Summer Series 9 – 29th July 2018

Well it could be that the long hot dry spell is over. It was wet and windy this morning. The wind was SE/ESE 13 – 18 mph. Paul R used a start line with a committee boat attached to buoy 5 and the first mark X was in the direction of buoy 1 then 9, 4, 6, 5 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race
There were 9 starters and they managed to get three laps in before the hooter sounded to finish the race. The final order was –
1st John H – Laser; 2nd Mike Tr – Laser; 3rd Jamie H – Laser; 4th Chris H – Comet; 5th Franz- Laser; 6th Ben H – Radial; 7th 130022 – Laser (apologies for not getting your name); 8th Ron – Mirror
DNF Ken P

Handicap Race
Jamie H and Ken P did not take part in the second race and Paul shortened the course slightly by dropping No 5. The remaining seven completed five laps, apart from Ron in his Mirror who received the gun after four laps, having just been lapped by the winner Mike Tr.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Mike Tr; 2nd John H; 3rd Franz; 4th Ben H; 5th Chris H; 6th Laser 130022; 7th Ron.

On handicap the order will remain the same apart from Ron leapfrogging up to 2nd.

Thanks to Paul R and the OOD Team of Damian, Jan & Paul H, Pat G and Richard M.

Gillette 15 – 25th July 2018

It was virtually a repeat of last week, with a light SW wind of about 6 mph. Mike A set a first beat to 4 then 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

This week there were 12 starters including Katie S (a friend of Karen’s) in a Radial. Katie normally sails near Aberdeen so she would be used to a bit more of a blow up the kilt than we could offer her. In fact there may have been 13 starters, but no-one was quite sure whether Dave P & Monica were actually trying to cross the line. The same could be said of Mike T although he did eventually get going whereas Dave & Monica settled for pottering around.

Karen (Laser) was first back through the line with John H in another Laser not far behind her. Then there was a slight gap back to Mike Tr (Laser) who was about 20 seconds ahead of Paul H (Laser) who crossed the line just ahead of Mark B (Laser). Nearly a minute later Katie came through the line in 6th place but not far in front of Sally & Stuart (Leader) and Bob (Solo). Then there was another gap before Mike T (Laser) crossed in front of Ben (Radial) and Richard H (Laser) with Chris & Carol bringing up the rear in their 420.

At the end of the second lap the two leaders were unchanged, but Mark had moved up to 3rd pushing Paul and Mike Tr down a place. Further down the fleet Mike T, Ben, and Richard all gained one place.

On the third lap Mike Tr managed to pass Paul H to move up to 4th and Mike T (no holding him now) and Ben both gained another place to move up to 6th and 7th. Chris & Carol received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the fourth and last lap Karen had increased her lead at the front and there was no change in the order of the next six boats, but Richard H gained a place by passing Sally & Stuart.

The final order on the water was –
1st Karen; 2nd John H; 3rd Mark B; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Paul H; 6th Mike T
(Katie actually crossed the line in 6th, but she is not competing in the series)

On handicap the first four remain the same, but Ben leapfrogs to 5th pushing Paul down to 6th.
(Sally & Stuart would move up to 7th)

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Andy B, Dean (ably assisted on the flags by his little apprentices), Phil M and Rick (who turned up despite swapping this duty with Mike!)

Gillette 14 – 18th July 2018

Yet another hot evening, although there were a few clouds about which did not amount to much, with a light SW wind of about 6 mph. Steve S set a first beat to 4 then X (near to 2), 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

This week there were 19 starters and Mark B (Laser) was first back through the line followed by Newton (Solo) and then the Lasers of Ralph, Curtis, Jess and Mike Tr. Bob (Solo) came through in 7th place just ahead of Rick (Laser) and then 30 seconds later the dynamic duo Dave P & Monica (National 12) crossed the line just in front of another dynamic duo, Dean & Nick in the Vago. These were followed by another two Lasers in close company manned by John H and Paul H and then along came the more relaxed duo of Sally & Mike C in the Leader. Mike A (Lightning) and Ben H (Radial) were next across the line and they enjoyed a close battle throughout the race. Some 30 seconds later Ron turned up and he was about one minute ahead of Alistair J (Vago) and Luke D (Ttopper), who were just ahead of Paul in a Laser 2.

On the second lap the first three maintained position, but Jess and Mike Tr passed Curtis to move up to 4th and 5th places. John H and Paul H both gained four places to move up to 7th and 8th respectively. Mike A and Ben H both made up two places and Alistair passed Ron and Paul passed Luke. Alistair decided to retire at the end of this lap and Paul and Luke both received the finish gun.

At the end of the last lap Newton just pipped Mark across the line and Mike Tr had passed Jess and Ralph to take 3rd place. There were no other movers in the right direction apart from Ron who crossed the line just a whisker ahead of Sally & Mike C.

The final places on the water were –
1st Newton; 2nd Mark B; 3rd Mike Tr; 4th Jess; 5th Ralph; 6th Curtis.

On Handicap these positions should not change.

Thanks to Steve S and the OOD Team of Andy B, Graham K, Jill G and William I.

Gillette 13 – 11th July 2018

It was very similar to last Wednesday, hot and sunny with alight wind of about 6 – 8 mph.
The SOOD did not turn up so the OOD Team had to manage on theirown set the first beat to X then 5, 8, 4, and back through the start.

There were just nine starters (everyone else was watching England in the World Cup semi!) and the race lasted three laps with the first three, Karen, Hadey and John H retaining their leading positions for the whole of the race. Monica was 4th for the first two laps but then overtaken by Curtis and Ben on the last lap. Behind them the Lasers of Richard H, Paul H and Nigel were 7th, 8th and 9th throughout the race.

The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen – Laser; 2nd Hadey – Radial; 3rd John H – Laser; 4th Curtis – Laser; 5th Ben – Radial; 6th Monica – Europe.

On Handicap there should be no change in these positions.

Thanks to the OOD Team of Andy B, Ken P and Robin L and to anyone else who helped them out.

Summer Series 7 – 15th July 2018

It was another hot sunny day with a light wind of only 5 mph coming from WSW veering SW and sometimes none at all! Mike A used a flagpole start with a first beat (nearly) to 5 then 9, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race
There were 8 starters and they managed a lap and a half before the allotted time. The early starters Ron (Mirror) and Rhys (Topper) suffered at the start because they had virtually no wind at all, but by the time Chris H (Comet) started the wind had picked up a little and continued to do so for the Lasers and RS200 that went off last.
The final order was –
1st Karen – Laser; 2nd Newton – RS200; 3rd Chris H – (Comet; 4th Mike Tr – Laser; 5th Mark B – Laser: 6th Ron – Mirror; 7th James – Laser; 8th Rhys – Topper.

Handicap Race
As the wind had veered to the SW , Mike changed and shortened the course to X, 9, 8, 6, 7; but not sure if this had much effect as the wind veered back any way and picked up slightly (t times). Julie joined the fleet in her Mirror, so there were 9 starters for the second race.

At the end of the first lap Karen had a lead of about 30 seconds over Newton, who was two minutes ahead of James in 3rd place. James came through in 4th some three minutes ahead of Chris in 5th place, who was just over a minute ahead of the Lasers of Mike Tr and Mark B. Then nearly five minutes passed before Rhys crossed the line ahead of the two Mirrors of Ron and Julie.

There was no change in order with the first six boats on the second lap although they had closed up slightly. At the back the Mirrors had managed to get past Rhys.

On the fourth lap, Newton had passed Karen to take the lead and Mark was just ahead of Mike by a lick of paint as they crossed the line. Ron, Julie and Rhys all received the gun at the end of this lap.

On the fourth and last lap the only change was Mike Tr passing Mark to regain 5th, so the finishing order on the water was –
1st Newton; 2nd Karen; 3rd James; 4th Chris; 5th Mike; 6th Mark

On handicap Chris leapfrogs the 3 boats above him to take victory, otherwise the order remains the same.

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Bob H, Doug H, Richard H and Tony R.

Summer Series 6 – 8th July 2018

It was another hot sunny day with a light wind about 5-6 mph from the SW. James used a flagpole start with a first beat to X (positioned about hallway between 5 and 6 on the buoy line) then 9, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race
There were 11 starters and even with the light wind nearly everyone managed to pass the start line twice before the gun went. At the end of the first lap Ron (Mirror) who started first was still leading with Hadey (Radial) in 2nd place, Mike A in 3rd and Mike Tr 4th. At the gun Hadey had just got past Ron to take the victory.
The final positions were –
1st Hadey; 2nd Ron; 3rd Karen; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Rick; 6th Mark B

Handicap Race
Dave I as usual decided to sit this one out so there were 10 starters. James changed the course to 6, 9, 5, 8 6, 7 and back through the start, which was repositioned.
At the end of the first lap Karen (Laser) was leading with Mike TR (Laser) not far behind with Hadey (Radial) about one minute further back in 3rd place. Next through the line was John W (Laser) only just ahead of Mark B (Laser) and Mike A (Lightning) then there was a small gap back to Paul H (Laser) and Peter R (Enterprise). Then over a minute and a half elapsed before Ron (Mirror) arrived just in front of Rick (Laser).

On the second lap the three leading boats maintained their positions, but Peter R moved up four places to 4th pushing John W down to 5th. Rick had gained four places to move up to 6th and everyone else lost ground. Mark retired on this lap probably frustrated by the vagaries of the wind which kept changing direction and strength.

The third and last lap saw Karen cross the line well ahead of Mike Tr in 2nd place. Peter R had gained another place to move to 3rd ahead of Hadey. Mike A gained two places to cross in 5th place with no other changes in order.

The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Mike Tr; 3rd Peter R; 4th Hadey; 5th Mike A; 6th John W

On Handicap, Ron will take victory, which makes it the second race in a row in which the last boat on the water has taken 1st place on Handicap! Karen drops down to 2nd place with Mike Tr 3rd, Mike A 4th, Hadey 5th and Peter R 6th.

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea & Rhys P, Andrew & Thomas M, Jan & Paul H and Nick.

Gillette 12 – 4th July

Gillette 12 – 4th July 2018

Another warm sunny evening with a SSW wind of about 6 – 8 mph and Curtis set the first beat to 4 then 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

There were 18 starters and at the end of the first lap a stream of 11 Lasers came through, evenly spaced and fairly close together in the order Karen, Ralph, William, Mark, Alistair S, Mike Tr, Rick, Richard H, Hugh, Jeremy and Paul H. Then at last another boat, well nearly, it was Hadey in her Radial followed by yet another Laser in the form of Mike T (at least his sail is a different colour. Mike A (Lightning) was through in 14th closely followed by Sally & Stuart (Leader), Ron (Mirror), Dave I (Laser – come on Dave what are you doing down here with the variety acts!) and finally Nick on his own in the Vago (this may have been his first solo race without the handicap of Dean).

At the end of the second lap Karen had increased her lead and William had moved up to 2nd (this may also be a first as Will had abandoned his radial rig in favour of the full rig). There was no other change in position until you get down to Mike T in his multi coloured Laser who had gained a place to move up to 12th. Towards the rear of the fleet Ron and Dave I both gained a place by passing Sally & Stuart.

On the third lap the three leading boats maintained station, but Mike Tr passed Mark and Alistair to move up two places to 4th. Hugh passed Richard H to 7th and Hadey gained two places to move up to 9th. Rick had a disastrous lap dropping from 7th to 11th finishing up just ahead of Mike A and Paul H who had both gained a place. At the back of the fleet Nick had passed on the lantern rouge to Sally & Stuart, who finished at the end of this lap and effectively passed it back to Nick.

The fourth and last lap saw no change in the two leaders but Mike Tr had gained another place to take 3rd spot from Ralph. Hugh moved up to 6th by passing Alistair, who had a Lindsley lap dropping to 11th place. Hadey, Jeremy and Mike A all gained two places to finish 7th, 8th and 10th respectively and Ron gained a place getting past Mike T.

The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd William; 3rd Mike Tr; 4th Ralph; 5th Mark; 6th Hugh

On handicap Ron comes zooming up to take 1st place with everyone shuffling down one place.

Well done to William in his full rig and to Nick, who now he has coped single handed with the multiple control lines of the Vago is considering whether crocheting might be the next move.

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Gill G, Phil M and Julian W (Nice to see you back Julian and hope you continue to recover from your nasty accident)

Thames Valley Challenge at Burghfield

Seven Youth and Juniors went to Burghfield SC on Saturday to take part in the Thames Valley Challenge which is a team racing event in Fevas, competing against 11 other teams from local sailing clubs, including Burghfield, Upper Thames, Goring, Maidenhead, and Claire’s Court.  The weather was fine and sunny and blowing fresh 9-11 mph wind from the East.  This year’s Reading team was missing some of the older hands from previous years, and included some younger (and lighter!) newbies which given the wind conditions did present some challenges for them during the gusts.
Anyway they sailed 11 races winning 8 of them and finished joint second, with only the tie-break putting them into 3rd place. This one of the highest positions that Reading has achieved over the last couple of years in this competition and a great result for them. Testament to some awesome sailing by all of them.  So well done Ben, Bea, Phoebe, Rhys, Oliver, Thomas and Kate !
Thanks also go to Karen and Hugh for giving up their Saturday to coach the team and for Paul R for his umpiring duties during the event, and of course for Burghfield for laying on such a great day. In total a full round of 66 races were sailed which is quiet an achievement of organisation.