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2015 - 2016 Inter-Galactic Series Race 5 Report

Someone must have got a good word in with Tāwhirimātea, the God of wind.

As we were blessed with perfect foiling conditions: 10 – 12 knots ENE, gusting 15; and super flat water, AND it was sunny and warm! However, the Starting Officer then showed their dark-humoured side by starting the Optis and R-class at the same time. Massive Attack did the best job of barging through the line-louse Opti fleet – which herded them, sprat like, directly into Merde’s path. MoreFM and The Virtual sensibly opted to minimise the damage to them-selves and the junior club members – by cutting below the aggressive tangle of Optis and swearing Merde crew on the boat end of the line.

Having finally repelled all boarders, the slow and correspondingly sub-foiling Merde attempted to nibble at non-foiling Massive’s minimal head-start; but Young Nik was able to out-pinch Merde (which is a lot better than pinching out a merde – in y’ wetty – right?), generating gloating smiles aboard the leading Assive Mattack. Merde then got their merde together, un-floundered and applied max windward heal to attack Massive for the second time, scooting over the top o’ them – transferring the gloating smiles to Merde’s highly-uncivil crew.

TheVirtual had opted to put a reef in the main, and carry their baby jib – which, amazingly, gave terrific under power – well, Doh! And thus they were forced to sail low and free, leaving the arse-dragging but foiling MoreFeM to chase down the leading pack. So ensued a fascinating 2nd/ 3rd battle between foiling MoreFM and conventionally finned Massive Attack, with the former having the speed edge upwind; yet Massive would wind them back in downwind with the big-boy green kite and twin wiring combined crew weight of 245kgs (Nik 45kg + Doug 200kg).

TheVirtural were only occasionally able to bring the superfast new hydro-foils to bear after the top mark rounding, and their ongoing muppertry placed them in solid last place for the second lap. In contrast, TheMerde had overcome their former down-wind retardation and were having a blinder – with speeds over 17 knots being bragged about – which, regardless of them being not very nice people, is not too shabby for a 12 knot day. This put them clearly ahead; and they overcame minor mishaps – such as a near miss with an A-cat being as erratically helmed themselves, exchanging paint and pleasantries with a Starling at the bottom mark and a glancing blow off a Zephyr right on the line, while avoiding the beloved Optis that were finishing, still sprat-like, at exactly the same time – for a massive win, with the following boats trailing by a whole leg. Massive Attock overtook MourFM for the second time, just before the last kite drop. The normally wiley Steve and Tony combination caught a foil unfriendly lull for the last little up-wind dash to the finish and the distance from bottom mark to the line was too short for the advantage of foiling to show – so Nik and Doug were able snatch second – which just added to the embarrassment of Tony falling overboard in the first race. In one of their few high speed bursts, TheVirtual connected with a clump of seaweed, tearing the control mechanism free with enough force to split at the top of the foil, cementing their well-earned last place, on what was otherwise an excellent day.

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 Race 4 - 12/03/2016. 15 - 22 knots, ENE Race 5 - 09/04/2016. 10 - 12 knots, ENE
Person Total Points Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score Position Boat Bonus Score
Peter Holder 10 DNF Le Merde   4 1 Le Merde   1 1 Le Merde   1 3 Le Merde   3 1 Extremmely Merde   1
Dave Pairman 10 DNF Le Merde   4 1 Le Merde   1 1 Le Merde   1 3 Le Merde   3 1 Very Merde   1
Sam I Am Stockwell 15 1 Chemical Weapon -1 0 3 Rabid -1 2 4 rapt-R -1 3 DNC     5 DNC     5
Paul Roe 15 DNS     5 4 Chemical Weapon -1 3 3 The Virtuole -1 2 1 TheVirture   1 4 DeVirture   4
Doug Gale 17 3 Massive Discount   3 2 Massive Dismount   2 DNC Massive Disco   5 DNC     5 2 Missive Attack   2
Nick James 17 3 Massive Discount   3 2 Massive Dismount   2 DNC Massive Disco   5 DNC     5 2 Missive Attack   2
James Collet 18 1 Chemical Weapon -1 0 DNC     7 DNC     5 2 The Weapond -1 1 DNC     5
Rowan Dougal 19 DNC     6 3 Rabid -1 2 DNC got married today!   5 2 The Weapond -1 1 DNC     5
Leo 19 DNC     6 4 Chemical Weapon -1 3 DNC     5 1 TheVirture   1 4 LeVirtural   4
Tony Parks 22 DNC     6 DNC     7 2 More-FeM   2 DNF Moar FM   4 3 Very FM   3
Steve Mac 22 DNC     6 DNC     7 2 More-FeM   2 DNF Most FM   4 3 Extremmely FM   3
James Maynard 23 2 Rampant   2 DNS     6 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5
Ellen Palmer 23 DNC     6 5 rapt-R -1 4 4 rapt-R -1 3 DNC     5 DNC     5
Hayden Bruce 24 2 Rampant   2 DNC     7 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5
Gert 25 DNC     6 5 Rabid -1 4 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5
Jessica (new-ish Jess) 25 DNC     6 DNC     7 3 The Virtuole -1 2 DNC     5 DNC     5
Matt Bancroft 28 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5
Malcolm Snowden 28 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5
Sean Milner 28 DNC     6 DNC     7 DNC     5 DNC     5 DNC     5