The first races of Portsmouth Sailing Club’s Spring Parhelion Series were held yesterday, Saturday 18 March. Despite the rather ominous weather forecasts that had predicted possible gales, eleven boats competed in a wonderful westerly breeze.
For each race the Race Officer (Ricky Hodgeson) set a N/S start line between the committee boat and Gleeds with upwind first legs to Darling Associates; both courses then provided tactical and tidal challenges on all points of sail with many flying spinnakers and all acquainting themselves with some of the new buoy locations and names. Special note should go to Argo for an extraordinarily slick start for Race 2, the RO reckoned you were ‘1.7 inches’ behind the line at the gun!
It was particularly good to see two new entries for the Parhelian; Ruby Too, John Whelan’s Maxi 1050 and Flame, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust’s new training vessel, a Sweden 38. It looked like you were enjoying yourselves and we look forward to seeing you back for the remainder of the series.
As ever, many thanks to all those who assisted with the race organisation, both on board the committee boat Mary Siobhan and ashore at PSC.