SAILINGNab Tower Race
THE Island Sailing Club ran the famous Nab Tower Race last weekend, the third and final race in the ISC Inshore Series, and race six of the IRC Solent Owners’ Association Solent Region Championship.
There were 32 boats in the IRC Class and 11 in the ISC rated class (ISCRS).
James Gair’s Zero II was the first boat back, taking line honours in just four hours, 15 minutes. The last boat returned home after seven hours, 25 minutes, on corrected time.
The post-race barbecue and prize giving was attended by more than 60 people and Dan Hiza from Wight Vodka presented trophies hats and Bottles of Wight Vodka to the prize winners.
In a fantastic example of sportsmanship, Mike Harrison (Jiminy Cricket), who had won IRC second place in the race, and the Pleydell Bouverie overall inshore series trophy, and Chris Charlesworth (Meow), who was third IRC, both volunteered to retire from the race, and surrendered their prizes, having realised they’d both raced north of Horse Sand Fort, breaching Sailing Instruction 1.3.1.
Results, IRC: 1 Woof (Jo Richards), 2 Tilt (Alex and Andy Moore), 3 Tarka II (Guy Prest). Overall: 1 Tilt, 2 Woof, 3 Tarka II.
ISCRS: 1 Assarain III (Terry Rowe and Chris Masterson), 2 Gazelle (Minka Armitage), 3 Thunder Squall (Julian James). Overall: 1 Gazelle, 2 Easy Tiger (David McDonald), 3 Star-Born 4 (Peter Dickson).
The fifth race of the autumn series was sailed in a good breeze.
Robin Leather and Carl Blenkinsop battled for the lead in the cat class, eventually won by Leather.
In the fast group, it looked as if the RS700 of Ben Willows had done enough to win the group until he took a wrong turn, leaving Graham Deegan to take the win from Keith Hayden.
The 16-strong medium group was dominated by the RS500s and 100s, with the Lasers struggling to make any impact. Derek Ness managed an impressive start to lead all the way around the course and to win comfortably on handicap.
Meanwhile, in the slow group Adrian Coventry, who has been slowly creeping up the fleet all season, enjoyed a rare win from Alex Allen and Mike Peddar.
Saturday’s late afternoon race coincided with the easterly wind decreasing to a Force 3-4.
With only two Lasers in the handicap class, Alex Gallimore finished one minute ahead of Tim Lee.
In the Scows, David Hedley and Graeme Bowen were at the front from the start with David gaining the advantage. Graeme took the easterly side of the jetties and David was only momentarily delayed after hitting the mud on the corner.
Graeme got the better of David at the third mark and they retained their positions to the line. Roger P-Edgerton took third place.
After initial concerns, there was sufficient breeze to start the race on Sunday, and Graeme once again opened up a gap at the front and the rest of the fleet rounded the first mark in a bunch.
By the end of the beat back Graeme consolidated his first place and Paula and Mike Sheaf had opened up another gap with Mike overtaking her in Mill Creek. but he opted for the inner channel to the line as Paula took advantage of better wind out in the river to claim second.