Even though the racing was cancelled for the full size boats, the 28 knots of wind,
the cold, the rain did nothing to stop us from kicking off the first racing day of
2006... What a day we all got drenched to the bone despite most of us wearing our
It was limit for the B rig but we sailed all the 8 races on B and it got quite spectacular
at times : boats not tacking when we wanted or pretty flattened by some of the strongest
gusts. But the downwind legs were quite sensational with some breaching, nose diving
and really good speed. It was quite good fun actually but it was helming them on
the edge to keep the boat speed up and avoid any of the above artistic figures.
The 3 TS2 did dominate the day but Jaimie was really not far behind. Every day he
comes out to sail he gets that bit more experience and that bit closer to the leading
All in all it was our most desperate day we’ve had in years but we still got all
our races done and had good fun doing them. We won’t talk about how wet we were at
What a day for racing we had. Despite a frosty morning it turned out to be brilliant
conditions for the A rig. Pitty Fergal’s electrics were dead. Probably from our memorable
day 1 two weeks ago where it was lashing rain and he found out that the reason for
his lack of speed was a full pint of sea water in his boat. The electronics didn’t
like that too much. But I’m sure he’ll be back in two weeks for Day 3.
So it was left to 5 of us to battle it. Jeff had his new boat he sailed at the Worlds
and in spite of few minor trouble for Phil and Des who had to miss a race it was
hot... The racing was cos our hands were rather blue with the cold !!! 3 of us won
races and Jaimie kept on progressing each race getting closer.
We even had another French man “de passage” who’s racing Hobby 18 tiger in France
who was watching all the races. There were even few smart comments that he was giving
me some coaching in French... Pffff don’t need that to win ! A pretty long windward/lourd
course worked out very well allowing for some great tactics and with the winch shifts,
even allowing for few to catch up if they read the shifts properly.
A grim morning gave way to a nice but chilly day. Nevertheless we had our usual windward
lourd course but this time we used a wing mark to make it a bit different. Gilbert
managed 5 wins and a second place before his electronics started to act and he had
to retire early. Des, Fergal and Jaimie were left to battle it out. Win shift and
tactical options making the difference as there was nothing to split them in speed.
Jaimie and Fergal did have some minor problem which they quickly resolved but it
did cost them one race. Jaimie is continuing to progress and again closing the gap
on the pack towards the end of the race. Not helped by heavy and old sails. Only
0.5 points separate Jaimie and Fergal from the 3rd place overall. Gilbert is now
clearly in the lead with 15 points lead and Des also seats comfortably in second
place with a 30 points gap now established with 3rd and 4th place. A Puppeteer sailor
came down to watch and may have become another member of the class... Who knows !!!
Despite a 25 knots South Easterly wind blowing we raced with our B rig the 8 scheduled
race rather quickly. That certain chill in the wind keeping us alert as we needed
to in order to get the most out of the gusts. I managed to use an old B rig and main
so I could race but I was missing my racing rigs performance. And this to the joy
of Des and Fergal who capitalised winning 3 races each, but I was determined to show
I was still there and managed to win 2. Jaimie was struggling with his B sails and
hopefully the news sails will help. As usual tactics were important but boat handling
was even more so as you could loose a lot of ground downwind if you had your bow
pointing towards the bottom of the harbour instead of towards the mark, which resulted
in some fantastic acrobatic figures at time...
Again a full B rig day with some mist and yet 5 skippers turned out for the final
racing day of the Spring Series. The 8 races were done as per our usual course windward-lourd
course of a fair distance. This allowed for some of us to come back in the battle
after recovering from a mistake. The usual wind shifts and localised gusts made the
day for good and close racing. But this time Jeff was clearly superior and managed
to win 5 races, and Fergal also had a good day with 3 seconds and a first. He was
really quick upwind. Looks like he finally managed to crack the tuning on his B rig.