Christmas Cheer on Virtual Regatta

Posted on December 23, 2020 2:53 pm

Christmas Cheer on Virtual Regatta

What an exciting, fun set of virtual races we had yesterday. The start line was a bit more crowded with three new sailors pushing their boats out for the first time this winter. The rather menacing ‘Phantomant’ (guess who) was joined by ‘stevewag’ and the prim sounding  ‘daisyboots’.

The amazing thing about this virtual sailing is that it is just like the real thing, Toby wins and there is no way of stopping him. For the second week Toby went away with first prize overall, and it looked as if he was going to make a clean sweep of all the races, but he was taken completely by surprise in race 4 when William H pulled off a port tack flying start that had him over 200 metres clear by the windward mark on the second lap. His eventual winning margin was less than 100m, not because he was caught by the pursuing pack, but because he decided to do some doughnuts before the finish line for the fun of it. I wouldn’t recommend doing that for real though.

Meanwhile Toby and Richard H had been involved in a game of cat and mouse on the final run. Closing the gap on Toby to just a few metres Richard H tried passing moves to port and starboard, gybes were being thrown in and countered until eventually Richard H lost the plot completely and committed a foul leaving Toby to finish ahead, though not before James H had squeezed through to second on the far side of the course.

In a moment more reminiscent of safety boat duty Steve W found that he couldn’t start race 3 due to a flat battery, but once he was powered up there was no stopping him in race 4 where he finished 4th.

Memorable comments included: “Quick, someone take a screen shot, I’m in the lead” daisyboots, and “What are those strange laser lights?” phantomant.

As you can tell we all had a great time, and we would love more of you to join us, so why not give it a go? Our next session is on Tuesday 29th December at 7-30pm. I will send out more details of how to get involved nearer the time.

Psuedo R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Best 4 Result
6572 1 1 1 3 3 6 1
luney 2 2 2 6 2 8 2
wavey 4 4 3 1 1 9 3
jch723 5 3 5 2 4 14 4
rwl 3 5 4 5 8 17 5
daisyboots 7 7 8 7 5 26 6
phantomant 9 6 6 9 6 27 7
stevewag 8 8 9 4 7 27 7
strummer 6 9 7 8 9 30 9

Happy Christmas.

Richard H