Solo to the Nab Tower
Simon Curwen in the J/105 Voador made his customary excellent start just ahead of his Fastnet partner Paul Peggs in Audacious (JOD35) and promptly gybed out into the best tide at Prince Consort, this proved to be a winning move, both in class2 and on IRC, as he was never headed by the class 2 boats and was close on class one boats at the Forts. Chris Rustom won the open event with line honours in Ding Dong (Stuart 38) just 2 minutes and 44 seconds ahead of Rob Craigie in Jbellino (J/122) . Oscar Mead on the J/105 Juneau, was hot after his win in the two handed Nab race( RSYC) the day before and dogged Simon Curwen all the way, getting close at the turning mark and finishing just two minutes behind Voador to take second in class and second on IRC.
Race Director Paul Peggs battled with Peter Newlands, Anticipation (Beneteau 40.7) all the way round but the 8 second losing margin on the water multiplied up to a 1 minute 24 seconds deficit on handicap. Peggs was pleased to have been able to concentrate on his racing for once as the start box duties were smoothly handled by Charles Allen. The next race in the Solent Solo Series will be around the cans, and takes place on Sunday 7 September.
Simon Curwen describes his winning race: '"We started at the Gurnard buoy, gybing on to port on the gun. I put in a short hitch out on port to get in the best of the tide at Prince Consort buoy and to keep clean air. The wind was coming off the island shore after Osborne bay and I felt the breeze was slightly less disturbed offshore which helped me to hold third place on the water behind Ding Dong and Jbellino at the Forts. Oscar had battled through the pack to fourth by this time, in a close contest with Andy Hill on Only Just, also a J/105. The wind had backed to southwest at the No Mans Land Fort and increased slightly so we dropped kites there and fetched to Bembridge and then a had a very short beat to West Princessa.
"I set my small spinnaker for the four mile run out the Nab tower, the wind angle was about 150 true gusting up to 25 knots by this time: ideal J Boat weather. Oscar set his big spinnaker and made a big gain on this leg closing up to about ten lengths at the tower. Andy had an incident with his spinnaker and had a more leisurely white sail leg to Nab. Jbellino enjoyed a couple of wipe outs and that allowed Ding Dong to get around the turning mark with a clear lead in their close fought duel. I managed to pull away from Oscar again on the white sail fetch back to No Man's Land Fort and held on to the lead on the one sided beat back up to Cowes with the new ebb tide."
|3||Anticipation||Peter Newlands||First 40.7||11.92||1.02||1||10:10:00||14:27:06||04:17:06||04:22:15|
|4||Audacious||Paul Peggs||JOD 35||10.6||1.03||2||10:10:00||14:27:14||04:17:14||04:24:57|
|5||Only Just||Andy Hill||J105||10.5||1.012||2||10:10:00||14:32:12||04:22:12||04:25:21|
|6||Ding Dong||Chris Rustom||Stewart 38||11.3||1.081||1||10:10:00||14:16:02||04:06:02||04:25:58|
|9||Solan Goose||Peter Olden||J92S||9.14||0.996||3||10:10:00||14:52:37||04:42:37||04:41:29|
|11||Outlandish||Graham Wilkinson||JOD 35||10.6||1.021||2||10:10:00||14:47:42||04:37:42||04:43:32|
|12||Malice||Mike Moxley||HOD 35||10.7||1.032||2||10:10:00||14:48:01||04:38:01||04:46:55|
|13||Fantasea||Tony Rowe||Dehler 36||10.95||1.011||1||10:10:00||14:57:45||04:47:45||04:50:55|
|14||Little Spirit||Brian Cooper||First 375||11.2||0.937||1||10:10:00||15:25:02||05:15:02||04:55:11|
|15||Nereid||John Baily||Elan 340||9.99||0.984||2||10:10:00||15:26:13||05:16:13||05:11:09|
|16||Black Jack||Philippe Rigollet||First 31.7||9.48||0.959||2||10:10:00||15:35:14||05:25:14||05:11:54|
|DNC||Excape||Jonathan Hamlyn||Aerodyne 38||11.54||1.107||1||10:10:00||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|DNC||Arcsine||Kathy Claydon||Arcona 370||11.1||1.016||1||10:10:00||DNC||DNC||DNC|
|RET||Hot Socks||Katie Miller||Figaro 2||10.1||1.087||2||10:10:00||RET||RET||RET|