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UK Double Handed Offshore Series - Race 2

by Kate Cope 3 Jun 18:35 BST 29 May 2021
James Harayda on his Sunfast 3300 'Gentoo' celebrating winning 4 categories in the Myth of Malham Race as part of the UK Double Handed Offshore Series © Kate Cope

This is a new race series for doublehanded offshore boats. It includes professionals, amateurs, Olympic hopefuls, and nurtures young talent and well as providing a challenge for the seasoned doublehanded sailors. Saturday May 29th was our second race, the classic 230NM 'Myth of Malham' run by the RORC. The course mirrors the start of the Fastnet race starting at 1300 on the RYS line Cowes with just one mark - Eddystone lighthouse, Plymouth - then returning to North Head.

Just like the first race in our series, conditions were forecast for periods of very light winds. It was a spinnaker start down the Solent with the fleet all seeking any stronger breezes they could find. At Hurst Narrows the wind changed completely, and it was a beat out of the Needles channel.

For the next leg the boats made different choices, some left the rhumb line on the longer route south west for the forecasted stronger breeze, whereas some boats stayed North for the shorter route and better chance to make it round Portland Bill with the favourable tide but with the risk of running out of wind. In the end both routes worked, and the fleet reconverged at Start Point the following morning.

By now the wind was increasing to 20kts plus and some boats were caught still flying larger spinnakers making for some challenging sailing and sail changes. After rounding Eddystone lighthouse in was a tough beat into confused seas making it a very wet and bouncy ride for most boats - a bit of a shocker after 20 hours or so of mostly downwind sailing. Again, the fleet split with more wind forecast to the south, but a 30' more favourable wind direction up on the rhumb line soon tempted most of the fleet back to the North.

The wind abated overnight into Monday and most boats experienced complete shutdowns in wind somewhere on their return leg. Line honours went to Bellino (Rob Craigie / Deb Fish) finishing just before 8:30am Monday morning with the other lead boats just minutes behind. The fleet were finishing throughout the day in variable winds and the endurance award must go to Bounce Back (James Dean / Stevie Goddard) who toughed it out until past midnight.

Special credit to Kate Ledgard and Matt Bird who as part of the Young Tigris initiative to open up opportunities to young sailors completed their first doublehanded offshore race.

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Myth of Malham Race Results

SEA VENTURES RACE YACHTS OVERALL: Huge congratulations to Gentoo (James Harayda/ Dee Caffari) for winning the race overall just ahead of Aries (Kelvin Rawlings/ Stuart Childerley) in second place and Swell (Henry Bomby/ Shirley Robertson) in third. The same three boats also won the Best Jeanneau titles

RYA MIXED (Male and Female co-skippers): The winner again was Gentoo with Swell second and Bellino (Rob Craigie/ Deb Fish) third

NORTH SAILS MASTERS (Combined age 90+ years): The winner was Aries with Bellino in second and Jago (Mike Yates and Eivind B√łymo-Malm) third

B&G YOUTH (Co-skipper under 25yrs): Again won by Gentoo ahead of Purple Mist (Kate Cope/ Matt Beecher) in second and third was New Normal (Tom Fenemore & Jack Hanslope)

MUSTO CORINTHIAN: It was Bellino in first place with Just So (William McGough & Christian Jeffery) second and Tigris 3600 (Gavin Howe / Maggie Adamson) third

UK Double Handed Offshore Series - overall results after 2 (of 6) races

PosCrewBoat NameSail NoClassR1R2Nett score
1James Harayda & Dee CaffariGentooGBR6890RSun Fast 3300516
2Mike Yates & Eivind Boymo‑MalmJagoGBR9779TJ/109156
3Kelvin Rawlings & Stuart ChilderleyAriesGBR5176LSun Fast 3300729
4Tim Goodhew & Kelvin MatthewsCoraFRA35829Sun Fast 32004610
5Sam White & Sam NorthMzunguGBR8956RSun Fast 32002911
6Henry Bomby & Shirley RobertonSwellGBR4849RSun Fast 33009312
7Richard Palmer & Jeremy WaittJangadaGBR958RJPK 101031013
8Rob Craigie & Deb FishBellinoGBR8657LSun Fast 360010414
9Kate Cope & Matthew BeecherPurple MistGBR4867LSun Fast 320061218
10Gavin Howe & Maggie AdamsonTigrisGBR914RSun Fast 360015823
11Nick Martin & David PritchardDiabloGBR795RSun Fast 3600121123
12Daniel Jones & Jon TyrrellWild PilgrimGBR6502LSun Fast 3300141327
13Peter Bacon & Antonio MartinezSea BearUSA61287Sun Fast 3300111728
14Tom Fenemore & Jack HanslopeNew NormalGBR5964RSun Fast 3300161430
15Ed Broadway & Nigel WakefieldHooligan VIIIGBR833XSun Fast 3300171633
16Deborah Blair & Timothy Long OR
Kate Ledgard & Matthew Bird
TigrisGBR4688RJ/88181836
17William McGough & Christian JefferyJust SoGBR529RJ/109DNC738
18Nathan O'Leary & James LeetchGustoGBR9030RWhitbread 30192039
19Kathy Claydon & Philip KirkArcsineGBR8643TArcona 3708DNC39
20Kuba Szymanski & Ian DavidsonPolished Manx IIIOM7003First 40.7211940
21James Dean & Stevie GoddardBounce BackGBR1XFirst 40202242
22Nigel Colley & Steve DykeFastrak XIIGBR7933RSun Fast 330013DNC44
23Stephen Thomas & Jeremy FreemanAzora C&C115DNC1546
24Mike Wilkinson & Vaughn EverettLongbow of Itchen Bowman 48DNC2152
25Simon Harris & Daniel LawJ'ouvert J112e22DNC53
26Natalie Jobling & Tom HayhoeMostly Harmless J/105DNCDNF54
27Richard Lewis & George KennedyHot PursuitGBR2904LSun Fast 3200DNFDNC54
28Rob Nelson &Charlie LinardBig FootMLT105J/105DNCDNC62
29Kass Schmitt & Rupert HolmesZest Custom Humphreys 36DNCDNC62
30Ellie Driver & CrewChilli Pepper Sun Fast 3300DNCDNC62