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RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 4 Report

RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 4 Report

Thursday 28 February 2019

Warm and sunny weather greeted the fourth RCIYC Male Uprising Guernsey Frostbite series race. A record total of 18 yachts rallied off Castle Cornet for the early morning start. Light South-South Easterly breeze and a strong spring flood tide made for challenging conditions, particularly on the upwind leg of the course. Both classes jostled (slowly) for positions on the South to North starts, launching spinnakers for a downwind run to Reffee for the cruisers and Vivian for the racers. 

Roger Martel's Kaya had a good start ahead of the fleet while Simon Henning's White Rabbit weaved across the water to gain clear air. Most yachts opted to stay well out in the tide towards Vivian which paid off for Kaya, Micky Holland's Majic and Hughes/Lloyd's Sun of a Gun, who preceded White Rabbit around the mark. Also in the mix was Martin Priest's Fandangle. Meanwhile, the two RS Elites we're battling each other, John Knight's Fidelit√© easily ahead of Rupert Dorey's Vamoosh until the first mark. 

Fortunes for the Elites reverses after the first mark, and the upwind leg to Lower Heads buoy proved decisive for the fleet overall. Those few seeking wind further out into the strong tide were rewarded, Kaya, rounding Lower Heads buoy five minutes in the lead was followed by Majic as both set spinnakers for Refee and the finish line of a shortened course. Meanwhile, Sun of a Gun who had stayed inshore had no longer hope of catching up. 

The Cruising class starting five minutes later again sought clear airs for their spinnakers, Aslett/Knowles' Glory Days managing to pull clear. At the leeward mark it was Glory Days followed by Jim Nicolle's Mustard Mitt and Dino Castro's Dark Horse to round first. Trouble with the rigging caused Dark Horse to spend too long in irons while Glory Days, Mustard Mitt and Parkin/McKerrell's Busker clawed south upwind against the Guernsey shore towards the Lower Heads mark. At 10am the course was shortened for both classes, but a slackening wind and brisk weather going tide proved too great a challenge for the fleet. Only three boats managed to complete the course: the two biggest boats, Kaya and Majic, had found wind further out in the Little Russel, and the Trimaran XXX managed to doggedly completed the course half an hour after the last yacht had retired. 

Plenty of hotdogs and refreshments were had back at the Club, courtesy of Fionola who'd been cooking since the early hours of the morning. MUG coffee mugs were enjoyed by the winners, and Majic was particularly pleased to also receive the "Giant MUG Pants" award for last in class. 

Results : Racing class , 1st Kaya, 2nd Majic. Cruising class, no finishers. Multihull Class: 3rd XXX.