Three Impala’s rocked up for the starline of the final JOG race of the year on Saturday. The course was round the cans (or Solent), starting in Cowes, passing Portsmouth, and finishing in Lymington. The weather was, how I can put this…, rather uncertain. Thunder and lighting (very, very exciting/scary) was seen before the start, rainbows throughout the day, and we had every shade of sun, cloud and wind to amuse us as we alternatively drifted/got blown away.
In brief, Imptish won, benefiting from a speedy first leg under kite, and a lucky ship cross. Cheeky Monkey was second Impala home (and 4th on handicap), and Magic made a sensible decision to head back to Hamble and scrub their weed off before the next days Winter Series.
The most exciting/scary bit of the was the ride home from the finish to Hamble. Watch the video evidence!
JOG racing is now over for the year. 9 Impala’s competed in 2016, making up one third of the 27 strong class six Inshore group. We didn’t quite manage to being home to top prize but with Imptish 3rd, Polly 4th, Reaction 4th and Cheeky Monkey 6th for the overall year we’ve definitely made an impression.
Come and join in next year. JOG racing is fun, accessible, and they ensure you always get to the evenings destination in time for drinks before dinner!
Good to see 2 Impala’s racing at the recent Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club regatta on the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. There are 3 Impala’s in the Humber area including Lifjetti 5 but only Menace and Ruffian are actively racing.
The 2 Impalas raced in the IRC fleet alongside a variety of boats with the smallest being a GK24 and the largest an Elan 37 ; the NHC classes made the total numbers racing 17 on both days.
Menace won both races with Ruffian taking 3rd place on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday in a variety of wind and sea conditions ranging from 5 knots up to 20 knots.
Led our competitors to comment on the conditions being ‘ideal Impala conditions’ but we are happy to sail in all conditions !
We invested in new North Sails this year which we get out on special occasions and they have performed very well and I would thoroughly recommend them – the day to day set are 10 years old and it is fair to say they are a bit baggy !
Also took the trouble to remove 10 years of filler and antifoul off the boat we bought last year and now have a bottom we can be proud of.
Can’t speak for Ruffian but we are trying to come south on Menace to do a bit more class racing.
All in all we are having a very enjoyable time racing in the Humber and Brian my co-owner is now back in Impalas after having sold Firebird a few years ago ; I have also got my 12 year old son on board as ‘pitman’ and hope to train him to ‘bowman’ asap as I am a bit big for the pointy end (6’4 !)