Rolling Dice Enterprise Report 2012-06-27
According to a friendly fisherman in the channel there was 20 knots on the way but it was a gentle breeze from the South East during the rig up.
Neap low tide was at 6pm so we launched at the bottom of the slipway which is unusually algae free. Either it’s the rubbish weather or pixies who come in the night to scrub it down. Either way it’s much better than the green luge.
We sailed out into Jennicliffe bay and found the wind quite shifty and gusty which would provide some good roll of the dice.
The running start to South Winter was won once again by our champion starter Alan and Peter in Different Shade. In the Spoon we were doing a trantric start and were last over the line. As we got round the end of Mountbatten pier the wind veered more South Easterly and allowed the leaders to stretch away. At South Winter it was Different Shade from Dyskinetic and No Handles who rounded the mark and continued on port tack towards F buoy.
We fancied the pressure coming down the left hand side and so we tacked over onto starboard and got quite a good heading. As soon as we hit a big header we tacked back onto port to crossed in front of the fleet, which was nice. Different shade and The Doctors came out to join us near the port hand lay line. In the Spoon we took a starboard hitch at the first header but the wind had certainly backed about 20 degrees which explains our 2 tack recovery at South Winter.
At Dunstone it was the Spoon from Different Shade and Dyskinetic. Alan and Peter closed up on the next 2 legs via West Mallard and South Winter to be just 25 metres back.
Only because it paid the first time we tacked on the mark again and extended our lead over Different Shade who took a big Northerly tack 2 mintues later into the beat. The doctors took a more conservative route and took second place by the top of the second beat.
Meantime Dave and Anna in Hellbent were hellbent on climbing up the fleet and took the right hand side to get in front of Different Shade and battle with Martin for 3rd.
The third lap did not see many place changes and at the end it was the Spoon from Dyskinetic, No Handles, Hell Bent and Different Shade.
Tonight was a more typical summer’s evening sail with good pressure in the gusts lots of shifts to play up the beat. Crucially less swimming than last week.