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Force 7 winds blast reduced Nore entry
WINDS gusting to force seven made Saturday’s Nore Race a test of seamanship and stamina.
The annual Benfleet Yacht Club-organised event was down on entries as only 75 starters made it to the Southend pierhead line.
Crews aboard the cruiser-racers, monohulls and catamarans had to battle all the way around the estuary course.
And rescue boats were kept busy attending sailors who found the going too tough or skippers who suffered from gear failure.
Two course were run to cater for the vastly differing speeds of the craft, with the fastest of the small craft being Thorpe Bay racer Jeremy Sandford’s Hurricane 5.9 catamaran ‘Weird Fish’ which finished the short course in a blisteringly fast one hour, six minutes and 57 seconds.
The first elapsed time finisher among the big boats was Benfleet YC member Chris Cox in his Sun Odssey 40 cruiser called ‘Destiny’.
But a protest lodged against race organisers by one of the competitors concerning the course instructions meant that the race results are provisional and may not be settled for a few days.
Benfleet’s Rear Commodore Sailing, Martin Garnsey, said : “The strong winds meant that the entries were down this year, and everyone was kept busy because the wind was gusting from 18-35 knots.
“It was tough for everyone out there, especially as the course took sailors to the east before they crossed the estuary and back up the river before crossing to the Low Way buoy and back to the pierhead.”
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