Team Report: RSC Youth at Weymouth
A quick report from the National Schools Sailing Association’s Match Racing event that was meant to take place this weekend (7/8th Nov). RSC entered a team in the form of Hadey (helm), Hugh (main), and William (bow). The event was held at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (the venue of the 2012 Olympics), and using the RYA’s fleet of Elliot 6m keelboats, that were also used in the Olympics. Unfortunately the weather didn’t co-operate with Saturday seeing mean wind speeds of 31 kts (force 7) with gusts not quite topping out at 50 kts (49.29 kts). Winds started a little calmer on Sunday, but with the forecast showing a rapid return to speeds above 20 kts there wasn’t going to be enough time to run enough races to make a meaningful event, and the organisers decided to cancel the whole event. This at least meant that the RYA would return the boat hire fees.
So obviously disappointing in some respects, but the team did at least get to try out the Elliots on the moorings (see photo below), and the NSSA and the Umpires laid on briefings on match racing tactics. There was also the opportunity for an impromptu visit to Portland Bill (to check how really windy it was), and a team trip around the yacht chandleries in Weymouth. The team also developed in-depth knowledge of the opening times of Fish & Chip shops in the Weymouth area.
The NSSA hope to replace this event at some point using SB20’s on Farmoor reservoir at Oxford – where hopefully the wind will be more compliant.
Instruction on the Elliot 6m
Team Practising their upwind technique at Portland Bill
(Or “Karen it really was this windy! “)