Marta 2014 Racing Calendar

 

Sat 5th April – Nab Tower race* 

Fri 18th April – Cowes to Cherbourg*

Sun 20th April – Cherbourg to Cowes*

 

Fri 2nd May – St Vaast*

Sat 17th May – Cowes to Yarmouth** 

Sun18th May – Yarmouth to Cowes**

Sat 24th May – Sigma38 Nationals*

Mon 26th May – Cowes*

 

Sat 7th June – Weymouth**

Sat 21st June – Round the Island*

Sun 22nd June – David Thomas Regatta*

 

Sat 28th & Sun 29th  June – Sharps Doombar IRC National Double Handed weekend**

 

Sat 5th July – Dartmouth (for points). And start of JOG OFSHORE WEEK (not for points) Dartmouth –

St Quay Portrieux – St Cast – St Peter Port***

Sat 19th July – Sharps Doombar Island Double**        

 

Fri 22nd Aug – The Channel Race, Cowes to St Peter Port* 

Sat 13th Sept – Cowes to Poole via back of Island**

Sun 14th Sept – Poole Cowes**

 Fri 26th Sept – Cowes  to Cherbourg*  

 

Sat 11th Oct – Owers** 

 

* = For everyone

** = Double Handed

*** = For everyone (more of a holiday)

So at last the race calendar for Marta, let me know if you think I have missed anything or if you have seen something you would like to do, we can always add dates.

Crew Wanted – Cowes Week

Team Marta have registered for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013. Now we need you! Sigma 38s always well represented here, making for close and exciting racing. A fantastic annual event, this is a brilliant opportunity for first-time sailors and those wishing to improve on their experience. The evenings are packed with entertainment and there might even be a few beers stashed away on board..?

We will be racing the first weekend – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August – before the big test of the Rolex Fastnet Race, for which there is still one more crew position available.

We are looking for crew of varying abilities, so don’t hesitate to contact. Please get in touch if you’d like to be part of of this great event, or with any enquiries: info@sailmarta.com

Race Report: Winter Series Week 8

Today was the last race of the Winter Series and boy had winter arrived; my car was showing an outside temperature of -2°C as I drove to the marina. Our great Skipper had fashioned some hot sausages butties for our breakfast, eaten hungrily on the way to the start. We had seven onboard and we were all looking to put into practice all the lessons learnt during the year, before we forget them over the winter rest period!
The wind was a very gentle WNW breeze ranging from 3-6 knots. The course set by the race committee had three legs and basically was a windward leeward course. As the tide was starting to change and head into Southampton Water on the shore, our general plan was to keep on the right side of each leg.  This meant we wanted to start at the committee boat end and head onto port when it was possible.  Our upwind plan got modified, within the last 5 minutes prior to the start, as looking up the race track the wind inshore on the right of the course looked lighter than to the left.  The best breeze seemed to be straight downwind of Southampton Water entrance. We started well, a little way down the line, with Mefisto just above us. As she was going faster, she quickly rolled us, slowing us up further as we entered her dirty wind.  We looked to play the shifts up the beat, with some success, although we got at least one tack on a header wrong, as we headed back straight away. We also struggled to get the same boat speed as the boats around us in the light breeze.
We arrived at the windward mark last, just behind the tightly bunched fleet ahead. Our bear away set was good and we were able to sail deeper, with the same boat speed as many of the fleet in front. This allowed us to overhaul them as they headed out into the last of the East tide. During this period we heard that the race was being shortened at the leeward mark.
Mefisto was the first to gybe to our right of our path and we were clear ahead. Our plan however was to gybe before her track, to maintain our wind and our starboard advantage.  We delayed our gybe too long allowing for Mefisto to get behind us and then after a while to roll us again! We continued on port with Light now heading for us, to take our wind and to overtake.  We decided to gybe onto starboard as Light rolled us, in attempt to keep some breeze. This manoeuvre meant we got trapped to windward of Degree of Latitude, stopping us from gybing to the finish until they had gybed first. It was a tight finish with Marta being recorded as a deadbeat with With Alacrity in joint 7th place, just behind Degree of latitude and light.
Another very enjoyable day on the water with team Marta, despite the imperfect result.

Andrew Terry (Nav, tactics and kite trimmer)