Gareloch OD Race Report 12th May 2019

May 21, 2019

Hatasoo  basket,  race 2

 

A lovely day  with light winds, 

 

6 Garelochs ventured to the start line with Dione taking the role of  on-the-water  race officer.  Light south-westerly wind indicated a first mark on the far shore. 

Catriona was a little  early to  the start and in loosing speed allowed Halcyone the best start,  Dione boxed somewhat behind Catriona.  Luna and Hermes had good starts inshore.  Getting to the B-mark meant crossing the tide by Rhu narrows.  Complicated by the revised placement of the  buoy further north this year. 

 

The places were revised  as some got it right, Hermes benefitted by staying inshore through the  moorings, others less so.  Suffice to say that Dione went from 2nd to 6th. 

The run to G off Shandon did for Luna who opted  not to fly her spinnaker.  The beat to the C-mark looked straight  forward  but the Gareloch  wind Gods had other ideas,  crossing  the tide line,  the wind became very shifty and light, dispersing the fleet and leaving some making little  progress  in the tide. 

 

Dione,  bringing  up the  rear,  had the opportunity to  see what was happening  and decided to  try for a back-eddy inshore;  this was very effective  bringing the placings close to the start positions with Dione back in second,  behind Catriona  with Halcyone pushing at her stern. 

These positions continued to the finish despite  further wind shifts and variations.

 

Results: Catriona,  Dione, Halcyone, Hermes, Thalia, Luna.

 

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