Spring Series 9 – 28th April 2019

Well it was not quite as windy as the gale force winds yesterday, but there was a brisk NW wind 14-15 mph for the 14 starters this morning.

Pursuit Race

At the end of the first lap the earlier starters were still leading with Ron (Mirror) way out in front followed by Steve S (Solo) then the trio of Leaders, Nev & Mike N, Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann.

The three leading boats were still ahead at the gun and the final order was –

1st Ron; 2nd Steve S; 3rd Nev & Mike; 4th Ralph; 5th Karen; 6th Ken

Handicap Race

Mike T (Laser) was first back through the line not far ahead of the Lasers of Ken, Ralph, Karen and Jon.  Adrian (Laser) and Newton & Ellen (RS200) crossed the line together battling for 6th place. Then it was the first of the Leaders manned by Nev & Mike N closely followed by Sally & Mike C. There was a slight gap before Alistair S (Laser) came though some distance ahead of Dave & Ann in the third of the Leaders, who had Dean & Nick (Vago) on their transom. Finally, about a minute later Ron turned up in his Mirror at the rear of the fleet, but were the leaders far enough ahead to shake him off?

At the end of the second lap Karen crossed the line just a whisker ahead of Mike T with Ralph still 3rd. Newton & Ellen and Nev & Mike had passed Adrian to move up to 6th and 7th respectively and behind them Ron had got past Dean & Nick.

On the third lap Mike T regained the lead from Karen, and Ken passed Ralph to take 3rd place and Adrian regained 7th spot from Nev & Mike.  There was no change in the order behind them and Ron and Dean & Nick received the finish gun at the end of this third lap.

At the finish Mike T had managed to ease away from Karen to take the victory. Jon had moved up two places to 3rd and Ralph and Newton & Ellen had passed Ken to take 4th and 5th places respectively. Nev & Mike were still 8th in front of Sally & Mike C and the latter were nearly caught on the line by Alistair S, who was about a minute ahead of Dave & Ann, the lanterne rouge recipients.

 Final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Karen; 3rd Jon; 4th Ralph; 5th Newton & Ellen; 6th Ken – definitely a Laser day on the water today!

On corrected time there was no change in the order of the fist five, but Ron pushes Ken out of 6th place.

Thanks to SOOD Rick and the OOD Team of Cecilia, Jess, Graham and Paul W.

Gillette Series 2 – 24th April 2019

With a South wind about 12-14 mph, Chris H set the first mark as A (level with 2 but more into the middle of the lake) then 2, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

There were 19 starters and first back across the line was Karen (Laser) closely followed by Newton (Solo), Mike T (Laser) and Ellen (Laser). About a minute later Dave & Ann (Leader) crossed in 5th place with Dean & Nick (Vago) right on their transom and another minute elapsed before Ralph (Laser) came through. Then there was a close bunch consisting of Mike A (Lightning) followed by the Lasers of Paul H, Rick, Alistair S and Jeremy and these lads enjoyed a good battle throughout the race. Ron (Mirror) was not far behind and being chased by Sam in a Radial. Then there was a slight gap back to Emily (Topper) and Jemima and Ed in their Oppies and they also enjoyed a close battle for the whole of the race. Then bringing up the rear was Bob (Solo) making his first appearance of the year and Dave P in his Mirror.  Sally & Stuart (Leader) made an early retirement before completing the first lap.

At the end of the second lap Karen still led but Ellen had moved up to 2nd place with Mike T still 3rd and Newton was down to 4th. The next three boats held station, but Rick was up two places to 8th place. Further back Jemima had passed Sam and Emily to move up to 14th spot.

At the finish Karen crossed the line in 1st place with Mike T up one place to 2nd and Ellen a close 3rd. Newton, Dave & Ann, Dean & Nick and Ralph all maintained their positions, but it was all change in the bunch behind as they struggled with the dodgy wind around No 7. Alistair S came up trumps and took the 8th spot from Rick virtually on the line! Behind this group Sam caught and passed Ron and Jemima with Emily finishing just ahead of Ed.  Bob and Dave P both retired.

The finishing order on the water was –

1st Karen; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Ellen; 4th Newton; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Dean & Nick.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Newton; 2nd Karen; 3rd Jemima; 4th Mike T; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Ellen.

Thanks to Chris Hilson and the OOD Team of Monica, John H, Mike C, Mike T Nigel and Rich F.

Gillette Series 1 – 17th April 2019

The highest turn out of the year so far with 27 starters. There was a good turnout of our younger sailors, Jemima, Ed and Phoebe in Oppies, Emily in her Topper and Rhys and Joe in Lasers. A couple of our older sailors also returned from their winter hibernation, welcome back to Chris A and Richard H.

In fairly light wind the race was a three lapper, although eight of the boats were finished after completing two laps.

The finishing order on the water was –

1st Ralph – Laser; 2nd Nev & Mike – Leader; 3rd Mike T – Laser; 4th Paul R – Aero 7; 5th Newton – Solo; 6th Chris – Solo; 7th Hugh – Laser; 8th Karen – Laser.

On corrected time our Oppie aces jump up the leader board and the order becomes –

1st Jemima – Oppie; 2nd Ed – Oppie; 3rd Nev & Mike – Leader; 4th Ron – Mirror; 5th Ralph – Laser; 6th Mike T – Laser; 7th Newton – Solo; 8th Paul – Aero

Unfortunately, I was not present, and the race sheet seems to have gone missing, but thank you to the SOOD and his team and sorry for not including your names in this brief report.

Easter Cup Races 2019

Easter Cup 2019

The Easter Cup races took place in beautiful sunshine on Good Friday and Easter Monday with 27 competitors racing in two races on each day. It was good to see a great turn out of our younger sailors with Bea, Ed, Jemima and Phoebe in Oppies, Emily and Shiloh in Toppers and Milo and Rhys in Radials. It was also nice to see a Wayfarer on the water in the hands of John and Linda, not to forget the re appearance of our own pink lady Monica.

Good Friday

Race 1

Paul R (Aero) and Karen (Laser) kept the first two positions throughout the race, Newton (Solo) was 3rd on the first lap but displaced by Ralph (Laser) for the remaining two laps. Mike N took his new Leader out and had a steady race in 6th pushing the two Lasers of Mike T and James just ahead of him. There was some close racing throughout the fleet and Chris H (Comet), Adrian (Rooster), Richard S (Laser) and Sally & Stuart (Leader) were enjoying themselves in the middle of the fleet with Milo and Rhys in Radials just behind them having a great battle. Ron (Mirror) had a lonely race just off the back of this group, but clear of the young sailors at the back, Ed, Jemima, Phoebe and Bea in Oppies and Emily and Shiloh in Toppers who were also enjoying their own race!

Finishing order on the water was – 1st Paul; 2nd Karen; 3rd Ralph; 4th Newton; 5th James; 6th Mike N  

On corrected time this became –    1st Karen; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Paul; 4th Ed; 5th Newton; 6th Ron

Race 2

In the second race Paul got away again and led from start to finish. Mike T held 2nd place for the first two laps, but then Karen came past him on the third lap. Behind them James, Newton and Ralph enjoyed a good scrap as did Milo and Rhys again. In the first race Rhys had come out on top, but Milo just pipped him in this one.

Finishing order on the water was – 1st Paul; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mike T; 4th Ralph; 5th James; 6th Richard S.

On corrected time it was –               1st Paul; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Karen; 4th Ed; 5th Mike T; 6th Newton.

Thanks to Hugh who was SOOD today and his OOD Team of Marion T and Ian B.

Easter Monday

Today the man in a fast boat was not Paul in his Aero. but Julian B in his Devoti D-Zero.

Race 1

There was a similar situation to the first race on Friday as Julian B led from start to finish with Karen in 2nd place. Mike T was 3rd for the first two laps but Ralph snatched the place form him on the last lap. Monica (Europe) made a star appearance to show the boys she could still had it, before gracefully retiring. Adrian had a steady race in 6th place, but behind them there was a really close battle between Joe (Laser), Chris (Comet), Alistair S (Laser), the Leaders of Nev & Mike C and Sally & Stuart along with John & Linda in their Wayfarer and Rhys (Radial). Further back Ron (Mirror) and Sam (Laser) were having a close race in front of Jemima and Ed (Oppies), who were at it again, with Emily (Topper) and Phoebe and Bea in two more Oppies following.  

Finishing order on the water was – 1st Julian B; 2nd Karen; 3rd Ralph; 4th Mike T; 5th Newton; 6th Adrian

On corrected time it was –              1st Karen; 2nd Newton; 3rd Julian; 4th Jemima; 5th Ralph; 6th Ed

Race 2

Again, Julian and Karen led from start to finish with Mike T in 3rd right up to the last lap when he slipped down to 6th! Ralph did it again moving up from 7th on the first lap to take 3rd on the last. Newton occupied 4th spot for most of the race just ahead of Adrian and Joe who had a good battle for 5th place just ahead of Nev & Mike C, Chris H and Rhys. Following them there was another close contest between John & Linda, Sally & Stuart and Sam and further back Jemima was leading Ed, Emily, Phoebe and Bea in the battle of the young sailors.

Finishing order on the water was – 1st Julian; 2nd Karen; 3rd Ralph; 4th Newton; 5th Joe; 6th Mike T

On corrected time this becomes –  

1st Karen; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Julian; 4th Chris H; 5th Newton; 6th Nev & Mike C

Thanks to SOOD James and his OOD Team of Bill C, Ian B, Marcin, Marion T, and Nicholas M

The overall winner and Easter Cup holder for this year was Karen with Jemima in second place and Newton in third.

A great weekend of sailing and congratulations to the girls (again!)

Spring Series 8 – 21st April 2019

It was a beautiful sunny morning with a light N to NE wind 5 – 6mph and Mike T used a CB start with the CB near Tektona and the pin out towards the buoy lin. The first mark was X (near to 8), then 5, 4 and back through the start, a nice easy course to remember (you would think!).

Nev was out in his newly acquired Leader and apparently crew Mike N has also acquired a new Leader (things are hotting up in the Leader fleet!) Rhys was taking after his old man (less of that) by using a BLACK full rig Laser.

Pursuit Race

There were 13 starters and at the end of the first lap the early starters were still at the front of the fleet with Ron (Mirror) leading Chris H (Comet), Mike A (Lightning) and Bea (Oppie). Ron and Chris managed to stay out in front for the whole 35 minutes, but Ellen & Newton (RS200) slowly snatched 3rd from Karen (Laser) in the last few minutes of the race. The final positions were –

1st Ron; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Ellen & Newton; 4th Karen; 5th Mike A; 6th Richard S (Laser)

Handicap Race

Dave I, as usual, opted for a nice cup of tea rather than a second race so the fleet was down by one.

Karen was first back through the line followed by Newton & Ellen, Chris H and Mike A, then came the three Lasers of Richard S, James and Adrian. Next along in 8th place were Nev & Mike leading the other two Leaders of Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann with Rhys trapped in the middle of them. Bea was next across the line some distance ahead of Ron. Now you would think that with only three marks that that it would be difficult to go wrong, but Ron found himself about to round X only to be told that he had missed the start line out! Credit to him, he turned around and went all the way back up the lake to go through the start line.

At the end of the second lap the three leaders were in the same order, but James had moved up to 4th place by overtaking Mike A and Richard S. With a wind that was dropping, this turned out to be the gain that James did not want, as after he had crossed the line Richard and Mike and everyone else behind received the finish gun!  Rhys had managed to clear the Leaders to finish 7th just ahead of Adrian, but in the Leader battle there was a change of fortune with Dave & Ann coming up to 9th, Sally & Mike C in the middle and Nev & Mike down to 11th. Bea was 12th and Ron did persevere to finish just as everyone was packing up!.

On the third and last lap Karen at the front caught the best of the falling wind and got well away from the other three. The final order on the water was –

1st Karen; 2nd Chris; 3rd Newton & Ellen; 4th James, then one lap down 5th Richard; 6th Mike A  

On corrected time Karen, Chris and Newton & Ellen keep their positions, but Mike A moves up to 4th with Richard S 5th and Dave & Ann up to 6th. Poor James drops down to 8th, but to rub salt into the wound finishes behind Rhys!

Thanks to Mike T and the OOD Team of Alistair S, Colin H, Ian B and Richard C

Finally, a note of apology – in the last week report I got the name of Ron’s grandson incorrect!

Sorry Levi and well done for crewing for Gramps, he obviously could have done with you this week as well !

Also, Shiloh did start the second race in his Topper, but retired which I missed, but in mitigation so did the OOD Team.

Spring Series 6 – 14th April 2019

With an ENE wind (but swinging around slightly) of about 11 mph, Peter R used a Tektona start with a first beat to X (near 8 but slightly further out) then 1, 3, 5, 2. This gave everyone the dilemma of which side of the island to opt for on the way from X to 1 !

Pursuit Race

Phoebe was first away in her Oppie followed by Ron & Milo ( Mirror), then the Toppers of Emily and Shiloh and three and a half minutes later Chris H (Comet) and Rhys (4.7) got away.

At the end of the first lap Phoebe was still leading by quite a distance and looking as if she might hang on for the victory. However by the time the gun went she had been caught by some of the later starting fast boats, but she still got a 7th place. The final order was –

1st Ellen & Newton (RS200); 2nd Mike T (Laser); 3rd Steve S (Solo); 4th Chris H ( (Comet); 5th  Mike C & Sally (Leader); 6th Dave & Ann (Leader); 7th Phoebe (Oppie)  

Six different boats in the first seven !

Handicap Race

The course for the second race was changed to X, 5, 1, 2 and back through the start.

Richard S (Laser) was first back across the line but he was closely followed by Newton & Ellen (RS200), Steve S (Solo) and Hugh (Laser – nice to see you back on the water Hugh). About 30 seconds later Dave & Ann (Leader) came through followed by a tight bunch led by Rhys (4.7), then Adrian (Laser), Rick (Laser) and Mike T (Laser). Another close trio followed with Chris H (Comet) battling with Sally & Mike C (Leader) and Jeremy (Laser). About a minute later Ron & Milo (Mirror) crossed the line in 13th place followed by Nev & Mike in the third Leader. Then there was a bit of a gap back to sisters Emily in her Topper and Phoebe in her Oppie.  James came to grief near the end of the lap when his boom got trapped and although he tried to re-rig on the water he eventually had to retire. At the end of this first lap the whole fleet was still close together and rounding marks was a tight affair.

Richard still led at the end of the second lap just ahead of Newton & Ellen, but Mike T gained six places to move up to 3rd place. Hugh and Dave & Ann crossed the line together in the battle for 5th place and Nev & Mike also gained six places moving up to 8th spot. Chris H gained a place to move up to 9th and Jeremy made up two to move to 10th. Emily and Phoebe were gamely battling on at the back of the fleet.

By the end of the third lap Newton & Ellen had managed to snatch the lead from Richard with Mike T still in 3rd. Steve S retired when lying in 4th place (presumed gear failure) and Hugh eased away from Dave & Ann to consolidate the 4th spot vacated by Steve. Nev & Mike were up another place to 6th place and Jeremy gained three places to move up to 7th and Rick regained three places to move to 10th.  Emily received the gun at the end of this lap and Phoebe also finished. On this lap the wind had increased slightly and there were some strong gusts coming through, which caused some exciting moments for a number of competitors.

At the end of the fourth and last lap there was no change in the order of the first six boats. Chris gained two places to finish in 7th place, just pipping Adrian across the line. Rick gained another place to finish 9th and Sally & Mike C also gained a place to take 10th with Jeremy, Rhys and Ron bringing up the rear.

The finishing order on the water was –

1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Richard S; 3rd Mike T; 4th Hugh; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Nev & Mike

On corrected time it’s smoke and mirrors time and just when you do not expect it up pops Ron (this time ably assisted by grandson Milo) to steal the victory from the front runners! Then along comes the other silent assassin Chris H to take the 2nd spot, which means the two leaders are pushed down to 3rd and 4th places and the two Leaders retain their 5th and 6th positions pushing Mike T and Hugh down two places..

Thanks to Peter R and the OOD Team of Dean J, Gareth D, Mike A, Richard C, Robbie H and Sam S.

Spring Series 5 – 7th April 2019

James had to contend with a light NE wind of about 8 mph, which is always a tricky direction when setting a course. He opted for a Tektona start with the first mark as A (near to 7, but further down the lake) then B (near to  6, but again further down the lake to avoid the wind shield of the trees on the North bank), 8, 5, 8,4, 2 and back through the start.

Pursuit race

There were 12 starters this morning with Ben joining the Sunday fleet for the first time sailing a Pico (welcome to the Sunday fleet Ben). Chris H (Comet) and Rhys (4.7) were first away and Chris was still leading at the end of the first lap with Dave & Ann (Leader) in 2nd place but being caught by Jon (Laser) and Bill (K1). At the gun the final positions were –

1st Chris – Comet; 2nd Bill – K1; 3rd Jon – Laser; 4th Ellen & Newton – RS 200; 5th Dave & Ann – Leader; 6th Richard S – Laser

Handicap Race

Everyone started the second race, which turned out to be just two laps because of the light wind. Newton & Ellen (RS200) were first back through the line about 30 seconds ahead of Richard S (Laser) in 2nd place, who was just ahead of Ralph (Laser). Bill (K1) was a lonely 4th place well ahead of Chris (Comet) and Rick (Laser) and they were about 30 seconds ahead of Jon and Adrian, who crossed the line together in their Lasers. Dean & Nick (Vago) were not far behind, but they were two minutes ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader) and Rhys (4.7) and bringing up the rear was Ben (Pico).

At the end of the final lap, there was no change with the first four boats, but Jon had moved up two places to 5th spot and that was the only change in position in the entire fleet.

The final positions on the water were –

1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Richard S; 3rd Ralph; 4th Bill; 5th Jon; 6th Rick

On corrected time the first two keep their places, but Chris moves up to 3rd pushing the others down one place.

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Bea P, Ian B, Mike C, Mike T and Sophie.

Spring Series 4 – 31st March 2019

Light winds this morning so Adrian set a short course of X, 5, 9, 4 and back though the start.

Pursuit race

There were 13 starters and at the end of the first lap Mike C & Sally (Leader) were leading ahead of Ellen & Newton (RS200) with Jon (Laser) in 3rd place having just passed Nev & Mike in the second Leader out today. Simon (Blaze) was catching them fast followed by Bill in his K1.

At the gun the order was –

1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Mike C & Sally; 3rd Simon; 4th Jon; 5th Bill; 6th Nev & Mike

Handicap Race

Everyone started the second race and at the end of the first lap Simon came through the line one minute ahead of Newton & Ellen, who were closely followed by Ralph (Laser) and Bill (K1). Then Jon and Rick both in Lasers crossed the line virtually together with Jon’s bow just ahead. Thirty seconds late Nev & Mike crossed in 7th place with Dean & Nick (Vago), Gareth E (Laser) and Richard S (Laser) close behind them. Sally & Mike C were only ten seconds further back, but they were well ahead of Franz (Laser) and Emily (Topper).

On the second lap Simon doubled his lead and there was no change in the order of the next five boats, but Richards S gained three places to move up to 7th place and Nev & Mike passed Gareth E to move up one place.

No change in the leading three at the end of the third lap, but Jon had moved up one place to 4th by passing Bill. Nev & Mike passed Dean & Nick and Rick to move up to 6th place, but no other changes in the right direction? Emily, the only young sailor out today, received the gun at the end of the lap.

On the fourth lap Jon moved up to 3rd place and Bill up to 4th place at the expense of Ralph and everyone else maintained station.

At the end of the fifth and last lap (for nearly everyone) Simon was now six minutes ahead of second placed Newton & Ellen and he was so far ahead that Adrian sent him round for another lap in case he felt deprived of race time! Bill pipped Jon by one second for 3rd place and Richard S got past Nev & Mike to take 6th spot and Rick snatched 8th place from Dean & Nick.

The final order on the water was –

1st Simon; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Bill; 4th Jon; 5th Ralph; 6th Richard S.

On corrected time, no change in the first two places, bur Nev & Mike take 3rdwithJon, Ralph and Richardkeeping their places.

Thanks to Adrian and the OOD Team of Gareth D, Issy, John W, Karen T and Ron.