Racing Without Wind

After our offshore period, for our last day at sea our training skippers had it in mind that we could do some racing against each other. They didn’t let the mere fact that the day dawned without any wind put them off that idea.

Our fellow Level 2 training vessels

Our fellow Level 2 training vessels

We motored out of Portland Marina then spent the morning doing some of the sailing evolutions – see below. Which of the crews could do them the fastest:

  • Mainsail hoist
  • Le Mans hoist – raising and setting the two headsails, the staysail and the Yankee
  • Put reef in main
  • Shake out a reef
  • Racing headsail change

The wind had picked up a little by the afternoon, and being the only boat of the three with a spinnaker, we peeled off from the others. Then we sailed round the south of the Isle of Wight so that we could play with it.

Qingdao flying a spinnaker, taken on another course

Qingdao flying a spinnaker, taken on another course