Exciting racing and calm sim weather featured in this weeks North Sea RC-44 Regatta. We had no crashes do to sim performance, with the only DNFs due to an overly scripted attachment preventing a region crossing and a scripting bug in a boat. We were also fortunate to have Elbag, The North Sea and Eden Naturist Estate co-owner, come stretch his sails.
The first race, on the North Sea Outer Inner Loop (NS-OIL Rev1) course, got off to a great start. The RC-44’s are tricky to get a good start with due to their fast acceleration, so mis-timing your pre-start and getting to the start-line too early forcing a tack up the line is more often the result. Beane, however, is showing the fruits of her pre-start practice as she crossed at just 00:00:03. Alexandre was next at 00:00:07. Burton followed at 00:00:14. Elbag was next at 00:00:26 wih Gail across at 00:00:49. Beane and Alexandre would make for a tight fight up front, as Beane held her lead but Alexandre was almost in a continual overtaking position the entire course. Beane would hold on though and take line honors, crossing first with Alexandre right on her stern mere seconds later, crossing second. Unfortunately, Gail forgot to take off an excessively scripted accessory an it prevented her from making a successful region crossing moments into the race causing her to bow out of the first and record a DNF. More misfortune befell Elbag, as his RC-44 stopped responding entirely to any input and stopped dead just 100 meters from the finish line with script errors, forcing him to take a DNF also. Burton was in good shape, however, as he avoided the DNF bug and crossed third.
The second race, on the North Sea Manta course, saw an equally great start. Beane improved on her start time from the first, with crossing the start line at an almost perfect 00:00:01. Alexandre was next across at 00:00:09. Gail, excessive scripted accessory free for this race, was next across at 00:00:14 with Burton following at 00:00:21. Once again, Beane paced the fleet however, Alexandre, showing just how adept he is with the RC-44, would not allow Beane any breathing room as he was again in an almost continuous overtaking position for the entire course. Gail was right on their sterns holding steady in third, with Burton just behind her. Beane successively held onto the lead and took line honors, crossing first. Alexandre, crossed second, a mere two seconds after Beane for what proved to be an exciting finish. Looking at Beane and Alexandre’s lap times, you’ll see Alexandre was actually 6 seconds faster, however Beane’s great start placed her in the perfect position to hold on take the win by just 2 seconds. Gail recovered well from her DNF in the first race and crossed third, with Burton holding on and finally crossing fourth.
Race 1: North Sea Outer Inner Loop Rev1
1: beane Bade ID111 — 00:14:58
2: ramuf Resident IDX96 — 00:15:07
3: BiBurton Resident ID046 — 00:23:18
4: Elbag Gable ID044 –DNF
5: epinefri Resident ID202 –DNF
beane Bade ID111 — Start: 00:00:03 — Last lap: 00:14:55
ramuf Resident IDX96 — Start: 00:00:07 — Last lap: 00:15:00
BiBurton Resident ID046 — Start: 00:00:14 — Last lap: 00:23:04
Elbag Gable ID044 — Start: 00:00:26 — Last lap: –DNF
epinefri Resident ID202 — Start: 00:00:49 — Last lap: –DNF
Race 2: North Sea Manta
1: beane Bade ID111 — 00:12:52
2: ramuf Resident IDX96 — 00:12:54
3: epinefri Resident ID202 — 00:14:21
4: BiBurton Resident ID046 — 00:16:22
beane Bade ID111 — Start: 00:00:01 — Last lap: 00:12:51
ramuf Resident IDX96 — Start: 00:00:09 — Last lap: 00:12:45
epinefri Resident ID202 — Start: 00:00:14 — Last lap: 00:14:07
BiBurton Resident ID046 — Start: 00:00:21 — Last lap: 00:16:01
|Skipper||Race 1||Race 2||Total||Final Placing|
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Beane (beane Bade), with Alexandre (ramuf Resident) second, and Burton (BiBurton Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.