Monday, October 30, 2006
Light Winds for Race Four
The fourth race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series was plagued with very light and shifty winds. After a general recall Puma had a superb start at the favoured pin end of the line. Puma then crossed most of the fleet on port and was looking very good for an exellent first beat.
Unfortuntately Puma was the wrong side of the next shift and was out of phase with the shifts which left her trailing at the first windward mark. After a bad first beat the team quickly settled in and fought back hard, gaining several positions over the following two hours of racing.
The final result saw Puma finish 10th just one second ahead of Tarka! The good news was that our closest rivals also had a bad race. Puma is still in 3rd place in the series and most importantly has put us another point ahead of fourth placed Tarka.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Another Podium Finish
Puma Logic finished in 3rd place in race three of the Garmin Winter Series. This leaves the team trailing the very well sailed J133 Jump by just one point. Jump are second in the series with another J133, Jammy Dodger leading and Puma in third.
The team aboard Puma were very releived when the gale force winds and torrential rain that was forecasted did not materialise. As it happens Sunday's racing provided near perfect conditions with a steady 15-18 knots Southerly wind.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Puma Logic 2nd in the Garmin Winter Series Race 2
Puma Logic, sponsored by Gill, finished 2nd on Sunday in Race 2 of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. The wind was between 15 and 18 knots from the East which provided the perfect conditions for the Reflex 38. This combined with sunshine made for a fantastic day out.
After two and a half hours of exciting racing Puma crossed the finish line in 3rd place ahead of all the faster Prima 38’s. On corrected time this was good enough to finish in 2nd place just four seconds ahead of Tarka, a Beneteau 40.7.
Puma Logic is now holding a superb 2nd place in the series behind Jammy Dodger, a J133. This shows great potential for Puma Logic’s new crew who only sailed together the previous weekend for the first time. Three of the team, including the bowman and mastman had never been racing before!