Ice retains frosty grip in yacht race series
RACE three of the Poseidon Sailaway Club Championship Winter Series provided near perfect conditions for the six yachts that crossed the start line.
The steady 12 to 15 knots breeze and slight sea state soon had the yachts powering up to the top mark and Ice set the pace pulling away from Magic and Ann Sea.
In a strong return to club racing Jimmie Blacksmith was again never too far behind as a close contest developed throughout the fleet.
Each time spinnakers were hoisted for the downwind runs Ann Sea regained some ground on Ice but could not catch her rival on the windward beats with Ice holding on to take her first line honours victory of 2012.
After three laps of the course Magic crossed the line third with a great effort from the crew sailing without their regular skipper just five minutes ahead of Jimmie Blacksmith. Port FM Mais Oui maintained a lead over Tau Ceti.
Final positions on handicap were Ice first, Jimmie Blacksmith second and Port FM Mais Oui third followed by Ann Sea, Tau Ceti and Magic.
Ice (4) maintains a grip on the Winter Series ahead of Jimmie Blacksmith (7) and Port FM Mais Oui (8).
After 11 races of the overall club championship series Ann Sea (35) holds the lead over Magic (38) and Ice (41).
Racing continues this Saturday with race 4 and race 5.
Anyone interested in joining the fun and excitement of yacht racing can contact the club to become involved.