Race Report – RORC Race to Le Havre 2nd May - 2nd May 2009
Crew PJ plus Oliver Overstall, Dave Johns, Dave Dyer, Alan Harris, Ant Garratt, Nick Tilt, Phil Spink and Diana Cottrell.

Starting west from Cowes in light winds, the beat to Needles Fairway mark saw In X Celsis down the fleet being punished for our 100% headsail!

After rounding the mark and a spinnaker hoist this was changed to the Code Zero getting it’s first serious outing and. With Alan Harris and Dave Johns driving, a power display took us up to the rest of the fleet passing the asymmetric J 105’s and J 109’s.

As darkness fell and the wind moved round, sail changes to spinnaker, then back to Code Zero proved crucial when during the last 3 hours we fell back on boats previously passed and a finish at 0200 hrs saw us 25th 0f 35 starters.

More progress up the learning curve

Good foredeck work by Nick Tilt and hard work by the crew was rewarded with a fine lunch Sunday in the Yacht Club de Le Havre.

The return passage 0f 96 miles saw the wind drop half way across the channel and a motor sail to Hamble arriving 0800 hrs. The skipper’s sausage and bacon sandwiches revived the crew!

All safe.


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