23 July 2020: Sunbeam Mini Race Week Day 3
Published 00:00 on 23 Jul 2020
Chittagong Race Report and results - Day 3
The final race in the series was raced in fresher conditions han the first two days with a south-westerly wind varying in strength from 13-18 knots.
PRO Peter Taylor set a line near Park with a beat to a special mark near East Head. The flood tide was running and the the majority of the fleet chose the itchenor side with V41 Fleury taking an early lead and V26 Danny emerging from the pack up the beat. There was plenty of place changing throughout the fleet with the short-tacking to stay out of the tide. Of the leading boats V12 Argosy chose the right-hand side on the first beat and emerged in third place at the windward mark behind Fleury and Danny and held this position to the end. This is no mean feat since this was only David Bevan-Thomas's second race for many years having only recently bought Argosy!
A short reach to Johns Folly was followed by a beat to Treloar. As on the previous day it appeared to pay to stem the tide on a long port tack staying in the shallower water over the Stocker Bank. Those boats who sailed closer to East Head did not fare so well.
After Treloar there followed a run back to Johns Folly and another beat back to Treloar. On this final beat one or two boats tacked across to East Head and with the tide now slack fared better than on the previous lap.
V25 Query worked their way up the fleet gradually and managed to hold off V61 Betty despite a late charge and finished fourth. V11 Harmony found a different gear today and finished sixth. It was great to see our Commodore, John Ford, racing V36 Melody who finished seventh. The next 4 boats finished within just a few seconds of each other such was the competitiveness of the racing. It was also great to see Simon Patterson and Chris Wells racing in V70 Minty's first regatta.
With two firsts and a third place, Fleury won the series and Danny was second.
With 19 different boats competing in the series there is no doubting the popularity of high-tide racing in the Harbour when it is empty of other boats.
Many thanks to PRO Peter Taylor and his team for providing us with excellent racing.
Nick Leach Class Captain
Last updated 15:40 on 25 July 2020