HISC RTICHI Cruiser Challenge

HISC have announced an innovative cruiser challenge going round the Isle of Wight on Sat 17th July. CCRC members are invited to take part.
For details go to http://hisc.co.uk/cruiser-sailing/cruiser-racing/

Weather – Changeable

Dead calm, Force 5, East wind, North wind, West wind, brilliant sunshine, dark cloud, rain, snow – we had it all in today’s race – okay I lied about the snow! Some had left the harbour with reefs in because the forecast was for force 4-6; yet arriving at the start mark – WE – we found no wind and a postponement which we all thought would not last long. Meanwhile one boat had engine problems – had they picked up a lobster pot around the prop? They headed slowly back into harbour.
An hour later there was a whisper of wind and with the threat of strong winds arriving soon a short course was set and we headed off from Sparkes. A beat to Winner and then on to Hard, then Chi, then Sparkes to finish. For some the downwind legs were slow – they had not rigged for downwind sails in light airs. But for some by the end of the race there was 15 knots of wind and soon gusts of 25 knots as the rain arrived. We scooted back into the harbour after a “changeable” day race.

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First Weekend of Racing for 2021

Although many members’ boats were not yet launched we went ahead with the first weekend of racing, and what a super weekend it was. With the high pressure over the UK the wind was a bit uncertain for both days but it was there – with it strengthening during both races as it veered to the south. Seven boats competed on each day and each race had short legs in case we needed to shorten, which on Saturday we did.
Brilliant sunshine, a gentle breeze, calm seas, and a chance to sail – what more could we have wanted.

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New Racing Rules of Sailing

There are new Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021 (to 2024) and we now have a link to these as well as other useful documents such as one identifying the actual changes on CCRC Documents page – https://www.ccrc.co.uk/ccrc-documents/

Fitting Out Meeting – Online

Friday saw our usual Fitting Out Supper replaced by a Fitting Out Meeting held online with some presentations and sociable discussions of the programme of CCRC events for 2021.
We agreed to go ahead and start racing on Saturday 17th April; while some boat preparation has been delayed there is enough to have a race for those ready. The rest of the CCRC programme remains as per the published list though options for the usual cross-Channel race and Spring Cruise (end of May) remain open as we doubt crossing to France will be likely.
We talked through race start procedures for Race Officers and competitors plus aids like SailEvent and a new link showing the marks CCRC uses.
We all look forward to getting back on the water ASAP.

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