Hine Downing Race, series 1, race 4: 26th June 2018

The Jetstream has gone north and left us with a blocking anticyclone centred over GB and pulsating like an Amoeba in the microscope eyepiece. Easterly winds are the result. Mike Rangecroft the Race Officer positioned Lizzie at the inner harbour entrance giving all classes the opportunity of a good first beat to Waterloo or South Narrows. The committee boat were on channel 77 post Classics weekend while the rest of us listened intently on channel 72. That led to a confused start sequence as it was all running a bit behind schedule and the Firebirds were launched off 5 mins early only to return for their proper start. Still it was good practice.

The Firebirds had a good long course out to Zone and Maenporth, 11.4 miles. Although three started, one retired and one had only just entered and was not on the system! Thus Peter Stephens in Ultraviolet had victory at the finish.

Eight Q class massed for their start with Encore, David Cunliffe having a peach committee boat start on the button. They had an 8 miler with lots of beats and runs into St Mawes etc. Encore beat Rampage into 2nd place with Temeraire in 3rd.

Eleven U class took up the challenge and beat towards the eastern shore to round Waterloo to starboard. In the words of Donovan, (you can Google him young people), we may as well “Try and catch the wind” there were lifters and there were headers, almost continuously, there were wind lanes and holes, great fun! Deep Purple seemed to want to sail a Saturday course and wondered why we didn’t follow her to South Narrows. A port pole kite run to Gyllingvase ensued and a beat back to Carricknath to port then a run home on a starboard pole kite.

There were only two takers for W fleet with Sweet Friday and Puffin finishing in that order. Four G class sailed and Charm took the honours. Five Sunbeams had a good thrash and Audry finished 6 minutes ahead of Ivy.

Seven B class working boats raced and the two cousins shared the top two places with Jinny beating Jack by a good margin.

It is the IRC championships this weekend and there is still time for you to enter. Lets see if we can equal or beat Torbay’s 17 boats! We only need three more of you.

Big thanks to all the helpers, volunteers all. See you all next week hopefully with more sunshine.

Chris Jelliss