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Wednesday Wonders Winter Series 2018 Race 4 – Light & Variable Breeze Results in Shortened Course

Sunday, 29th April 2018

This was the first race to be shortened since race 4 of the summer series and a wise choice it turned out to be. Based upon the time taken to complete the first 3 legs of the race, it is estimated that none of the fleet would have finished the complete course within the time limit. (At least one yacht has to cross the finish line no later than 1630 to permit a 30 minute extension in time for the rest of the fleet). The breeze averaged about 6 knots for the afternoon but observations indicate an increase in strength and a change in direction about 1600. Nevertheless there was still about 4 nautical miles to sail to complete the entire course when the race was shortened. As it was, 35 of the 36 yachts completed the race. By then some late starters were leading the fleet. Of the first 12 yachts to cross the finish line the majority (7 yachts) were among the last to start. Only 1 of the 12 early starters was an early finisher. Read more…