In light winds and the usual strong tides, the start timing was crucial. Puffin, Blandina, Anthea, Magnolia, Franchesca and Pimpernel came to the line - with a guest appearance from Ned Tutton in Magnolia. 30 seconds before the startBlandina’s mainsheet lost a pin, but despite this they made the line in good time. On the reach to the first mark Puffin pulled ahead, closely followed byPimpernel and Blandina, who were neck and neck. On rounding the mark, spinnakers went up and Puffin increased her lead even further. Magnoliacaught Pimpernel and Blandina and the three boats jostled continuously. On rounding Harbour East Magnolia pulled ahead, closely followed by Blandina andPimpernel. On this second upwind leg, Magnolia got clear ahead of Blandina &Pimpernel, but on trying to hoist the spinnaker, things went horribly wrong and once again the fight was on for second place. On rounding the leeward mark, all they had to do was get to the finish, but it was neck and neck, with all three boats tacking in different directions. On the line, Blandina pushed Magnoliainto the ODM and all three boats had a photo finish. The final finishing order was Puffin, Blandina, Pimpernel, Magnolia followed by Anthea and Francesca.
ROYAL ARTILLERY REGATTA
On Saturday four boats came to the line, Blandina, Diatom, Puffin andPimpernel. On the start line Diatom and Blandina fought for best position withBlandina pulling away. On the beat to the first mark, Blandina kept her lead, as Diatom ran aground allowing Puffin – sailed by Steven Payne – to get past. On approaching number 14, Blandina tacked and just made it round, closely followed by Puffin. However with the wind dying Blandina hoisted her spinnaker, but immediately dropped it, realising she needed to point higher. Whereas Puffin tried to hold her spinnaker, a strategy that sadly didn’t pay off. Meanwhile Diatom and Pimpernel missed No14, due to the lack of wind and continued to battle to get round. Blandina, while pointing high, managed to drift past the right side of No.2, unlike Puffin. Resulting Blandina being the only boat to get round the course and finish.
The same four boats came to the line on Sunday and once again Blandina andDiatom jostled for the lead. Blandina tacked off and managed to lay the windward mark, with Diatom just ahead. Puffin and Pimpernel were close behind. On the downwind leg Blandina managed to edge past Diatom, butDiatom soon got ahead on the next windward leg. On the leeward leg to the finish, Diatom kept her clear lead, with Blandina holding off Puffin to finish in second place by only two seconds, with Pimpernel bringing up rear.
Results overall for the Royal Artillery Regatta, Blandina won, with Diatom,Puffin and Pimpernel following in that order. A big well done to Alex Gallimore and Steven Payne, for their success helming & being in charge of their YODs in their first regatta.