Monthly Archives: August 2015

Corsica Classic 2015 – day 7

The final day of the event dawned with 15-18 knots of breeze from ENE funneling through the Straits of Bonifacio. Skylark made a conservative start on port tack at the Committee Boat end of the line. Whilst she was 10 seconds late for the gun, she it the line at full speed so within the first 3 minutes had already established a small advantage on the fleet positioned ahead and to windward.

A long port tack to round two isolated danger marks led into a long spinnaker reach to the finish. Skylark finished amongst the larger longer yachts Oiseau de Feu, Eileen and Seranade, giving her an overall victory in this race by 15 minutes.

The final race win gave Skylark an overal score of 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1 – six bullets and one 2nd which she then discarded leaving a perfect score of 1st places for the event.

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Corsica classic 2015 – day 6

The race from Santo Giulia to Bonifacio proved a taxing one for Skylark. Despite a strong start at the favoured end of the line on port tack, the loading of the new reaching mizzen staysail was such that half way through the race the port mizzen runner parted where it has been spliced around the masthead.

The crew quickly lowered the staysail whilst the repairs were made but in this process the boat speed dropped by half a knot for three of four minutes and in this time the smaller yacht, Sonda, which had been pursuing Skylark closely all week, crept ahead on corrected time beating Skylark by race end by 50 seconds.

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Corsica classic 2015 – day 5

After a great party ashore with canapes, open bar and a fabulous DJ, the fleet started deep in the bay of Porto Vecchio and after one General Recall, tacked out into open water. After starting both starts at the pin end, Skylark headed right and crossed the bay on port tack, picking up a 20 degree lift and an increase in wind pressure.

This wind shift catapulted her to the front of the fleet as it left Porto Vecchio. Once out in open water the wind subsided leaving the heavier Skylark with the challenge of keeping her advantage with the smaller lighter yachts.

With the event video cameraman and TV Presenter on board, Skylark sailed into increasing pressure under her giant blue asymmetric spinnaker and claimed another first place – her 5th in a row!

Corsica classic 2015 – day 4

Time on distance is a key factor determining any great start and in this aerial video Skylark hits the favoured end of the start line at full speed right on the gun. By 6 minutes into the race she crosses most of the fleet tacking out from the cliffs off Bonifacio and maintains her position all the way to the race finish in Santo Giulia.

Corsica Classic 2015 – Day 3

Race 3 of this 7 day event took the fleet from the protected anchorage of Porto Pollo down to the Navigation Tower (Isolated Danger Mark) off Pointe des Moines near Bonifacio – a race of some 30 miles. Skylark had an unexpected challenge in that some of her crew required a sabbatical so rested for the day aboard Skylark’s motherships Alexa and El Bueno.

The five remaining crew – undaunted by the challenge before them – won the pin end of the start and again controlled the fleet from this advantageous position. After a very long spinnaker reach in winds under 5 knots, Skylark crossed the finish line by Moines ahead of all her nearest rivals, winning the third race in a row.

Corsica Classic 2015 – Day 2

With a two metre swell still rolling into the Golfe of Ajaccio, Skylark made a beautiful start alongside the larger faster Eileen and gained a lee-bow position coming off the startline, sailing tactically and keeping her main competitor in dirty air (turbulence) for the first 5 miles.

From this leading position Skylark controlled the rest of the race, out sailing Oiseau de Feu, Seranade, Eileen and White Wings to a second race victory.

Corsica Classic 2015 – Day 1

Race 1 of the events saw a large swell rolling into the Golfe of Ajaccio. The course was a classic box shape, typical of racing in this area. Despite a poor start Skylark fought her way back through the fleet by tacking offshore when all the leaders stayed inshore – to the point of Skylark’s rival White Wings hit a reef. A gybe and a long spinnaker run ensued which Skylark sailed perfectly, by soaking lower and faster than the opposition making the mark in one. After 3hrs of racing Skylark crossed the line to her first victory in this event.

Corsica Classic 2015 – Preparation

Following a winter of restoration, Skylark has arrived in the Port of Ajaccio in Corsica as the fleet readies itself for 7 days of competitive racing aroujd the Island. Each day a race takes the fleet from one beach, bay or port to another providing the competitors and incredible experience racing one of the Mediterranean’s finest and most beautiful locations.