Hamble Winter Series – weekend 1 – Saturday 5th October Training – Sunday 6th October Race 1
After a great summer of racing offshore we have been looking forward to getting in some round the cans racing.
With 11 Sigma 38’s entered the 25 year old boats are the largest one-design Class entered in this year’s Hamble Winter Series. The Class is very competitive and with the return of a few boats who have not participated in the Class racing this season it should be a good Series.
The Hamble Winter Series brings thoughts of cold wintery weather, but historically this is not the case. With some great sailing weather and mild temperatures it really doesn’t live up to its name.
This weekend is a perfect example. We had a training day on Saturday with a forecast of 4-6 knots of wind. Not exactly exciting but with a new crew it was a perfect day for spinnaker training. We headed out into the Solent and found a light breeze and soon had our spinnaker up and flying. Although there was no sun, it was a warm day on the water and most of the crew soon had their shorts on.
We continued to gybe our way towards the East the Solent as the ebb tide started to build. A strong spring tide and light wind made our progress very slow, but after a successful spinnaker drop we let the tide sweep us back towards Bramble Bank while we eat lunch. We got a great view of Bramble post, as the current caught us unawares while we relaxed. We moved on to practice mark rounding and hoisting around the windward mark, followed by gybing and dropping the spinnaker. The wind was dropping all the time and eventually we decided that a cold beer was perhaps a better use of our time.
We awoke on Sunday morning to a beautiful clear sky and sunrise, but with a forecast of 2-3 knots of wind from the North all the boats racing weren’t in a hurry to leave the pontoon. Hamble Winter Series comms sent a text message saying “racing going ahead as scheduled – maybe.” So we left the pontoon hoping the wind would pick up?
Eventually at midday Hamble Winter Series comms let us know that the racing was being cancelled, so there was nothing left to do but head back to the marina have some lunch, tidy up the boat and head home. A disappointing day but a worthwhile weekend – roll on next week and some wind.