With the first race of this series having been called off there were only 3 entries for the second race on Wednesday 10th August as several of the normal competitors are entered in the National IRC Championships. The 3rd race was abandonned due to very light winds and strong tide leaving boats floating around in the area of Clipera. The 4th race saw again only 5 entries but good f3 NE winds and the final race of the series on Wednesday 31st saw a return to a bigger fleet with 8 entries.
The July race series is again being run as a tandem event. The IRC Class Trophy the Carlsberg Trophy and the NHC Class Trophy the David Hague Trophy.
Race 4 Report 27th July
With light south westerly winds the last race in this month's series started with the yachts raising spinnakers on a slow approach to start line. From the start there was very close racing with Just J leading the pack but everyone else running pretty much abreast. Carpe DIem to the wall side and Just Enough to the Jetty side.As the fleet set off towards Meath from the end of the harbour wall, on Course 1, the yachts were confronted with 4 loud blasts from an incomming ferry and poor old Incantation had to tack to clear her channel.
From Meath the order was now clear with Just J followed by Pipedreamer, then Houdini, Just Enough, Lily, Carpe Diem and Incantation some way back. The beat from Meath to Penrhos saw a close battle between Just Enough and Lily with Lily rounding the mark ahead. The second spinnaker leg from Penrhos to Clipera saw Lily challenging Houdini but with a poor spinnaker drop she lost out and Just Enough managed to round on Lily's stern. The battle between Lily and Just Enough continued all the way to the finish line with Lily able to make a last minute dive past Just Enough to leeward to cross the line ahead by just 3 seconds.
The handicap results of the race and the series can be seen on these link: NHCIRCSeries final reults:The final series results are as follows:
Report on Round Ynys Mon 2 Stage RaceRace 1 Saturday 23rd July Some bleary eyes were seen gathering in the clubhouse for the skipper's briefing at 07:00. Our thanks go to Geoff for running the launch from 06:30 to get the skipper's off the moorings for the briefing. John Jones' briefing covered the safety aspects of the course with the experienced skippers adding advice. A decision was made to communicate on Channel 6 to avoid clashes with the marina traffic for the 08:00 start but this proved awkward as it was monopolised for