North Sea Open Regatta – October 5th 2016

From the left (in boats): Beane (Melges-24), Gail (Dolphin Moth), Susi (Bandit IF), Lucy (Melges-24), Neil (Bandit IF), Alexandre (Bandit IF), Lilli (Flying Shadow), Stu and Kate (Bandit IF), Carlota (Bandit IF), and Traeumer (Shields Class).
On the dock: Kristaly, Maddie, Cryptic, Tessa, and Petra.

From the left (in boats): Beane (Melges-24), Gail (Dolphin Moth), Susi (Bandit IF), Lucy (Melges-24), Neil (Bandit IF), Alexandre (Bandit IF), Lilli (Flying Shadow), Stu and Kate (Bandit IF), Carlota (Bandit IF), and Traeumer (Shields Class).
On the dock: Kristaly, Maddie, Cryptic, Tessa, and Petra.

This weeks North Sea Open Regatta saw a large turnout of racers and spectators along with some great racing. We had large groups of spectators gather on Lighthouse Isle, in the Ziziphus region, the Poseidon Center pier, in the Eden Puffin region, along the shore in the Eden Albatross region, the dock in Breadnut region at the committee boat, and several moored in the boats just out of the path of the course to view today’s races. The seas themselves were slightly choppy for the small boats portion, claiming three to DNF’s, but smoothed out for the big boats portion.

This weeks small boat fleet, racing on the North Sea Circle course, was made up a majority of five Bandit IF’s, with two Melges-24s, a Dolphin Moth, a Flying Shadow, a Shields Class, and a Nacra 17 making up the remainder. The fleet got off to a great start as both Beane, in her Melges-24, and Carlota, in her Bandit IF, crossed the line at 00:00:07. Cole, in her Nacra 17, was next to cross at 00:00:09. Viv, in her Flying Shadow, and Alexandre, in his Bandit IF, followed at 00:00:11. Gail, in her Dolphin Moth, was next at 00:00:16 followed by Stu, with Kate in his Bandit IF, at 00:00:23. Neil, in his Bandit IF, followed next at 00:00:43, with Lucy, in her Melges-24, right behind at 00:00:47. Traeumer, a new comer to the North Sea, was next, in his Shields Class, at 00:00:55. Susi, in her Bandit IF, followed at 00:03:07. Gail, who crossed sixth, didn’t stay there for long as her speedier Dolphin Moth quickly zipped to the front, pacing the fleet for the entire course. Viv, in her almost as speedy Flying Shadow, moved up into second with Cole, in her Nacra 17, taking up third. Beane, falling back slightly as the speedier boats passed, took up fourth in her Melges-24. Traeumer, in his Shields Class, settled in the middle of the fleet with the IF pack of Stu, with Kate, Carlota, and Neil at the rear of the fleet. Unfortunately, crashes cause both Alexandre and Lucy to record DNF’s. Susi had a similar fate as she crashed, came back and found her boat but it had lost race wind at that point and she took a DNF as well. This fleet order would hold till the finish with Gail taking line honors, as she crossed first. Viv was next across, followed by Cole, Beane, Traeumer, Stu with Kate, Carlota, and Neil.

This weeks big boat fleet, racing on the North Sea Inner Outer Loop (NS-OIL Rev1) course, was made up of a split majority of three Wildwind RC-44s and three TMS Ushuaias, with a Trudeau Francois Jacques, a Trudeau 12 Metre, a Wildwind Open 60, a Wildwind AC62, and an ACA33 making up the remainder. This fleet really got off to a great clean start, as shown in the slideshow from photos taken by Petra below:

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Everyone did exceptionally well with this start with no fouling and no one missing the start line. As a matter of fact, almost all the boats were across within about 30 seconds of the countdown hitting 00:00:00. Beane and Lucy, both in RC-44s, were across first at 00:00:03. Cole, in her ACA33, was next across at 00:00:05. Carlota followed, in her Ushuaia, at 00:00:06. Alexandre, in his RC-44, and Kristaly, in her Francois Jacques, were next at 00:00:09. Peter, just recently returned from his summer break, was next in his 12 Metre at 00:00:10. Gail, in her Open 60, followed at 00:00:11. Stu, with Kate in his Ushuaia, was next at 00:00:17 followed by Susi, in her Ushuaia, at 00:00:23. Viv’s AC62 was next across at 00:00:35 but that boat screams and she was able to make moves past the entire fleet to pace the fleet in the lead. The rest of the fleet started to sort itself out along the first three marks into the Sloe region as Alexandre, in his RC-44, settled into second. Beane fell into third with Lucy, both in their RC-44s, just on her stern pretty much the whole course, making for some exciting racing to watch. Cole wasn’t far behind, in her ACA33, while Gail, in her Open 60, was in tow. Stu, with Kate in his Ushuaia, settled in towards the rear of the fleet with Carlota, in her Ushuaia as well, right on his stern. Kristaly, in her Francois Jacques, was just behind them with Susi, in her Ushuaia, following up in the rear. Peter unfortunately crashed on a sim crossing and recorded a DNF. Viv would take line honors as she finished first. Alexandre was next across to finish, with Beane and Lucy finishing a split second apart. Cole was next to finish, followed by Gail, Stu with Kate, Carlota, Kristaly, and Susi.

More pictures after the results.

Race Director: Petra
Wind: SW (225°) 15kts

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

Today’s winner was Stu (stuart1524 Resident), with Carlota (Carlota Dufaux) second, and Cole (Colette Verino) 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:
Kristaly (kristaly Resident) and Lucy (LucyInTheSky Afarensis) both finished tied with 16 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
kristaly Resident 4 12
LucyInTheSky Afarensis 7 9

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


Gail (epinefri Resident) and Susi (Susicat Oh) both finished tied with 18 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
epinefri Resident 8 10
Susicat Oh 9 9

With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Gail’s favor with having an eighth place finish over Susi’s ninth place finish as her best.

 

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