22 September 2020
JOG The Final Wrap
Wind 75 Degrees 16 – 25 knots
A classic Solent Course with a navigational puzzle at the end that would decide the results.
The wind was forecast to be a force 5 from the NE dropping slowly through the day and veering to the East by the end of the day. And the tide was a big spring so was always going to be a factor.
Start: West to East
West Ryde Middle (4P): leave to port
East Bramble (41): leave to starboard
South Ryde Middle (4Z): leave to port
Browndown (5C): leave to starboard
South East Ryde Middle (45): leave to starboard
East Bramble (41): leave to port
Hamstead Ledge (26): leave to starboard
East Lepe (3H): leave to starboard
Finish: West to East
Distance approx 23 mls
Starting on a Spring West going tide all starts were well contested but clear the favoured end of the line being at the Gurnard Cardinal end. Some boats starting with reefs and #3 jibs looked a sensible option with the reduced Covid crew numbers.
The first leg was a beat to East Bramble with a passing mark of West Ryde Middle. This gave each fleet a chance to spread out into handicap order before the first top mark. Next was a short run of just over 1 NM spinnakers set the run is deeper than expected due to the tide nearly 50% of the fleet goose winged (again sensible) in the strong wind which wasn’t a massive penalty. The short tidal assisted beat to Browndown was again quick and the short run to SE Ryde Middle led to a power reach of 1.5NM Gentoo the new Sunfast 3300 set a stay sail which enabled her to roll Purple Mist in the class below and pull away from Scream II and NJOS in class 1. Next was the run to Hamstead Ledge the tide was starting to ebb and the run would have tidal assistance. Those closer to the Island shore would benefit as it runs harder earlier here. A few final wraps of the season were spotted on the run down to the mark.
An early drop and smart rounding at Hamstead Ledge would save valuable meters at the turning mark as the tide is now running at a full spring Ebb. This is where the race really started most boats headed to less tide in the shallow water off Beaulieu several boats reported more than 50 tacks up this shore seeking tidal relief. No one was spotted on the putty although on NJOS we did see a 0.3m on the sounder briefly. Several tacking duels were taking place notably the one between the two J109’s Just So and Juke Box where they went on to finish 1st and 3rd. The top 5 boats in class 1 were involved in a great tacking battle (carefully carving through the lower classes) with the eventual winner on the day Tanget Minus 1 taking the early decision to head to Gurnard on the Island side. Avoiding the big tide at Lepe Spit was clearly a good choice (learning point)
A day out racing in fantastic weather with great competition thanks JOG one.