Created: 22 Jan 2018 00:28
Updated: 22 Jan 2018 16:21
FC3 - Finesse and Ronhilda

The day of the January Fast Cruise inevitably dawned grey and dull with very little wind. Having keenly tracked the progression of a number of fronts during the week, when some places saw some extremely strong winds, inevitably the winds were exceedingly light as we made our way to the start. 10 yachts had signed up to take part in the Fast Cruise, but given the conditions on the day, 8 actually started the race. The initial plan was to sail two courses, a long and a short course depending on handicap.

We all duly assembled for the start The light airs favoured those that had opted to declare a spinnaker, and A Day At The Races overhauled a number of yachts, heading off to the first mark with a commanding lead.

Those of us at the back of the fleet on slower boats could only watch with envy as we drifted and crabbed our way slowly towards the first mark. The light conditions allowed the opportunity for ‘discussion’ and banter over the VHF on CH77 between the fleets about the pros and cons of shortening both courses.

We were all keenly watching the approaching clouds, hoping that the wind would start to fill in, but this was not to be, with the result that we all sailed one course, namely from the start to the first mark 2.5 miles away. A proposal to convert the race into a picnic lunch rally in Bembridge was shelved as soon as the rain clouds began to approach ominously over the horizon, and we all beat a hasty retreat to Portsmouth Harbour / home berths / Gunwharf Quays Marina, where staff member Bradley very helpfully stood in the rain for some considerable time to take members' mooring lines and help with berthing information.

After a recuperative drink or two on board, and a hot lunch followed by tea and chocolate cake in the warmth of the saloon for those on Kioni, we all made our way over to the bar at the Loch Fyne restaurant in Gunwharf Quays to gather for dinner. 44 people sat down to a convivial meal in the newly refurbished restaurant. The staff were very helpful and showed great understanding to those that couldn't remember whether they had booked for 2 or 3 courses - it had been a long and tiring day! We then all dispersed back to home berths / Gosport or Tiger Tiger for the hardy few (Wolverine!).

Please see the pdfs below for the full list of results on both the Club and Progressive Handicap systems.

The next Fast Cruise will be on Saturday, 17 February 2018 to Southampton Town Quay and dinner will be at Kuti's Indian Restaurant. Full details will be available very soon.  In the meantime, please do let us know if you are planning to take part or would like to take part.