Todd Navigation Ailsa Craig Race 2017

Posted: 26/6/2017

The Todd Navigation Ailsa Craig Race started from RUYC line on Friday and finished early on Saturday morning off Portpatrick.  The course was from the RUYC start round South Briggs to port, Ailsa Craig to starboard then to the finish off Portpatrick.

Such is the state of offshore racing in Belfast Lough at the moment that only three boats started the race.  Phil & Ann Davis's Giggle, Terry Fair's Cariad and Andrew Kennedy's Jacada.

The race got off to a beat to South Briggs against a light easterly, inspite of the forecast giving fresh westerly to south westerly winds.  Giggle was first round the Briggs buoy and by the time all three boats had made it round the wind dropped to nothing giving an interesting situation with the tide still heading south down the Sound.

After a while Giggle decided to try their spinnaker and managed to sail out of the hole in the wind.  Unfortunately Jacada decided to head home just shortly before the wind filled in and left Cariad and Giggle to continue to the Craig.

Giggle carried her kite for quite some time but the wind built and came closer so it had to come down and they continued under white sails with a good breeze reaching the Craig just before 04.00 on Saturday morning.  Heading south towards Portpatrick the Giggle crew caught sight of Cariad, being sailed two-handed by Terry Fair and Ron Whyte, as she approached the Craig so we knew she was not too far behind.  Heading for the finish on the wind Giggle benefited from a lift and was able to make Corsewall Point without tacking and was then able to start easing sheets once past the Craig Laggan Beacon.  Giggle finished in side the Virtual Finishing Mark off Portpatrick at 07.37 and started off back to Bangor.  Cariad was not visible in the early morning poor light so Giggle's crew were left wondering if the had done enough to win.

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