McGuigan Wines Double Handed Series - Island Double July 18 2009.
Not a day for the faint of heart!
The UK, was trapped between 2 low pressure weather systems and a gale warning in force for Wight and the RSYC about to start their RIR double handed race with a record entry, including Dee Caffari and Katie Miller.
Most of the forecasts had the gradient wind at around 20 knots but with heavy gusts and no rain till late afternoon. But the gradient rose to 25 knots with the strongest gust being 32 knots off St Catherine’s point. Those with DSC VHFs were startled at about 11am by a DSC beep beep beep call from the coastguard warning of imminent gale force 8 winds, as most of the fleet were south of the island and the slower boats not even at St Cats, the call influenced decisions on sail area! Certainly aboard my boat we decided not to get caught with our kite up!
For the beat down to the Needles most yachts reefed in. It was a bumpy wet ride with wind over tide producing a Solent chop, causing sea sickness in a few poor souls. Once round the Needles big seas and strong winds caused plenty of broaches as the sea built combined with the gusts it was easy to be caught out. One or two shredded their spinnakers but with plenty of wind it was still quick for those under white sails only, it was hairy!
The headline news was that the record for monohulls was beaten but only by a mere 13 seconds! Ned Wakefield and Luke McCathey in their Class 40, Concise. The new time to beat is 5hrs 58min 38sec.
IRC class 1 was won on corrected time by Ray Crouch and Peter Baker on their Adams 10, Boomerang with Chris Rushton and Steve Homewood 2nd on Ding Dong! (Stewart 37) and Katie Miller and Alex Adams on the J105 Voador.
IRC Class 2 saw a victory for Paul Dunstan and Gavin Tappenden on Mandarin in their Folk boat Infinite Jest, an Elizabethan 30 with David Aldridge and Phil Pafford were 2nd and RSYC Captain of Racing, Mike Garvey, with Mike Newton was 3rd on Jarrow. Contessa 26 Tessa, Paul Wells and Richard Sawle were 9th.
Club class 3 victory went to Magewind of Roke, a Maxi 1050 sailed by John Skipper and Tom Henderson.
Club class 4 the win went to Challenge Round the World skipper Paul Kelly sailing with Peter Draycott on Scruffy, a Contessa 26.
Eight multihulls took part, Ben Goodland and Paul Butler in a Raider 30, Team Eberspacher, took line honours and the class win. Triohe, a Farrier F9AX, sailed by Mark Lacey and Charles Glanville was second.
For full results go to RSYC Racing Results
For further information on RSYC racing contact
Cathy Crawley, Sailing Secretary, RSYC,