When it rains, it pours and today was no exception in this weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta. Very rarely do we see sim weather as bad as we saw today, with four sims causing crashes in The North Sea. With all that adversity, we still had some great racing. Plus, we saw Bettie, with Ansa as her crew, sailing in their first North Sea races after starting this past weekend in Fruit Islands IF races.
This weeks fleet was made up of a majority of five Bandit IF’s. A Bandit 55 and a Bandit 60 made up the remainder of the fleet.
The first race, on NS-SOL-13A, got off to a great start, with everyone crossing the line clean and quick. However, things quickly turned for the worse with the Bullace region claiming Bettie, along with Ansa, causing them to record a DNF on the first leg of the course. Things did not get much better as the fleet made it around Genip and back to Ziziphus on the second to last leg. As the fleet crossed back through Bullace, the region would claim five more of the fleet. Cranston, in his Bandit 60, was able to survive and make it across the line to finish the race.
With all the turmoil that the Bullace region caused, along with some declining performance in Ziziphus and Mammea, Petra went ahead with restarting those regions. Not wanting to tempt fate, the course for the second race was changed to have the fleet avoid Bullace entirely, with 3 laps of NS Short Loop. Once again, the fleet got off to a great start, and ran two of the three laps with no incident. Then Eden Fulmar decided it did not want to be left out of the stormy region list and claimed four of the six fleet. Alexandre was the able to persevere and cross the finish line.
Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Alexandre, with Cranston second, and Red, Bettie, and Conner tied 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.
Jackson was unfortunately disqualified from the second race for sailing with the incorrect wind.
Alexandre and Cranston 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, Alexandre breaks the tie with Cranston with his first place finish over Cranston’s second place finish.
Red, Bettie, and Conner all finished tied with 4 points. However, they remain tied as neither Rule A8.1 or A8.2 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing will break their tie.
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.