This weeks North Sea Open Regatta featured a huge turnout and also some choppy sim weather. The sims played up slightly during the small boats race, causing several DNFs, but settled down for the big boats race. We also saw the single largest turnout for a race fleet since Petra split the races into small boats and big boats from the original combined fleets in early 2015. 18 boats turned up for the small boat race, all racing from one start line. We additionally had another great turnout of spectators positioned all around the North Sea. Plus the starts for both races got off great, with more than half of both fleets starting in 30 seconds, showing that pre-start practices are really paying off. By the way, that is ten boats of an eighteen boat fleet, for the small boats, starting in 30 seconds with no fouling, which is no small feet.
The small boat fleet, racing on the North Sea Circle course, was made up of a majority of seven Bandit IFs. Three Melges-24s, two Dolphin Moths, two Shields Class, a Trudeau One, a Flying Shadow, a Nacra 17, and a Laser One made up the remainder of the small boat fleet. I got things started, crossing the start line at 00:00:01 in my Dolphin Moth with Peter, in his Laser One, right behind me at 00:00:02. Lucy, in her Melges-24, was next across at 00:00:04 with Beane, in her Melges-24, right behind at 00:00:06. Carlota, in her Bandit IF, was next to cross at 00:00:07 followed by Kristaly, in her Shields Class, at 00:00:10. Viv, in her Flying Shadow, and Gail, in her Dolphin Moth, were both across next at 00:00:14. Stu, in his bandit IF, was next to cross at 00:00:28 followed by Jackson, in his Bandit IF, at 00:00:30. Cranston, in his Bandit IF with Shaylin as crew, was next to cross at 00:00:36 followed by Cor, in his Trudeau One, at 00:00:39. Neil, in his Bandit IF, crossed next at 00:00:43 with Susi, in her Bandit IF, following at 00:00:46. Cole was next, in her Nacra 17, crossing at 00:01:01 with Traeumer, in his Shields Class, crossing at 00:01:07. Palani, in his Melges-24, was across next at 00:01:11 with Asami, in her Bandit IF, crossing at 00:01:41. Tragedy soon struck however, as the Mammea region didn’t rez ahead of me while heading right to where it should have been at 33kts on my Dolphin Moth, ultimately causing my crash and recording a DNF. Peter, in his slower Laser One, held on, but not for long as Beane, in her Melges-24, Gail, in her Dolphin Moth, and Lucy, in her Melges-24 all made moves to pass him. Unfortunately, Beane and Gail both would crash and record DNF’s as well. Lucy held on, however until Viv, in her faster Flying Shadow, moved up through the fleet to take the lead. Kristaly, in her Shields Class, also met the crashing fate and recorded a DNF. Cole, in her Nacra 17, not to be outdone on making move, move up through almost the whole fleet to pass Lucy and fall in right behind Viv. Traeumer was next up to make some moves up through the fleet, in his Shields Class, falling in right behind Peter as Palani, in his Melges-24, moved up as well, just ahead of Peter. Jackson, in his Bandit IF, Cor, in his Trudeau One, Stu, in his Bandit IF, and Cranston with Shaylin, in his Bandit 60, took up the center of the fleet and jockeyed for position there. The remained of the Bandit IF pack made up the rear of the fleet, with Neil, Carlota, Susi, and Asami. Viv held her lead to cross first and take line honors with Cole crossing just behind her. Lucy was next to cross, followed by Palani, Peter, Traeumer, Jackson, Cor, Stu, Cranston with Shaylin, Neil, Carlota, Susi, and Asami.
The big boat fleet, racing on the North Sea Manta course, was made up of a majority of three Ushuaias. Two Wildwind RC-44s, a One Design 65, an ACA33, a Trudeau 12 Metre, an AC45, and a Bandit 60 made up the remainder of the big boat fleet. Peter got things started, in his Trudeau 12 Metre, crossing first at 00:00:006. Beane, in her One Design 65, was next to start at 00:00:08 followed by Stu, in his Ushuaia, at 00:00:10. Cole, in her ACA33, was next to cross at 00:00:12 with Lucy, in her RC-44, crossing at 00:00:15. Viv, in her AC45, crossed next at 00:00:23 followed by Cranston, in his Bandit 60 with Shaylin as crew, crossing at 00:00:24. Traeumer was across next, in his RC-44, at 00:00:31 followed by Cor, in his Ushuaia, crossing at 00:00:54. Gail was next across, in her Bandit 25 and not officially recorded for the race but allowed to race along as practice, at 00:01:24 with Susi, in her Ushuaia, crossing at 00:02:32. Once again, Peter’s slowed Trudeau 12 Metre would not hold the lead as Beane’s faster One Design 65 would take it and hold it for the duration of the course. Peter continued to slide back as Lucy, in her RC-44, Cole, in her ACA33, and Traeumer, in his RC-44, proved to be faster and took up position ahead of him. Viv, in her AC45, had to record a DNF as she had RL call and logged. Stu, in his Ushuaia, also had tragedy strike as he crashed and recorded a DNF. Cranston, in his Bandit 60 with Shaylin, held his ground towards the rear of the fleet with Cor, in his Ushuaia, and Susi, in her Ushuaia, all just behind. Beane crossed first, taking line honors, with Lucy crossing just on her stern. Traeumer was next to finish, followed by Cole, Peter, Gail (as a practice racer), Cranston with Shaylin, Cor, and Susi.
Race Director: Petra
Wind: SW (225°) 15kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Lucy (LucyInTheSky Afarensis), with Cole (Colette Verino) second, and Cranston (Cranston Yordstorm) 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.
Cranston (Cranston Yordstorm) and Peter (PeterSailor Resident) both finished tied with 8 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.“
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With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in Cranston’s favor with having a first place finish over Peter’s third place finish as his best.
Susi (Susicat Oh) and Neil (eager2discover Resident) finished tied with 19 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, Susi breaks the tie with Neil with her eight place finish over Neil’s eleventh place finish.
Cryptic (Cryptic Resident), Kristaly (kristaly Resident), and Gail (epinefri Resident) all finished tied with 26 points. They remain tied as neither A8.1 or A8.2 will break their tie with them all recording the exact same finishes for both races, a DNF and DNS respectively.