Pink Fleet BBQ Sat 8th Aug
No Breakfast, race 1100 BBQ lunch with wine and beer 1230 /1300
Booking essential by the 5th August, tickets £5 adults, £3 children less any subs paid.
Volunteers to help on the day to drive power boats, help to set up the BBQ.
Hope to see you all there
Ps Advanced notice for Camp Sail 29th August, tickets ESSENTIAL and will be on sale next week : family £22, adults £7, children 3-14yrs £5.
Before the race it was throwing it down with rain and there was no wind ! As a result there were only four takers for the Pursuit Race. Just before the start the wind did start to rise to 5 – 8 mph from a westerly direction, but it kept rising and falling and changing direction all through the morning.
John W set a fairly short course in the difficult conditions, 8, 5, 9, 6 and back through the start. There were three Lasers out, David C, Mike A, Steve P and then Adrian in his Vago. The only exciting point of the race was at the first mark 8, when all four boats arrived at the same time. The wind round this mark was very tricky and kept swinging around. After that they got stretched out and there were no changes in position right to the finish gun.
The wind got up before the Handicap Race to about 12 – 13mph and roughly from the same direction, but quite gusty, so Jon decided to join in the fun. John W tweaked the course to 9, 4, 2, 6 and back through the start line.
Mike A managed a double capsize on the first lap after cleating in his main sheet and leaning over the back of his Laser to clear weed from the rudder ! (not a clever thing to do in gusty conditions!)
First back through the line was David C followed by Jon, Steve P and then Adrian with Mike playing catch-up at the back.
At the end of the second lap Jon was just ahead of David and Mike had managed to catch Adrian.
Jon increased his lead on the third lap when David capsized just after crossing the start line, but there were no changes in position behind them.
On the last lap there were no further changes in position, Steve P did capsize after rounding 2 on the last lap but got going again quite quickly, so Mike was unable to catch him.
Final positions were 1st Jon; 2nd David; 3rd Steve; 4th Mike; 5th Adrian
Thanks to John W and the OOD Team Phil M and Jessica W.
Monica having served last week as SOOD was also on duty this week and again she had a tricky wind direction to cope with. She used X as the first mark, straight out from the jetty) then along the buoy line to 5P, 9S, 4P, 1P, 6s,7S and back through the start.
There were 21 starters but Steve S (Laser) and Chris S (Laser) did not make it through the start line after the first lap.
Ian C (Supernova) was first back through the line followed by the Lasers of Curtis and James and the Radial of Luke, who was closely followed by Dave L (Laser). There was a fleet of Leaders out tonight and Hugh & Hadey were in the lead in 7th place with Mike & Neville 11th, Tracey & Barbara 14th and Sally & Bob 17th. It was good to see Julian back on the water in his Solo and he came through in 9th place. Rick in his Laser was taking part in his first race and going well in 12th place. Amy had opted to sail the Comet tonight and was in 16th place just behind William in his Topper. At the end of the first lap Paul R, Hugh & Hadey and Mike A (Lightning) approached the last mark (7) line abreast, poor Hugh & Hadey were in the middle of the sandwich and there was heated discussion about rights (which continued after the race !).
At the end of the second lap the leading five boats were in the same positions, but Paul R (Aero) actually crossed the line in the same time as the Laser of Dave L. Paula (Radial) in 10th place was being chased by Mike & Nev and behind them Peter S (Byte) had gained one place by passing Rick. Dean & Nick (Vago) had decided to retire from the race but continued to sail.
By the third lap Paul R had moved up to 2nd and Dave L was up to 4th place. Mike & Nev had moved up two places to 9th displacing Hugh & Hadey as the leading Leader. Rick had repassed Peter, Tracey & Barbara had got past William and Paul H (Supernova) had gained two places. Sally & Bob decided to retire after three laps.
After four laps Ian still led Paul R, but Dave L had passed Curtis to move up to 3rd. Mike & Nev had moved up another two places to 7th (must have cracked up the outboard !). Peter S, Rick, Tracey & Barbara, William, Paul H and Amy received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the fifth and last lap, the first eight boats had maintained station, but Hugh & Hadey regained a place by passing Julian who in turn had managed to get past Paula.
The final positions on the water were 1st Ian C; 2nd Paul R; 3rd Dave L; 4th Curtis; 5th James P, 6th Luke..
Thanks to Monica and the OOD Team of David M, Roland L, Roland and Ryan and ANO (name not on sheet).
It was a similar wind to last week, WSW about 13 -15 mph. Karen set the first beat to 5, across to 9 then up the lake to a gybe round 3 a run to 2 and then a run/reach to another gybe round 6, 7 and back through the start.
The star of the first Pursuit Race was Hadey in her 4.7; she was first back through the line on the first lap and stayed there until the finish gun. Luke (Radial) was also going well in his first outing this year and came through in 2nd place with the Lasers of James P, Steve P, Curtis and John W in 3rd to 6th places. Next through the line were Ian C (Supernova), Paul R (Aero), and Steve S and David M in Lasers. William was next through in his Topper followed by Ellen & Newton (RS200) then the two Vagos of Adrian and Dean & Nick and the Harley H2 of Colin H. Ellen & Newton were higher up coming down to 6, but caught a gust and performed some unusual manoeuvres before capsizing.
Mike A (Laser) had retired early into the lap with a jammed mainsheet pulley and Roland & Ryan with excessive weed problems. Gordon and Richard B decided not to start at all.
At the finish Hadey took the honours, James P had managed to get past Luke to take 2nd from him with Steve P 4th, Ian up to 5th and Curtis 6th.
The wind had picked up a bit more for the second race of the day and James and Mike A came together at the first mark and then poor James capsized whilst doing penalty turns. First back through the line was Paul R with Steve S 2nd and Newton & Ellen 3rd, Ian C 4th, Luke 5th, John W 6th, Curtis 7th and Hadey going well again in 8th. Both Vagos had gone out again for more punishment and Adrian was as usual sailing single handed. William had also bravely ventured forth and was battling on at the back of the fleet.
By the end of the second lap Steve S had taken the lead and Ian had moved up to 3rd pushing Newton & Ellen down to 4th with Curtis moving up two places to 5th with Luke now 6th. Further down the fleet Mike A, David M and Steve P were having a good battle, but a recovered James P was catching them. Rounding 6, Steve P was right on Mike’s transom, but he capsized on the gybe allowing Mike to slip away. Dean & Nick and Adrian in their Vagos retired on this lap and William was given the finish gun.
The finish gun went at the end of the third lap and the first four boats had not changed position from the previous lap, but Luke had regained 5th place from Curtis. John W and Hadey had been battling all race for 7th place and John managed to cross the line just ahead of Hadey.
The final positons on the water were 1st Steve S; 2nd Paul R; 3rd Ian C; 4th Newton &Ellen; 5th Luke; 6th Curtis. On handicap the first two will retain their places, but Hadey will move up to 3rd with Luke 4th.
Thanks to Karen and the OOD Team of Natalie M, Jessica W, James C, Roland L and Stuart C.
Monica had a tricky job of setting a course with a very light NW wind. She used X as the first mark, straight out from the jetty then along the buoy line to 5P, 9S, 3P, 2P and back through the start.
There were 17 starters and the actual start was from the flag pole to the pin positioned toward 8. There was a difference of opinion as to which end to start with more wind at the far end but the near end giving a better angle. In the end the near end boats got to X first.
Steve S, thought he would check out the first leg by sailing towards X before the start but then got caught out when he did not realise the time and when the 1 min gun went he was left with too far to return and had to fight his way back through the starting boats to the start line and ended up starting last. He then spent the rest of the race fighting his way through the fleet.
First to X was Karen (Laser) with Newton (Solo) right behind and then Roland & Ryan (National 12) and Ian C (Supernova). By the time the leaders approached 9 they were all side by side with Karen and Newton on starboard converging with Roland & Ryan and Ian on port this ended with gentle contact and Ian doing penalty turns. By the time they had got to 3 at the far end of the lake Newton had pulled clear of the other three boats and remained ahead to the end of the race. Curtis came through on his own in 5th place, but Sylvia (Laser), Steve S (Solo), Hugh (Laser) and Ellen (Radial) were very close together as they came through and Bob in another Solo was trying to catch them.. Paul H (Supernova) came through just ahead of Dave L (Laser) and Chris A (Solo). Next through was Chris M (Laser) who followed by the battle between Sally & Stuart (Leader) and Chris & Carol (Sport 14). David M (Laser) was battling on but finding the light wind challenging and he received a finish gun at the end of the first lap.
The race was finished for everyone at the end of the second lap and the leaders across the line were 1st Newton; 2nd Roland & Ryan; 3rd Ian C; 4th Karen; 5th Curtis; 6th Sylvia.
Most other boats maintained station on this lap, but Sally & Stuart made up two places and Chris & Carol decided to retire before the end of the lap.
Thanks to Monica and the OOD Team of Nick J, John and Jan M, Nigel J.
Sunday 19th July: The last race in the BBQ Series sees the circuit moving to the southern hemisphere and the Sydney Hobart race !
Start time 14:30 (ish)
All Welcome !
Abandoned boats and trailers, posting of Part II Notice leading to the Sale or Disposal