Saturday saw the North Sea Bandit IF races take place on a beautiful fall afternoon. This time we had a fleet of nine Bandit IFs at the start. Two of the nine Bandit IFs had crew. The North Sea regions and Eden Naturist Estate regions were well behaved and there was not a cloud in the sky.
We had a good start and one of the skippers started from port tack and immediately took the lead over the group of eight. The first mark was completed without any problems. Halfway through Eden we had a front runner with two pursuers, followed by another group of two. After the race ended, we had an extended fleet. The leader took a completely different route to the finish than all other skippers.
The start of the second race went very well. The group of eight boats stayed together until the first mark and on the way to Eden we had a group of three skippers sailing together head to head. In the Eden Pigeon region, the leading group was still well together and it seemed that the race would be settled on the finish line. However, one of the skippers said goodbye to the two other front runners by sailing a different route. This decision made the race’s outcome decided by the time they were in the Eden Sparrow region.
The start of the third race went well. The remaining seven boats stayed together until after the first mark in the Sapodilla region. After the fleet entered Eden past the two statues in the Eden Gateway region, we had a front runner with three pursuers. In the new region “Smooth Sailing”, the front runner was overtaken by the chasing group. At the Eden Pigeon region, one of the front runners took a different route to the last mark in the Eden Snowfinch region, as it turned out that the leading group had been given a different order. Two of the front runners here took away from the third boat and decided the race on the finish line.
We had two DNFs (Did Not Finish) and one DSQ (Disqualified) through both races and it was another successful and sporting day in The North Sea.
More pictures after the results.
Race Director: Daenerys
Assist Race Director: Tamarushka
Wind: 210° (SW) 17kts
Wind: 215° (SW) 19kts
Wind: 220° (SW) 19kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Julie (JulieRoyale Resident), with Moon (moonglownight Resident) second, and Siri (Sirius Rosca) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.
Moon (moonglownight Resident) was disqualified (DSQ) during the second race for finishing the race under protest while failing to complete a 360° penalty turn due to a 19.2(b) Giving Room at an Obstruction foul on another skipper.
“19.2 Giving Room at an Obstruction
(b) When boats are overlapped, the outside boat shall give the inside boat room between her and the obstruction, unless she has been unable to do so from the time the overlap began.”
Source: 2017 – 2020 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing