Gillette Series 12 – 29th June 2016

It was a bit frisky tonight with a SW wind about 14 mph, but with much stronger squalls coming through and the threat of rain in the air. Chris A stepped up to take on the SOOD duty and set the first beat down to 4, then 2p, 5s, 6s, 7s and back through the start.
 
There were only 9 starters and Karen, Mark B and Rick had opted for Radial rigs and Franz had abandoned his Contender for a full rig Laser. Peter S had decided to be bold and use his CII sail on his Byte and Dean & Nick had also stuck to full rig for their Vago.
First back through the start line was Karen with Mark B 2nd, Franz 3rd and Curtis 4th, all in Lasers and fairly close together. Peter S (Byte II) came through in 5th place with Rick (Laser) slightly further back in 6th place being chased by Dean & Nick (Vago). Bringing up the rear of the fleet were Mike A (Lightning) and Chris & Carol (Sport 14).
 
At the end of the second lap Karen had extended her lead, but Curtis had got past Mark and Franz to move up to 2nd. Dean & Nick had caught and passed Rick. By this time Chris & Carol had been lapped and they received the gun at the end of the lap.
 
On the third lap Curtis had caught Karen and they crossed the line virtually together. Peter had moved up to 4th by passing Franz and further back Rick had retaken Dean & Nick.
 
On the fourth and last lap Karen had got ahead again and Curtis had a mishap coming down to No 6 when a lull followed by a gust pushed him over the buoy line with a consequent capsize. This moved everyone up one place with only one change in position when Dean & Nick re-passed Rick.
 
Final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Mark B; 3rd Peter S; 4th Franz; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Rick.
 
On handicap Peter should leapfrog Mark to take 2nd place.
 
 
Thanks to Chris A (especially as he stepped in at the last minute) and the OOD Team of Helen, Graham K, Billy I and Julian W.
 
 

Summer Series 4 – 26th June

With a NW 11 mph wind Karen used a Tektona start with a first beat to X (between 4 and 3 on the buoy line) then 2p, 6s, 8s, 1s and back through the start.
 
Pursuit Race
There were 22 starters and first away was Gordon P in his Mirror, but Chris H (Comet) led at the end of the first lap followed by Mike A (Lightning) then Curtis in the first of the Lasers.  Peter S (Byte II) came through in 4th place with fast moving Paul R (Aero) in 5th and Chris A (Solo) 6th.
The gun went on the second lap and by this time Julian B (OK) was just in front of Paul with Curtis still 3rd and Chris H 4th, Mike A 5th and Jon 6th.
 
Handicap Race
Gordon and Mark B sat the second race out so the fleet was down to 20 boats.
Jon C (Laser) was first back through the line chased by Paul R (Aero), then the Lasers of Hugh, Steve P, Curtis, James and Richard S. Julian B (OK) came through in 8th place followed by Ken P in yet another Laser.  There was only one Solo out today helmed by Chris A and he was battling with Peter R (Enterprise) Peter S (Byte II) and Adrian (Vago) for 10th place. Behind them Chris H (Comet) was trying to hold off the Lasers of Rick and Gareth and bringing up the rear of the fleet were Dean & Nick (Vago), Alistair S (Laser) and Angela & Paula (Comet Duo).
 
At the end of the second lap Jon and Paul crossed the line together and Julian had moved up to 3rd.
Richard S had gained three places to move up to 4th and James was up one place to 5th with Curtis dropping to 6th. Ken P had made up two places to 7th and Peter R was up four places to 8th. Peter S gained three places to move to 11th and Dean & Nick had gained five places to move to 13th. Gareth and Alistair had managed to get past Rick when he became stranded at 8!
 
At the finish gun Paul crossed the line in 1st place just ahead of Jon with Julian still 3rd and Richard S still 4th, but Peter R had gained another three places to move up to 5th. The only other movers on the last lap (in the right direction!) were Chris H and Gareth who managed to get past the Vagos of Dean & Nick and Adrian.  
 
The final positions on the water were –
1st Paul R; 2nd Jon; 3rd Julian; 4th Richard S; 5th Peter R; 6th Curtis.
 
On handicap Jon should take first from Paul and Peter R should move up to 4th.

Although the wind varied a bit it was a very pleasant morning for sailing and for the first time for some weeks there were no retirements from either of the races.
 
Thanks to Karen and the OOD Team of Jan M, John M, Ralph P and David P.
 

Gillette 11 – 22nd June

There was a SW wing about 8-10 mph, which gradually dropped away as the race progressed. Mark B set a first beat to 5 then 9s, 3s, 4s, 8p, 6s, 7s and back through the start.
 
There were 18 starters tonight including three Juniors, Jemima in her Oppie and Edward and Joe in Toppers. Roland & Ryan (National 12) were first back through the start followed by Newton (Solo), Karen (Laser), Curtis (Laser), Rod (Laser) and Julian W (Solo). Then there was a slight gap back to the Vago of Dean & Nick in 7th place and Chris A (Solo) in 8th then another gap back to Paul H (Supernova).
There were two Leaders out and Sally & Stuart were ahead of Dave & Ann at the end of the first lap. At the back of the fleet were the Lasers of Mike T and Rick and the Sport 14 of Chris & Carol.
 
At the end of the second and final lap Karen had moved up to 2nd place pushing Newton down to 3rd, but there were no other changes of position with the leading eight boats.
Meanwhile Sally & Stuart, Chris & Carol and Rick all decided to retire before getting stranded by the dropping wind!
 
The final positions on the water were –
1st Roland & Ryan; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton; 4th Curtis; 5th Rod; 6th Julian.
 
On handicap Newton was close enough to take the victory, but the other places should remain unchanged.
 
The Juniors received the gun at the end of the first lap with Edward in the lead followed by Joe and Jemima, but on handicap Jemima should leapfrog her brothers to take 1st place.
 
Thanks to Mark and the OOD Team of Chris H, Mark H, Gary S and Jim T.
 

BBQ Series Sunday 26th June Cancelled

Dear all
 
we have decided to cancel the BBQ series this coming Sunday.  A lot going on in the club right now in terms of preparation for the Thames Valley Challenge. 

Also at some point I need to cut my grass, before my house disappears from view !

 
I’ll send an email when we will re-start the series, but it will be after the Thames Valley Challenge.
 
 
James Primrose

Summer Series 3 19th June 2016

The forecast was for a 7 mph SW wind, but in the event it was about 10 -12 mph and quite a pleasant morning.
Bob set a long beat down to 3 then 9p, 5s, 7s and back through the start.
 
Pursuit Race
There were 23 starters and first away was Gordon P in his Mirror but at the end of the first lap early starter William (Topper) was  in the lead with Steve S (Solo) 2nd and fast moving Paul R (Aero 7) through to 3rd. Dave & Ann (Leader) were going well in 4th with Hadey(Radial) 5th and Chris Hilson (Comet) 6th.
The gun went on the second lap and by that time Paul R had come through to take 1st and Karen (Laser) had moved up to 2nd with Dave & Ann gaining a place to take 3rd.
The final positions were –
1st Paul; 2nd Karen; 3rd Dave & Ann; 4th Steve S; 5th Ellen & Newton (RS200); 6th Hadey.
 
Handicap Race
Dave I, Gordon P and Mick G decided one race was enough for them so the fleet was down to 20 for the second race.
There were a number of incidents on the first lap, Chris H nearly took Jon’s rudder off and then later approaching No 3 Adrian (Vago) had just tacked on the buoy line and Rick came steaming in and T-boned him!  First back through the line was Paul R with Karen 2nd, sounds familiar! Newton & Ellen were 3rd, Jon (Laser) 4th, Ken P (Laser) 5th and Curtis (Laser) 6th. Steve S was 7th just ahead of Steve P (Laser) who crossed the line a whisker ahead of Rod (Laser) with Richards S in yet another Laser in 10th place.
Further back there was trouble ahead as six boats, Dave & Ann (Leader), Hugh (Laser), Chris A (Solo), Rick (Laser) Gareth (Laser) and Mike A (Lightning) all approached No 7 line abreast. Inevitably there was a coming together and multiple collisions. Strangely the only one who appeared to have transgressed was Mike A as he was the only one to do penalty turns – funny that!
Hugh retired, but not sure if that was a result of the collision round 7 or some other reason.
 
Paul increased his lead on the second lap, but there was no change behind him until 5th place, which Curtis had taken from Ken. Rod (Laser) had moved up one place to 8th, Hadey had moved up seven places to 11th ! William received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
 
At the end of the third and last lap Paul crossed the line to take victory, but Newton & Ellen just pipped Karen on the line to take 2nd. There was another close finish between Ken and Steve S with Steve just snatching 6th place from Ken. The final positions on the water were –
1st Paul; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd; Karen; 4th Jon; 5th Curtis; 6th Steve S.
 
On Handicap Paul keeps the win, but Steve S jumps up to 2nd pushing the other down one place.
 
Thanks  to Bob and the OOD Team of Chris B, Dene F, Nicholas L, Susanne C
and yet again Roland L.
 
 

Gillette 10 – 15th June 2016

With a SW wind about 10 mph Curtis set the first beat down to 4 then  2p, 8p, 9s, 5s, 6s, 7s and back through the start.
 
There were 13 starters and first back through the line was Karen (Laser) followed by Roland & Ryan (National12), then there was a trio of Solos, Newton, Steve S and Julian W. Rod came through in 6th place in only the second Laser out tonight! Well apart from Ellen, but she was next through flying a Radial sail. Then five boats came through in close order and this lot were changing places all through the race. On the first lap the order was Dave & Ann (Leader), Bob (Solo), Mike A (Lightning) and Chris A (Solo) across the line together, followed by Sally & Mike C (Leader) with Paula & Angela a little further back in the Comet Duo.
 
At the end of the second lap the first four maintained their places, but Rod moved up to 5th by passing Julian with Ellen still in 7th place. Mike A moved up two places to 8th and Sally & Mike were up three places to 9th.
 
At the finish there was no change in the order of the first seven boats with Karen and Roland & Ryan finishing well clear of the rest. Sally & Mike C using a great deal of skill and tactical nous (and a fluky lift!) had gained another place to finish 8th with Bob gaining two places to finish 9th.
 
The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Roland & Ryan; 3rd Newton; 4th Steve S; 5th Rod; 6th Julian.
 
On handicap Julian will move up one place above Rod, but that should be the only change.
 
Thanks to Curtis and the OOD team of Dean, Ken, Mike T, Nick and Peter.
 

Summer Series 2 – 12th June 2016

A really dreary morning with a thick mizzle and not much wind, about 6 mph  from the West veering SW for the second race. James P opted for a Committee Boat start with the CB south west of No 7 and the pin up near the buoy line.
 
Pursuit Race
The course for this race was 8s, 5p, 9s, 2s, 4s, Xp, 6s and back through the start. There were only 10 starters, perhaps not surprising given the weather conditions.
At the end of one lap Ellen & Newton (RS200) led with Steve S (Solo) 2nd and Roland & Ryan (National 12) 3rd, but by the gun Roland & Ryan had nicked 2nd place.
The final positions were – 1st Newton &Ellen; 2nd Roland & Ryan; 3rd Steve S; 4th Chris H; 5th Adrian; 6th Hadey.
 
 
Handicap Race
With the wind veering slightly James changed the course for the second race to 9s, 5p, 1s, 2s, 4s, 6s and back through the start.
Newton & Ellen were 1st back through the start already some way ahead of Adrian (Vago), Roland & Ryan and Steve  S. Hadey (Radial) was next being chased by Mike A (Lightning) and further back there was a terrific scrap between Chris H (Comet) and the Lasers of Steve P, Alistair S and Gareth.
At the end of the second and final lap Newton & Ellen had increased their lead, Roland & Ryan had moved up to 2nd and Steve S was up to 3rd. Mike had managed to catch Hadey and in the battle of the Lasers, Alistair just nicked it from Steve with Gareth finishing ahead of Chris.
The final placings on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Roland & Ryan; 3rd Steve s; 4th Adrian; 5th Mike A; 6th Hadey.
On handicap Steve will leapfrog Roland & Ryan and Mike A and Hadey will move past Adrian.
 
Thanks to James and the OOD team of Roland L, Bob H, David M and Simon R.
 

Gillette Series 9 – 8th June

There was a very light wind tonight, about 5 mph and forecast to be ENE, although it kept swinging around. Roland S used a Tektona start with a beat down to 6 then 9s, 4s and back through the start.
There were some heavy thunderstorms rumbling around and this with the light wind resulted in only 9 starters.
Karen (Laser) and Mike A (Lightning) got away at the front and initially Mark B (Enterprise) was with them, but then Ellen (Radial) and Hugh (Laser) managed to get past him. Dean out in his Laser for a change probably wondered why he had bothered, but he persevered and finished. It was very slow going and Bob (Solo), Rick (Laser) and William H (Topper) got stuck rounding the first mark and eventually retired.
The final positions were –
1st Karen; 2nd Mike A; 3rd Ellen; 4th Hugh; 5th Mark; 6th Dean and these positions will not change on handicap.
Thanks to Roland S and the OOD team of Ryan, Chris & Carol M and James H.
 
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