So, the May virtual racing series has started to come to the pointy end of affairs. A time when fortune favours the brave and split second decisions will decide outcomes for both good and ill.
The racing was suitably dramatic in all three fleets as skippers battled for podiums, the opportunity to best a long-standing rival, or just the satisfaction of finishing facing the right direction.
The Star class was up first. This deceptively simple boat has produced some of the closest and most frantic virtual racing that Tamesis Club has seen. They may not be fast but the Stars are quirky and this adds to their appeal.
Alden Horwitz had the measure of the Stars this week and picked up two bullets with Andrew Harris and Jodok Gerber picking up a second and third each. Two races remain and Alden could close out the series with a single win. There is also the prospect of Andrew and Richard Harris going mano-a-mano for second place; Andrew holds it at the moment but only by a slender three points.
Having started the morning with the frothy cappuccino that is Star class racing, next up was the double expresso-fueled adrenaline hit of the F50s. Gerbers Jodok and Constantin took a wins apiece, with Richard Harris steadily scoring two seconds, and Alden and Jodok rounding out the podiums.
It looks like one of up to eight skippers could take the series next Sunday. Anything could happen, and it usually does.
Finally, the fleet raced in the Pot Luck Pot. J70s were chosen for the first race, in part to give Tamesis Club’s entrants for the Merlin Rocket class association racing a warm up before their qualifying events take place this week. Good luck to all!
Tom Harris took the win and no doubt enjoyed the bragging rights over the family Sunday roast. Henry Medcalf came second, and Peter Impey third.
The morning was rounded off with a blast in the Formula 18 catamarans. Again, youth came to the fore with Henry winning, followed by the experienced Chris Balmbro, and Peter Impey in another third place.
No racer has managed to be the consistently dominant force in this month’s Pot Luck Pot and a winner could come from any of the nine skippers who are spanned by 10 points. This will go down to the wire and should be fascinating for competitors and spectators alike.
Plenty of reasons to set the alarm for next week when we hope to see bumper fleets and champagne sailing once again as the series are decided.