Light and variable winds dominated the SORC Guernsey & Sark Offshore Race Weekend, but we have a new star in SORC with Nikki Curwen, who won both of the races which were completed.
Race 4, from Cowes to Guernsey, leaving the Casquets to port, started in a pleasant 8 to 10 knot breeze with a favorable tide. Class 2 started 30 minutes before Class 1 and managed to escape the Solent before the pursuing pack, led by Nigel Colley on "Fastrak", could catch up. Once out of the Solent the wind shut down with fleet compression. The boats that "wiggled" their way westwards, including both the Class 1 J-105's (Nikki Curwen's "Voadar" and James Hardiman on "Fluke") and Chris Morton in his Pogo 850 "L'Adenture" came off best to win their respective classes. The boats that strayed to the East struggled to get around the Casquets, only just making it without having to tack. Well done to Nikki for winning Class 1 and the Overall result, and the Chris Morton for notching up his first SORC Class 2 win.
Race 5, the Round Sark Race, was unfortunately Abandoned due to rolling fog banks and a lack of wind.
Race 6, from Guernsey back to the Solent, was postponed with a lack of wind. The fleet motored North towards the Casquets and were rewarded with a fantastic display from a pod of dolphins in the Little Russell. We eventually managed to start the race just North of the Casquets in a SW beeze which built to 10 knots allowing everyone to fly their spinnakers, only to shut down almost completely about 20 miles out from the shortened finish mark at Needles Fairway. A number of boats lost the will to live and headed home, but those who doggedly carried on included Nikki on "Voador", who's J-105 slips along nicely in near drifting conditions, albeit with a lot of mental determination and trimming. Nikki went on to win the race, making that 2 bullets over the weekend. Two up for the girls!! Steve Thomas in "Azora" took 2nd place in Class 1, followed by James Hardiman on "Fluke". In Class 2, Paul Reymonds Parker 275 "Oi Oi" took the honours, and finished 3rd Overall, followed by Frederic Waniart on "Maeva" and Charles Emmett on "British Beagle".
Despite frustrating conditions a good time was had by all with the Channel Islands cementing themselves as one of SORC's favourite destinations.
Event Photo Library
Race 4 Results - Cowes to Guernsey
Race 5 - Round Sark - Abandoned due to no wInd
Race 6 Results - Guernsey to Solent
Offshore Series - Overall 2018 Standings after 6 races