North Sea Open Regatta – September 14th 2016

From the left (in boats): Lampoon (Leetle Cat II), Jackson (Bandit IF), Stu (Bandit IF), Beane (Flying Shadow), Lucy (Melges-24), Cryptic (Dolphin Moth), and Cor (Trudeau One).
On the dock: Umi, Nenrio, Petra, Milla, and Dess.

From the left (in boats): Lampoon (Leetle Cat II), Jackson (Bandit IF), Stu (Bandit IF), Beane (Flying Shadow), Lucy (Melges-24), Cryptic (Dolphin Moth), and Cor (Trudeau One).
On the dock: Umi, Nenrio, Petra, Milla, and Dess.

Close sailing and slower winds showcased during this weeks North Sea Open Regatta. The seas continued to be calm and dependable, performance wise, with reduced winds of 15kts, down from our usually gusty 18kts. Sailing was closer, due to the reduced winds, as the faster boats stayed closer in with the fleet.

This weeks small boat fleet, racing on the NS-SOL-13A course, was made up of a majority four Bandit IF’s. The remainder of the fleet was comprised of two Dolphin Moths, two Flying Shadows, a Leetle Cat II, a Trudeau One, a Patchogue II, a Melges-24, and a Nacra 17. Racing got of to a great clean start as Cole, in her Nacra 17, crossed the line first, followed by myself, in my Dolphin Moth, then Lucy, in her Melges-24. Jackson was next across, in his Bandit IF, followed by Stu, in his Bandit IF, ViV, in her Flying Shadow, Gail, in her Dolphin Moth, and Beane, in her Flying Shadow, and Neil, in his Bandit IF, crossing at the same time. Cor, in his Trudeau One, followed next with Cranston, with Shaylin as crew in his Bandit IF, Lampoon, in his Leetle Cat II, and Dess, in her Patchogue II following last. The fleet held more tightly together than usual, with the slower winds, as my Dolphin Moth still darted out in front with Gail’s Dolphin Moth not far behind. Cole was still leading the rest of the fleet, in her Nacra 17, with Beane and ViV, in their Flying Shadows, taking up position behind her. Lucy was in the middle of the pack, in her Melges-24, just ahead of the Band IF pack of Jackson, Neil and Stu. Cor followed up, in his Trudeau One, with Cranston, with Shaylin, holding up the rear. Unfortunately, both Lampoon and Dess crashed, recording DNF’s. The fleet order held till the finish, as I crossed first to take line honors, with Gail just behind me. Gail has been practicing on her Dolphin Moth, and it shows because her lap time was only 5 seconds off of my own. The catamaran contingent of the fleet was next across, with Cole, in her Nacra 17, then both Beane and Viv, in their Flying Shadows. Lucy was next to cross, in her Melges-24. The Bandit IF contingent came next, with Jackson, Neil and then Stu across. Cor finally came in with his Trudeau One. Cranston, with Shaylin in his Bandit IF, was last to cross.

The big boat fleet this week, racing on the NS-1b course, was made up of a majority of three Wildwind RC-44’s. Two Ushuaias, two Open 60’s, a Trudeau 12 Metre, a Bandit 60, and a ACA33 made up the remainder of the fleet. The wind was still at the slightly slower 15kts and it showed in this race as the fleet stayed tighter together. The start was a bit bumpy as Gail and Cor both had a bit of a lag issue as their viewers froze and almost caused them both to cause barging situations. However, they did recover and contact was averted. Cole was across the line first, in her ACA33, with Cranston, in his Bandit 60 with Shaylin as crew, Beane, in her RC-44, and myself, in my Ushuaia, next across. Gail was next across, in her Open 60, with Dess, in her RC-44, Stu, in his Ushuaia, Cor, in his 12 Metre, Lucy, in her RC-44, and finally, Viv, in her Open 60, next. Although crossing last, Viv moved up through the fleet to lead the pack for most of the way. Cole was right on her stern, in her ACA33, with the RC-44 pack of Beane, Dess, and Lucy, right behind. Gail wasn’t far behind, in her Open 60. Up next was the Ushuaia pack, with Stu and myself exchanging positions several times between each other. Cor was next, in his 12 Metre, followed by Cranston, in his Bandit 60 with Shaylin. Viv held on to take line honors, in her Open 60, as Cole finished next behind her. The RC-44 pack of Beane, Dess, and Lucy all finished next. Gail then finished, in her Open 60. Stu and I both were neck and neck on the final leg to the finish, with myself just edging a position lead over him to finish ahead. Cor finished next, in his 12 Metre, with Cranston finishing next, in his Bandit 60.

Race Director: Petra
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts

Note:
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1

Today’s winner was Cole (Colette Verino), with Stu (stuart1524 Resident) second, and Cryptic (Cryptic Resident) 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.

Race Note:
Lucy (LucyInTheSky Afarensis) and Beane (beane Bade) both finished tied with 11 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.

Skipper Best Finish Next Best Finish
LucyInTheSky Afarensis 3 8
beane Bade 5 6

With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Lucy’s favor with having a third place finish over Beane’s fifth place finish as her best.


Neil (eager2discover Resident) and ViV (vivipezz Resident) both finished tied with 15 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.

Skipper Best Finish Next Best Finish
eager2discover Resident 4 11
vivipezz Resident 7 8

With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Neil’s favor with having a fourth place finish over ViV’s seventh place finish as her best.

 

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