The story of a Class Globe 580 yacht build number 46

Month: July 2022

Round the Isle of Wight Race

We entered the race to get some experience of a longer time at sea. In preparation two of us spent a week sailing around the south coast of the UK. Living on board and some night sails and some nights on a swinging mooring. The day to day sailing and living worked well. I installed a compact sea toilet so sailing with others means a bit more comfort rather than the bucket option. I wanted a boat for racing and cruising with friends and family.

Sleeping was fine, the cushions in the forepeak and main cabin mean two can sleep in the V-berth up front and two others in the cabin. Plenty of sleeping space. I do need to make a table for the cabin for playing cards on in the evening though.

The round the island race is a fantastic event, 1,400 yachts entered in 2022. Weather forecast was great, 15 knots most of the day, sunny and dry.

We had a start time of 8am so we got to watch some of the speed machines start before us. We got away well and were soon at the Needles beating all the way with the tide, up round to Ventnor and we could unfurl the A5, then deploy the A3 as we rounded to Ryde. Lots of close racing with boats in our class. Used the A5 all the way from Ryde to Cowes and the finish. The A5 is a really fantastic asymmetric. After many years of yacht racing with spinnakers and spinnaker poles with lots of people needed for gybing, pole setting. The use of bowsprit mounted furling asymmetrics is a joy. Not sure I’d ever go back. Easy to use single handed.

The finish was superb, speeding through the finish line. 9.5 hours total. Downside was I did not remove the outboard from the transom and we got disqualified.

On handicap we came 3rd of 4th in our class which was good, my own calculation.

The time on boat racing was a fantastic experience. Fun party in the evening in Cowes then back to Poole the next day, 25 knots of wind, beating all the way. The boat needs a good set-up to beat, when achieved it goes really well and is very dry. The high freeboard certainly helps with this.

First Race – 1st Place!

After some set-up and work to tune the rig we entered a race with the local yacht racing club PYRA. Poole Yacht Racing Assocaiation.

The race was from Poole to Cowes. Handicap was VPRS which we had a handicap measured by them. All the sails hand measured and stats for the boat from the Globe 580 website, so accurate.

The boat is fast, and handled really well. We won. Was great. Kept a good speed, some wave surfing. Went along happily at 6 to 7 knots on a reach in 15 knots of wind. Rising off the wind to steady 7 knots and rising to 9 knots when surfing. The A5 is furling and easy to deploy. We had a go with the A3 also furling, again goes out easy and quick to retrieve.

The A5 has an integrated luff torsion rope, this sail goes round to 50 degrees happily which was great for the race. The A3 torsion rope is free from the sails luff, so sailed down to 160 degrees.

We had a fair few boats in our class and got a good start, boat really flew upwind. Rounded the first windward mark well and went for a reach, A5. I put in a Harken MK4 furler on the headsail. I wanted a versatile boat that I would not need to be on the foredeck at all in a breeze. The A5 stayed up, then as we bore off the wind we furled that an hoisted the A3 on a Karver Furler. I needed to work out a system to have this easier to hoist and lower as it needs to come down when not in use.

The A3 really get the boat going. We had a few broaches as the wind picked up, we quickly learnt to feel them coming and as long as we reacted quickly and pointed downwind with the gusts we could avoid the broaches. The boat recovered quickly to the broaches.

So we pushed fairly hard and won the race. Very pleasing. The boat did well, we could have gone faster, but as a first race and only a hundred or so miles under the belt we all felt pleased. 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

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