Cobley Series 7 – 21st October 2018

It was quite pleasant this morning with a light 5-6 mph WSW wind. Richard S set a first beat down to 3, then 2, 4, 8, 5,6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit
There were 24 starters, the highest turn out so far in the Cobley series. With a fairly long course the race was virtually a one lap affair and at the gun Chris H took the victory.
The finishing order was –
1st Chris H -Comet; 2nd Newton & Ellen -RS200; 3rd Mike Tr – Laser; 4th Dave P – National 12; 5th Ralph – Laser; 6th Nev – Comet

Handicap
Everyone started the second race although Phoebe in her Oppie retired before the end of the first lap.
First back through the line were Ellen & Newton followed by the three Lasers of James, Hugh, and Ralph. This group were about 30 seconds ahead of Dave P (National 12) who in turn was about 30 seconds ahead of Chris H (Comet). Then there was a slight gap back to another three Lasers, Mike Tr, Curtis and Alistair S who were having a good battle. Next through were Dave & Ann (Leader) in close company with Will (Radial) and these were followed by Rick and Mike A (Lasers) who were enjoying their own tussle. Mike T (Laser) was next across the line just ahead of Mike C (Wanderer) and they were followed by Nev (Comet) and Frantz (Laser). Then along came Adrian (Vago s/h) who was about one minute ahead of Sam (Laser) who was a further minute ahead of Cecilia (Radial) and finally were the three Toppers of Rhys, Emily and Olivia.

With the lightish wind there was only time for a further lap and Ellen & Newton received the gun as they crossed the line in 1st place. Hugh and Ralph had moved up to 2nd and 3rd by passing James and Mike Tr had got past Chris to move up to 6th. Mike A moved up four places to 9th, although he was lucky to spot a wind shift and passed Rick, Will, Alistair and Dave & Ann in sight of the line! Mike C gained a place by passing Mike T and Adrian got past Nev. The fleet behind them all gained a place when Frantz retired.

The final order on the water was –
1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Hugh; 3rd Ralph; 4th James; 5th Dave P; 6th Mike Tr

On handicap the first three retain their positions, but Dave P moves up to 4th and Chris H to 5th pushing James down to 6th.

Thanks to Richards S and the OOD Team of Johns Harrison and Hayes, Marg N and Mark D.

Cobley Series 6 – 14th October 2018

This was virtually a re-run of 23rd September with heavy rain and a light wind with the same result, there were only five starters. Adrian used a short course for the first race of X, 9, 6, 8.7 and back through the start.

Pursuit
Ron led for three laps in his Mirror then was overtaken by Chris H (Comet), but then they both retired leaving Mike Tr to take the victory with James 2nd and Rick 3rd.

Handicap
Adrian tweeked the course using 6, 9, 5, 7, 8, St.
In the handicap race the order remained exactly the same for all four laps and the final positions were 1st Mike Tr; 2nd James 3rd Rick; 4th Chris H. Ron retired on the first lap.

On handicap Mike Tr keeps his first place, but Chris H moves up to 2nd place pushing James and Rick down one place

Thanks to Adrian and the OOD Team of Jerry, Pat G and Will.

Cobley Series 5 – 7th October 2018

James was SOOD this morning and boosted his OOD Team with son Rhys and daughter Bea.

Pursuit
There were 15 starters and a fairly light West wind favoured the early starters and in fact the first boats through the line were still in the same positions at the 35 minute gun. The final positions were –
1st Chris H – Comet; 2nd Karen – Radial; 3rd Chris A – Solo; 4th Sally – Comet; 5th Newton & Ellen – RS200; 6th Richards S – Laser

Handicap
Olivia who had finished a creditable 12th in the first race decided not to participate in the handicap race, but she was the only non-starter.
Mike Tr (Laser) was first back through the line some 30 seconds ahead of Bill (K1), who was nearly a minute ahead of Ellen & Newton (RS200), then after another minute Rick (Laser) crossed in 4th place.
The next four boats were very close together with Richard S (Laser) just ahead of Chris H (Comet), Mark (Laser) and Karen (Radial). Alistair S (Laser) and Sally (Comet) crossed the line together, not far ahead of Adrian (Vago s/h) and Frantz (Laser), followed 10 seconds later by Paul H Supernova) and Mike C (Wanderer).

At the end of the second lap Mike Tr led, but Ellen & Newton had moved up to 2nd place by passing Bill. Rick was still 4th but Mark had got past Chris and Richard to move up to 5th. Further back Adrian had gained two places and Frantz and Mike C both gained one place.

On the third lap the two leaders had not changed, but Richard S had gained three places to move up to 3rd with Mark up to 4th. Chris H moved up one place to 6th. Alistair gained two places to 8th and Mike C gained four places to 9th. Bill retired on this lap and Alistair, Mike C, Frantz, Adrian and Sally were given the finish gun.

On the last lap Ellen & Newton regained 1st place from Mike Tr, but the only change behind them was Karen getting past Chris H.
The final order on the water was –
1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Mike Tr, 3rd Richards S; 4th Mark; 5th Rick; 6th Karen.

On handicap the first three retain their positions, but Mike C moves up to 4th with Mark 5th and Chris H up to 6th.

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea, Bob H, Chris B, Gareth, Jess B and Rhys.

Cobley Series 4 – 30th September

This morning was cloudy with sunny spells and a WNW wind varying from 5 to 10 mph. Peter S used a Tektona start with the first mark as X (towards 2) then 3, 2, 5, 9, 6 and back through the start.

Pursuit
At the end of the first lap the early starters were still ahead with Chris H and Nev in Comets leading followed by Mike C (Wanderer), Bea (Oppie) and Chris A (Solo). Karen (Radial) came through next followed by the Laser pack.
At the gun no-one had managed to get past the Comets, but the Lasers were up amongst the rest of the fleet. The final positions were –
1st Chris H – Comet; 2nd Nev – Comet; 3rd Mike Tr – Laser; 4th James – Laser; 5th Karen – Radial; 6th Richard S – Laser.

Handicap
Dean & Nick decided not to contest the second race which left 17 starters. The wind had increased slightly and changed direction, so Peter changed the start line and the position of X (up near the buoy line between 4 and 5) but kept the rest of the course unchanged.

It was one of those mornings where all the boats maintained their position for most of the race. At the end of the first lap the first four boats were Lasers led by James then Mike Tr, Richard S and Mark B with small gaps between all of them. Karen (Radial) came though in 5th place then Mike A (Laser), Jess B (Radial) and Rhys (Laser) were very close together with Dave P (National 12) not far behind them. The next four boats Mike C (Wanderer), Nev (Comet) Chris H (Comet)and Adrian (Vago s/h) were evenly spaced. There was a long gap back to the next boat, which was Sam (Laser) and she was about one minute ahead of Chris A (Solo) and then there was another five minutes before Emily (Topper) and Bea (Oppie) came along. Bea received the finish gun at the end of her first lap.

On the second lap James increased his lead slightly at the front but there was no change in position for the following seven boats. Dave P and Mike C crossed the line together battling for 9th place, but behind them the only change was Chris A catching and passing Sam. Emily received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third and last lap the order remained the same for the first 10 boats, Dave P just nudging ahead of Mike C to take 9th spot. Further back Chris H and Adrian just got past Nev to each gain a place. It was remarkable that although there were some good battles through the fleet, the actual order hardly changed.

The final order on the water was –
1st James; 2nd Mike Tr; 3rd Richard S; 4th Mark; 5th Karen; 6th Mike A

On handicap James keeps his 1st place, but Karen moves up from 5th to 2nd. Mike C should take 3rd place with Mike Tr dropping to 4th, Chris H up to 5th and Richards S down to 6th.

Thanks to Peter S and the OOD Team of Carlo, Ferdinando, Mike T and Paul W.