It takes more than a lockdown to keep us from sailing!!
The RNIYC Virtual Sailing fleet took to the virtual seas around the world today for the first week of the new style of club racing.
4 races. The first 2 sailed in J/70s, and the final 2 races sailed in 49er dinghys. Each race about 7 minutes long. This is great fun, close racing, and lots of crashes, as this results in penalties rather than damage to the boats!
Terry Rowan started well winning the first after Sam and Toby forgot about the spreader mark at the top of the second beat in the mist of serious competition.
Race 2 was a close battle between Adam Lockhart, and novice Race Officer Ross N, with Adam emerging victorious. Terry succumbing to multiple on-the-water penalties.
The intensity was increased for race 3 in the faster 49er dinghy. Max Kilner taking the win ahead of Martin Weatherstone. It was Ross N’s turn to get multiple penalties, about 3 at the hands of Leah McCleave.
For the final race, Sam Lyness called a big right-hand shift correctly to pull clear of the fleet, and just fended off a chase from Terry to win, adding to a second from earlier and a win in the practice race.
Terry now leads, ahead of Adam and Ross one point back.
We expect some furious practicing in the coming week, ahead of another set of races next Thursday. Dinghy sailors Toby, Ross Kearney, Woo and Andrew will be keen to post some solid results, as will the experienced keelboat sailors Brick, Mark, and the returning Rory.
Till next week…