Cowes-Dinard-St Malo 1999

Friday 2nd July 1999

Race Reports

2 reports, one from Act of Defiance, the other from Buckshot and the results.

Act of Defiance

A gentle Easterly breeze gave us a spinnaker start West across the Solent for the start of the race to St Malo. We were all in good spirits, and determined to improve upon our position at the end of the last race, but as it turned out, providence was not on our side. The mood of the race can be best captured by the following poem, which was written on the way home by the "Midnight Watch" , as we bobbed in the English Channel. Thanks to Melanie, Phil and Clare for their contribution.

We're Sailing on Defiance (Sung to the tune of (that well known song) We're going on a lion hunt, and appreciated most with the crew of seven sitting on the leward rail, in no wind, whilst the Skipper leads from the tiller...

Chorus (repeat at the end of every verse)
We're sailing on Defiance now
We're not scared
We've got Richard
Bastard - ye-es
Grumpy - oh no!

We came across a lighthouse
Bloody Hanois lighthouse
Couldn't sail past it
Couldn't sail round it
Had to bob next to it

[Chorus]

Dawn's Lighthouse during Cowes-Dinard-St. Malo Race

We came across a lobster pot
Bloody orange lobster pot
Couldn't sail past it
Couldn't sail round it
Had to bob next to it

[Chorus]

Came across a mill pond
Bloody glassy mill pond
Sun was shining on it
Couldn't sail through it
Started going backwards

[Chorus]

Got into St Malo
Beautiful St Malo
Couldn't look around it
Couldn't walk through it
Had to leave in two hours!

[Chorus]

Crew

(Last verse added on the way home as we motored across a very glassy English Channel, before we stopped to let Dawn, Sarah, Bunny (Warren), Phil and Richard have a swim in the Channel)

Almost out of diesel
No bloody diesel
Saw Hippocampus
They gave us diesel
We're going home!

[Chorus]

So that was our race. We're not proud to have come last in class of those who finished, but we had a memorable trip and are truly looking forward to August 7th when the Fastnet begins.

Dawn Saunders

Buckshot

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW ST MALO LIES

Buckshot's 155-mile RORC race to St Malo 2-5 July 1999 turned out to be an asymptotic mastery of wind and tide.

Regular crew members Mark Lewis (owner/skipper), Chris Eade (watch leader), Gill Bevington and Susan Muir were joined by Simon Petley (recruited at the LCSC masked ball), Alex Plenty (management consultant) and Nancy (first offshore race) for an excellently-positioned start at 1pm on Friday 2 July. We were amongst the leading boats heading down the western Solent under spinnaker towards The Needles and, for a brief 12 seconds of glory, we WERE the leading boat as we passed Newtown Creek!

Gradually, the fleet dispersed, as each yacht sailed its own course across the English Channel. The first night brought wind-over-tide-induced crew seasickness, resulting in the banning of chicken korma tins from Buckshot's provisions list. The midnight watch were amazed to find themselves temporarily escorted by a school of whales! The first evidence of anything unusual was a most unpleasant pong of sulphur dioxide, which had each crew member eyeing each other suspiciously through the darkness, but then blowholes were excitedly spotted in the phosphorescent water and boatspeed was temporarily forgotten.

By Saturday afternoon, the wind had died completely and we were at anchor off the Minkies. Just as tea was served, the wind picked up and we continued our slow advance southwards towards the ever-elusive St Malo, finally reaching the Fl(5) green buoy marking the finish line at 03:40 Sunday morning, after 38.5 hours of racing.

We never actually got to St Malo itself, as the tide was too low and we immediately headed north for 10 hours to Guernsey, stopping off at St Peter Port for showers and fish & chips. Alex and Nancy took the high-speed cat back to Weymouth (journey time: 2 hours!), while the rest of the crew enjoyed a leisurely 20-hour cruise back to Hamble, which included an early-morning dip by Simon to clear trailing weed from the propellor.

On return, a quick look at the www.rorc.org website showed that we were well back in the fleet. The smart money had been on a deep reach to the west to pick up the forecast wind shift and get past the Minkies before the wind dropped. Perhaps we might set up a link to a reliable meteorological site via the LCSC website?

Susan Muir

Results

Overall

Sail No Boat Skipper Hand-
icap
Elapsed Corrected % To Win Finish Place Points
GBR955R J Spirit Robbie Cameron-Davies 1.093 19:23:05 21:11:15   1 100
FRA17627 Courrier Sud Gery Trentesaux 0.999 23:20:00 23:18:36 9.1% 22 58
GBR4343 Buckshot Mark Lewis 0.940 1 - 14:26:15 1 - 12:07:53 41.4% 137 17.9
GBR4218 Act of Defiance Richard Houghton 0.975 1 - 18:16:15 1 - 17:12:51 48.6% 140 17

IRC 3

Sail No Boat Skipper Hand-
icap
Elapsed Corrected % To Win Finish Place Points
FRA17627 Courrier Sud Gery Trentesaux 0.999 23:20:00 23:18:36   1 100
GBR4343 Buckshot Mark Lewis 0.940 1 - 14:26:15 1 - 12:07:53 35.5% 41 48.5
GBR4218 Act of Defiance Richard Houghton 0.975 1 - 18:16:15 1 - 17:12:51 43.4% 44 47

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