Weekend Sailing Report (25th & 26th June)

Not very pleasant sailing conditions over the weekend with heavy rain, poor visibility and a gusting F5 South Westerly that dropped to F1 during the second race on Saturday afternoon. Although only two One-Designs raced on Saturday and none on Sunday, it was good to see six Redwings out on Saturday & three on Sunday.  In the first race on Saturday, Bruce Huber in Redstart II took an early lead with Nick Wakefield in No 35 Bizarre holding onto second; Charles Nainby-Luxmoore helming the family Redwing Snow Goose was third in the difficult conditions with visibility at times down to quarter of a mile. Fortunately everyone found Ruthven safely and was able to keep in sight of land on the beat back to the line. In the One-Designs, James Row helming No 8 came in first ahead of No 3 helmed by James Palmer.

The second races were something of a lottery as the breeze died off to almost nothing; that said, in the Redwings Bruce Huber in Redstart II was able to notch up his second win of the day ahead of Nick Wakefield in Bizarre. Crispin Kenyon helming No 6 Blue Jay II was third inches ahead of Peter Andreae in No 3 Prawn and Tom Scott in No 36 Siskin. In the One-Designs, James Palmer in No 3 got his revenge and crossed the finish line just ahead of James Row in No 8.

On a slightly overcast Sunday afternoon only three Redwings ventured out to race in the 15 knot west-south-westerly breeze. James Tate in No 4 Rosetta got a good start followed by Tom Scott in No 36 Siskin. All boats headed off to the first mark by St Helens Fort with James in the lead to the downwind second mark Ruthven, however Edward Nainby-Luxmoore in No 5 Snowgoose made up good ground and rounded the mark first. Edward then ran into problems with his jib. James sailed back into the lead by the windward mark with Tom close behind. Meanwhile, Charlie Konig, BSC Boatman, had escorted Snowgoose onto a Redwing mooring. On the beat home, Tom reeled in James by sailing close to the Island while James took a more Solent route. Finishing at the harbour entrance, Tom, won by 20 seconds after an exciting 90 minute contest.