Autumn Series 4 - Race Report - October 2015

The Autumn Series was concluded last Sunday in glorious sunshine but disappointingly very light winds.

James Parsons and Ian Wright - Autumn Series 4 2015

Pictured above: James Parson and Ian Wright on thier Hurricane Cataamaran

Great to see 7 boats racing so late in the season and specially good to welcome new boy Brian; as Ian pointed out racing is the best way to sharpen all our skills.

Start line hugger Liam got away first (again) single handing his Dart 18 and the pack followed.

Light westerlies, glassy conditions and strongly ebbing Spring tides meant that it took about an hour to reach the windward mark with positions changing repeatedly as the upwind boats cast their shadows and slowly crept past the boat in front only then to be caught again later.

Ian (now fully loved-up and recently engaged) twinned-up with James on the Hurricane finally crawled past and took their first 360 penalty on the chin for touching the buoy ahead of the Dart 18's and 16's

Autumn Series 4 2015

Pictured above: Crews gather on beach before the race

Rounding the buoys were about the most fun part of the race with boats hardening-up onto the beat yards upwind of the gybe buoy confident of crabbing past in the tidal river.

Liam from his impressive lead sadly got caught in the same dilema and drifted off downtide on his sausage and was never to be seen again.

In fact 6 boats went on to retire some sticking it out for 2 1/2 hours and the Hurricane was the only boat to complete one lap to take the win.

As I write we await the overall series calculation from Martin but as an experiment the Autumn Series has been a success.

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