Frostbite 8 – 27th January 2019

There was a biting cold wind coming from the NW blowing about 18-20 mph with gusts of 40 or more. Dave I set the first mark as 6 then 9, 5, 3, 8 and back through the start. There were five Laser variants with Ralph and Adrian boldly opting for full rigs.

Seven hardy souls set forth and Ralph was first back through the line just ahead of James (using his Radial rig) with Will (Radial) and Adrian not far behind them. Then about two minutes later Chris H (Comet) came through just in front of Rhys (4.7) and Ron (Mirror).

At the end of the second lap Ralph had slightly increased his lead with Will now 2nd, but only just from James. Behind these Ron had caught and passed Rhys and it is probable that Adrian was still 4th but was missed crossing the line.

Ralph came to grief on the third lap and retired, by no means the first to capsize and definitely not the last! James was now in the lead one minute ahead of Will, with Chris H moving up to 3rd. Adrian crossed in 4th place about two minutes ahead of Ron, and Rhys who was further back and had gamely battled on was finished (in more ways than one!)

Just after starting the last lap Chris went over and embedded his mast, he managed to pull it clear, but when righting the boat, it came straight back over him and re-embedded the mast! Meanwhile James had got slightly further ahead of son Will and they crossed the finish line well clear of Adrian in 3rd place with Ron persevering to cross in 4th place.

The final positions on the water were-

1st James; 2nd Will; 3rd Adrian; 4th Ron; 5th Rhys (one lap down)

On corrected time Ron should take 1st place with William leapfrogging James (on a full rig handicap) to pip him for 2nd place with Adrian 4th and Rhys 5th.

Well done to all of them including the non-finishers Chris and Ralph and especially young Rhys, the lightest helm out today.

Thanks to Dave I and the OOD Team of Chris K, Frantz, Paul H and Richard M, who all had to brave the bitter wind without the benefit of an adrenalin rush!

Frostbite 4 – 30th December 2018

It was quite a light wind this morning, but a good turnout for the race between Christmas and the New Year with 15 starters.

Mike T (Laser) was first back through the line but only just ahead of a tight pack consisting of James, Steve S, Ken, Ralph, Rick, Ellen, Newton and Alistair S, all within 30 seconds of one another, with Steve in his Aero and Newton in his Solo and the rest in Lasers. The two Leaders of Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann were next through the line, very close together sandwiching Chris H in his Comet. Nor far behind Chris was Will P  (Radial) about one minute ahead of Ron (Mirror) with Rhys (4.7)bringing up the rear of the fleet.

On the second lap Mike T maintained his lead but it was all change behind him. Steve had moved up to 2nd and Ralph up to 3rd with James down to 4th place. Rick had gained a place to move to 5th and Newton gained two places up to 6th. The only other change in the right direction behind these was Sally & Mike C passing Alistair to move to 9th place.

By the end of the third lap Ralph had gained another place to move up to 2nd and James regained a place to move to 3rd. Newton and Ken were up two places to 4th and 5th respectively pushing Rick back down to 6th spot. Further back Chris passed Alistair to move to 10th and Will moved up to 12th by passing Dave & Ann. Ron and Rhys received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the last lap the first two retained their positions but Newton had gained another place to take 3rd place over the line. Steve had a good last lap moving up three places to finish 4th with James down to 5th. Ellen also had a good last lap gaining two places to finish 6th with Ken down to 7th and Rick down to 8th place.  Behind these there were no further changes in position.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Newton; 4th Steve S; 5th James; 6th Ellen

On corrected handicap time Newton gets the victory with Chris moving up from 10th to 2nd (you have to get a long way ahead of these Comets and Mirrors!). Mike T who was first over the line was down to 3rd with Ralph 4th, James 5th and Ron who finished a lap earlier in his Mirror up to 6th.

Thanks to SOOD Dave Isaacs and the OOD Team of Bill I, Peter W and Peter R.

Frostbite 7 – 20th January 2019

It was very different to last Sunday with a light ENE wind from 0 to 3 mph. James used a Tektona start with a first beat to X, then 4, 9, 1 and back through the start.

There were 10 starters and Newton (Solo) got away well and led by over two minutes by the end of the first lap. Chris H (Comet), Mike T (Laser), Dean & Nick (Vago) and Nev & Mike N (Leader) all came through very close together with Ralph Laser) about a minute behind them.  Another minute elapsed before Alistair S Laser) crossed the line in 7th place and he was 30 seconds ahead of Sally & Mike C in the second Leader. About three minutes later Ron (Mirror) came through and he was well ahead of Emily in her Mirror (the only young sailor out today).

At the end of the second lap Newton was still leading, but Mike T had got past Chris and had made up some ground, well water actually! Nev & Mike N were now 4th just in front of Dean & Nick with Ralph steady in 6th place. Sally & Mike C had eased past Alistair to gain one place and Ron and Emily were bringing up the rear of the fleet. Emily received the finish gun at the end of the lap.

The only change in position on the last lap was Ralph moving up to 5th by passing Dean & Nick, although at the front Mike had got considerably closer to Newton but could not quite catch him.

The final order was –

1st Newton; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Chris H; 4th Nev & Mike N; 5th Ralph; 6th Dean & Nick

On corrected time Chris moves up to take 1st place with Newton down to 2nd and Nev & Mike up to 3rd. Mike T goes down to 4th with Ron up to 5th and Ralph 6th.

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea and Will P and John H.

New Year Cup 1st January 2019

With no designated SOOD, Will S, Ian S and Frantz stepped up to the plate and ran the race.

There were 10 starters and six laps to go for the leaders, but obviously they did not know this when they started, or they might have reconsidered their decision to go.

First back through the line was Simon (Blaze) with Mike T (Laser) in 2nd and Newton (Solo) in 3rd place. Dean & Nick (Vago) were going well again and came through next with Mike C in 5th place behind them. Nev (Comet) was 6th followed by Ron and Jules in their Mirrors just ahead of Chris H (Comet) and Alistair S (Laser).

At the end of the second lap there was no change in the order of the first four but Nev gained a place to move up to 5th and there were no other movers.

The third lap was similar with the same four at the front, but now Chris had moved up to 5th place and Alistair up to 6th.

On the fourth lap no change with the first five, but Mike C regained 6th place by passing Alistair and further back Ron had caught and passed Jules.

The only change in position on the 5th lap was Jules repassing Ron! Mike C, Alistair, Nev, Jules and Ron all received the gun at the end of this lap.

The first five had to go round again, but yes, you’ve guessed it – no change in position!

he final order on the water was – 1st Simon; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Newton; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Chris; 6th Mike C  

On corrected time Simon retains his 1st place, but Chris moves up to 2nd. Newton is still 3rd with Mike T 4th and Jules and Ron move up to 5th and 6th places.

Thanks to Frantz , Ian S and Will S for ensuring the race went ahead

Boxing Day Cup 26th December 2018

With a light wind from the South Jon set the first beat to X (not exactly sure where that was, but imagine somewhere towards No 9) then 5, 7, 6, and back through the start.

Seven sprightly sailors set out, presumably they had managed to avoid the excesses of Christmas Day to make the start line.

The first lap took over 30 minutes and first back through the line was Mike T (Laser) with Dean & Nick (Vago) nor far behind him. Nearly six minutes later Chris H (Comet) came through followed a minute later by Nev in his Comet. Jules in her Mirror was fifth across the line some four minutes ahead of Ron in his Mirror (obviously Ron had been getting stuck into the Christmas pud which slowed him considerably. Jules said that had not made the slightest difference!)

The second lap was considerable quicker and nearly everyone halved their first lap time. The order across the line was exactly the same, but there appeared to be some doubt about the time recorded for Chris.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Dean & Nick; 3rd Nev or it might have been Chris; 4th Nev or it might have been Chris; 5th Jules; 6th Ron

On corrected time Mike T takes the Cup, but Jules moves up to 2nd with Dean & Nick in 3rd place.

Thanks to Jon and the small OOD Team of David C and Brian; the rest of the team remained at home recovering, but well done to the three stalwarts who turned out.    

Frost Bite 6 – 13th January 2018

There was quite a blow this morning about 16 mph from the West but with gusts of well over 20.
Peter S set a first beat to X then 5, 9, 4, 3, 2, 6, 7 and back through the start. Most of the Laser sailors (apart from Adrian) opted for one rig down because of the conditions.

There were 11 starters (there may have been 12 as Dave P signed The Declaration Sheet but was not recorded on the Race Sheet, so he either thought better of it or did not make it round on the first lap!). Mike T (Laser) led back through the start line followed closely by Ellen (Laser), then there was a slight gap back to Steve S (Aero) with James (Laser) close behind him. About a minute later Newton (Solo) crossed the line in 5th place just ahead of Adrian (Laser) then 20 seconds behind them came Will (4.7 rig but Radial handicap). Bill (K1) came through next on his own and well ahead of Rhys (4.7) and Chris H (Comet) with Ron in his Mirror bringing up the rear. Bill retired at the end of this lap.

At the end of the second lap Ellen had taken the lead from Mike, but Steve and James retained 3rd and 4th places. Adrian had passed Newton to move up to 5th. There were no other changes in order apart from the shuffle up due to Bill’s retirement.

On the third lap it was all change at the front with Steve moving up to 1st spot and Mike passing Ellen to move back to 2nd place. No change in 4th and 5th, but Will passed Newton to move up to 6th. Rhys and Chris maintained their positions, but Ron came to grief and retired on this lap.

Lap four saw no change with the first five boats but Newton had regained 6th place from William.
Rhys received the gun at the end of the lap and so did Chris despite a spell of pond dipping somewhere down by 2, but he got going again to receive the gun.

So only seven boats left on the last lap and poor Ellen capsized when a gust hit her gybing round 7 in sight of the finish. Steve crossed the line in first place tow minutes ahead of Mike T in 2nd place and Adrian managed to pip James for 3rd place.

The final order on the water was –
1st Steve S; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Adrian; 4th James; 5th Newton; 6th Will

Corrected time should see no change in these positions, not something that happens very often!

Ellen received a nasty bang on the head and we all hope that she has recovered and is feeling better.

Thanks to Peter S and the OOD team of Alistair S, Frantz, Jerry and Mike C.

Frost Bite 5 – 6th January 2018

It was a fairly light wind this morning about 5-6 mph from the West and David C used a Tektona start with the pin down towards No 2. The first mark was 4 then 3, 2, 5, 8, X (about halfway between 5 and 6) and finally No 1 and back through the start line.

16 starters and Simon B (Blaze) got a flyer and led Newton (Solo) by three minutes at the end of the lap, who in turn was about 30 seconds ahead of Dean & Nick who crossed the line in 3rd place. There was a terrific battle for the 4th to 8th positions with Mike T (Laser) just ahead of Bill (K1), then Ralph and Mark crossed the line together only four seconds in front of James all in Lasers). Mike A (Lightning) crossed in 9th place with Chris H (Comet) and Sally & Mike C (Leader) close behind. The other Leader of Dave & Ann was next through followed by Ellen (Laser) then Alistair and Rick (both Lasers) and finally Ron in his Mirror.

Considering the close racing it was surprising that there was no change in the order of the first four boats on either the second lap or on the third and last lap. On the second lap Mark and Bill could not be separated across the line as they battled for 5th place. James gained one place to move up to 7th spot and Ralph and Chris H crossed the line together battling for 8th place. Sally & Mike C also gained a place to move up to 10th with Ellen gaining two places to move to 11th. Further back Alistair and Rick both gained a place by passing Mike A. Ron received the finish gun at the end of this lap.

By the end of the last lap with no change in the first four, Bill had managed to secure 5th place and James gained another place to finish 6th. Ellen and Alistair both moved up one place at the expense of the two Leaders (not the 1st and 2nd, but Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann!)

The final order on the water was –
1st Simon; 2nd Newton; 3rd Dean & Nick: 4th Mike T; 5th Bill; 6th James

On corrected time Newton (Solo) should take the victory with Chris H (Comet) moving up to 2nd place with Simon (Blaze) 3rd and Mike T (Laser) 4th. Sally & Mike C should move up to 5th place with Dean & Nick in 6th place.

Thanks to David C and the OOD Team of Donal Mc, Emily S, Helen J, Jon C, Paul H and Sam S.

Frost Bite 2 – 16th December 2018

With a very light wind from a Northerly direction, Newton used a Committee Boat start near Tecktona with the first mark as X (set in the middle of the lake in line with 5) then back to 4, 2 and back through the start.

There were 13 starters this morning and first back through the line was Mike T in a Laser followed by three more Lasers, Jon, Hugh and Ralph, then Karen with a Radial rig. The first double hander was Nev & Mike (Leader) in 6th place with Sally & Mike C in another Leader and Dean & Nick in their Vago, crossing the line together, behind them. Adrian (Laser) was next through just ahead of Dave I (Radial) and Chris H (Comet). About two minutes later along came Dave & Ann in the third Leader with Jeremy (Laser) not far behind.

No change in the first two at the end of the second lap, but Ralph had passed Hugh to move up to 3rd and Dean & Nick had moved up three places to 4th. Further back Chris H had gained two places passing Adrian and Dave I.

On the last lap Mike T crossed the line in 1st having led for the whole of the race. Ralph gained another place to take 2nd place. Chris H also gained a place by passing Sally & Mike to move up to 8th but that was the only other change in order.

The final positions on the water were –
1st Mike T; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Jon; 4th Nick & Dean; 5th Hugh; 6th Nev & Mike

On corrected time the first three keep their positions, but Nev & Mike move up to 4th with Chris H up to 5th and Karen up to 6th.

Thanks to Newton and the OOD Team of Jill G, Mark D, Nigel J, and Oscar & Steve G.