RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 2 Report

RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 2 Report

Thursday 7 February 2019

Male Uprising Guernsey Frostbite Series - Race 2 - Saturday 26th January

The second race of the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club Male Uprising Guernsey Frostbite series drew 14 entries evenly split between the cruising and racing classes. The weather was cold and drizzly befitting the series name, with a WNW wind of 18 to 22 knots. The racing class was away first with a tightly bunched fleet jostling for position on a beam reach, an early casualty, the Clive LeTissier's 'Jak', broke a shackle holding the Genoa, a quick repair couldn't prevent her from trailing the pack until a spectacular spinnaker failure on the downwind leg forced her to retire forty minutes into the race. Rounding Vivian the Trimaran 'XXX' led the field on a broad reach towards Lower Heads with Simon Henning's 'White Rabbit' leading the monohulls a long upwind leg and a strong tide saw Kaya draw ahead. U fortunately, a missing windward mark (Gabriel Race Buoy) caused some confusion and the race in the Racing Class had to be abandoned retrospectively. This did not deter the majority of racing boats from continuing their course, however, using an improvised bearing on St Martins point as the mark. The cruising class start was also tightly packed, Knowles/Aslett's 'Glory Days' and Jim Nicolle's 'Mustard Mitt' both flew Spinnakers in a successful bid to gain the lead and rounded Vivian first but could not match the boat speed of 'Banjaard' on the reach to Aiguillons race buoy. The upwind leg to Anfre and the finish line saw the fleet split with the two leading boats 'Glory Days' and 'Banjaard' heading south on a port tack attempting to gain a wind and tide advantage. Their efforts were to no avail as Dino Castro's 'Dark Horse' and 'Mustard Mitt' gained places on corrected time.

Results racing class 1: race abandoned.
Cruising class 2: 1st Dark Horse, 2nd Mustard Mitt, 3rd Banjaard.