Cobley Series 10 19th November 2017

It was a pleasant morning with a light wind from the SW. about 7 – 8 mph. Sylvia set the first beat to 5, then 8, 4, X (don’t ask me !) and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 15 starters today and at the end of the first lap Nev & Mike (Leader) were first across the line with Newton (Solo) and Chris H (Comet) not far behind them. Then the other Leader of Sally & Stuart came through in 4th place, but they were being caught by a train of Lasers led by Karen then Ellen, Jon, Ralph, Mark and James. About a minute back from Mark was Peter R (Enterprise) followed by Rick (Laser), John W (Laser), Adrian (Vago) and Alistair (Laser). By the end of the second lap Ellen had come through to take the lead with Newton still in 2nd place with Jon up to 3rd.
The final positions at the gun were –
1st Ellen; 2nd Newton; 3rd Jon; 4th Nev & Mike; 5th Mark; 6th Ralph.
Handicap Race
There was a change of course for the second race going from 5 to 2, then 4, 8, 6, X and back through the start and Marcin decide to join the race in his Laser. Marcin has been out sailing for the last few Sundays, but this was his first race, so welcome to the racing fleet.
At the end of the first lap there was a familiar look to the leader board with Karen, Ellen and Mark 1, 2 and 3.  Ralph and Newton crossed the line together battling for 4th place with Adrian only one second behind them. Slightly further back Jon and James were having a good tussle for 7th spot and behind them there was yet another close battle between Chris H and John W. Peter R came through on his own, then a trio of boats close together with the Leaders of Sally & Stuart and Nev & Mike sandwiching Alistair. Bringing up the rear of the fleet was Marcin just ahead of Rick.
No change in the first three at the end of the second lap, but Newton had passed Ralph to move up to 4th and James had gained three places to move to 5th .Further back Peter R had moved up two places to 9th place and Nev & Mike and Rick gained a place.
Ellen and Karen had enjoyed a close battle all though the race, but at the end of the last lap Ellen just managed to pip Karen to take the victory.  The only other movers on the last lap were Peter R who gained another three places and Rick who was battling with Alistair managed to get past him before the line.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Ellen; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mark; 4th Newton; 5th James; 6th Peter R
On handicap the first four will keep their positions, but Chris H should move up to 5th place with James 6th
Although if Peter had sailed off the normal Enterprise handicap he would probably have kept his 6th spot, but as he sailed single handed he was given a less advantageous PN number. However the Enterprise seems to be the only boat in the RSC fleet which receives such a penalty!
Seems to be a dangerous tactic to single out the man who looks after the cess pit – without him we’d all be in the S*** !
Thanks to Sylvia and the OOD team of Nick, Colin, Tom and Hugh.

November Cup Race 12th November 2017

A bitterly cold wind of 15-18 mph from the NW with stronger gusts meant that it was a day for the brave. With the wind in this direction it is always difficult to set a start line, but James used X up near the buoy line for his first mark, then 9, 5, 2, 4, 8 and back though the start . He managed to avoid any nasty gybe marks, which at least was some solace to the hardy sailors.
Most of the fleet had opted for a smaller sail, but Jeremy and Franz in Lasers had stuck to the full rig as had Adrian, but he was coming down from his Rooster rig!
As it was Remembrance Sunday a minute of silence was observed before the start of the race.
At the end of the first lap David C was just ahead of Jon, both in Radials, with Paul R in his Aero 5 in 3rd place. Karen (Radial) was just ahead of Adrian (Laser – full rig) and they were quite a way ahead of William (Radial), Chris H (Comet –small rig) and Franz (Laser) with Jeremy (Laser) bringing up the rear.
No change in the front three on the second lap, but Karen retired moving everyone behind her up one place.
On the third lap David still led, but Paul had moved up to 2nd place with Jon, Adrian and Franz occupying 3rd to 5th. William and Chris were having a great tussle for 6th place with Chris just ahead on this lap. Jeremy had dropped back and retired at the end of the lap, but still continued to sail around.
At the end of the fourth lap David and Paul crossed the line together but behind them Jon, Adrian and Franz had become spaced out (probably the cold!). The battle for 6th place continued with William now leading Chris, but by this time they had actually been lapped by the leading three boats.
Paul had a good fifth lap and managed to draw away from David at the front of the fleet, but there were no actual changes in position. William and Chris received the finish gun as they completed their fifth lap.
No changes on the 6th lap although Franz did make up some ground on Adrian and the final positions on the water were –
1st Paul; 2nd David; 3rd Jon; 4th Adrian; 5th Franz; 6th William; 7th Chris
On handicap Chris should move above William, but there should be no other changes, so Paul will take the November Cup.
On a footnote as Chris came into the jetty his boom bracket sheared off his mast, this is bad enough but it could have been much worse if it had happened in the actual race!
Well done to all who sallied forth in these taxing conditions.
Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Catherine B, Tracey T, Newton and Roland L and especially Bea P.

Cobley Series 9 5th October

It was a similar wind to last week veering around WNW and about 12 mph with some stronger gusts coming through. John H used the normal flagpole start with the pin near to 7 with a short beat to 5 then 9, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 14 starters today and at the end of the first lap the early starters were still up front with Chris H (Comet) leading from Peter S (Byte), Newton (Solo) and Mike A (Lightning), but they were being caught rapidly by the Laser pack led by Jon and James.
At the gun the positions were –
1st Jon; 2nd James; 3rd Newton; 4th Mark; 5th Karen; 6th Peter S
Handicap Race
Ken P decided to sit the second one out and Chris H only just made the start after making hurried repairs to his tiller extension which came adrift during the first race.
Jon was first back through the line followed closely by Ralph and Mark with Gareth and James together a little further back and Karen not far behind them, all in Lasers. Newton (Solo) came through in 7th with Peter S (Byte) in 8th and they were followed by the Lasers of Rick and Franz. Then at the back of the fleet Adrian, Mike A and Chris H were pottering along in their own race.
There was no change in position on the second lap, but on the third lap Newton passed Karen to move up to 6th, Rick and Franz both gained one place,
At the end of the last lap Jon crossed the line first having led from start to finish. James had got past Gareth to move up to 4th place and Karen had repassed Newton. There were no other changes in the fleet.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Jon; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Mark; 4th James; 5th Gareth; 6th Karen
On handicap the first two will keep their positions, but Newton should move up to 3rd place with Mark 4th and James 5th with Peter S moving up to 6th.
Thanks to John H and the OOD team of Pat G, Helen I and Gordon P and Cecilia.

Cobley Series 8 29th October

The wind was 12 mph NNW veering N and quite strong in the gusts, but not as strong as last week. Dave L set the start from shore with the pin end towards 8 and first mark X up by the buoy line a bit down from 6, then 4, 2, 5, 8 and back through the start. . All the Lasers went for full rigs, except William and Milo who normally sail Radials anyway
Pursuit Race
There were 13 starters with Dave P first away in his Mirror followed by Rhys (Topper) and then Chris H (Comet). Julian W who had got away well in his Solo suffered a failure with his main sheet block and had to retire. Ellen who was out for the first in a while time in her Laser capsized a few times as she got to grips with jibing the full rig in the gusts. She then decided to retire and regroup for the second race. In the fresh wind the early leaders had been caught by the time the gun went and the final positions were –
1st Mark – Laser; 2nd Jon – Laser; 3rd James – Laser; 4th Newton – Solo; 5th Franz – Laser; 6th Chris H – Comet
Handicap Race
Milo (Radial) joined the fleet for the second race.
James made a good start and led at the first mark from Newton with Jon and Ellen not far behind. James, Jon and Ellen had passed Newton by the end of the first lap with Alistair S and Mark B in Lasers not far behind. Then there was a slight gap back to Franz who was easing away from Chris H, William and Milo. Then along came Adrian sailing his Vago single handed with spinnaker as usual and further back were Dave P and Rhys.
On the second lap the three leaders were having a good battle with Newton following a short distance behind. Mark B moved up a place to 5th by getting past Alistair. William. Milo and Adrian all gained two places moving up to 7th, 8th and 9th   
By the end of the third lap Ellen had taken the lead and pulled a small gap on the others and Franz was the only other mover by regaining two places. Dave P and Rhys received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the gun Ellen had increased her lead and crossed the line well ahead, but there were no other changes in position on this last lap.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Ellen; 2nd Jon; 3rd James; 4th Newton; 5th Mark; 6th Alistair.
On handicap Ellen will retain her victory, but Newton was close enough to Jon and James to pip them making it a daughter, father one two! The only other change will be William pushing Alistair out of 6th place.
Thanks to Dave L and the OOD Team of Pat G, Nick J, Gordon P and Ian S.