Cobley Series 7 22nd October

With a West wind of 15 to 17 mph and gusts of over 30, it was a day for the brave, but there were a surprising number of takers and it brought Julian B out in his OK and Dave P in his Mirror.
Pursuit Race
There were 10 starters and at the end of the first lap early starter Dave P (Mirror) was still in the lead, but being rapidly caught by Julian B (OK) with Newton (Solo) in 3rd place. At the gun the final positions were –
1st Julian – OK;  2nd Jon – Laser (Radial rig); 3rd Newton – Solo); 4th  James – Laser (full rig!); 5th Nev & Sally – Leader; 6th Dave P – Mirror; 7th Chris H – Comet; 8th Dave & Ann –Leader (despite capsizing towards the end of the race); 9th Rick – Laser (Radial rig); 10th Franz – Laser (full rig)  
Handicap Race
Nev and Sally decided to call it a day after surviving in the first race. Dave and Ann decided to call it a day having not survived the first race ! Jeremy decided to join the fray (he must have fancied a spot of swimming.
The wind had increased even further for the second race with white horses on occasions.
At the end of the first lap Julian came through in 1st place just ahead Jon with James in 3rd place. Newton had capsized just before the start filling his boat with water and it took most of the lap for the self bailers to clear, but despite this he came through in 4th place well ahead of Rick in 5th. Chris H and Jeremy were only just behind Rick and they were some way ahead of Dave P. Franz was forced to retire when his mast broke!
Jon and Julian were having a really good battle for the lead and Jon just led by a whisker at the end of the second lap. James was still in 3rd just over a minute ahead of Newton in 4th. Further back Rick had suffered a number of capsizes letting Chris H, Jeremy and Dave P past him and Dave P and Rick received the gun at the end of the lap.
On the last lap there were no changes in position and Jon held onto his slender lead to cross the line in 1st place.
Final positions on the water were – 1st Jon; 2nd Julian; 3rd James; 4th Newton; 5th Chris H; 6th Jeremy
On corrected time Julian took the victory with Jon in 2nd place. James had gone well in third with a full rig and would have taken third place on handicap if he had not had a number of capsizes, which allowed Newton to close the gap and leapfrog him for 3rd place. Chris H retained his 5th place, but Jeremy lost 6th place to Dave P in spite of sailing the extra lap.
There were many capsizes in the second race and poor Franz was dismasted. Rick claimed eight capsizes and gets the prize for perseverance (I think that’s the right word!), but well done to everyone who ventured out. 
Thanks to SOOD Richard and his team of Mike C, Pat G, Paul H and Billy I.

Cobley Series 6 15th October

With the SOOD missing, Chris kindly stepped up to the mark (well the flagpole) to act as SOOD. There was a good SW wind about 11 mph, which actually increased for the second race. The first beat was down to 4, then on to 3, 1, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 12 starters this morning, 6 Lasers, 3 Solos, 2 Radials and a single Comet. The Comet of Chris H went off at 4.5 minutes followed by the Solos and Radials at 6 minutes and the Laser one minute later. At the end of the lap Chris was still in the lead, but being rapidly caught by the Lasers of Jon and Karen who had just got past the three Solos of Newton, Julian W and Chris A. Ralph (Laser) was next through just ahead of Milo (Radial) who was still well clear of the Lasers of Rick, Richard S and John W who had all caught and passed Cecilia (Radial).
At the gun the final positions were –
1st Jon; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton; 4th Julian; 5th Chris H; 6th Ralph
Handicap Race
The wind increased throughout this race resulting in a number of capsizes towards the end.
Before the race started Rick kindly pointed out to Jon that the traveller/horse rope on his Laser was on its last legs. Jon promptly fixed it before going racing. You can guess what happened next – on the first beat Rick’s traveller broke and he was forced to retire  and Jon was first back across the line at the end of the lap!
Karen came through in 2nd place with Newton in 3rd nearly one minute ahead of Richard S in 4th place. Ralph was 5th only just ahead of Julian in 6th. Then there was a tight group with John W leading Milo,  Chris A and Chris H, across the line with Cecilia in the lantern rouge position. (In case anyone gets the wrong idea that is a cycling term for the rider in last position!)
At the end of the second lap the order of the first five boats had not changed, but Julian, John W and Chris A had capsized letting Milo through to 6th. Julian managed to get going again and finished 7th with Chris H in 8th, Cecilia 9th and John W 10th.  Chris A retired gracefully or should that be gratefully.
The final order on the water was –
1st Jon; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton 4th Richard S; 5th Ralph; 6th Milo
On handicap Newton takes the victory pushing Jon and Karen down to 2nd and 3rd places with Richard S still in 4th.  Chris H moves up to 5th with Ralph 6th.
Thanks to the OOD Team of Chris, Dean, Nick and Robbie

Cobley Series 5 October 8th

It was a mild dry morning, but with a light 5-6 mph breeze from the NW, which was an awkward direction for setting a start line. Mike A settled on a short first beat to 6 then X (between 4 and 5), 2, 5, 8 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
Only 9 starters this morning as many of the regular races were away for the weekend sailing slightly bigger boats (think they may be called yachts) – 70 ft Challenger Yacht Sailing!
Chris H was first away in his Comet followed a while later by Milo in his Radial. In the light wind no-one could catch Chris and at the gun he was still well ahead of Karen in second place.
The final positions were
1st Chris – Comet; 2nd Karen – Laser; 3rd Peter R – Enterprise; 4th Dave I – Laser;  5th Jon – Laser; 6th Sally & Stuart – Leader
Handicap Race
There was a change of course for the second race as the wind had shifted more to the West, X, 2, 4, 8, S.
Chris H got a flyer and led by some distance at the end of the first lap with Peter second, but only just ahead of Karen in third. There was then a slight gap back to Jon in fourth place closely followed by Dave I, Sally & Stuart and John W (Laser). Adrian came through next in his Vago, sailing single handed as usual and playing with his spinnaker. No you can’t get arrested for that! Bringing up the rear was Milo.
Unusually there were no changes in position on the second lap, but by the end of the third lap Karen had overtaken Peter and Chris to cross the line in first place. The rest of the fleet maintained station.
Final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Peter; 3rd Chris; 4th Jon; 5th Dave I; 6th Sally & Stuart
On handicap Chris H will take the victory with Karen and Peter tied for second place. Sally & Stuart will move up to fourth with Jon fifth and Dave I sixth.
So an impressive double for Chris this morning, which he put down to his breakfast. I thought All Bran kept you regular, but not that it made you go faster!
Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team, Chris B, James C, Roland L and Marcin T, the latter three stepping into the breech at the last minute.

Coley Series 4 1st October 2017

Not a bad morning with a SW wind of 10-12mph. David C set the first beat down to 3 then 2, 4, X (towards 1), 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 18 starters with Bea and William first away in their Oppies followed by Rhys in his Topper.
The wind was sufficiently strong to allow the Lasers to come though and at the gun there were four Lasers in the top six.
1st Karen – Laser; 2nd Mark – Laser; 3rd James – Laser; 4th Dave & Ann – Leader; 5th Ken – Laser; 6th Chris H – Comet
Handicap Race
There was a course change for this second race with the first beat shortened to 4 then 2, X, 5, 8, 6, 7.
Bea and Ken decided to sit this one out and William joined Grandad Mike in the Leader!
First back through the start was Karen closely followed by Mark and James. Nev & Mike came through in 4th, obviously benefiting from advice from young William, but the fellow Leaders of Dave & Ann and Sally & Stuart were pressing them. Alistair S (Laser) was through in 7th place just ahead of Milo (Radial) with a small gap back to Mike A (Lightning) and Adrian (Vago) with the other Vago of Dean & Nick not far behind. Chris A (Solo) and Chris H (Comet) were next through with Rhys and Laser 155920 bringing up the rear.
At the end of the second lap the first three were unchanged, but Dave & Ann had got past Nev, Mike & William. Milo gained two places to move up to 6th and Chris A was up five places to 7th. Mike A and Adrian were both up one place to 8th and 9th and Chris H was up two to 11th. Laser 155920 received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
No change in the first four on the third lap, but Milo was going well and up to 5th with Chris A taking another two places to move up to 6th. Dean & Nick had got a shuffle on and moved up three places to 9th. There were some close battles all through the fleet  and Rhys received the gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the last lap the three leading boats had held their positions, but Chris A had gained another two places to move up to 4th place (he was pleased to hear the gun as his battery was starting to run low! ). Nev, Mike & William had regained a place to finish in 6th. Dean & Nick and Sally & Stuart gained a place when Mike A contrived to capsize round 6 in sight of the finish! Chris H also gained a place when Adrian also capsized midway round the lap.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Mark; 3rd James; 4th Chris A; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Nev, Mike & William
On handicap  Karen and Mark will keep their positions, but Dave & Ann will move up to 3rd with Chris still 4th ,  Nev, Mike & William up to 5th pushing James down to 6th.
Thanks to David C and the OOD Team of Jess B, Jon and Rick.