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PYRA Royal Motor Yacht Club Easter Mini Series

by Keith Lovett 25 Apr 2019 18:21 BST 19-22 April 2019

Seventeen yachts racing under VPRS made their way into Poole Bay on Easter Friday for the Poole Yacht Racing Association Spring Series racing to the Solent, under the auspices of the Royal Motor Yacht Club.

With very light Easterly Winds; race officer Ivor Graham moved the four classes racing eastward to wisely increase the chances of reaching Lymington, for the first leg of this 4 day event.

By late morning wind had increased sufficiently to get racing under away. The Humphreys 50' 'Hope and Glory' the largest yacht in the fleet was soon leading taking the fleet into Christchurch Bay, closely followed by the MG 346 'MS Amlin Enigma' leading Class Two and holding off other class one boats in the process.

In Class Three MG C 'Athene' sailing neck and neck with the slightly smaller Ecume de Mer 'MS Amlin QT' and in class four an Elizabethan 29 'Skykomish' leading the way.

On entering the Solent with the wind dropping again several retirements left a depleted fleet ghosting into Lymington.

Ultimately the Dehler 36 'Deity' was to be the only finisher in class one, 'MS Amlin Enigma' taking class two again the sole survivor. Class three was a closer affair with 'Athene' beating 'MS Amlin QT' on the water by just a few seconds the Ecume securing the win on corrected time, both followed home by the Rival 34 'Wild Rival'.

Class Four again just one finisher, the ever resilient 'Skykomish'.

Following ample hospitality with grateful thanks to Lymington Town Sailing Club, the fleet was again confronted with drifting conditions on Saturday morning. With a destination of Gosport a start to the East transpired.

Again 'Hope & Glory' made the running ultimately securing a win in class one with a repeat in class two; providing 'MS Amlin Enigma' their second win of the series. Between Class three and four it was only 'Athene' that beat the strong ebbing tide to secure a worthy result.

As with any PYRA event a rendezvous followed at the Light Ship in Haslar Marina.

Sunday and with mirror-like conditions in the Solent the fleet had no alternative other than to motor to their next destination; Town Quay in Southampton. With no racing revelry at Southampton hostelries followed.

Monday for the long haul back to Poole, with both more wind and an ebb tide to help the fleet along, starting off the Hamble River entrance provided a short windward leg and then opportunity to fly spinnakers to Hurst.

'Hope and Glory' showing excellent light weather boat speed was to stretch out and secure a second win in class one followed home on correct time by the Pogo 2 'Shed of Arjuna', sailing singlehanded.

Class two and the Dehler 29 'Vento Novo' showed tactical prowess, breaking away from the Elan 333 'Pluto', first and second respectively. A familiar story in class three and four with 'Athene' leading the way in the former followed in by 'MS Amlin QT' with the smaller boat saving their time and winning when corrected. 'Skykomish' wining class four over the Dehler 36 'Ceres'.

Despite light winds throughout close racing, multiple race winners and legendary PYRA social activity resulted in an excellent opening series for the popular Poole based fleet.

Overall Results:

Class One: Humphreys 50 'Hope & Glory'
Class Two: MGC 345 'MS Amlin Enigma'
Class Three: Ecume de Mer 'MS Amlin QT'
Class Four: Elizabethan 29 'Skykomish'

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