JOG Races from Cowes to Yarmouth on Saturday and return to Cowes on Sunday - 9th May 2009
Crew PJ plus Oliver Overstall, Nick Cherry, Nick Tilt, Ed Lock, Tom Gadsden and Phil Spink.

In winds around 15 kts. the race start saw us towards the rear of the fleet crossing the line but good spinnaker trimming by Nick Cherry, guest crew from Elvstrom, saw us make progress to Mother Bank.

The Code Zero hoist proved injudicious and with too much foredeck clutter the spinnaker hoist and gibe proved a real tangle!

In the last 5 of the fleet at Browndown the real work had to be done!

Fresher winds then saw us climbing the fleet steadily, passing Exocet sailing higher and faster! Good studying of the tides by Tom Gadsden then lifted us to a more respectable position finishing 8th of 14 starters.

Sunday 10th May

Crew PJ plus Oliver, Ed, Tom, Phil

A poor start followed by an exciting beat Eastwards climbing through the fleet sailing fast and high in some 15 kts. of wind to North Gurnard. keeping Night Owl at bay and close by the J 120s , Tearaway Too and J Fever.

Rounding the mark and laying the East Bramble, a good spinnaker hoist saw us hold our place to the finish, third on the water in Class 3 and 4th of 14 starters, on corrected time, beating Exocet again and this time Arcsine as promised!

Good tacking discipline by Ed and Tom with Phil Spink on the mainsheet trim showed what can be achieved. Tom on navigation again guided a shrewd passage down the Solent.

Maybe 5 is the optimum crew at 15 kts.

Well done each and thanks to all crew for a good w/e racing.


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