Sonata fleet at the Medway Yacht Club Regatta 2019

Sonata fleet at the Medway Yacht Club Regatta 2019

by Paul Hopper 11 Jun 15:48 BST 25-27 May 2019

Medway Regatta 2019 © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Six Sonatas made it to the start line for the first day of the Medway Regatta which

was a planned day of windward/leewards. A lightish wind which gradually built throughout the day led to some exciting racing with good clean starts off the line essential.

Day 2 was our Long Distance race out into the Estuary past the Montgomery wreck to 6a and return. The wind had picked up to a challenging Force 5 which made spinnaker work a handful.

Half the Fleet went to No2 jibs with the other half electing to remain on the Genoa. On balance, as the wind maintained its strength throughout the day, the smaller sail was the right decision and certainly the most comfortable.

   Medway Regatta 2019 © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

The final day was only a marginally shorter race than the previous days long distance. The wind was down a notch and a full Genoa order of the day. Match racing between the top two boats Red Dwarf and Watersong saw some exciting racing down to Blackstakes.

A poor tactical decision by Watersong led to Red Dwarf taking the final race of the Regatta.

Sonata Overall Regatta Results:

Pos Boat Sail No Club Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st Watersong 8420 MYC Hopper 1 2 1 1 1 2 8
2nd Red Dwarf II 8087 MYC Hill 2 1 2 3 2 1 11
3rd Blue Tack 8189 MYC Sharp & Lawance 6 5 3 5 3 3 25
4th Harmony 8184 MYC   4 4 4 2 DNC DNC 28
5th Musical Express 8424 USC Long 3 3 6 4 DNC DNC 30
6th Cry Havoc 8048 MYC Lindsey 5 6 5 6 4 4 30

 

Medway Regatta 2019 – photo © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk
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