High winds brought a gripping finale to the fourth and final race of the Purcell Marine Late Summer Series.
With a number of boats in contention to win the series, everything was at stake for a place on the podium. The weather conditions were challenging for skippers, with squalls and strong gusts under low cloud.
In these conditions, it is easy to be punished for flying large sails by getting hit by a strong squall. To make matters worse, a wind shift half way through the race changed the point of sailing, making it much harder to fly spinnakers without a danger of broaching.
Despite the testing conditions, Joie de Vie skippered by Glen Cahill came home first in IRC Class 1. This confirmed Joie de Vie as overall winners in IRC Class 1 for the Purcell Marine Late Summer Series.
After Midnight and RhoCoDar came in second and third respectively in IRC Class 1. When the scores were tallied, the overall second and third places for the IRC Class 1 Series went to TK Lean Machine and After Midnight in that order.
Results for Echo Class 1 for the series were – First place, TK Lean Machine; second place, Joie de Vie; third place, After Midnight. This was a strong result for TK Lean Machine, which is in its maiden season at GBSC.
The results for Class 2 IRC for the series are: first place, Tribal; second place, Ibaraki; and third place, Sandrine. Consolation to Ibaraki who have had a fine season but were tipped in the final race by Tribal, also in their maiden season.
In Class 2 Echo, first place goes to Sandrine, Second place to Ibaraki, and third place to Addict. Congratulations to Sandrine, skippered by Ian Conboy.
Finally, a special thanks to Ian and Marie Conboy who have been stalwarts of GBSC for many years, but who will shortly be leaving our shores in the footsteps of so many others over the last few years.