This weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta started off with great sim weather, only to finish with a rough storm. This weeks fleet was made up of three Bandit IF’s, a Bandit 55, and a Bandit 60. We ran our monthly ‘There and Back Again’ from Breadnut to Eden Auk and back. Previous to the start of the race, we had four of the sims along the course restarted do to crossing problems, the same problems rearing it’s ugly head all over LL mainland water sims. That seemed to calm things, but not for long.
The first course, North Sea Breadnut to Eden Auk, got off to a great start. Alexandre, in his Bandit IF, and Cranston, with Shaylin in his Bandit 60, surged ahead of the fleet. Stu, in his Bandit IF, and Conner, in his Bandit 55, where up next with Jackson, in his Bandit IF, at the rear. Alexandre and Cranston stayed close together until the second course mark in Mammea. After rounding the mark in Mammea, Alexandre built up a sizable lead on the way to the finish line and line honors.
The second course, North Sea Eden Auk to Breadnut, the ‘back again’ portion of the race, saw another clean start from the entire fleet. Alexandre was able to pull off a clean port tack start before the rest of the fleet were able to make it to the line. Cranston was next across the line with Stu, Conner, and Jackson following. Everything was going splendidly for the fleet until the second mark in Eden Fulmer. Once rounding the mark and taking a starboard tack east into Eden Albatros, that region decided physics was an option everyone did not need and movement ground to a halt. The entire fleet was parked on the sim crossing. Fortunately, Cranston and Alexandre were able to recover and get their boats out of Eden Albatros and sailing again. Cranston took line honors with Alexandre taking second across the line. The rest of the fleet recorded DNF’s.
Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Wind: SE (135°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Cranston, with Alexandre second, and Stu in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate and to the SLCG for helping with race duties.
Cranston and Alexandre finished tied with 3 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, Cranston breaks the tie with Alexandre with his first place finish over Alexandre’s second place finish.
We have a superb paint supplied by Ali Vultee, see her paint here: Ali’s Boat Paint Shop, and prize plaques for the top three places.