Gillette Series 5 – 15th May 2019

There was a good turnout tonight with 19 starters and first man back through the start was Mike T (Laser) followed by the first woman Karen (Laser) and they kept those positions for all three laps of the race.

On the first lap the whole fleet was quite tightly bunched and Steve S (Solo) came through in 3rd place closely followed by Ed (Laser), Dean & Nick (Vago) and Chris H (Comet). About 30 seconds later Mike Todd (Laser) crossed in 7th place just ahead of Stuart & Sally (Leader), Chris A (Solo) and Jeremy (Laser). Another 30 seconds elapsed and along came Ron (Mirror) in 11th leading another clos group consisting of Nigel (Laser), Adrian (Vago s/h), Mike C & Martin (Wanderer) and Paul H (Laser). Chris & Carol were next across the line in their 420, but unfortunately they were later disqualified for missing a mark (still Alfie their golden retriever was pleased to see them back earlier than expected!) Then one minute later Jemima (Oppie) crossed the line and she was some four minutes ahead of Bill (K1) and Rich F (Wanderer).

On the second lap, no change with the two leaders but Ed crossed the line just ahead of Steve to take 3rd position and Chris H moved past Dean & Nick to move up to 5th. Chris A gained two places passing Sally & Stuart and Mike Todd and Jeremy also got past Sally & Stuart to gain a place. Further back Paul H moved up one place.

By the end of the last lap Steve had regained 3rd place and Dean & Nick moved up two places to finish in 4th spot. There were no other changes in position and the final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Karen ; 3rd Steve S; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Chris H; 6th Ed

On corrected time the order changes to –

1st Jemima; 2nd Ron; 3rd Steve S; 4th Chris H; 5th Mike T; 6th Karen

Thanks to SOOD Simon B and the OOD Team of Ferdinando, Richard H and Patrick C.  

Gillette Series 4 – 8th May 2019

Chris H was SOOD again this week and set a course of A, 8, 5, 2, 4, 6, 7, S. I guess there was not much wind as the race was a single lap and Chris’s only comment on the conditions was – WET!

There were 15 starters and the final order on the water was –

1st Karen (Laser); 2nd Dean & Nick (Vago); 3rd Mike T (Laser); 4th Richard H (Laser); 5th Sally & Stuart (Leader); 6th Ron (Mirror).

  Paul H was the best of the other Lasers finishing in 7th place and at the back of the fleet Jemima (Oppie) finished ahead of Ed (Oppie) and Emily (Topper)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

On corrected time the order becomes –

1st Karen; 2nd Ron; 3rd Dean & Nick; 4th Mike T; 5th Jemima; 6th Richard H

Thanks to SOOD Chris and the OOD Team of Monica, Carlo, Chris A and Richard H.     

May Day Pennant – 6th May 2019

Last year May Day was hot and sunny, but this morning there was a cold bite to the wind, which was WNW varying from 8 to 10 mph. Paul R was on duty for the second day in a row, he used a Tektona start with a first mark of A (out near the buoy line) then B (just West of 2), 9, 5, 2, 1 and back through the start.

There were 10 starters including John and Linda’s Wayfarer and Rich Fisher’s Wanderer (good to see some different craft on the water).

Simon B (Blaze) and Julian (D-Zero)  joined battle again with Simon leading from start to finish, but Julian chasing him all the way. On the first lap Ralph (Laser) came through in 3rd place with Alistair S (Laser) about 30 seconds back in 4th, closely followed by Adrian (Vago s/h) in 5th place.  Then it was nearly two minutes before Nev (Comet) and John & Linda (Wayfarer) crossed the line together some way ahead of Mike A (Radial) with Rich (Wanderer) another 30 seconds further back. Finally came the two Mirrors of Ron and Dave P, who enjoyed a good battle all the way through the race.

Ralph retired on the second lap and Adrian got past Alistair to move up to 3rd and this was the only change in position.

On the third and fourth laps there were not any changes in position and Ron and Dave received the gun at the end of the fourth. The fifth lap was similar with no change in the order and the final positions on the water were –

1st Simon; 2nd Julian ; 3rd Adrian; 4th Alistair; 5th Nev; 6th John & Linda.

On corrected time the order becomes –

1st Simon; 2nd Julian B; 3rd Nev; 4th Ron; 5th Alistair; 6th Dave P

Congratulations to Simon on winning the Pennant.

Thanks to Paul and the OOD Team of Bill C, Chris A, Ian S and Marion T   

Spring Series 10 – 5th May 2019

The wind was considerably lighter (about 2 – 8 mph from the NW) than yesterday, when the new trainees had to put up with a brisk cold wind. Paul R set the first mark as A (red flag) then 4, 1, 5, 9, 2 and back through the start

Pursuit Race

There were 15 starters and it was good to see Issy making a return to the water. First man away Ron (Mirror) managed to hold on to the lead right to the end of the allotted time. Chris H (Comet) who was second away was still 2nd at the end of the first lap but was caught by Simon B (Blaze) and others.

The final order was –

1st Ron (Mirror); 2nd Simon (Blaze); 3rd Mike T (laser0; 4th Richard S (laser0; 5TH Julian B (D-Zero); 6th Chris H (Comet)

Handicap Race

The wind turned more to the West for the second race, so Paul tweaked the course to A, 4, 2, 9, 5, but finished the race at 9.

Julian (D-Zero) was first back through the line chased by Simon in his Blaze. It was over two minutes before the next man crossed the line, Richard S (Laser) and he was followed by a close bunch with Chris H (Comet) leading Jon (Laser), Rick (Laser), Adrian (Rooster), Mike T (Laser) and Mike & Issy (Leader). A minute later Bill (K1) and Jeremy (Laser) crossed the line battling for 10th spot. Then there was a slight gap back to Chris A (Solo) and Dave & Ann (Leader) with Ron (Mirror) and Rhys (4.7) bringing up the rear of the fleet.  

Only one more lap and Simon managed to catch and pass Julian to finish in 1st place with Richard S still secure in 3rd. Mike T and Mike & Issy gained four places to move up to 4th and 5th respectively. Bill retired so everyone behind him moved up a place, but Dave & Ann gained another place by passing Chris A and Ron and Rhys continued their battle at the back of the fleet.

The final order on the water was –

1st Simon; 2nd Julian; 3rd Richard S, 4th Mike T; 5th Mike & Issy; 6th Chris H

On corrected time this should change to –

1st Simon; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Ron; 4th Richard S; 5th Julian; 6th Mike & Issy.

Thanks to Paul and the OOD Team of Nick, Philip M and Robbie H. ffffffff

Gillette Series 3 – 1st May 2019

There was a light wind about 8 mph coming from WSW and Chris H set the first mark as X (out near the buoy line half way between 5 and 6), then 2, 4, 6, 6 and back through the start.

There were 18 starters tonight and first back through the line was Karen (Laser) closely followed by Mike T (Laser). Mike C was out with Nick in the Vago and they came through the line in 3rd place just ahead of Mike Todd (Laser) who was about 30 seconds in front of Chris A (Solo). About a minute later Dave & Ann (Leader) crossed in 6th place not far in front of Sally & Stuart in another Leader. Then there was a close group with Nigel L  (Laser) leading Adrian (Vago s/h), Rick (Laser), Mike A (Lightning) and, Richard H (Laser). Ron ( Mirror) was next across the line followed by Paul H (Laser) followed by Jemima (Oppie), Sam (Radial), Ed (Oppie) and Emily (Topper. After Ron had crossed the line everyone behind him received the finish gun, which was lucky for them as the wind began to drop rapidly.

On the second lap Mike T passed Karen to cross the line in 1st place with Mike C & Nick still in 3rd, behind the front three everyone began to struggle as the wind disappeared. Chris A just managed to ease away going down to 6, but behind him a slow bunch was forming with poor Nigel and Rick slipping off the back.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mike C & Nick; 4th Chris A; 5th Adrian; 6th Mike A.

On corrected time the order becomes –

1st Mike T; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Ed; 4th Karen; 5th Mike C & Nick; 6th Ron

Thanks to SOOD Chris and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Ralph, Simon B and Sophie.    amily:”Ti