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Phew - what a weekend!

Puma Logic and Jaguar Logic both competed in the RORC De Guingand Bowl, a 120NM race to Guernsey at the weekend. For many yachts this was one of their Fastnet qualifiers, but Puma, skippered by Peter Burwood with Anna W enjoying her first taste of life as a first mate for Sailing Logic, was sailed with a crew of individuals with a mix of inshore and offshore racing experience, and Jaguar was raced by Linklaters Sailing Club. For many, it was their first ever offshore race. But did it put them off...??

For both Scarlet Logic (skippered by Ross Applebey) and Lancelot Logic (co-skippered by Tim & Jacko) this was the first qualifying race in their Fastnet programmes,  and for Relentless on Rocket Dog 2 (a brand new First 40), this was their 2nd race of the Fastnet campaign.

All crews assembled on Friday afternoon in glorious sunshine and loaded up their food crates, downloaded GRB weather data files, checked the route, final check of the tides and weather and they were off, ready for a 16:20 race start. Conditions were an ideal 15 knots on the start and out of the Solent, but as night fell, wind speeds picked up to over 20 knots, gusting over 30. Reefs were put in, and as the sea state worsened, the short sharp waves meant a lot of green faces (& worse), and for many the long single port tack to Guernsey must have been pretty unpleasant.  The Southerly wind allowed most of the yachts to sail a near straight line to Guernsey, some yachts bore away for greater boat speed (such as Scarlet Logic) whereas others held a closer wind angle (such as Lancelot Logic) aiming to minimise distance.

A fast race, most crews were in for Saturday breakfast and out of the swell, were rewarded for their efforts with a beautiful 12 hour stop-over ashore in Guernsey, conveniently avoiding the gale force winds blowing across the Channel and Solent on Saturday afternoon.

Of the Sailing Logic fleet, Scarlet took the honours – finishing not just 2nd in class, but 2nd Overall! Finishing just 8 minutes later, Lancelot Logic came 5th in IRC2 (7th Overall). Puma Logic finished 8th which sees her in 4th place in the Overall 2013 Points Championship so far (which she wond last year), just ahead of Scarlet Logic on 7th. Relentless on Rocket Dog finished in 11th. Sadly damage to Jaguar Logic’s main forced them to retire from the race, but they still made it to Guernsey for the party!

Crews left Guernsey Saturday evening to catch the Alderney Races, arriving back in Hamble for mid-afternoon, where the boats unloaded their largely untouched food crates…!  Well done to all the crews, who enjoyed their cruiise back, and returned smiling :).

Back in the Solent on Profile Logic, a Beneteau 40.7, we held our Summer Introduction To Racing Weekend.  The gale force winds on Saturday confining the enthusiastic crew to the classroom, where skipper Olly did a great job of teaching sail trim, race preparation and tactics.  Sunday morning they headed out early to compete in the Royal Southern Sunday Haarken Short Race.  An interesting course was set – going straight across the shallows, giving a distinct advantage to the smaller boats! Nevertheless Profile secured line honours – well done team! 

If you missed out, the next Introduction To Racing course dates are October 5-6.

Or if the idea of a sailing adventure to Guernsey appeals, check out  Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge – a unique event including inshore racing in the Solent and Jersey bay, with an offshore race to Guernsey and another around the Channel islands – amazing variety all in just 7 days!

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