Rather than go the traditional route out of the Western Solent, SORC sent the fleet from Cowes to Weymouth around the Eastern end of the Isle of Wight to create a true overnight challenging race with tides amd light airs to contend with. The race back on Sunday remindeds us why we go sailing, with a superb dose of sun, warm airs and a pleasant downwind breeze.
Charles Emmett from Class 2's "British Beagle" reports:
A blinding weekend for the first 2 races of the solo offshore series with SORC.
The Friday night race down to Weymouth started at 18.00 going East out of the Solent and South of the IOW. A beat down the Solent and a fetch to St Catherine’s as the wind veered to the West meant the race was all on the wind and perfect conditions for beagle - after 12 hours and 60 miles in, I had the race won! With class 1 starting 1/2 hour after us, Beagle still led the fleet on the water at St Albans, just Nigel De Quervain Colley on Fastrak for company and the rest 3-10 miles behind - 10 miles to the finish, going like a train, looking like line honours was a possibility!- job done! Then the wind died, I got caught in the race off St Albans in the foul tide and couldn’t get through. Took another 6 hours to get to the finish and gave up a load of places finally finishing middle of the 18 strong fleet ??.
Another day and completely different conditions for the return leg. A Magic sail back yesterday, downwind in beautiful sunshine. Started with the A1 back to St Albans then as we sailed deeper on the SW to the Needles changed to the floater which I carried all the way to the finish in central Solent - awesome. Finished 3rd overall. Well done to my French friend Frédéric Waniart on Maeva for the overall win on the way back and to Paul Reymond on Oi Oi for the overall win on leg one - Bravo the class 2 boats who rule after 2 races.
Next up the solo Fastnet in early June ????
Offshore Series Race 1 - Cowes to Weymouth
Offshore Series Race 2 - Weymouth to Solent
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