A word from our Cruiser Captain

A word from our Cruiser Captain

The very successful cruiser rally program continues to attract many participants again this year. Thanks go to Tony Rice and Steve Alexander who put together the excellent program, booked the facilities and made the necessary arrangements. It has been good to see family attendance at these events with games and competitions adding to the fun – even in the rain! Further Rallies are planned this year to Littlehampton (27-29 August) Cowes (17-18 Sept) and the end of season Folly Jolly (01-02 Oct). If you haven’t yet been to one of these superb events then why not sign up now, via the club website.

Kemp sails have once again sponsored the Cruiser Evening series of races this year and have provided a bottle of wine to each of the winners in the Long and short course fleets. The evening series continues to be very well supported with up to 16 cruisers turning up on the start line. The new alternative ‘Tango’ start has provided a subtle mix for the start hut to consider and the new courses for 2016 have worked well so far this year.

The handicap system in use this year is a continuation of the previous year’s PSC handicap system which was put in place to promote fairer cruiser racing within PSC. The system aims to gradually bring corrected times closer together and is designed to have a cumulative effect on handicaps throughout the seasons racing. To that end cruiser skippers are encouraged to enter as many races as possible over the course of the season in order to increase the possibility of improving their boats handicap in relation to others.

As ever it has been those boats that are raced regularly, are well maintained and are well-handled that inevitably get the best results and with corrections starting to bite we are seeing some very close elapsed times amongst the leading boats which has made for a competitive season of cruiser racing to date.

The Interclub race (organised this year by Fareham SC) have not been so well attended so far this year however the Team Portchester boats taking part have performed well with podium places for 2 Portchester boats in each of the 2 races held so far this season. There are 3 Interclub races left this year on Sat 20th August (Combined Harbour Regatta) Sun 11th September (Yarmouth Race) and Sat 01 October (Cowes Race). It would be great to have as large a turn out as possible for these races to maximise our chances of bringing home the Interclub Trophy once again this year.

Of course none of these events would take place without the time and efforts provided by our volunteers – the ladies in the start hut, the guys manning the start boat and the committee who support us. Most of all a big thank you to all who have taken part in all the events to date and we look forward to your continued participation in the latter part of this season.

Chris Parnell – PSC Cruiser Captain

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