Friday, July 15, 2016
The Narrows Regatta based at the entrance to Strangford Lough was held from the 8th to 11th July with the maxim of ’if you don’t like the (Irish) weather, wait five minutes’ proving true. With conditions ranging from sunshine to pouring rain, no breeze to a full foam up, the competitors had the full range of conditions to contend with. Add into the mix the extremely strong tidal current with many back eddies and also interestingly marked, or not, ‘Pladdy’s’, there was never a dull moment.
The races start and finish in the narrow lough entrance where the worlds’ first commercial tidal powered electric turbine is stationed. Three races into the lough, with no discard make up the ‘series’ whilst the stand alone ‘Bar Buoy race’ is out into the Irish Sea and then back into the lough. All races are started ‘with the tide’ with the intention that they also finish ‘with the tide’ to enable the courses to be completed. Due to the tide times, for the first time in many years the Bar Buoy Race finished the regatta racing program rather than started it.
There was both IRC and NHC racing for the yachts. Regular competitors and winners in NHC 1 are Raymond & Katie Beattie and crew aboard Tiger Lilly. With a dacron main and headsail plus 0.9Ooz spinnaker from Hyde’s they once again won their class counting two first places in their series.
Shot below Narrows 16 Sigma 35
In IRC 2, Stuart Cranston and crew aboard the Sigma 35 ‘Evenflow’ were sporting a suit of GPL Carbon laminate sails and put in a good performance, though their most talked about manoeuvre was a broach that saw the kettle disappear over-board …
2016 winner Raymond Beattie
Two Hyde Sails representatives were also afloat for the regatta, both competing in IRC1. Local Hyde agent Mike Ennis was helming the Mumm 36 ‘Go To Red’ and recorded line honours in each race though they couldn’t keep their time on handicap. Over from England was Wooderz (UK Sales), who helmed the Cork 1720 ‘Cork Djinn’ owned by Alison & Pete Tyler, who struggled due to lack of local knowledge though did when conditions were right record some impressive speeds.
For further information on Hyde Sails please contact;
Ireland – Mike Ennis, 07967 111 518, firstname.lastname@example.org
UK – Wooderz, 07764 933 894, email@example.com