This week saw favorable sim weather, large fleets, and exciting sailing for the Blue Lagoon Marina Regatta in The North Sea. The sims were well behaved during the small boat race, with no crashes, however we saw two DNF’s due to crashes in the big boat race. Both races saw large turnouts with fifteen for the small boat race and eight for the big boat race. Plus, as a bonus, Marci, the owner of Blue Lagoon Marina, offered up a L$500 for first place in the small boat race.
The small boat fleet, fifteen strong, was comprised of a slim majority of four Bandit IF’s, with three Melges-24’s following, and two Patchogue II’s, a Leetle Cat II, a Bandit 25, a Nacra 17, a Laser One, a Dolphin Moth, and a Flying Tako making up the remainder of the fleet. Racing was tight, on North Sea Olympic Course Long, between not only several in the IF pack but also the Melges-24 pack. The IF pack saw Red and Carlota neck and neck for most of the race before Carlota slowly grew a marginal lead towards the second leg. The Melges-24 pack saw Beane, Lucy, and Makhno keeping close, all the way up to the finish, with Beane finishing slightly ahead of Lucy and Makhno. We also saw a new racer this week, Song Charron, racing in her Patchogue II. We hope that Song has learned a thing or two on her first race and we look forward to seeing her next time. Remember, centreboards upwind help 😉
The big boat fleet, was well mixed and showing some America’s Cup heritage, with two AC45’s, an ACA33, and a IACC. However, the majority of the fleet was made up of three One Design 65’s, showing some offshore blood, and also an Open 60 making up the remainder. Racing was competitive, with the the One Design 65 pack mixing it up with Mahkno’s Open 60 for most of the course, North Sea Butterfly. Unfortunately, the sims turned a bit pesky as we saw our only DNF’s, due to crashes, for the day, with ViV and Lampoon.
Race Director: Petra
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Race 1: North Sea Olympic Course Long
Congratulations to Beane, and Lucy on their podium finishes with me. All of us will be receiving prize plaques and I received the L$500 offered by Marci for first place.
Race 2: North Sea Butterfly
Congratulations to Cole, Makhno, and Beane on their podium finishes. And again, all of you will be receiving prize plaques.
Thanks to Josh for the photos below.