rigging DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNF 9 7 3 55 9th
4177 Chaotic 2 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 62 10th
4222 Easy Tiger DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 6 DNF 10 64 11th
6th June 13th June 20th June 27th June 4th July 11th July 18th July 25th July
4265 Madeleine A 1
4270 Jolly Roger B 2
4235 Wijit A 3
4242 Pheonix N 4
4239 Zaphod D 5
4266 Flying Colours O 6
4074 Crackerjack N 7
4263 Jobs for the Buoys D 8
4067 Vinyl Solutions E 9
5467 XP Rigging D 10
William Lack
mobile tel no. 0782 552 8413

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hi from Portland, Maine, USA

Hi from J24 fleet no. 43 in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. USA

A short visit, for a family wedding, and a chance conversation over a beer one evening, culminated in an invitation to sail aboard J24 Bad Apple from Portland YC in Casco Bay, Maine last Wednesday evening.


Team Bad Apple donned their layers of fleeces before we set off, for two short races just the other side of the island in view. Normally Bad Apple does well, in their fleet of 9 or 10 boats, but not on this occasion !! However, the cool box full of beers and sodas tucked under the companionway gave an indication as to the serious nature of the racing.  This, apparently, is their "chill out" evening to "de-stress" from a hard day's work. I must remember that next Monday. I hope the Nationals went well. Congratulations to Duncan and team Madeleine.