This weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta was an all Bandit IF affair with some great sim weather. The sims were well behaved as we had no DNFs recorded due to crashes. The only DNF was actually due to a script failure in Stu’s IF. We also saw the entire fleet made up of bandit IFs, which makes my post slightly easier with no handicapping needed. This week was also our monthly ‘There and Back Again’ using both race lines in The North Sea. The spectator turn out was again large as people gathered in the usual spots at the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier in the Eden Puffin Region, along the shore in the Eden Albatros region, along the beaches on Lighthouse Isle in the Ziziphus region, at the committee boat docks in both the Breadnut and Eden Auks regions, as well as the Robbins Reef Lighthouse in the Eden Auk region.
The first race, the ‘There’ portion on the North Sea Breadnut to Eden Auk course, saw a great exciting start as half the fleet crossed the start line in less than ten seconds. Alexandra was first across at 00:00:04 with Stu, with Kate, right on his stern at 00:00:05. Jackson was next to cross at 00:00:07 with Carlota following in tow at 00:00:09. Neil was next across at 00:00:21 followed by Ray, with Arwen, at 00:00:32. Susi got herself a bit caught up on her turn to the line in the pre-start but recovered well and crossed the line at 00:01:14. The lead pack of the fleet, consisting of Alexandre, Jackson, Stu with Kate, and Carlota stayed tight up until the first mark, south of Lighthouse Isle in the Ziziphus region. Stu’s boat had a script error and he wound up recording a DNF as it stopped responding to any input at the first mark. Carlota made her move at that mark as she passed both Jackson and Alexandre to take the lead. Alexandre and Jackson stayed right on her stern though. As Neil approached the first mark he went to high and wound up following the string back to re-round the mark properly. Ray, with Arwen, took advantage and passed Neil as he rounded the mark. Susi held up the rear of the fleet but still was making good time. Carlota’s lead never faltered as she crossed the finish line first, taking line honors. Alexandre was right in tow, crossing second as Jackson crossed just behind in third. Ray, with Arwen, followed along next, crossing fourth followed by Neil crossing fifth and Susi crossing sixth.
The second race, the ‘and Back Again’ portion on the North Sea Eden Auk to Breadnut course, saw a challenging start as the wind changed to 135° from the 225° from the first race. Alexandre got things started as he crossed the line first at 00:00:04 followed by Carlota at 00:00:15. Susi, who’s been working her fingers off practicing her starts, followed at 00:00:25 with Jackson in tow at 00:00:30. Neil was next to cross at 00:00:39 followed by Ray, with Arwen, at 00:00:48. Alexandre immediately went to a port tack after the committee boat, heading south down through the Genip region and into Cocoa region where he tacked east to the first mark in the Zizphus region, south of Lighthouse Isle. Carlota took the more traditional route out of the start, staying on a starboard tack heading east into the Eden Albatros region where she tacked south to head to the first mark. Susi took a chance and followed Alexandre’s course on a port tack south were she actually caught up to and passed Alexandre before they both tacked east to the first mark. The rest of the fleet followed Carlota’s lead and stayed on a starboard tack east before tacking south in Eden Albatros. As Carlota rounded the first mark, with a growing lead, Jackson was not far off in tow, with Neil just behind. Susi held her position just ahead of Alexandre as they both rounded the first mark all the way up to the second mark. Susi faltered slightly after rounding the second mark and Alexandre made his move, passing her and not looking back. Ray, with Arwen, was just to the stern of Susi and catching up. Carlota wound up repeating her position from the first race as she crossed the finish first and took line honors again. Jackson followed along in second with Neil crossing third. Alexandre crossed the finish fourth as Susi and Ray made a dash for the finish, with Susi crossing fifth and Ray, with Arwen, crossing sixth.
Race Director: Cryptic
Race 1: North Sea Breadnut to Eden Auk
Wind: 225 18kts
1: Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — 00:10:29
2: ramuf Resident IDBSBD2E — 00:10:43
3: Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — 00:10:53
4: Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — 00:12:40
5: eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 — 00:12:51
6: Susicat Oh IDBSE523 — 00:13:34
7: stuart1524 Resident IDBSAE60 –DNF
Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — Start: 00:00:09 — Last lap: 00:10:20
ramuf Resident IDBSBD2E — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:10:39
Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — Start: 00:00:07 — Last lap: 00:10:46
Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — Start: 00:00:32 — Last lap: 00:12:08
eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 — Start: 00:00:21 — Last lap: 00:12:30
Susicat Oh IDBSE523 — Start: 00:01:14 — Last lap: 00:12:20
stuart1524 Resident IDBSAE60 — Start: 00:00:05 — Last lap: –DNF
Race 2: North Sea Eden Auk to Breadnut
Wind: 135 18kts
1: Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — 00:13:32
2: Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — 00:14:23
3: eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 — 00:14:49
4: ramuf Resident IDBSBD2E — 00:15:14
5: Susicat Oh IDBSE523 — 00:18:06
6: Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — 00:18:22
Carlota Dufaux IDBSC5F3 — Start: 00:00:15 — Last lap: 00:13:17
Jacquimo Resident IDBSF10B — Start: 00:00:30 — Last lap: 00:13:53
eager2discover Resident IDBSBAD2 — Start: 00:00:39 — Last lap: 00:14:10
ramuf Resident IDBSBD2E — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:15:10
Susicat Oh IDBSE523 — Start: 00:00:25 — Last lap: 00:17:41
Rayzza Rubble IDBSF812 — Start: 00:00:48 — Last lap: 00:17:34
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Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Carlota (Carlota Dufaux), with Jackson (Jacquimo Resident) second, and Alexandre (ramuf Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.
We have a superb paint supplied by Ali Vultee, see her paint here: Ali’s Boat Paint Shop to the first place overall winner.