Skiff Report – Hyundai Summer Series Sunday 24 Feb 2013

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Skiff Report – Hyundai Summer Series Sunday 24 Feb 2013

With no two forecasts agreeing, all bets were off as to what would happen to the sea breeze on a spectacular Sunday afternoon with barely a cloud in the sky. Race Officer Fendall Halliburton got the fleets away on the NW Course 8, which combined with a 13-15 knot Northerly delivered an unusual mix of skewed works, fetches and broad reaches. Action was frantic with the skiffs overpowered cross-wind and repeatedly trying to set spinnakers to make depth on the broader legs.

Race 1: The Musto, 2 RS700s and VX-One rounded the windward mark in a bunch. Evans in the Musto hoisted two thirds of the way to Bean Rock and just got round the mark having ragged his spinnaker for the last 100m. NMac got blown over whilst hoisting, letting Sanders through. The Musto stretched away to a convincing win.

Line
1 Musto 387 Black Box Recorder R Evans
2 RS700 721 Big Buoy II N Sanders
3 RS700 775 Vitesse N McCallum
4 VX-One Sonic P Quinn

Race 2: With seconds to go, the Musto was in reverse having fluffed a tack to leeward of the other boats at the committee boat end. NMac rounded the top mark with a margin of 20 seconds from Evans, who found better pressure on the next reach to almost overlap at Bean Rock. The leaders fought for controlling position on the fast fetch from Bastion Point to Torpedo with Sanders and the VX-One never very far behind. Carnage ensued on the following leg with McCallum capsizing under spinnaker while trying to stay to windward of the approaching starboard tack M-Class fleet, Evans losing time with a kite drop issue made worse for being in the direct line of the 38m long Fullers Jet Raider – approaching at approximately 25 knots, and Sanders losing his vang just prior to the final mark.

Line
1 Musto 387 Black Box Recorder R Evans
2 RS700 721 Big Buoy II N Sanders
3 RS700 775 Vitesse N McCallum
4 VX-One Sonic P Quinn

VX-One update
To date the VX-One seems to be sailing consistently to a Vic Yardstick a couple of points higher than the Musto and RS700 so we are moving its trial number from 94 to 96. It will be a weapon in big breeze – with the ability to mow down the harbour chop in complete control while cranking along in the high teens.

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