The beginning of the YCC Autumn series is a good moment to be here racing on the Grand Surprise again, with Pascal and Alexis Loison in the W class to go up against – I think everyone had them in their sights.
Saturday arrivals saw the hottest day of the year - but there was a long wait till the end of the week for the sun to reappear. It was a very wet and windy week in Whitstable - even the oysters were fed up with the rain.
Arcsine returned from their Fastnet challenge in torrential rain at 1.30am on Sunday - very tired and wet!
The Weymouth SC burgee has been flying at both Falmouth and Channel Classics this year. Falmouth gave scratch class racing for Twisters, whilst the Channel Classics was based on JCH a handicap aimed at older boats (incidentally the results were published using Hals) and 10 Twisters raced.
The Squibs held their annual race to Ringstead and beach BBQ last Sunday in Mediterranean weather.Squibs, Aldebaran, Inquisition,Iceni Rebel and Comet were started at X mark by acting committee boat for the day, Saskia VII.They sailed a short beat to P followed by a long downwind leg to the finish at Ringstead.
So, the sun shone and the winds blew – it was a classic Salcombe week for the Merlin Rockets. A team of Weymouth sailors survived everything that was thrown at them and with spectacular results too.
Imagine doing a Round the Island every day for a week, parties included, and you can imagine how tired we were when we finally arrived in Cherbourg yesterday. From flat calm to 35 knots, all in sunny weather, though we had a day off in Jersey when it really blew and rained. Carteret-Guernsey-Granville-Jersey-Dielette-Cherbourg: I found I barely recognised Alderney when we saw it again yesterday!
Some eighteen boats and crews made it across to Cherbourg in very pleasant weather for the summer solstice and the music festival; those who made the crossing by night were able to witness how short the period of darkness is at this time of year; the loom of the sun just travels round from north-west to north-east, and then it's time for dawn again! Worth being out there for, not to mention arriving in Cherbourg in sunny weather for a great weekend of sightseeing, shopping in the market or just wandering around the gardens when the sun got too hot.
It's suddenly less than two weeks to go to the Cherbourg rally! As ever, there is a cracking weekend in store in Cherbourg as well as the race/cruise in convoy on the Friday to get us there. If you've not done the Channel before, this is the time to do it! We welcome boats and crews from all the local clubs, some of whom regularly make this the start of their annual cruise...
Last weekend Arcsine sailed in the JOG Cowes-Casquets –Dielette Race winning their Class.
This was part of our training for this year’s Fastnet Race, from WSC Al Doughty and Nick Munson have joined the crew.
We started at the same time as the faster Class and managed to hold several of them behind till the Needles Channel.