Another Excellent Weekend Of Solent Yacht Racing

17th/18th Sept – It was another good weekend of sailing yacht racing with decent wind from mainly the NW, no rain, sun cream needed, seven yachts in the mixed fleet. The weekend included a fun social supper for crew meeting up in Royal Clarence Marina Gosport. The being a passage race the course on Saturday was mainly upwind to Gosport with a good downwind leg slipped in. For Sunday for the passage to Chichester it was a little windier and had a long fast and lively downwind leg from near Gilkicker to Horse Elbow. Those with downwind sails gave them a good airing. Those declared No Spinnaker lost some ground on the downwnd legs but the handicaps made up the difference. On my yacht we had very close competitive racing in the middle of the fleet. The fleet was very mixed with two Folkboats, a Contessa 32, an older classic GRP 31ftr, an X119 and several mid sized cruisers. It was a little busy on the water because besides our own race fleet there were two large dinghy fleets racing inshore. One fleet of OD Squibs and the other even larger was from Hayling Island Sailing Club with Lasers. In the photo attached you can see one of points where the CCRC and Lasers fleets crossed off Hayling beach. Bring on the next one.