OTB Sail Sandy

Sail Sandy 2018

With clear blue skies, temperatures around the 25°C mark and wind speeds between 10 and 25 knots, Sandringham was the place to go for the OTB boats last weekend. Sail Sandy 2018, the second Regatta in the OTB calendar was on and around 200 boats came to compete on four different courses. Six crews from Royals participated in the 30 boats strong International Cadet fleet and showed a stunning performance.

The first race on Saturday started at very light winds and only three boats made it to the start line in time. A wind shift forced the cancellation of the race a couple of minutes later which saw a lot of happy faces in the cadets but obviously not on the start boat. Once the wind settled in, the racing went on and under the critical eyes of RYCV OTB coach Clare McAuliffe at least two boats per race made it into the top 10. Racing went on until nearly 5 o’clock which made it a very long day on the water for the kids,

With stronger and very gusty winds on Sunday the sailing became a brand new game which forced RYCV’s Gotcha with Tim new crew Caelan to watch the race from a rescue boat. The Thrill Seaker girls capsized before the first start but managed to turn this into motivation and showed their best performance in a Regatta ever. Again the first race caused a lot of confusion as the whole Cadet Fleet followed by BICs and Minnows went to the wrong top mark and used the bottom mark of another course as their wing mark. A lot of radio communication followed by a cancellation was the result. While the increasing wind forced more and more boats to retire from racing during the afternoon the remaining five RYCV Cadets managed to bring the day to a great end.

After eight races the mixed RGYC/RVCV boat Anaconda with Elliot and Ava finished in 3rd place. The Thrill Seaker sisters Emma and Carla finished 7th after a stunning 2nd place in the last race and an overall great performance during the weekend including six Top ten finishes. The Supersonic brothers Mats and Lasse finished 9th place which was also their first Top 10 finish in a major Regatta. Oscar’s and Leo’s Bullant finished with a solid midfleet position in 14th followed by Bridgewick Farm with Maddy and Zac in 15th position. The Gotcha boys finished in a respectable 24th position considering that they missed a lot of the Winter training at RYCV.

Again another great Regatta for the RYCV Junior OTBs which underlines the great training Clare McAuliffe is providing for our crews. A big thank you also to the parents that were involved in manning and delivering the Rescue Boat over the weekend.

What’s Next?
The weekend 27th and 28th of October will be a training weekend at RYCV which gives the crews the opportunity to train Saturday and Sunday morning together with Clare. Focus will be on boat handling and, after the observations during Sail Sandy, strategies for a good start.

Next Regatta on the OTB calendar is Lipton Cup at RYCV 17 to 18 November which will hopefully see some attendance from the RYCV Senior OTB crews.