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Scarborough Yacht Club Autumn Series - Race 3

by Chris Clark 29 Oct 2019 10:20 GMT 27 October 2019
Heeling yachts, Northbound to Scalby in Scarborough YC Autumn Series Race 3 © SYC

Sun and bright blue skies, good winds and frequent gusts made for a memorable and well-attended race between The Lighthouse, Scalby, and back via Scarborough South Bay.

The race, a phased Class Start, started at 13:30pm with the bigger IRC Class yachts pushing off together, followed by the nimble Hunter 707s, and finally the SYC class. The Race Station selected the 'X' course, with X being the ad-hoc configuration decided late in the day to take full account of the wind conditions.

The course took sailors first to Scalby in a vigorous North West wind, then a long glorious fast broad reach back to the Wheatcroft Buoy, before heading towards the Grand Hotel, and repeating. The winds averaged 20-25 knots, with the highest wind speed reported was 41 knots, or force 8 - 9. A Grand Day Out reported hitting 14.5 knots.

The slower SYC class vessels completed one lap, the other faster classes completed two. With winds strong and variable, yachts were heeling sharply, and there was one minor head injury (hit by mainsail boom), and two retirements.

Congratulations go to IRC winner 'Vision', 707 Winner 'Black Sheep', and SYC Winner 'Sundance' a Folkboat type of yacht on its first racing day out.

Race 3 Results:

IRC - International Rating Certificate
1. Vision, an SJ320 owned by Jon Livesay
2. Vado, an Aphrodite 291 owned by Steve and Win Russell
3. Bee Sharp, a Sonata, owned by Jimmy Cliff

SYC - Scarborough Yacht Club
1. Sundance, a Folkboat owned by Tom Hill
2. Dash, a Sadler 34 owned by Martin Donnelly
3. Takaza, an ETAP 281 owned by Kevin Chatt

707
1. Black Sheep, a Hunter 707 owned by Tom Clark and Steve Parker
2. A Grand Day Out, a Hunter 707 owned by Steve Bramham, Richard Littlewood, and Rudi Barman
3. Humdinger, a Hunter 707 owned by Ralph Pickard & Gary Walker

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