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Wednesday Wonders Race 17 Winter Series 2017 – A Swell race for the big yachts not so swell for the small yachts

Monday, 31st July 2017

It looked like the early starters were going to finish the race in good positions until they passed number four.  The fleet then started to spread out.  The problem encountered was, with a gentle breeze, the swell takes away the power of the wind.  The large yachts powered along not really bothered by the swell and gaining extra wind from their taller rigs.

If you compare the elapsed times for the race it starts making you question about just having one fleet.  At the time the larger and faster yachts passed No 4 they had only been sailing for about 1.25 hours, whereas the smaller yachts had been sailing for about 1 hour and 40 mins … Read More