Typhoon Series 3 & 4

Out of 61 entries, 48 boats showed up for Race 3 of the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2021.

Thirteen boats didn’t make it – were the never-ending roadworks on Hiram’s Highway to blame? The alarm didn’t go off? Or was it just too hot (34 degrees)? Whatever the reason, they missed a great day on the water.

For the eight IRC A boats that started at 1100, it was Course 7, a three-lap windward-leeward. In 5 knots of wind from 128 degrees, they headed for Shelter Island. The return leg would bring them back to the committee boat, Hebe One, stationed in the northern sector of Port Shelter. Short, sharp and sweet with the wind beginning to build. The leader, Alpha Plus, was soon around the top mark and hoisting its big kite to later claim line honours at 12:16:33. But, on handicap, the TP52 could only score a disappointing 7th, six minutes ahead of another TP52, Phoenix, in last place! Winner of this first race was Nick Burns’ Witchcraft, followed by Ambush and the Ker 42, Seawolf.

The IRC B division started at 1105 on Course 6 – a two-lap windward-leeward. The wind had swung to 140 degrees but the race officer, Barry Truhol, pressed on regardless. Nightshift put in a strong performance to claim both line and handicap honours. In 2nd, came a much-improved Kiasu! and 3rd, H3O. Outrageous, sadly, retired.

The third start at 1110 was for the nine-strong IRC C division. The wind on the committee boat read 6.5 knots from 96 degrees which lead to some bunching on the line. Nevertheless, Dexter II fought its way to the front and finished at 12:19:00 to claim both line and handicap honours. In 2nd was the spirited crew of Whiskey Jack, and 3rd, Goddess.
The three-boat J-80 class started at 1115 but had to contend with a mere 4.3 knots from the south-southeast. Footloose was first home and took 1st on handicap as well. Jelik 7 – Team Danny Sum followed three minutes later. Mozzie claimed 3rd place.

HKPN A started together with the J-80s. Always a lively contest, the cruisers showed their enthusiasm on the line with Bits & Pieces, Mark Houghton on the helm, working its way to the front and taking line honours at 12:11:41. But, on handicap, the Magic 25, Good Vibrations, filled the top spot, with the venerable Temujin in 2nd. Bits & Pieces had to settle for 3rd.

At 1120, the final start saw eight boats in HKPN B set off in a 4.5-knot breeze that had swung to 135 degrees. Baby Beluga emerged victorious with line and handicap honours. Scrumpy scored a 2nd and La Vida Loca a 3rd. Gecko retired.

Anxious to maintain momentum, the RO had the IRC A boats away at 1255 for the second race of the day, Race 4. Alpha Plus made up for its earlier disappointing performance by leading from start to finish, clocking a time of 13:49:52 as it flew past the committee boat. Mind you, the wind had increased and, at times, was blowing 9 knots at various points around the course.

IRC B were away at 1307, Nightshift again showing its challengers a clean pair of heels to win line and handicap honours, completing its two laps in 49 minutes and 52 seconds. In 2nd place was H3O and Kiasu! in 3rd.

Dexter II again brushed aside its competitors in IRC C by crossing the line three minutes ahead, and winning on handicap, too. Goddess scored a 2nd and Whiskey Jack a 3rd.
Race 4 for the J-80s was won by Jelik 7 – Team Danny Sum, followed by Footloose and Mozzie.

Consistency and team work saw Temujin top the tables in HKPN A. Tim Ridley’s Scintilla placed 2nd with line-honours winner, Good Vibrations, in 3rd. Bluefin retired.

The final division to start, HKPN B, crossed the line at 1320 in 7.3 knots. Despite not being the fastest boats on the water, the top four finished within an hour and the last boat home, Ma Cherie 2e, took a horn at a respectable 14:34:30. On handicap, Scrumpy won, Baby Beluga came 2nd and Foxzhead 3rd.

At this point, overall leader in the series for IRC A is Alpha Plus, IRC B Nightshift, IRC C Dexter II, J-80 Footloose, HKPN A Temujin and HKPN B Baby Beluga. With five races still to go, these positions could change dramatically – we’ll just have to wait and see. Roll on Race 9 on the 21st of August 2021.

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