The wind gusted, the Solent chopped up, and all the racing was cancelled.
The Asparagus Race.
The youthful RO team of June-Mary Smith, Barbara Hempstead and Bernard Turner set a course of Lymington Bank, Black Rock, 3 (Folkboats Forever) line, 15, 8, 16, #, all marks to port except 16. The wind had stayed stronger than forecast and started at NW, moving to N then NE during the race. From the start, Genista led the field in a puff of cigar smoke with James Hudleston at the helm. Diatom was helmed by John Poyner, and after a slow start, tacked early and when the fleet came together had got into second place. Magnolia with Alex and Hugh on board were in third. With the strong ebb tide really getting going, it was up spinnakers to Black Rock and 3. With the wind now NE, there was a long leg against the tide to 15, with Magnolia closing the gap on Diatom. Behind, Puffin, Blandina and Pimpernel were having a close battle. After 15, Genista held on before tacking, but had to tack back. Diatom held on further - still not enough, and Magnolia held on even further - still not enough. Genista got round 8 and with the tide under her seemed to be unassailable. Diatom clawed round 8 to chase while Magnolia battled the tide with the other 3 boats closing in. Blandina tried to take her, but the tide was too strong and the wind faded. At the front, Genista ran into a hole and drifted past #, letting Diatom head up high and slip round into the lead. Magnolia now closed in, but Genista just got round ahead to hold second place. Result1) Diatom, 2) Genista, 3) Magnolia, 4) Puffin, 5) Pimpernel, 6) Blandina.
WEDNESDAY 3rd June
Four Y’s came to the line, although with the wind at Force 4, Lord T needed a bit of persuasion by his crew. With the mighty Puffin leading the fleet as usual, but with special guest Catwoman (AKA Michelle) on board , Anthea showed that the decision to sail was worthwhile by coming in second. Blandina had dragged Ethan from the bar and looked like a Boy Band outing. After a few alarms they got past Pimpernel to finish third.
SUNDAY 7th June
Six boats came to the line on a beautiful sunny morning. The wind was gentle from the NE, and there was the likelihood of the sea breeze killing it off. After a debate, the course was set as #, 11, twice round, leaving to starboard. At the start, Diatom and Pimpernel got good starts, but Diatom lost # and tacked for 8 instead, leaving Blandina and Puffin to get to the buoy first. Diatom and Genista had a battle, at which point Diatom gybed for a nice gust of wind, which promptly disappeared, losing her ground to Anthea and Pimpernel.
At 11 it was announced that the course was to be shortened, leaving Puffin, who has squeezed past Blandina, to lead the fleet home. Blandina and Genista followed. At the buoy, Anthea and Pimpernel continued on starboard tack, which left the door open for Diatom to tack and grab 4th place.
WEDNESDAY 27th May
Two YODs raced on Wednesday evening, Puffin 3rd & Blandina 5th.
Sadly due to high winds the Queen's Jubilee Race on the Sunday was cancelled.