Wednesday, 28 August 2013

St Peter Port JOG - September 2013

St Peter Port JOG 23rd September 2013

After a quiet spell following the IDOR back in May CSORC finally got organised and sorted out a charter, entry and crew for the St Peter Port JOG. This is a nice event - not too long or too short, with an interesting bit of navigation in the later stages, and a pretty destination for a bit of post-race R and R.

The boat was Blue Juice, from MEC Sail. She's a First 40.7 and no stranger to us as the boat we campaigned for the 2011 Fastnet. She's big and spacious and not too complicated.

Our class 3 start was at 14:00 off the green at Cowes and we arrived with the wind blowing 12 knots from the SE, so with a Westward start we prepared the kite. It was an unhurried start with a long way to go.

The wind was very shifty on the reach down to Yarmouth but we held the kite, swapping places with Red Zeppelin and Swan Galiana. We emerged into the Channel and sailed the rhumb line on 210 in a SE wind until evening, when the wind died. We tried the light spinnaker when a zephyr materialised from the north but eventually had to drop that as we were led round 360 degrees and actually found ourselves heading north.

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