A race in three parts:
First a most enjoyable spinnaker run east to the forts in warmish sunshine. We had a poor start and did not recover any ground on the north side of the fleet in what we hoped would be the strongest tide. We had hoped to be flying the kite all night but everyone had to go to whites at Bembridge Ledge. As darkness fell we began a memorable scrap with Persephone across Sandown bay and past Dunose towards St Cats. The decision to make was whether to stay inshore to avoid the strong adverse spring tide and accept lighter wind. We took a moderate inshore track which took us past Persephone who were further in to the tide.
Then we converged and by
dint of masterful mainsheet trimming, Nigel skippering Persephone came past us
to leeward. By 2 miles short of St Cats I felt we were all too far west of
our shortest course towards
From then to the finish it was just a fast fine reach and after 11hr sailing we were delighted to find no other Sigmas in Braye harbour when we moored for a very bouncy stay.
PS we had a great meal in the newly refurbished Braye Beach Hotel after drinks on their terrace after the JOG party at the sailing club...