A great weekend of close racing and the usual SORC bonhomie was enjoyed over the weekend, with the Sun Fast 3200's dominating Class 1 whilst Kirsteen Donaldson in her X-332 "Pyxis" enjoyed her first overall SORC victory and now leads the 2019 Offshore Series afterthe first two races. And well done to Donald Macdonald for whom this was his first stint as Race Director.
Race Report from Donald Macdonald on the Oyster Lightwave 395 "Rainmaker"
First Offshore race of the 2019 series was problematic as to the start happening on time as the wind models were all different. The wind arrived on time and all starts away on the run / reach to the East. All put spinnakers or Code Zeros up, most of them up the correct wat to, (clew in place of head does not work efficiently, Fury). By Ryde the wind had dropped, but at least the tide was taking us the right way. A big problem were all the navigation hazards, anchored ships and Forts then trying to get around Bembridge without consistent wind which was the order of the night until about 3am when the breeze came in. An enjoyable, although cold (more thermals please) sail to the finish at Mark ‘E’, a Weymouth SC mark if it was there, but was not so all had to use GPS position to identify the finish time. "Pyxis" (X332 - Kirtseen Donaldosn) won Class 2 and 2nd in IRC Overall. "Roxanne" (Sun Fast 3200 - Simon Mitchell) won Class 1 and IRC overall.
Weymouth SC hosted the SORC dinner, food and beer were excellent.
Race 2 return to the Solent. Sunshine and F3-4 greeted the fleet at the start line, kindly provided by Weymouth SC and our stalwart Race Officer, Dave Giddings in charge of proceedings. The best start was by Richard Clark on his Sun Fast 3200 "Fury" who got away with a Port Tack flyer. Some of the fleet headed for the shore from the start others went a short way out to sea before tacking inshore except for myself on "Rainmaker" who carried on out to sea, which was a diabolical tactical blunder as when I came back in a couple hours in to the race had "L’Adventure" in front and able to see whites of the eyes of "Oi-Oi". There was a tight group all the way to St Albans head of "Azora", "Fury", "Pyxis", "Mustigo", "Roxanne". "Roxanne" was in close to the cliffs just before Anvil and was requested to pass a message from one broken down day fishing boat to another … "The first one at anchor , nearer to St Albans Head hailed and waved me over , he had no radio or battery power and asked me to get his mate about 1/4 mile along the coast to come and help him".
At the finish, Craft Insure, that was still on station both "Fury" and "Roxanne" had identical times, close racing indeed between these sisterships, with "Fury" taking the win by virtue of her lower handicap. Big news is that "Pyxis" was overall winner, well done Kirsteen on her first ever Class and Overall SORC victories. I wonder how much it is the new mainsail?
Race 1 Results - Cowes to Weymouth
Race 2 Results - Weymouth to Solent
Offshore Standings - after Races 1 & 2