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Organised Kaos triumph in style.

ORGANISED Kaos, skippered by Andy Ventura, won the first race of the Bahrain Yacht Club Winter Yacht Racing Series, which was held in cloudy and blustery conditions off Sitra.

It was clear that the six-week layoff over the New Year had left many of the skippers and crews out of practice, as the racing was marked by equipment failures, crewing mistakes, and other mishaps.

Amongst the yachts, in the IRC handicap division, it was quarter-tonne Organised Kaos that handled the conditions best, sailing fast and completing the course without incident, taking first place on handicap.

This was in notable contrast to his main rivals. Nicky Lunn's J80 Jackal started strongly, and was well in the lead during the first lap of the course, but he was forced to veer dramatically off the racing line to fix a spinnaker problem, handing the lead to Mike Miller's Malbec 240 Singapore Sling.

Miller had only just overtaken Trojan, the Hunter 707 skippered by Patrick Beckett, who was also struggling with his spinnaker in gusty conditions.

Singapore Sling's lead was short lived, however, as an incorrect mark-rounding and a significant broach let both Jackal and Trojan back past. Although Jackal went on to take line honours, with Trojan a short distance astern, the various incidents meant that none were able to pull far enough ahead of Organised Kaos, who won comfortably on adjusted time handicap.

Singapore Sling was second on handicap, and Trojan third.

Eventful

The Club handicap division was similarly eventful. The division was won by Sadler 27 Pandora skippered by Eugene Carolan and helmed by Eleanor Porter.

Ben Coster's Gibsea 33 D'artagnan, the pre-race favourite, suffered as a trapped sail forced a series of dramatic 360-degree turns, and they were obliged to settle for second on corrected time.

A very creditable third place on handicap was won by Paul Sagar's Macgregor 27 MiniMac, which, despite not being a regular starter in earlier series, enjoyed the strong winds and sailed well.

"It was a great day's sail, and it certainly shook out the cobwebs," said Fleet Captain Nicky Lunn at the post-race debrief meeting, as crews enjoyed sharing tales of the action.

The Winter Series of Hobie Racing also got underway with fresh, cool conditions giving the sailors a taste of winter sailing, not normally experienced in these waters.

Age De Vries got things started with a dismasting seven minutes before the start of race one when a shackle came undone, sending his whole rig crashing into the water and leaving him out of the action for the race.

Paul Truscott was the next to fall with an on-course side mistake one minute before the start. A poor tack while returning via the pin end of the line left him starting very late in the field.

Niel Garner seized on this opportunity, sailing his Hobie Tiger to a creditable line and handicap honours for race one, with Truscott recovering for second and Richard Dixon-Clarke securing third place.

Race two saw a diminished fleet but just as much action, with Truscott experiencing rig failure on the first beat, requiring a withdrawal.

De Vries secured first place having recovered his rig and fixed the boat up in the break. Dixon-Clarke continued to show consistency securing second place over Matt Carr in third.

The Winter Series continues on February 4. For more information on the races, contact the Bahrain Yacht Club on +973-17-700767.

WINTER SERIES OF HOBIE RACING RESULTS

RACE ONE

Multihull handicap: 1 Neil Garner, 2 Paul Truscott, 3 Richard Dixon-Clarke, 4 Nigel Widdowson, 5 Matt Carr.

Hobie 16: 1 Paul Truscott, 2 Richard Dixon-Clarke, 3 Nigel Widdowson, 4 Matt Carr.

RACE TWO

Multihull handicap: 1 Age De Vries, 2 Richard Dixon-Clarke, 3 Matt Carr.

Hobie 16: 1 Age De Vries, 2 Richard Dixon-Clarke, 3 Matt Carr.

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