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Disappointment in the Channel Race

The RORC Channel race is the penultimate race of the RORC season - and was our chance to capitalise on our lead in the RORC Series. Sadly the race didn't quite go to plan and Visit Malta Puma were forced to retire.

After a great start Visit Malta Puma and team raced hard and by the time they reached the halfway point (just off Cherbourg) they were just 1.6 miles behind the larger boats (so probably leading on handicap). Frustratingly, on arrival at the mark CH1 it was nowhere to be seen and the crew paused to recheck their location.

Convinced they were in the right place (AIS tracks confirm they were) they realised that the mark was actually missing! But the slight delay proved fatal, as the wind died leaving Visit Malta Poma stuck in a wind hold. The larger boats just minutes ahead had already turned to head up north and managed to catch the dying puffs of breeze which just kept them out of the bay and in some light airs.

The tide was taking Visit Malta Puma eastwards, and in 9.5hrs they only managed to make 13 miles headway. With great reluctance the crew retired from the race. The atmosphere on board was great, skipper Chippie was inspirational, the sun was out and all the crew had a brilliant weekend - although were obviously disappointed not to finish.

So whilst we are still leading the RORC IRC2 series at present - it will all come down to the RORC Cherbourg Race, which Visit Malta Puma can't do, as she is booked to race elsewhere on the same weekend. How incredibly frustrating!

Winning the RORC series is a prestigious accolade and to be leading is such an achievment, especially for a school boat, where we race with crew of all experience levels. Sailing Logic are proud that once again we have been able to offer such a competitive experience to individual sailors and if you would like to experience being a part of a competitive offshore race crew, now is the time to start thinking about competing in the Fastnet 2013!

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