Solo Offshore Racing Club winners announced
On Saturday, 16 yachts gathered for the last Solo Offshore Racing Club event of the season, with five boats in possible contention to win the overall Solent Series. In light shifty winds it was a tricky race for both sailors and the race committee.
The race was started on time at 10:05 at Peters and May off the Island Shore with wind varying between 6 and 10 knots and coming from 20-60°. The fleet divided on the line, Jbellino, Juliette and Solan Goose favoured a port start at the pin end while all the others gathered at the committee boat. By the time the gun went there was a massive bias on the port end and the 3 boats at the pin were able to cross the entire fleet.
It was a slow and shifty beat up to Browndown, Rob Craigie on Jbellino leading the fleet. The rounding was made particularly interesting and very congested as a group of training ships were also using the buoy.
Once round Browndown it was a 8 mile fetch/beat to winner, leaving Horse Sand Fort to Port. Some boats were able to fly Code 0s as far as the fort but all had a close hauled leg from the Fort to Winner in Hayling Bay. Jbellino managed to lay Winner on one tack, but all the rest of the fleet had to tack at least once.
After Winner it was a 2.2 mile run down to Dean Elbow towards Bembridge, then initially a tight fetch across to the finish at Gleeds off Portsmouth. Fortune was on side for the slower boats as the final leg became increasingly broader and some were able to simply gybe their spinnaker at Deal Elbow and fly it all the way to the finish, whereas lead boats flew white sails for some or all of the 6 mile leg.
Racing was followed by the annual season prize giving dinner at Hardy’s in Haslar Marina, Gosport.
In the final race Rob Craigie on Jbellino won class one, Nigel Colley on Fastrak VIII won class two and Mike Saqui on Edith won class three. Under Overall IRC Mike Saqui and Edith were first, Rob Craigie on Jbellino second and Nigel Colley on Fastrak VIII was third.
In the Solent Series Peter Olden on Solan Goose won class one, Simon Curwen on Voador won class two and Mike Saqui on Edith won class three. In Overall IRC Mike Saqui and Edith were first, Richard Breeze on Impro second and Simon Curwen and Voador third.
Charles Emmet on British Beagle won the Offshore Series, with Nigel Colley second and Simon Mitchell on Roxane third. Nigel Colley was also awarded first overall trophy for the Fecamp Triangle Series.
Rob Craigie was awarded the Solan Cup for best results in all 14 SORC races in 2012 with Nigel Colley second and Mike Saqui third.
Full results here