RESULTS: Pico Match Racing 2019

After being delayed for several weeks due to extreme weather conditions, our annual Pico Match Racing event, which celebrates the first race meeting of the year that wetsuits are no longer compulsory with a series of 1-on-1 races in a round-robin format, finally took place on 17 March, and despite the chilly and rather gusty conditions, 13 members turned out to take part.

With DO Stephen in charge, racing got underway at 10:30 around a triangular course, with each race made up of just a single lap starting between Jetty mark and the pontoon, around Island and Hermit markers and back again.

By the time racing paused for a well earned tea break, all participants had completed 3 races, but just 2 had managed to keep a clean sheet, John M and Neil, who were lined up for a final race off, which couldn’t have been closer.

John got a fantastic start, leading as they rounded the first mark, but it was almost neck-and-neck by the time they reached Hermit, where John turned decisively towards Centre on a single tack strategy and Neil decided to head close hauled straight for the finish line, but whose tactics would pay off?

Half way to the finish, Neil had pulled slightly ahead, but John’s decision was clearly paying off, rapidly picking up speed as he turned towards the line… and if the course had been just a metre longer it might have worked, but Neil held on by a nose to clinch victory and become our Pico Match Racing winner for 2019!

So, after a 4 way race off between members with 2 wins, the final results were:

  1. Neil
  2. John M
  3. Richard

Pico Match Racing – 12 March 2017

Congratulations to Tony who used  the 5 essentials to get the winning edge on the 12 participants  of our match racing session .  It was one on one around a very short  course as there was  little wind  and all competitors raced each other in turn.  Tony won the best of 4 races.

Such concentration was required to get first past  the finish line that Robert forgot about the dangers of getting too close to the lake edge .

Trico- Rob met his Match at the finish line to be  passed by Tony  !!!

Getting a good start was key, setting sails and using weight to influence speed in such light airs.

 

REMINDER: Match Racing this Sunday!

Just a quick reminder that it’s our first ever Pico Match Racing day this Sunday, 15 March. Your chance to show your skills 1-on-1 with other members and take home the exclusive CSC Match Racing mug, to keep forever.

Match Racing is open to all members: just bring yourself and your wet/dry suit to take part, nothing else needed.

See you at 10:00 on Sunday!