The back end of a summer depression gave John Fox the Race Officer the opportunity to send some of the 39 boat fleet into the bay for the second of the Hine Downing series 1 races. Group 7 Westerly wind courses were set with the committee boat anchored on the eastern shore by the water tower giving a good first beat to windward for all classes.
Ultraviolet, Peter Stephens and Cornish Meadow, Steve Hutt were the first starters in their Firebirds. Steve obviously took on board Robin Taylorís advice from the Savills Regatta and managed to start on time. They went off at an alarming pace in the force 4 gusting 5 wind up to the Vilt and out towards the harbour entrance.
Eleven yachts started in Q class 5 minutes later with a cacophony of sails cracking and winches groaning under the strain, all on starboard tack. The fleet divided early with some rolling over onto port tack to gain wind shifts and lee bow the full ebb tide. They rounded Vilt to port then set spinnakers for a long run to Carricknath to starboard. Some got caught by strong gusts off Trefusis point and near broaches occurred!
Five minutes later nine U class yachts charged for the line all on starboard. On Trifle, Chris Jelliss, the foredeck Matt Boyling kept a rundown of the time and a combination of two dumps of the mainsail, more by accident than design and a windward position gave a good start by the committee boat and 2 seconds late. Kaimana, Nigel and Jess Rowe were just below us with Moonlighter, Paul Collins and Deep Purple, Ron Jones maneuvering for the start. Moonlighter managed to out point us and so we put in an early tack, straight into an amazing lift toward Sunbeam our windward mark.
Three V class Sunbeams, Ivy, Nigel Glanville Pixy, Lyulph Hesling and Mary, Neil Hopkins then started and had a good thrash to windward. Two Gaffers from G class shortly joined them. Five minutes after that 4 W class yachts went off the line and beat toward the Sunbeam windward mark.
Last to start but by no means least eight Working Boats of B class started. Some with full sail and others preferring to go without topsail in the fresh wind. John Peters in Rita took an early lead and eventually took line honours but on handicap slipped to 4th place, with Dave Cockwell's Mildred in first place.
Q class rounded Carricknath and went into the Bay with a good beat to Gyllyngvase followed by a kite run back to South Narrows and a beat to the finish off the club line. Orijin, Andy Dennis led for the duration finishing six minutes ahead of Per Elisa, Robbie Tregear, but the positions reversed on handicap with 20 seconds separating them.
Trifle was first around Sunbeam and led the fleet on a spinnaker run to Castle Buoy taken to port. An early spinnaker drop gave the crew time to stow the pole and kite ready for the gybe. A port tack slog up to Vilt saw Deep Purple overtake Trifle and set kite for Carricknath, which was rounded to starboard. Ron went west and stood on starboard tack toward Pendennis. On Trifle we elected to tack onto port soon after rounding thus lee bowing the strong tide out of St Mawes. This split the fleet, Wilkie Bob Chapple and Kaimana came with us. Poppincoota, Alan Grose, Moonlighter and the others followed Ron. A short tack onto starboard to clear the eastern shore cross the narrows and then a port tack towards Trefusis in some amazing lifts saw Trifle take the lead. Deep Purple made ground coming up the harbour but was beaten over the line by 30 seconds. On IRC results Trifle beat Mary Boon, John Cruise with Wilkie coming third.
Ivy Beat Pixy by 2 minutes 34 seconds in V class. Dragonfly, Mike Maguire beat Magpie of Mylor by 2 minutes in G class. Gap Year, Len Trenoweth beat Sweet Friday, Len Cheshire with Thirteen, Robin Roebuck coming third in W class.
Thanks to Hine Downing our sponsors. John Fox and crew for Race Officer ably assisted by Paul on radio, Sue Clark (nice hat) spotting and Kay Price. Inez in the ops room and Sue for processing results. The bar was buzzing with some welcome new faces. Saturday is Falmouth Classics and FSC's Fowey race so see you Tuesday.
No pictures this week, we were too busy.