Nice sized fleets and stable sims turning slightly turbulent featured in this weeks North Sea Open Regatta. We had a great turnout for both small boat and big boat races. This weeks small boat fleet saw a majority of Nacra 17’s, with four. The remainder of the small boat fleet was made up of three Melges-24’s, a Shields Class, a Flying Shadow, a Trudeau T-12, and a Dolphin Moth. The big boat fleet, almost as large as the small boat fleet with 10 boats, was nicely mixed among boat types. The majority was split among One Design 65’s, Ushuaia’s, Trudeau 12 Metre’s, and Francois Jacques’s at 2 a piece. The remainder of the big boat fleet was made up of an AC45, and an Open 60. The first race saw great sim weather with everyone finishing, however things turned in the second with 4 DNF’s recorded due to crashes. We would also like to welcome Phil, who Lucy brought along to compete in his first North Sea races.
The small boat race, on the North Sea Circle course, started off well with a great clean start. The fleet spread out across the North Sea with my Dolphin Moth clearing the way and the Nacra’s and lone Flying Shadow in hot pursuit. The Melges-24 pack of Beane, Lucy and Makhnos followed close behind. The Shields Class and T-12 followed up in the rear of the fleet. At the finish, Arya’s Nacra 17 and Viv’s Flying Shadow finished within 8 seconds of each other highlighting some exciting racing between the two. Sue wound up getting a bit lost on the first leg but still recovered to finish the race.
The big boat race, on the North Sea Manta course, also started off well with another great clean start. Viv’s AC45 took off like rocket and lead most of the race, with Beane’s One Design 65 not too far behind. The rest of the fleet was nicely mixed in spacing and positions among 12 Metre’s, Ushuaia’s and the Francois Jacques. Unfortunately, the sims turned choppy and four DNF’s were recorded, with an Ushuaia, One Design 65, Open 60, and Francoise Jacques succumbing to crashes.
Note: The handicaps for the Trudeau T-12 and Leetle Cat II have been revised to 0.59 (old 0.48) and 0.50 (old 0.49), respectively.
Race Director: Petra
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Viv, with Cryptic second, and Beane in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.
Prize plaques will be awarded for the first, second, and third place finishers based on the final points tally.
Lucy, Sue, and Makhno all finished tied with 16 points. Rule A8.1 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If there is a series score tie between two or more boats, each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat(s) with the best score(s). No excluded scores shall be used.“
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With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Lucy’s favor with having a fifth place finish over Sue’s sixth place finish as her best and Makhno’s seventh place finish as his best. Sue then breaks the tie with Makhno with her better sixth place finish over his seventh place finish.
Stu and Ohil finished tied with 18 points. As they both have duplicate finishes, Rule A8.2 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.“
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In the last race, Stu breaks the tie with Phil with his seven point finish over Phil’s eleven point finish.