Southerly Regatta 2013

Southerly Regatta 2013

25th May, 2013

Southerly Regatta 2013, racing organised by the Guernsey Yacht Club.

Monday 27 May Race 1 - Lewmar Trophy Race

Started at 9am with 15 Southerly's ranging in size from 32 to 47ft crossing the start line at Castle Cornet Race HQ. With the tide against them some were taken by surprise but all crossed the line cleanly with some boats taking advantage by heading into the shallows. Spinnakers were hoisted when the first mark was rounded. The boats gybed at the refffe mark and then onto the bottom mark with places changes throughout the fleet A short race for starters with the first boat finishing in one hour.

Race 2 - Raymarine Trophy Race

Following Race 1 a shorter course comprises 2 marks, an upwind and downwind leg. A clean close start and great downwind racing in great breeze and sunshine all the way. Champagne sailing and smiles all round...

Tuesday 28 May Race 3 - Selden Trophy Race

The race started at 9am, a clean, spinnaker start, with Southerly 47 Volare powering through the fleet to the first mark, then a gybe around a mark to Herm. The race was anticlockwise round the island. Southerly 38 Alibi stayed under spinnaker for most of the race making gains with a great backdrop of colour.

Overfalls off Shell Beach separated the fleet with the smaller boats opting to come inside the rocks. This was followed by a long reach, with 4kts of foul tide which compacted the fleet again. The time for the first boat was a record 1hr 55mins

The fleet awoke Wednesday to a rainy overcast day with 2-4 knots. As everyone left the harbour, the rain stopped and patches of sun could be seen. After a 30 minute delay, the wind came in. The fleet all got away cleanly, although some were caught out by the ever increasing tide. The first mark split the fleet with some choosing to go inshore and some further out. The outer group found more wind and pulled through a close spinnaker reach. As the wind dwindled, the fleet sat at the top mark waiitng for a puff to take them round against the tide. All boats eventually made it around, finishing at the castle.

The prize giving evening followed, where a well deserved 'Volare', Southerly 47 collected all the top spots, showing that local knowledge in 5 knots of tide is a good thing, special mention goes to 'Salty', Southerly 32 who were never off the pace of the S42RST and 38's.

OVERALL PLACES

1st. WINNERS OF THE SOUTHERLY CUP: Volare, S47, Rupert & Rosie Dorey

2nd. Salty, S32, Martin & Sarah Pumphrey

3rd. Distraction, S38, Derrick & Janet Gill