Frostbite 4 18th December

It was a bit dank this morning, but at least the wind was a little better than forecast, about 6 mph from the SW. Dave L set the first beat to 5 then 8s, 9s, Xs, 7s and back through the start line.
 
There were only 11 starters this morning and on the first lap Nev & Sally (Leader) very honestly took it upon themselves to do penalty turns when they caused Mike A to alter course to pass behind them, even though Mike had not called it. Newton & Ellen (RS200) had got away right from the start and had a comfortable lead at the end of the first lap and extended this lead throughout the race to finish well ahead at the finish.  James (Laser) came through in 2nd place with a gap back to the Lasers of Sylvia, Dave I and Hugh (welcome back from Uni). Then there was another gap back to Chris H (Comet) and Mike A (Laser) who were having a good battle on the water (if not on handicap!). Then came the 4.7s of Hadey and William who were sandwiching Nev & Sally and bringing up the rear was Rhys in his Topper, the only one out today.
 
James managed to capsize on the second lap, which was quite difficult to do considering the light wind, this enabled Hugh to come through to cross the line in 2nd place with a recovered James in 3rd place and this was the only change in position in the whole of the fleet.
William and Rhys received the finish gun at the end of this lap, which could work well for them as the wind dropped considerably for the third and last lap.
 
At the end of the race Newton & Ellen were miles ahead, but James was feeling the strain with the three Lasers of Sylvia, Hugh and Dave I uncomfortably close. These three had enjoyed a great tussle throughout the race and at the end Dave I just managed to pip Hugh across the line with Sylvia close behind Hugh. Mike A had managed to get past Chris and Nev & Sally had passed Hadey, but these latter two boats were unlucky as the wind virtually disappeared for the final 15 minutes of the race and they did well to finish at all!
 
Final positions on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd James; 3rd Dave I; 4th Hugh; 5th Sylvia, 6th Mike A.
 
On handicap Chris in his Comet should leapfrog everyone but Newton & Ellen to snatch 2nd place.
 
Thanks to Dave L and the OOD Team of John C and John H.
 
A special thanks to Ann and Geesje who laid on soup and rolls and mulled wine and mince pies.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
 

Frost Bite Series 3 – 11th December

A beautiful sunny morning with a wind about 12 mph from the SW. Dave I set a first beat down to 4, then 9p, 5s, 8p, 6s, 7s and back through the start line.
 
There were 13 starters including William upgrading to a Laser with a 4.7 rig. Rick and Mike A in Lasers managed to get themselves shut out at the first mark by trying to pinch the mark. They subsequently collided, which was Mike’s fault and he had to do penalty turns.
Karen (Laser) was first back through the start with Steve S (Aero 7) and Newton & Ellen (RS200) crossing the line almost together in 2nd and 3rd places.  Mark B (Laser) was slightly further back with Dave L and Ralph both in Lasers close behind Mark.  Then there was quite a gap back to Peter R (Enterprise) with another gap back to Adrian (Laser) who was being chased by the Lasers of Rod, Alistair S, Mike and Rick with William bringing up the rear.
 
At the end of the second lap there was no change in position amongst the first four boats, but Ralph had managed to get past Dave to move up to 5th. Adrian had passed Peter R to move up to 7th and Mike A and Rick had got past Alistair.
 
The third lap saw Steve S crossing the line in 1st place and Ralph had gained another place by passing Mark and moving to 4th.Mike A and Rod had a close encounter which resulted in Rod doing penalty turns and losing two places and Mike gaining a place! Rick also took advantage of this and managed to get past Rod as he was doing his penalty.
 
At the end of the fourth and last lap Karen had regained the lead and Newton & Ellen had moved back up to 2nd and Mark had repassed Ralph. Right at the end of the lap Mike A just managed to get past Peter R and Adrian to move up to 7th and Rod regained a place to move up to 8th.
 
The final places on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Mark; 4th Steve S; 5th Ralph; 6th Dave L
 
On handicap the first three should not change but  Ralph should leapfrog Steve S.
 
Thanks to Dave I and the OOD Team of Franz, Richard M, Bill C, Billy I and  Stephen P and thanks to Ann L for manning the soup kitchen.  
 

Mulled Wine & Minced Pies after Sunday Racing

There will be mulled wine and minced pies available (for a very reasonable price) from midday onwards after racing this Sunday. Possibly an extra enticement for the frostbite series, or alternatively simply turn up for some Christmas cheer with the added entertainment of watching some poor fools out racing while freezing off their proverbials. Either way you will be most welcome.

Kind Regards

RSC Committee

Helm Of The Year

The Helm Of The Year results can be found at 

http://www.readingsc.org.uk/results/HelmOfTheYear16.pdf
No less than 24 helms had a series or cup result that qualified them for points towards the calculation. All 24 are listed here in points order.