Fun racing and a great spectator turnout featured in this weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta. We had another large turnout of spectators on the committee boat dock in Breadnut, on the spectator pier at the Poseidon Center in Eden Puffin, and along the shore of Eden Albatros. Fun racing was had in this weeks fleet as it was comprised of a majority of five Bandit IF’s with one lone Bandit 25.
The first race, a 3 lap affair on the North Sea Short Loop course, saw Gail, racing in her Bandit 25 with Cat as crew, getting off to a great start at 00:00:03. Jackson and Ultra, both racing in their Bandit IFs, followed at 00:00:06. Alexandre, racing in his bandit IF, was next to cross at 00:00:20, followed by Neil, in his Bandit IF, at 00:00:23, and Susi, in her Bandit IF, at 00:01:14. Gail lead the pack, in her speedy Bandit 25 with Cat as crew. Jackson and Ultra had some spirited racing as they kept on each others sterns, changing positions several times. Alexandre unfortunately crashed on the first region crossing after the start line and when his boat didn’t respond to input commands when he tried to recover, he took a DNF. Neil was right behind both of them, with Susi not far off. Gail took line honors, crossing first. Ultra followed, crossing second, with Jackson crossing third, six seconds after him. Neil was next to finish with Susi crossing next.
The second race, on the North Sea Manta course, saw some more fun racing. Ultra, in his Bandit IF, mistimed his start and crossed early, leaving Jackson, in his Bandit IF, to cross first at 00:00:05. Gail, in her Bandit 25, followed at 00:00:07, with Neil, in his Bandit IF, crossing at 00:00:18. Ultra had circled back around and crossed cleanly at 00:01:01. Ultra wasted no time and started to make moves through the fleet, passing Neil and then Jackson. Gail was too quick, in her Bandit 25, and paced the fleet out front and ultimately finished first, taking line honors again. Ultra crossed second, with Jackson following right behind him, crossing third, and Neil crossing fourth.
Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Ultra (ultramantra Resident), with Jackson (Jacquimo Resident) second, and Neil (eager2discover Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.
We have a superb paint supplied by Ali Vultee, see her paint here: Ali’s Boat Paint Shop, and prize plaques for the top three places.