RORC Cherbourg Race

The Team finished 2nd in class in the RORC Cherbourg race.

The 74 mile course saw LMR reach out of the east of the solent in 15 knots and across to Cherbourg through the night. The team crossed the finish line at 4.33am and returned straight back to Hamble, where the breeze slowly built for some good down wind sailing.

This concludes the last race of the first season. Stay tuned to find out about the boat's future plans.

Round the Island Race

Lady Mariposa Racing were one of 1,533 teams entered for this years race, and were rated as the sixth fastest boat on the race course. Although this would be the fourth Round the Island race for the Lady Mariposa team, (with previous success in the Oyster 625, winning their class in 2013) this was the debut in the new Ker 46 and for the team aboard Lady Mariposa R.

LMR had a fun and eventful race, with big breeze and big waves to battle with around the back of the island, reaching 25 knots in boat speed. The Team worked hard to keep the pedal down throughout the 5 hour race, with a wealth of experienced teams racing alongside them. 

LMR Finished, 7th in IRC 0, 12th in IRC, 10th in Line honours.

A fast and furious first Round the Island Race on the Ker 46. The confidence on board is definitely growing and as we pass the 6 month mark we look forward to the coming season with much enthusiasm.

The team will certainly be back next year to try and improve on their position!

 

Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2016

3rd overall in IRC class for Lady Mariposa R and a fantastic regatta had by all.

The team were up against tough competition in the North Sea Regatta (13th-16th May), with the experienced team of Coin Coin, a Ker 43 (NED 342) keeping them on their toes. The heat wave that had drenched Holland just a few days before was soon blown away with 25 knots and big chop encompassing the sailing area. Quite the opposite to the scenes of the North Sea race the week before. Day 1 got off to a speedy start with a new top speed of 24.9 knots launching the Ker down the race course. With a matter of seconds separating the team from Coin Coin in each race, it soon became clear that this was going to be a regatta of close margins. 

After a 2 hour postponement on Day 2 the news arrived that there would be no racing due to the sea state outside the harbour. Day 3 saw much the same conditions and the coastal race of 2 hours was abandoned after an inflatable mark had vanished from it's coordinates. A shame to loose another race to the series, as well as the 9 minute lead the team had created on the fleet. By race 2 the wind had dropped slightly to 18-20 knots and LMR had a smooth, fast race, resulting in a win! The difficulty of being the fastest boat in the class proved to be a challenge on the start line, as LMR fought to control speed and hold a lane around the slower boats that were setting up early. By Day 4 both the wind and sea state had calmed and two (dryer) races got underway. 

The team are upbeat to come away with 3rd place, having had an action packed regatta with some great results. There has been huge step forward both in knowledge and performance over the week and the crew are excited to put this into practice back in the UK.

Photographs by © Sander van der Borch

R.O.R.C North Sea Race 2016 - The First Offshore

Lady Mariposa finished her first offshore race last night, which was a race of two halves...

The team lead the fleet out of Harwich and to the first mark, keeping ahead of the Volvo 70 for a few hours. The middle part of the race saw good boat speed, helping LMR to pull away from the fleet up to Smith Knolls Buoy off the North Norwich coast.

Unfortunately it was not long before the breeze shut off, enabling the rest of the fleet to catch up whilst the team were stuck in a big hole of nothing (except for a friendly flock of pigeons who made themselves at home!). Eventually the wind filled in (a total of 3 knots of breeze) and the team managed to get the boat across the finish line in Holland.

A huge well done to the team onboard who put in a sterling effort from start to finish, keeping the focus right until the end.

Also thank you RORC Rating Office for organising the event and JachtClub Scheveningen for the warm welcome last night.

Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Championships - Weekend 2

 

There seems to be something about the last race on a Sunday that really gets us going...!

 

 

Another full weekend of racing, with 6 races counted and some really great moments. Top speeds today of 18.6 knots. That's a wrap on the Warsash Spring Series & Spring Championships and a solid 4th place for our first event. 

A quick turn around now into Offshore mode and preparation for some time in Holland. First up is the North Sea Race - 6th May, followed by the North Sea Regatta 13th - 16th May.

Check out the results here: http://warsashspringseries.org.uk/2016/index.htm

Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Championships - Weekend 1

The first races of the Spring Championship weekend got underway promptly with short windward leeward courses making it crucial to achieve a clean lane off the line and a good first beat to avoid traffic around the top mark. The wind ranged from 10-15 knots throughout the day and the team posted a consistent set of results, with a 3rd, 5th, 3rd and 4th. The short legs and tight racing between the classes made for a very exciting and enjoyable day on the water.

Sunday proved to be a challenging start to racing, with fluky conditions making the team work hard to overcome issues in the first race. By the second race the team had found the pace and a good lane and clean air off the line lead to a quick upwind leg. This, paired with the smooth execution of manoeuvres secured LMR her first win of the series, finishing a comfortable 5 minutes ahead of the fleet.

A big thanks goes out to the committee at Warsash Sailing Club for putting on another slick and well organised weekend of racing. It was impressive to get all 6 races in as well as see so many boats on the water competing. Congratulations to the whole team who have been working extremely hard to achieve our goals. We are currently lying 4th in our class so lets see what we can do this coming weekend.

Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series - Race 4

Saturday started off light and we found ourselves quickly hoisting the A3 for a fly by helicopter shoot with our Media man Mike Jones. Hereafter the day was spent concentrating on boat speed and communication, with 16-17knots filling in, giving the team a good breeze to play with. A change in crew roles saw everyone working hard to maintain the progress achieved so far but unfortunately the day was cut short with a breakage to our control lines. The boys did a great job to patch the boat up with a temporary fixing for racing the next morning.

With the boat in a fragile state it was not our lucky day when we were met with a big forecast and a lot of rain. The team huddled in the cockpit on the hour long motor to the race course (see facebook photo!). Once the race was underway an average of 26 knots had engulfed the Solent, and the team found themselves racing in the biggest wind since the start of the campaign. All was going well until a large gust threw us and the temporary repair to the control lines broke. The decision was made to head to shore before the small issues turned into something more serious. Well done to everyone who completed the race! Work is underway this week to get LMR back to her normal self before the Spring Championships this weekend.

Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series – Race 3

The training focus of this weekend was to keep the boat in the groove, with an emphasis on the repetition of key manouevres and the roles and communication on board. On Saturday we staged a short-legged course, challenging us to perform in a pressured race scenario. By doing this we were able to highlight the weaker areas and put more focus on improving them before race day on Sunday. A steady 12-14 knots with flat water and beaming sunlight provided us with ideal conditions to carry out these tasks.

Light winds and a South Easterly breeze of 7-8 knots building to 12 saw much the same conditions from training the day before (minus the sun!). We were all pleased to see there were considerably more boats on the water, with 66 racing across the classes. The round the cans race of two and a half hours most definitely put the manoeurves we had practiced into play, with large upwind and downwind legs.  Although Lady Mariposa R struggled to find her speed in the first half of the race, the second half saw a large improvement on pace and we were the first boat to cross the line in our class. Now we need to focus on finding those minutes between us and first!

The team meet again this weekend for the fourth race of the series. Keep watching this space…

Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series – Race 1

The weekend past saw the UK racing calendar kick off with a bang with the first race of the highly competitive Warsash Spring series & Spring Championships. The team were up against stiff competition in the fastest class, IRC 1 and were subject to their first test in the strong tidal waters of the Solent. Saturday provided a productive training day to get to grips with the new race area and surroundings, as well as a fly-by from our mothership S/Y Firebird.

The icy, crisp Sunday morning brought light winds and an extremely low tide delaying our launch time a little, although the start got underway promptly and LMR soured across the line to collect line honours. An early break in our string line drop system saw manual drops being the theme for the race, though this did not hinder our pace and we comfortably lead for the duration of the race. With a wealth of lessons learnt and a 4th place to our name, it is most definitely is an encouraging start to the series. Our next race of the series is Sunday 3rd April.

The First Race - Trofeo Carnaval

With the first two training weeks under our belt, the team braced themselves for the Trofeo Carnaval, hosted by the Real Club Nautico Palma over the 6th and 7th of February with a fleet of 30 boats. Saturday began slowly with light winds delaying the start time. By 2pm the wind filled in and Lady Mariposa R flew across the race course taking line with honours in her first race. The team lead for the duration of the race around the windward-leeward course. Sunday was a very different story with dark clouds looming over head in the marina first thing, with a swell building outside by mid morning. The team assembled, prepared with the offshore main to see some strong conditions. A coastal race got underway but was soon abandoned on the second leg as a consistent 35 knots blew down the course, with gusts touching in to the 40s. Although it was a shame not to finish the race, the team were the last to drop sails and head in, showing their determination and commitment. That's a wrap on our last winter training here in Palma, before we head back to the chilly UK for the season to start in earnest.

A windy winter training session

Everyone’s new year wishes were answered as a hearty 20 knots blew through Palma bay on day 1. The forecast set to continue through the week provided an abundance of big smiles (and waves) on faces! Anticipation was high as to how the boat and crew would perform in polar opposite conditions and with a top speed of 23 knots (with the small kite and reef in the main) the team were yet again charged with the Ker’s potential. A high of 38knots saw day 3 cancelled with the rest of the week providing varied conditions to test the wardrobe of sails from Elvstrom. An exhilarating and fun week was had by all, leaving the team raring to get back on board for the first race... 

The team gathers for the first time

New faces, nationalities and ages gathered at Palma’s Real Club Nautico to kick-off the first instalment of training this winter. Much of the week saw light winds of 4-8 knots dusting the bay, with highs of 8-12 knots giving the team a snippet of the power the boat was capable of. The calm, flat conditions provided the perfect training ground for boat handling and manoeuvres, allowing for maximum focus to be spent on developing the key roles within the team. Together the team were impressed with her performance and were itching for the coming session!

Palma Bound

Packed and strapped, Lady Mariposa R set off from the HYS boat yard for her winter training base. Two lorries, three days and 1200 miles later she arrived in sunny Palma, just as shiny as she’d left. The lorries, which had travelled two different routes - one by land and by sea arrived within hours of each other, were quickly unloaded and she was soon placed in prime position in the STP boat yard. Work began swiftly to reassemble and test the boat, with sail trials carried out in time for the first training.

Commissioning

Commissioned in late October on the River Hamble on the South coast of England by Ancasta and Marine Pro UK, Lady Mariposa Racing came to life. In just a few days she was stood high on her keel and attracting a lot of attention. The new work shop container from Pentalver was a hive of activity with Hall spars building the mast, and Diverse Yachts installing electronics. The final piece of the puzzle was delivered by Elvstrom Sails and after a lot of hard work she was ready for her maiden voyage on a sunny afternoon with flat water and 12kts of breeze.