Wow, it’s hard to believe that we can have such close and exciting racing from our phones, iPads, or computers.

This was a week of very close finishes. Photo finish (0.0 seconds) between the 2 Rosses in one race. Laura 0.2 seconds ahead of Terry in the second race. Terry winning the last race by 0.6 seconds. Numerous finishers within half a second of each other.

Again, multiple collisions and penalties. The app seems to be quite harsh on awarding penalties where we aren’t convinced it would be awarded on the water, but it adds to the excitement. Although Rory got a number of unfortunate penalties. I’ll put my hands up to a very marginal squeeze in at the windward mark! Terry had been piling the pressure on Laura Kilner downwind in the second race, luffing, gybes, anything to get ahead, but Laura kept him at bay to take second. Quite fun to watch for the chasing fleet.

There were Audiences too. Leah broadcasts her laptop onto the telly, with Lucy watching on the big screen. Ross N had the 3 girls looking over his shoulders, with questions at every turn and crash! Terry had Caroline (or Miss Hall – my daughter’s teacher!) and Bosun watching, which had my kids more competitive! The app also offers an option to watch directly for anyone who is interested. Email for instructions.

Tight in the results too. Terry and Ross N joint at the top, but Terry leading with 2 race wins. Ross K just one point adrift. Toby solid as ever in 4th. Sam with a slight fall from grace to be tied fifth with Rory. Again, some wifi related issues, Andrew and Max the victims this week.

Back next Thursday at 7pm for more racing.

Sailwave results for RNIYC Virtual Sailing – Week 3

The offshore racing is still going strong. Well done to Andrew Vaughan winning the Transat yacht race, first into the yacht club bar in St Barts, although never getting to sample the celebratory rums! The fleet are now racing from Cape Town to GOA. Next week’s race should be closer to home for many, the Beneteau Cup, around the Balearic Islands. Feel free to sign up to the offshore app, and join the RNIYC group.