July 18 – Yarmouth Stormbound

By | July 18, 2012

Wednesday has been a very windy and rainy day (again) after yesterday's wind and sunshine. The harbour is much emptier though as most of the boats here are from sea-schools based around the eastern and central part of the Solent. Even in this wind it is an easy downwind sail for them to return home. We are stuck here until the wind drops. It is F6/7 SW but it is due to drop tomorrow.

The boredom was interrupted by the first of the J class races which took place this morning. They windward mark was right off Yarmouth. There were four boats, all approximately 40m, racing: Ranger, Velsheda, Lionheart and Rainbow.

J Class racing in the Solent

J Class racing in the Solent

They raced in a strong 20 knot SW with a building sea. We saw them round the windward mark at Yarmouth; exciting even though we were about a mile away. The leader (Ranger) finished 12 seconds ahead of the next boat (Lionheart). They all finished within 137 seconds of each other.

Crossing J Class yachts

J Class yachts crossing

Apologies for the poor quality photos as they are enlarged digital versions.

The remainder of the day has been spent reading and listening to the wind and the rain. Please, please let the weather be better tomorrow …

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