Congratulation to Jumbuck for a great race on the 5-ports autumn series at Calpe. Doing first in her class.

It was a very busy start line off of RCN Calpe as a combined fleet of 25 crushed up close by the biased committee boat in fresh 13/15 knots of breeze. Think we all wanted to bail out and work the right side of the windward / leeward course they had laid for us.

Kept pressing those above us and didn’t take long to get lucky. A slot opened after a few minutes allowing us to tack over and go the way we wanted – and frankly – from that point we didn’t we look back.

The seas were a bit short and lumpy so once we worked out we were faster sailing low we found ourselves relatively fast upwind, hanging on amid a group of leading Division A yachts and leaving the other Division B boat well behind. But keeping it simple and reducing tacks / gybes to a minimum, we put in a good performance both upwind and down. Hoists and drops went like training exercises. Only one short lived blip in our penultimate gybe, but that was sorted swiftly. Really, not much went wrong all day.

A shame we didn’t have our regular running mates of Dale Andar or Paguelin also racing, but we completed our circuits well ahead of several Division A boats and once ratings were applied, won Division B by a substantial 4.5 minutes.

The crew of Sue, Kev, Edo, Eric, Chris and Nige handled the sails and trim really well and as stated, mistakes were rare. Just a lovely solid safe performance and they deserved the applause they got on the podium after.

This 1st and last events 2nd have moved us top of the Division rankings for the whole series. Awesome for our second season racing together.

Only downside was for a second year running, the RCNC meal after was less than inspiring. Didn’t take the gloss off our day but after running such a well planned and managed event, it’s a shame when the catering lets you down.

December 8/9/10 sees the last of this years 5 Clubs Series being hosted by CN Campomanes. As part of their Pata Negra Regatta. That will be two days of windward / leewards sandwiching a coastal race.