2019 Brown Cup Race Report

Brown Cup Race Report

A late start of 12.30 saw the Blackwater at its best with solid sunshine and temperatures of 24 degrees, when 15 boats came to the Osea Line for the MLSC Brown Cup; the fourth race in the 2019 BJRC series.
2 regular competitors, Steorra and Caroline, were missing as they continued their sailing adventures around Britain

Another upwind start at Osea with around 15kts of Easterly wind saw Rocket, Moonshadow and Playboys with excellent starts right on the hooter

Race officer Trevor Holder, onboard Bo Didley, set a 12,3,2,1 course to the Bench Head, followed by 2 short estuary loops to the Knoll
There was an unfortunate early retirement from McGregor III with a torn genoa, but a broken tiller extension onboard Playboys did not seem to hold Tommy Mills back

Tacking down to No12 was all about smooth tacking and managing the tide as Moon Shadow, Blue Moon, Playboys, Crazy Suzy, and Aloha started to pull out a lead with one or two spinnakers flying on the close reach across to No3

Dan Dare, Soprano and Evolution made up the chasing group with eventually Dan Dare getting into her stride and pulling away.

On the estuary course, the first group managed to get around Knoll for the 2nd rounding before the tide gate started to close for the rest of the fleet. The tail enders found themselves struggling against both tide and variable winds.

Spinnakers up on the way home, saw Playboys dropped by the bigger boats. Moonshadow, who had led throughout, was unfortunately becalmed near Bradwell and lost an 18 minute lead over Crazy Suzy and many of the leading group sailed passed.

With an increasing flood tide and wind shifts to the south Rocket, Poohstick, Sundance and Sophie struggled to tack back on the cross-tide legs to No10 and 12 and finally Carolanti was forced to retire with very little wind at Thirslet

First 3 boats in BJRC fleet were:
Tommy Mills Playboys
Pat Murphy Soprano
Richard Robarts Blue Moon
In the IRC Class
Kevin Whittle Evolution
Richard Robarts Blue Moon
Ian Ivermee Sundance

Series Ranking After 4 races
BJRC
Playboys 9 points
Blue Moon 17 points
Soprano 20 points

IRC
Evolution 5 points
Blue Moon 7 points
McGregor III 16 points