05 October 2018
JOG Lymington – Cowes 30th September – Spectrum
Sunday morning offered less sunshine than Saturday, however there were promising breaths of wind. The race officer sensibly opted for the red flag course which would have us zig-zagging up the western Solent back to Cowes.
Similarly to Saturday there was big tide washing over the start line, and with a downwind start everybody still seemed to be heading uptide and away from the line with one minute to go. Spectrum made a good start, only a few seconds off the line, though we were promptly rolled by the Laser 28’s who seem uncatchable downwind! Both rounding Salt Mead several minutes ahead of us, perhaps this was not the weekend to have 7 on an Impala.
From Salt Mead we headed upwind to Dick Johnson, opting to stick on port until we reached the shallower water on the other edge of the channel. Blazer and Moondog both seemed to tack onto starboard mid channel, battling the tide pushing them east, some keen navigation and choosing to tack up in shallower water saw us round Dick Johnson in the lead, shortly followed by Blazer. The kite shot up around the mark, accelerating us into the lead back downwind to Gurnard Ledge, from where it appeared we may be able to fetch over to Quinnell. We were lifted well and making the mark with all 7 crew on the high side, before being knocked back, only a supposed back eddy outside the Beaulieu River could make this a one tack leg, however a fishing boat sat at anchor just off the mark disagreed with the eddy from the tidal atlas. A short starboard tack popped us around the mark and onto the final downwind leg of the course, for a west to east finish on the JOG line. Both Blazer and Moondog made gains heading towards the finish, however it was too little too late as we looked set to be the first boat to finish over the water. We completed another close inspection of Gurnard, just missing out on ‘line honours’ by two seconds to Quokka 9 from class 5. A big thank you to the JOG committee from all the crew of Spectrum for organising an excellent weekend, in sometimes challenging conditions.