Excellent sailing weather and some great racing featured in this weeks North Sea Bandit Regatta. The sim weather was excellent as there were no DNFs due to crashes. The only DNF occurred when Cor’s Bandit 50 got stuck on a buoy and stopped responding forcing Cor to delete the boat and re-log. This weeks races were held an hour later to help compensate for the United States lagging one week behind Europe in falling back an hour from daylight savings time. This weeks races also fell on Halloween. Next weeks Bandit Regatta will return to it’s regular time of 1PM SL.
This weeks fleet was made up of a majority of seven Bandit IFs. Two Bandit 60s and a lone Bandit 50 made up the remainder of the fleet.
The first race, on North Sea Olympic Course (Long), got off to a great start as the majority of the fleet got underway in under 30 seconds. Stu, in his bandit IF with Kate, was first to cross the start line at 00:00:05. Neil, in his Bandit IF, was next across at 00:00:11. Crantson, in his Bandit 60, followed next at 00:00:13. Ultra, in his Bandit IF, was next to cross at 00:00:21 with Carlota, in her Bandit IF, right in tow at 00:00:22. Jackson, in his Bandit IF, followed next at 00:00:26 with Cor, in his Bandit 50, right on his stern at 00:00:27. Trey, in his Bandit 60, followed next at 00:00:47, with Rayz, in his Bandit IF, crossing at 00:00:52 and Susi, in her Bandit IF, crossing at 00:01:29. Cor, in his speedy Bandit 50, didn’t waste much time and made several moves through the fleet to take the lead. Stu, in his Bandit IF with Kate, held up strong right behind Cor. Ultra, Carlota, and Jackson, all in their Bandit IFs, wouldn’t stay back idly as they made moves to pass Cranston, in his Bandit 60, placing him in the middle of the fleet. Neil, in his Bandit if, fell off the great pace of his start to settle in behind Cranston. Trey, in his Bandit 60, settled into the rear of the fleet with Rayz, in his Bandit IF, and Susi, in her Bandit IF, just behind him. Cor’s lead held as he crossed the line first, gaining line honors. Stu, with Kate, finished second, not far off of Cor’s pace. Carlota finished next, followed by Ultra, Jackson, Cranston, Neil, Trey, Rayz, and Susi.
The second race, on the North Sea Trapezoid course, got off to just as quick a start as the first, with a majority of the fleet once again crossing about 30 seconds. Stu, in his Bandit IF with Kate, started things off, crossing the start line at 00:00:07. Cor, in his Bandit 50, was next to start at 00:00:20. Jackson, in his Bandit IF, was across next at 00:00:22. Neil, in his Bandit IF, followed next at 00:00:23. Crantson, in his Bandit 60, was across next at 00:00:27 followed by Trey, in his Bandit 60, at 00:00:34. Ultra, in his Bandit IF, followed next at 00:00:41, followed by Rayz, in his Bandit IF, at 00:00:85, and Susi, in her Bandit IF, at 00:03:16. Once again, Cor’s speedy bandit 50 got him out front quick, however he struck and got stuck on a buoy. Cor’s Bandit 50 stopped responding and he ultimately deleted it and re-logged, recording a DNF. This left Jackson at the head of the fleet, in his Bandit IF, until Ultra, in his Bandit IF, made several moves, and took the lead coming from the rear of the fleet. Neil, in his Bandit IF, settled in behind Jackson with Stu, in his Bandit IF with Kate, falling from his great start to stay in tow behind Neil. Cranston, in his Bandit 60, found himself comfortably in the middle of the fleet with Rayz, in his Bandit IF, settling in right behind. Susi, in her Bandit IF, was right behind Rayz, as Trey, in his Bandit 60, fell from the middle of the fleet to the rear. Ultra held on to his lead and crossed the finish first, taking line honors. Jackson was right behind, crossing second. Neil crossed third followed by Stu, with Kate, Cranston, Rayz, Susi, and Trey.
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 Stu (stuart1524 Resident) second, and Jackson (Jacquimo 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.