Race no 4 2019-06-23
Jetstream and Flair IV back from their time away at ISORA D2D and a long cruise respectively joined Phil’s new yacht, Passtime of Hamble, Jetstream and Shearwater. Many thanks to Dave Meacher for starting the race from his rib. The start was delayed due to the late departure of the Irish Ferry which gave all the skippers a good long time to prepare.
With a good start the fleet got away cleanly with all but Jetstream tacking onto port close to the wall end of the line. The new position of the IDM meant that all the yachts had a smaller area to start from so Jetstream took a long tack down towards the aluminium jetty with Flair IV heading the rest further north.
Flair IV tacked onto Starboard ahead of the approaching Jetstream and managed to stay ahead and hold a slightly higher line to windward. It was now very close with Jetstream being followed by Jaydreamer and Passtime of Hamble. Shearwater had avoided the rush at the start and was bringing up the rear of the fleet.
Flair IV’s heading was good for rounding Bolivar to starboard, the first mark of the course. She rounded the mark with Jetstream close behind both then deploying their code 0 foresails for the leg to Clipera. At Clipera the order remained the same and Flair unfurled her genoa and furled the code 0 for the leg to Penrhos, now in its revised position. Jetstream on the other hand continued with her code 0 but gained little or no advantage over Flair IV with the order remaining the same at the penultimate mark.
The race to the finish saw more close competition between Flair IV and Jetstream with the order remaining the same. Another great day sailing at Holyhead with some very close handicap times.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Wood, Becca Warren and Harry Tugwell.
Race no 1 2019-06-02
Due to the weather only two yachts turned out for what turned out to be an exciting and blustery race. Jetstream and Flair IV headed out but had to delay the start to allow the late departure of the ferry to clear the harbour entrance.
Wind speeds from 25kt - 32kt generally around 30kt were recorded and the two yachts achieved some pretty impressive speeds on the downwind first leg to Bolivar leaving it to starboard. Flair IV recording boat speed at 10.2kt, so needless to say neither yacht attempted to fly anything but their jib and reefed main, it was just too windy!
Turning at the mark Jetstream, with 8 on board, was in the lead and she headed south whereas Flair with only 5 onboard tacked and headed back west making a track just to the north of the breakwater. With several tacks towards Clipera she fell further behind as Jetstream tacked only 3 times before entering the harbour. As you can see at Clipera it was a little wild!
This was a great testing opportunity to see how best to sail in heavy weather and lots was learnt about how to depower sails but to reduce the flogging. Keeping the power on sufficiently to make 6 to 7kt upwind.
We came back to the mooring with layers of salt on our faces but having had a superb sail in glorious sunshine. You simply don’t know what you’ve missed! Flair IV Crew enjoying it way too much! Thanks to Becca for the photos.