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RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 7 Report

RCIYC MUG Frostbite - Race 7 Report

Thursday 25 April 2019

The last race of the MUG Frostbite series saw a smaller field of twelve boats brave a cold South Easterly wind gusting to 20 Knots. The course was challenging taking the two fleets tacking South from the harbour start into wind and tide to the Lower Heads.

The racing class were closely packed across the line with Kaya gaining the windward advantage. Almost immediately the usually competitive Majic ran into trouble with a faulty jib hoist and was forced to re-rig which took valuable minutes during which lost her any chance of a place. Kaya continued to lead the fleet behind the Trimaran XXX which loved the wind strength and literally flew ahead. Meanwhile Son of a Gun achieved a good sail set and boat speed to challenge Kaya across to the Lower Heads buoy. XXX was first around the buoy followed by Kaya three minutes later. The run down to the Leeward mark, Aiguillons, was fast with the fleet setting spinnakers at the top end of their wind tolerance, Kaya dropped theirs early with Son of a Gun holding a set until the last minute, following boats White rabbit and Scarecrow made impressive speed to put them in contention. The racing class then headed East of Brequou on an additional leg to Gouboniere before once again rounding the heads. On the reach to the finish Son of a Gun lost control of her spinnaker in the gusts and it wrapped around the forestay creating a classic and potentially dangerous 'wine glass' sail jam, the crew did well to finish the course and recover the sail, exhibiting good seamanship in a hazardous situation.

Meanwhile the race for the cruising class brought no such drama, a good start by the fleet left Glory Days clear to windward closely chased by Busker which liked the rough conditions. Glory Days maintained a good boat speed to round the lower heads first and hoisted spinnaker in short order, Busker declined to deploy its spinnaker but did well to keep position and benefited from an easy and quick rounding of the leeward mark. Dark Horse outpaced larger boats to lead Spindrift at the mark but could not maintain its position even with some skilful spinnaker work. Glory Days took line honours, on corrected time.

Report and photographs by Rob Couch