Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Hyde Sails Sales Office Manager Jo Roberts joined the team aboard Beneteau 40.7 Playing Around this weekend, which saw them win IRC 1 Class overall at the AVEVA September Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Report below.
Despite a foggy start and a delay waiting for the wind to settle, once it had, it started to turn into a beautiful day. A steady light wind of 5-7 knots saw the team power over the start line and up to the first windward mark. With Ian Mcmellin taking over on the Helm with tactics from Paul Browning and bearings from Perry Stock, they decided to head out to deeper water to take advantage of the tide which pushed them up to the top of the fleet. Mainsail trimmer George Jorgensen and headsail trimmer Jo Roberts worked together to make sure the sails stayed powered up and balanced. The rest of the fleet could only watch as Playing Around pulled further away and rounded the first mark for the start of some reaching legs before bearing away for the kite run. As the wind dropped the team struggled to keep the kite filled despite switching to lighter sheets which saw James Wilkie aboard Reflex 38 Puma pull into the lead and pip them at the finish line. Playing around had been close enough to make up on corrected time though and took their first 1st place of the day. The wind filled in more for race two at a steady 8 knots and another flying start saw the team back out in front. With a short two mark race the team knew they needed to hold on to their lead, rounding the windward mark in first the team bared away for the downwind leg. The Hyde Sails kite powered them down towards the finish and a superb gybe by trimmers Alexis Ernst and Clare Coomber working with the bow team Jon Holmes and Jake Bonsor saw the team take line honours and a second 1st place of the day. It was time to head home for dinner and drinks to celebrate!
An even foggier start saw most teams tied up at the Royal Southern Yacht Club waiting to see if racing would happen. Soon enough though we were on our way to the start. Day two saw champagne sailing conditions with wind speed at 10 – 12 knots. Another flying start and Playing Around pulled well ahead of the fleet and stayed there for the whole race. Spinnaker trimmer today was Anna Mcmellin with John Kelly joining the trim team too. The combined effort saw the team secure their third 1st of the weekend. Final race of the weekend saw Playing around with another strong start and first beat up to the windward mark, coming around just behind Puma the reach on the next leg started with a luffing match, this gave Christopher Daniels aboard J/122 Juno and Rob Bottomley on Sailplane the opportunity to catch up to the leaders. A twisted kite onboard Playing Around saw them drop back and come fourth over the line and third on corrected. It wasn’t enough to knock them off the top spot though and with a total of 6 points saw Playing Around win IRC 1 Class overall at the AVEVA September Regatta. Playing around was flying symmetrical spinnakers from Hyde Sails.