Wonderfully calm sim weather and great racing were on display in this weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta. The sims continue their streak of calm sim weather with no crashes today. We also saw some great sailing as the fleet spread out across the North Sea with on lookers watching from the island in the Ziziphus region and also the viewing pier in Eden Puffin.
This weeks fleet featured a majority of five Bandit IF’s. One lone Bandit 55 made up the remainder.
The first race, on the North Sea Trapezoid course, saw the fleet get off to a great start. We are seeing everyone’s practice at starts paying off as most are getting to the line within several seconds of the countdown hitting 00:00:00 and the frequency of barging calls has dropped significantly. Stu, in his Bandit IF with Becca as his crew, was across the start first at 4 seconds. Bettie was not far behind, with Red, Alexandre, Rosie, and then Conner following. Bettie had to leave mid-way through the race due to RL calling, and recorded a DNF. The rest of the fleet continued though, with Alexandre passing Stu and Becca to finish first across the line.
The second race, on the North Sea Short Loop course with 3 laps, saw another great start from the fleet. Once again, Stu with Becca got across the line first with Conner 1 second behind them. Next across was Bettie, who’s own efforts practicing starts is showing up, Followed by Alexandre and then Red. Conner suffered some connection problems as Tasmanian devils chewed on his internet cable and he was stripped from his boat. Conner recovered though, getting back on his boat and finishing the race. Alexandre wound passing Bettie and then Stu to take the lead and ultimately first across the 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 Stu second, and Red 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.
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.