A beautiful summer's evening, at last!!! with just enough of a SE breeze to allow for a windward / leeward course with North Channel no. 2 being the windward mark and Stakes Race mark the leeward.
"Let's be maverick" we all agreed on Vinyl Solutions. "Everyone else will head over to the Brownsea shallows and beat up against the strengthening incoming tide. So let's try the North Channel and approach No2 buoy on starboard tack" So the idea was to short tack along the harbour's north shore up to Saltern's and then near Evening Hill. What we didn't allow for was that EVERYONE else had the same idea!!! so it all got rather congested.
Topper sailor Oscar volunteered to perform these tricky tacking manoeuvres and it wasn't his fault that we spend a few minutes prising a mooring buoy from around our rudder !! Needless to say we now trailed the fleet. All we could see was blue spinnakers starting the run so who was who ? Who knows ?
Madeleine, on the wrong side of the start line for the Race Officers' liking, and 5th around the windward mark, gybed into the main channel the quickest and found themselves heading the fleet by the finish. Jobs for the Buoys achieved their best result of the series, coming 2nd, keeping Jolly Roger viewing their transom.
Crackerjack move up into 4th place in the series.
|6th June||13th June||20th June||27th June||4th July||11th July||18th July||Points|
|4263||Jobs for the Buoys||a||8||5||3||4||7||2||29|
|4242||Pheonix||o||4||DNC 12||RTD 9||1||3||7||36|
|4266||Flying Colours||e||6||3||DNC 12||DNC 12||5||5||43|
|4067||Vinyl Solutions||9||DNF 9||7||9||DNC 12||10||56|
|4204||Easy Tiger||DNC 12||DNC 12||6||DNF 11||10||DNC 12||63|