The last two races of HHYC’s Summer Saturday Series were held on Saturday the 24th with decent southerly winds between 5 and 10 knots. The course was the same for both races, rather straight forward with two sausages and an upwind beat across the line.
On Kyte, a Jeanneau Selection 37, our racing went without incident with a solid first race achieving line honours. This was followed by a less positive performance in the second and some challenging strong gusts towards the end of the race swept in, together with some rain. A number of boats found themselves struggling with their kites as they rounded the upwind mark. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on which boat you were on, my camera had just been stored safely below when one of the boats blew their spinnaker on the run.
At times the course seemed somewhat crowded around the marks and several boats were presented with excellent opportunities to exchange opinions about the racing rules of sailing. I even heard a gentlemanly reminder of the RRS, Part 2, Section A, Rule 14. Aside from this, the last two races were overall not hugely dramatic but as always enjoyable. Our skipper Laurent’s decision to retire us from the last race after a somewhat dodgy start and a bit of bad luck made little impact on the day and our overall results.
After the race at the prize giving, more sailors than usual had gathered for the provisional Series results and drinks. Taxi won the IRC division; followed by Impala 1; and Barnstormer, and the HKPN division was dominated by Getafix who not only won the series but also the two last races, and a total of five first places in 11 races (Kyte managed a respectable 5th overall). The final challenge was as usual the “husky race” over the free beers from Carlsberg who sponsored the series together with Quest Yachting. See the final results here