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2015 – 2016 Inter-Galactic Series. Race 3 report.

Arrr – the perfect summer’s day! Warm gentle breezes, clear water, super flat sea state … and four v late rigging and panicking R crews. Only the first three occurrences are unusual ‘round here.

The mad rush tR565 - 92MoreFM - Steve MacIntosh and Tony Park - Starto launch was soon dispelled by a pleasant, just foiling, cruise over to the Committee Boat. However, the peace was shattered when, for reasons unfathomable, the Starting official set us a huge course on a light and shifty wind day.

The breeze filled in, momentarily, at about 15 seconds from the start, boosting the line-louse Moar-FM right to the pin end, necessitating a spectacular crash-tack on the mark – which sure LOOKED like it made them over early. Anyways – let bygones be – and so the more accurately timed boats buried the hatchet by claiming the favoured left hand side of the course, placing the crew with a collective experience of nearly 90 seasons (true!) unusually last in the fleet.

There is an expression about a polished turd – but that didn’t apply to Le Merde today. Her crew skillfully picked the best pressure to stay on foils in the marginal up-hill conditions, occasionally touching 16 knots, and pulling away from the pack. The tussle for the minor places was made all the more interesting thanks to the two new-crew combinations and the mixture of foilers vs non-foilers in on-off foiling conditions, and Jessica's now famous  360-on-wire-spin. Mean-while, Merde picked up a gust to twin-wire to the top mark and a 5 minute+ lead. The mild conditions then gave the newest Rapt-R crew some valuable kite-handling-while-staying-upright time – and the super smooth water saw the foiling boats push really hard downhill, with some good speeds reported on the Gen2 foils on TheVirtual.

The more consistent More-FM seized 2nd place somewhere in the second leg and they then ate a good 500m out of Merde’s lead in the very light wind second windward leg. TheVirtual were also catching some good puffs to stay in the race. However, Le Merde was still well in front at the top mark, where they hooked some good pressure to sear off downhill, untouched and untouchable, to win by a country-mile. Never-the-less, Sam stays on top of the IG table, due to his finishing every race and a polygamous crew/ skipper strategy.

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R565 - 92MoreFM - Steve MacIntosh and Tony Park - CrossR598 - Merde - David Pairman and Peter Holder

Intergalatic 2015 - 2016                         
    Race 1 - 24/10/2015. 20 knots, NE Race 2 - 29/11/2015. 15-20 knots, NE Race 3 - 27/02/2016. 5 - 15 knots, ENE
Person Total Points Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score
Sam I Am Stockwell 5 1 Chemical Weapon -1 0 3 Rabid -1 2 4 rapt-R -1 3
Dave Pairman 6 DNF Le Merde   4 1 Le Merde   1 1 Le Merde   1
Peter Holder 6 DNF Le Merde   4 1 Le Merde   1 1 Le Merde   1
Doug Gale 10 3 Massive Discount   3 2 Massive Dismount   2 DNC Massive Disco   5
Nick James 10 3 Massive Discount   3 2 Massive Dismount   2 DNC Massive Disco   5
Paul Roe 10 DNS     5 4 Chemical Weapon -1 3 3 The Virtuole -1 2
James Collet 12 1 Chemical Weapon -1 0 DNC     7 DNC     5
Rowan Dougal 13 DNC     6 3 Rabid -1 2 DNC got married today!   5
James Maynard 13 2 Rampant   2 DNS     6 DNC     5
Ellen Palmer 13 DNC     6 5 rapt-R -1 4 4 rapt-R -1 3
Hayden Bruce 14 2 Rampant   2 DNC     7 DNC     5
Leo 14 DNC     6 4 Chemical Weapon -1 3 DNC     5
Gert 15 DNC     6 5 Rabid -1 4 DNC     5
Jessica (new-ish Jess) 15 DNC     6 DNC     7 3 The Virtuole -1 2
Tony Parks 15 DNC     6 DNC     7 2 More-FeM   2
Steve Mac 15 DNC     6 DNC     7 2 More-FeM   2
Matt Bancroft 18 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5
Malcolm Snowden 18 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5
Sean Milner 18 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5