Please select your home edition
Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO Leaderboard

Spencers Estate Agents Royal Lymington Yacht Club Thursday Night Early Series - Day 9

by Vicky Leen 25 Jun 03:58 PDT 20 June 2019
Spencers Estate Agents Royal Lymington Yacht Club Thursday Night Early Series final day © RLymYC

The last of eight races for keelboats in the Western Solent was sailed in a fresh south-westerly with an ebbing tide. Mary McGough (RO), Chris Knox (ARO) and all race team members suffered a bouncy evening as 57 boats (down from the usual 80-odd due to the weather) competed in the Series sponsored by Spencers Estate Agents but their management of the tricky conditions earned high praise from all the sailors.

In IRC-1, seven boats started the last race of the early series, with Jin Tonic (Andy Roberts), Boomerang (Ray Crouch), Fidelitas and Jelly Baby (William Newton) all in contention for a podium finish in the series.

The fleet set off on a beat to mark B off Pennington. Unfortunately, Full Chat's (Andrew Higgs and Tristan Kemp) enthusiasm on the line meant a restart! On the long run to Cowes Radio, Boomerang provided entertainment with a spectacular gybe but recovered to lead at the leeward mark and remain in the lead until the finish. Jin Tonic also suffered the misfortune of destroying their spinnaker on this leg!

At the finish, it was Boomerang, followed by Jelly Baby and Jin Tonic. The series result was Jin Tonic, Boomerang and Jelly Baby, separated by merely 1.5 points. Close racing !

In IRC-2, the lead was equally tight with Allan Hill's Colleen in the lead by two points. Hound Dog (Paul Harrison & Craig Stewart) and Seascape (Lawrence Barnett) were judged OCS and Simplicity (Rory Fitzwilliams) retired, leaving Colleen, White Mischief (Andy Hind) Gravity (Simon McCarthy & Ronan Grealish) and Mojitabel (Rory Heron & Dan Snow) to fight it out for line honours. At the windward mark, B, the stiffer Mojitabel was first around, closely followed by White Mischief, Gravity and Colleen. Nifty spinnaker work on Colleen including a tricky gybe at 10 knots with 25 knots of breeze allowed them to overhaul White Mischief sailing without a spinnaker. The beat back to D was wet for all crew followed by another fast run with many boats moving at over 10 knots. Gravity sailed further but faster and despite several spectacular broaches, crossed the finish line first, with Mojitabel, Colleen and White Mischief just behind. On corrected time, the honours went to Gravity just 9 seconds ahead of White Mischief, in turn just 9 seconds ahead of Colleen! The series overall was narrowly won by Colleen.

In the last of a strong ebb tide, 12 Folkboats came to the line. The windward mark was small and most of the fleet with the exception of Crackerjack (Stuart Watson & Matthew Jones) overstood it. Padfoot (Chris Hills), Tak (Jeremy Austin) and Paloma (Jim Tennant) followed the leaders on to the first run where some boats chose not to fly spinnakers. There were several close encounters with other fleets. Crackerjack established a substantial lead whilst Tak just edged Padfoot to arrive at the leeward mark second. The beat back to D was followed by a short run to F where Padfoot closed on Tak who had lost their spinnaker halyard during the hoist and were under white sails only. At the finish, Crackerjack was first, Tak held off Padfoot for second and Scaramouche (John Whyte) was fourth.

The Late Series begins next Thursday with nine races open to all comers in prospect!

Series results so far can be found here.

Related Articles

Larks at the 2019 Lymington Dinghy Regatta
Beautiful sunshine, friendly faces and a shifty and gusty wind Beautiful sunshine, friendly faces and a shifty and gusty F2-3 greeted the travelling Larks who entered the Lymington Dinghy Regatta hosted jointly by Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for this 120-boat sold-out event. Posted today at 6:38 am
Lymington XOD Wednesday Series race 12
Another cracking day's XOD racing for the impressive fleet of 21 boats With 10 knots from the south west, John And Wendy Trumble assisted by Malcolm McKeag and Mary Ann Jardine, set a well balanced line. Posted today at 6:29 am
RS Aeros at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta
Plenty of challenges to think about for the 41 helms Wow, what a testing weekend! If our sport was easy we might become bored and stop bothering. However Lymington this weekend gave us all plenty of challenges to think about, including the race team! Posted today at 6:14 am
Lymington Thursday Night Late Series day 3
A fresh South-Westerly breeze and a switching tide A fresh South-Westerly breeze during Thursday afternoon moderated to 15 kts by the time a fleet of 80 yachts came to contest the third race of Spencers Estate Agents Thursday Evening Late Series. Posted on 17 Jul
Nordic Folkboat West Solent Series Long Race West
A classic foray in to Christchurch Bay Traditionally, the Nordic Folkboat Long Race West heads out into Christchurch Bay to round the Christchurch Ledge buoy. However, this year it appeared that the buoy had broken loose some weeks ago and washed up ashore! Posted on 15 Jul
Lymington XOD Saturday Series race 12
The Long Race West The Long Race West beyond the sanitized confines of the Solent can offer anxious moments. West of the Needles the sea stretches out to the shores of the New World Colonies, where tobacco is grown, so they say. Posted on 15 Jul
Royal Lymington YC Junior Regatta preview
Building confidence is a key focus this August Building confidence is a key focus at this year's Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) Junior Regatta (August 5-9). A new programme on and off the water will help build the confidence of younger less experienced sailors. Posted on 14 Jul
Threading the Needles
Armada of Scows sail the Solent to the Isle of Wight "Perfect", was probably the word most bandied around yesterday for the big tri-club potter to 'Thread the Needles'; there was perfect wind, perfect sunshine, perfect sea state, perfect tide and of course perfect company. Posted on 12 Jul
Lymington XOD Wednesday Series race 11
Yet another triumph for Rory Paton This proved to be yet another triumph for Rory Paton X 48 and a fine result for Ado Jardine Lucrecia X 140 who scored an excellent 2nd, only 30 seconds behind. A Fleet of 22 boats started and there were no retirements: a great achievement. Posted on 12 Jul
Lymington XOD Saturday Series race 11
23 teams greeted by perfect conditions 23 teams were greeted by perfect conditions with a SW sea breeze of 12 to 14 knots, air temperature in the early 20s and wall to wall sunshine for the eleventh race of the Saturday Points series. Posted on 9 Jul
Zhik 2018 Dongfeng 728x90 BOTTOMWindBot-COACH-660x82Gul 2019 GAMMA Footer