Calm seas, with a nice fleet turnout, highlighted the first Cat Fight in The North Sea for March, 2023. With a fresh breeze of 18 knots out of the southwest, climbing to 21 knots during the second race, The North Sea regions were generally well behaved as no DNFs (Did Not Finish) were recorded on the day. The crowds that gathered along the beaches of the islands in the Ziziphus, and Genip regions, and along the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier and small race dock in the Eden Jakana region, indulged in the fresh fleet-foiled feline ferment on display from this weeks skippers. This weeks fleet, sailing on the North Sea Torpedo and the North Sea Snipe courses, was made up of a majority of six The Mesh Shop (TMS) Flying Shadows, five sailing single-handed and one crewed respectively. One TMS Nacra 17, and one WildWind AC-45 rounded out this weeks catamaran fleet in the first race. The lone Nacra skipper opted for her Flying Shadow instead, for the second race.
Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Wind: SW (225°) 21kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Daenerys (blondij Resident), with ViV (vivipezz Resident) second, and Moon (moonglownight Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate.
Xiao (XiaoMarque01 Resident) was disqualified (DSQ) during the first race for sailing an incorrect course, crossing the finish line while missing five of seven course marks.
Rayz (Rayzza Rubble) and Vicky (Vicky4698 Resident) finished tied with 11 points. As they both have duplicate finishes, Rule A8.2 of Appendix A, Scoring, 2021 – 2024 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.“
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In the last race, Rayz breaks the tie with Vicky with his fifth place finish over Vicky’s sixth place finish.
Thanks for the fun and exciting races! Fast sailing but stupid navigation cost me twice. First race, it all went haywire for me in pre-start as I mis-calculated my last tack and ended under water as my boat crossed the sim border twice along the pier. After catching up with my boat I could start but 40-45 seconds too late. For as much as I sailed fast thereafter, there was no way to catch up with the equally fast Dae. In the second race, I nearly repeated my mistake of race 1 in pre-start, but managed a good start. We then sailed side by side with Dae until the first tack to mark 1, where I could take a little lead, being inside and tacking first. I managed to stay ahead until mark 5. There, I naively followed the arrow track on the chart while Dae cut a shorter route East of the island in Genip. When I saw her zip fast ahead of me at the next mark, I had to open the chart to understand where she was coming from!! That cost me a very poor spin drop at the following mark, and ended any hope of a come back. Congrats to Dae for her great sailing: not only fast but smart! I will keep this in mind next time we sail this course 🙂
Until then, Cheers!