2008 Day 3

Boat IRC Finish Elapsed Corrected Net
Mariette of 1915 1.225 14:07:55 2:52:55 3:31:49 1.0
Lutine 0.988 14:50:52 3:35:52 3:33:17 2.0
Altair 1.181 14:15:57 3:00:57 3:33:42 3.0
Mariquita 1.250 14:10:50 2:55:50 3:39:48 4.0
Kelpie 0.978 15:03:26 3:48:26 3:43:24 5.0
The Lady Anne 1.164 14:30:37 3:15:37 3:47:42 6.0
Adix 1.444 14:54:26 3:39:26 5:16:52 7.0


Weather: Clear
Wind: WSW 3 gusting 4
Sea state: Moderate
Visibility: Good

A full fleet racing today including The Lady Anne, Adix, Mariette, Mariquita, Altair, Lutine and Kelpie. Mariquita for first time in many years flew the original class flag, kindly provided by the original owner. Schooners were all set with full sail for a good days’ racing.

The Start
Adix set both port and starboard topsails for the main mast and the main fisherman for starboard tacks, gybing the MPS. Lutine was first over the line after a delayed start closely followed by Mariette, Kelpie, Altair who had a jibtop sheet problem and Mariquita, The Lady Anne and Adix.

Altair tacked first on the windward leg to resolve her jibtop problem and continued well inshore towards Castle Beach trying to lay the mark in one. Mariquita tacked underneath Altair pointing higher and was first round the mark quickly launching the bowsprit spinnaker.

A great spread of sails could be seen on the downwind leg with all spinnakers flying. Altair had the best leg, rounding first followed by Mariquita and the Lady Anne. A real battle was developing between Mariette and Altair in the Pendennis Cup. Kelpie, Adix and Lutine were the next boats round the mark, before heading towards Gerans and then the next windward leg.

The lead changed frequently with Mariette now holding her own ahead of Altair and Mariquita. Unfortunately an injury onboard Mariette briefly interrupted the race as a member of the race crew was taken off and escorted to hospital.

At the windward mark Mariette still held the lead ahead of Mariquita, Altair, The Lady Anne and the rest of the fleet. On the final run to the windward mark Mariette and Mariquita approached on different tacks with very little between them. There was a sprint for the finish with Mariette pushing ahead for line honours quickly followed by Mariquita then Altair, The Lady Anne, Lutine, Adix and Kelpie.

It was a great day of racing with a full fleet, plenty of action and close sailing on the marks leaving all to play to for with two race days to go.