Two Frank: Poole Regatta 2016
Hi, we're Two Frank, a Hunter Impala OOD who have just joined Team Rooster, and we'll be chronicling our adventures on the blog. We begin with the Poole Regatta, a perfect way to kick off our season.
Idyllic conditions greeted Two Frank as we arrived for the Poole Regatta on the 27-30 May 2016. The regatta was identified as a key tune up event ahead of a busy summer schedule, with the team determined to retain their Impala National Championship title in July and put in a strong showing for Cowes Week.
For the regatta, the five Impalas were subject to a dual scoring system, racing in IRC3 and being scored for both IRC3 and as the Impala class. Unfortunately, we discovered on Friday evening that Polly could no longer make it to the event, so the class-within-a-class was reduced to four: Parallel Universe, Spectrum, Two Frank and Voodoo.
Saturday began with a shifting 5-knot breeze that built into a steady South Easterly at 10 knots, and Two Frank shook off some race rustiness, recovering strongly in each race, showing great upwind speed to claim a 5th and two 4ths in IRC 3, and three wins in the four-boat Impala class. The beautiful post-racing conditions lent themselves to pontoon socialising, as all crews basked in the arrival of summer.
Sunday saw slightly foggy heads cleared by perfect weather; 15 knots NNE, 23 degrees and clear skies. The team responded to a strong challenge mounted by Spectrum, crewed by a young team of students who got stronger as the event went on. The conditions suited Two Frank superbly, and some seamless teamwork helped us record three more Impala victories, including a third and two fourths under IRC.
There were only two races scheduled on a breezy Monday, and Two Frank knew that with one discard in hand, we had nothing to lose. With the pressure off, we were able to cope well despite over 20 knots of breeze and the other Impalas’ new-found speed. We went right up the first beat, and played the sizeable shifts well to round the first windward mark at the head of the fleet, much to the surprise of the Quarter Tonners! We finished the event with another 3rd and a 4th, to end the regatta 4th in IRC3 and 1st Impala, with a perfect record of eight wins from eight.
The crew for the event were: Olly Love, Sam Flint, Jamie Foot, Duncan Jenkins, Liam Harrington-Missin and Joe Butterworth.
Two Frank head into the rest of the season buoyed by a very positive performance and their snazzy new red jackets, debuted by Sam and the girls during the Women’s Open Keelboat Championships.