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2021 Q1 Sailonline Race Committee Review


2021 Q1 SRC Review

Having begun the New Year, SOLers were looking forward to a new virtual season out on the water. With this quarter offering more open water racing than previously, as requested by our sailors, they were rewarded with fairly decent winds on the Ocean Races (Cape Town to Rio, Wellington to Lima. Lanzarote to Grenada and Sao Vicente to Colon) whilst the more coastal races encountered far lighter or more fickle winds (Shetland Winter (aka Up Helly Aa), Naples Triangle, Bora, Bangkok to Singapore and Singapore to Ko Tapu).

Fortunately, SRC had provided fast boats for these lighter wind races enabling some speed to be maintained but also permitting the more slippery competitors to escape the pack. SRC has to choose courses and boats up to three and a half months in advance of Wx forecasts, so please be tolerant.

Now moving on to the Quarterly Series winners continue here

Q1 Championship Results and Prizes

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    Easter Coastal Race 2021 - RESULTS


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    GRATULACJE WRmirekd!!!
    FELICIDADES GREATSKUA!! FELICIDADES rafa!

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    Commentary
    Since 2013, at least twice a year, Sailonline has been racing in association with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in the waters of Hong Kong and the China Sea. As #COVID19 pandemic restrictions remain in place for international racing , this fun course around the islands of Hong Kong was a last minute replacement for a China Sea offshore race.

    SOLer Go4iT recognised the course as one he had raced in the past, that was known as an “over-nighter” that would finish in time for an excellent breakfast at RHKYC clubhouse. For us, however, it was a brand new event that slalomed round several islands and marks requiring good concentration – more than a few racers, relying on delayed commands for mark-rounding, came seriously unstuck and had to retrace their steps, a couple more than once!

    The race saw an excellent participation of boats flying the flags of 27 nations and, as you can see from the timelapse, linked below, two of our final podium were always within the top 10 from the start, while the third moved up the fleet to consolidate a top spot. It is quite striking to observe the seeming ease with which these truly competitive racers then stayed the course to secure the podium! Nicely done, guys!


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    Singapore to Ko Tapu 2021 - RESULTS


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    CONGRATULATIONS SlideRule!!!
    CONGRATULAZIONI AL53_SSIta!! Συγχαρητήρια Zorba777!

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    December 2011 and Sailonline’s first Asian Sprint series, retracing the path of 007 in his hunt for Scaramanga, in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”was coming to a close with this fourth leg from Singapore to Scaramanga’s island lair. In 2011, race results blogs were super-brief affairs and the only remark made to the podium was “Well done for leading the SOL Fleet to Scaramanga's lair in conditions that weren't ideal - the final "squall" on the run to the finish was particularly unwelcome!” which suggests that all may not have gone to plan. A decade later and instead of squalls, which might have been welcome for their energy, the bulk of the Sailonline fleet encountered super-light and occasionally fickle winds – it was as if the wind gods went out of their way to reward the leading group, leaving everyone else to dawdle in a roughly correct direction as best they could! So they did!

    Our winner showed tremendous skill – arriving 6.1/2hrs before the second podium place taker, who was a mere 7m 3s ahead of the third! From then on, a steady stream of boats arrived over the next couple of days and then just a few until, at race close, it became clear that many more than usual wouldn’t reach the finish after 12 days on the virtual waters! Stats-wise, given the huge volume of ongoing racing, it was a good event, with 216 registered to race, flying the flags of 36 different nations.

    Congratulations podium and a particular thank you to our winner, SlideRule, (and his boat-sitter HastySlug) for not only a super win but a truly informative Race Report and to Zorba777 for excellent insights into how the course raced this time!

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    Gladstone Ports Corporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2021 - RESULTS


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    CONGRATULATIONS FreyjaUSA!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS Dingo!! HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH rumskib!

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    Commentary
    In 2020 the real, on-the-water Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race had to be cancelled because of the global #COVID19 pandemic. As the months passed and Australia began to get a good degree of control over the virus, the chance of a real on-the-water race in 2021 became a possibility. All preparations were made and Sailonline was delighted to be included, working closely with the organisers at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC) to coordinate publicity and race opening. With just over a week to go, however, the Queensland government announced a three-day lockdown, so QCYC had to pull out all stops to get permission for the real race to go ahead. But they did and it did!

    The QCYC approach to organising this event includes a marvellous Livestream that truly brings to viewers at home and virtual racers a sense of participation in this classic yacht race. In the past Sailonline has “smoothed” it’s departure from Brisbane but this and, perhaps, the sea state/tides affecting the real fleet on the exit from Moreton Bay this time, meant that the front runners of the virtual fleet did stay ahead of the bulk of the real fleet but for those finding themselves “mixing it” with the real fleet there was a true sense of competition!

    Our thanks again must go to QCYC and the organisers and sponsors of the Gladstone Ports Corporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2021 race for partnering with Sailonline – hopefully an association that will last for years to come. In the total virtual fleet of 201, representing 34 different nations, there were 50 boats flying the flag for Australia. The competition was fierce and a quick review of the Leaderboard, linked above, reveals that 20 boats arrived within 10 minutes of the winner and 8 in this group were locals!

    Congratulations to everyone who took part both in reality and online and particular plaudits go to Sailonline’s podium representing USA, Australia and Germany. See you next year!


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    Valletta Sprint 2021
    Welcome once again to the Mediterranean and a true SOL perennial. At 588nm in often light Mediterranean airs, to-date no boat – multi or maxi, SOL or IRL – has managed to best the US's Rambler’s time of 47:55:03 for this course set during the 2007 Middle Sea Race. This year, we offer you our Orange 125 catamaran, so the record is on!
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    Guadeloupe PYOC 2021
    And now… SRC presents…. the PYOC of all PYOC! It is less than 3nm from the estuary of Point-a-Pitre on the south coast of Guadeloupe to the shoal bay directly north of it on the other side of the island, but, alas, a buoyed channel that might take you there is blocked midway by a bridge and a marsh, and anyway, on the SOL chart, that channel ain't there at all. So, expect to have to sail at least 62nm in mercifully relatively nippy Seacart 30s, port- or starboard-round, to win this one, and not to show ahead of boats who just came out to watch the start, until you are nearly home.
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    Lima to Honolulu 2021
    Welcome to Race 2 in our PAC6 Pacific Ocean racing championship, this a 3780nm leg from Lima to Honolulu in our fast Maxi Trimaran. Hopefully the trade winds will play ball and we should have a speedy trip, with only a small chance of the doldrums testing your light air skills!
    PRIZE: SMPF
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    Cape Horn TIMED Run 2021
    Welcome to Chile, welcome to Cape Horn, and welcome to a course round these inhospitable waters. This is a place with plenty of wind and strong currents. Our 161 nm triangular TIMED RUN goes around two groups of small islands that are an important nesting site for a number of southern seabirds. Last raced in 2018, we are back here in our updated IMOCA 60s to attempt the challenge once more in these wild waters!
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    Race #1463
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    RACE CLOSE: Sunday,
    18 April at 23:00 UTC
    Race starts: Apr 05th 12:00 Registration Open!

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    Gladstone Ports Corporation Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race 2021

    Welcome to the 73rd anniversary of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, Australia's #2 classic ocean race which has been raced annually since 1949. Things are a little different now and, unlike that first race, yachts are no longer required to carry homing pigeons as part of their communications equipment! Sailonline is racing its SuperMaxi 100 in this challenging 308nm event.
    Race #1452
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    SYCQ2 - SYCCH - SUPSOL - SYC
    RACE CLOSE: Saturday, 10 April at 2300utc
    Race starts: Apr 02nd 02:00 Registration Closed

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