Gillette Series 13 – 10th July 2019

It was another lovely Wednesday evening with a light wind 7-10 mph from the SW. Rick decided to keep the course to himself in case he wants to use it again, but it must have been fairly short as they got four laps in!

At the end of the first lap Karen crossed the line just ahead of Ellen, both in Lasers. It was 90 seconds before Mark (Laser) crossed in 3rd place nor far ahead of Newton and Steve in Solos. John H (Laser) and Curtis (Laser) crossed together just in front of Dave & Ann (Leader) with Nigel and Hugh in two more Lasers on their transom.  About 20 seconds later along came Jeremy (Laser), Chris H (Comet), Sally & Stuart (Leader) and Paul H (Laser) battling for 11th spot and they were about 20 seconds ahead of Chris & Carol in their Sport 14. It was another minute before Dean & Nick (Vago) hove into view and they were about 30 seconds ahead of Alicia (Radial), Rhys (4.7) and Ron in his Mirror. Then there was quite a gap back to Jemima in her Oppie who was having a good battle with Katie in her Topper and bringing up the rear was Rich in his Wanderer.

On the second lap, no change in the first four, but Curtis had moved up two places to 5th and Hugh was up four places to 6th (family fireworks coming up!). Nigel had passed Dave & Ann to move up to 8th and Dean & Nick had passed Chris & Carol to gain a place and Rich retired on this lap.

Again, no change in the first four on the third lap, but Hugh had passed Curtis to take 5th place and John H moved up four places to 7th. Further back Paul H gained a place by passing Sally & Stuart and Katie had passed Jemima. Rhys, Ron, Katie and Jemima all received the finish gun at the end of the lap.

Still no change in the positions of the first four on this last lap, but guess what Curtis had repassed Hugh!  Nigel and Dave & Ann crossed the line together for an equal 8th spot and Dean & Nick made up one more place, passing Sally & Stuart. The final order on the water was –

1st Karen; 2nd Ellen; 3rd Mark; 4th Newton; 5th Curtis; 6th Hugh

On corrected time this will become –

1st Jemima; 2nd Karen; 3rd Ellen; 4th Newton; 5th Mark; 6th Chris H

Thanks to Rick and the OOD Team, but unfortunately none of their names was entered on the race sheet. (OODs make sure you get your names on the sheet or you might be allocated another duty – not that is any great hardship on a nice sunny evening!)

I think the rota had Ann, Bob L, Cecilia and Caroline G – so thank you if you turned out.

Summer Series 6 – 30th June 2019

Quite windy this morning with a WSW blowing 12-16 mph, which enabled Richard S to set a long beat down to 3 then2, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start. We had a new fleet this morning (well a small fleet of two!), when Paul & Nev turned out in a RS200.

Pursuit Race

There were 15 starters, but we lost Dean & Nick (Vago) on the first lap, not sure of the reason for their early departure. Early starter Ron (Mirror) was first back across the line with Phoebe (Oppie) still hanging on to 2nd place, but Paul & Nev were fast approaching with Mark (Laser) behind them. Dave & Ann (Leader) were managing to stay ahead of the chasing pack, but their rear view mirror was full of the second RS200 with Newton & Ellen on board. At the gun the order was –

1st Paul & Nev; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Dave & Ann; 4th Jon (Laser); 5th Karen (Laser); 6th Adrian (Rooster)

Handicap Race

The fleet was down to 12 for the second race as Dean & Nick did not reappear and Jamie H decide to sit this one out. It was still very windy and turned out to be a two-lap affair.

First back through the line were Paul & Nev closely followed by the other RS200 of Ellen & Newton with Dave & Ann going well in the windy conditions in 3rd place. Not something you see very often with the three leading boats all being double handers. Adrian came through in 4th place just ahead of Karen, who was only 10 seconds ahead of Rick in another Laser.  Mark was 7th with Jon and Chris H (Comet) battling for 8th place. Two minutes later Ron crossed in a lonely 10th place as he in turn was about two minutes ahead of Emily (Topper) with Phoebe gamely battling on at the rear of the fleet and receiving the gun at the end of the lap.

Only 20 seconds between the two RS200s at the finish, but Paul & Nev had kept their nose in front to take the victory. There was a bit of shuffling about behind them for the next places with Adrian gaining one place to move to 3rd and Mark gaining three places up to 4th. Jon passed Rick to move up a place, but the order of the first six was –

1st Paul & Nev; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Adrian; 4th Mark; 5th Karen; 6th Dave & Ann.

On corrected time the first two keep their positions, but Mark moves up to 3rd with Dave & Ann 4th and Adrian and Ron were equal 5th.

Thanks to Richard S and the OOD Team of Andrew & Son, Chris, Issy, Roland L and Sam.

Gillette Series 12 – 3rd July 2019

It was a lovely evening tonight; the sun was out and there was a light 8-10 mph from the N (well swinging NW to NE). Mike A used a Tektona start with a first beat to A (middle of the lake our from 8) then 5, 2, 4 and back through the start.

Mike Tr (Laser) got a flyer and led Hugh (Laser) by 30 seconds at the end of the first lap. Karen (Laser) was 3rd, not far ahead of Mark (Laser) who was 20 seconds ahead of Chris H (Comet) and Dean & Nick (Vago). Rick (Laser) came through on his own in 7th place (he seems to like that position) with Chris A (Solo) about 20 seconds further back with Dave & Ann (Leader), Richard H (Laser), Mike T (Laser), and Sally & Stuart (Leader) in a close group just behind him. A minute later Ron came steaming through in his Mirror taking tactical advice from Tahlia his granddaughter (Why did you do that? Does waggling that make any difference?) Adrian (Vago s/h) was close behind trying to pick up some tips!   Jemima the ace Oppie sailor was next across the line followed a minute later by Chris & Carol in their Sport 14, but without Alfie to give them some woof idea of what to do next.

At the rear of the fleet Rich F (Wanderer s/h) and Phoebe (Oppie) were enjoying their own battle.

By the end of the second lap Mike had increased his lead and Karen had passed Hugh to move up to 2nd place. Dean & Nick moved up two places, just pipping Mark across the line having earlier got past Chris H. Rick was still 7th, but he had lost his kicker (boom fitting sheared off). No change in 8th, 9th and 10th places, but Sally & Stuart had got ahead of Mike T to move up a place. Adrian moved up a place by passing Ron & Tahlia and Chris & Carol moved up a place by passing Jemima.

No change with the first two on the third lap but Mark gained two places by passing Hugh and Dean & Nick, but they retained 4th place as they also passed Hugh (can you follow that?). Chris H was steady in 6th place and Rick was still 7th, but his hat blew off! Fortunately, he had just lapped Phoebe who was coming in to finish her second lap and she very kindly retrieved it for him. Phoebe received the gun at the end of her lap in appreciation of her selfless act. Chris A, Dave & Ann and Richard H were maintaining 8th, 9th and 10th positions and the only change behind them was Jemima retaking Chris & Carol.  Jemima, Chris & Carol and Rich F all received the finish gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the fourth and last lap the first six remained in the same order. Rick was still 7th, but his   

knicker string was now drooping badly (we thought the moon had come out ! – no sorry it was his kicker string). At last in the middle of the fleet there was some movement as Dave & Ann had passed Chris A to move up to 8th and Richard H had disappeared after a slight contretemps with Sally & Stuart around A, then he went for an early beer and Mike T pipped the Leader over the line by a whisker. Adrian had suddenly got going and had caught Ron and crossed the line four minutes ahead of him (looks like he found the weed brake).   

The final order was – 1st Mike Tr; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mark; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Hugh; 6th Chris H

On corrected time we have a tie for first place between Mike Tr and Jemima with Chris H moving up to 3rd, Karen down to 4th, Ron & Tahlia up to 5th and Mark down to 6th.

It’s all ups and downs at RSC!

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Monica, Carlo, Nigel L, Phil M and Steve D (who stepped in at the last minute).

Thames Valley Challenge 2019

The Thames Valley Challenge is a three boat junior team racing event sailed in RS Fevas. It is an exciting Junior competition between clubs from local sailing clubs and schools.

This year a team from Reading SC Youth and Juniors won the Thames Valley Challenge team racing event on Saturday 29th June at Silverwings SC.

8 races were sailed with Reading SC winning 7 of them! A very hot day but with perfect wind after the first race which was a drifter.

Our young sailors were Ben, Rhys, Emily, Katie, Thomas, Lucy and Phoebe. 

Karen’s own words express it best –

OMG! We won!!!! So proud of you all, you were a credit to the club.  

Your behaviour on the water was exemplary and you sailed well. A few silly mistakes but you obviously learnt from them as the day went on because you got better and better and truly deserved the win.

You are all truly a credit to Reading SC. 

Hugh, Suzi, Sam, Andrew, Deb, John thank you so much for your support today I couldn’t have done it without you. 

Well done to you all and thanks to the parents and for supporting them.


James our Commodore adds –

My congratulations to the Reading Team, the coaches Karen and Hugh and the supporters for the fabulous Thames Valley Challenge 1st place win at Sliverwings yesterday.  Just reward for all those hours of practice. 

This is a proud moment for Reading Sailing Club, and we all join in congratulating Karen and her team and our young sailors.

Very well done to all of you.

Gillette Series 11 – 26th June 2019

Quite a breeze tonight coming from the NE about 14 mph. Mike Tr used a Tektona start with a first beat down to X (middle of lake just past 5) then 5, 9, 2, 3 and back through the start.

There were 19 starters with some close racing throughout the fleet. Ellen (Laser) was first back across the line followed by Mark and Karen also in Lasers. Newton (Solo) was 4th just ahead of Ralph (Laser) and Steve S in another Solo. Then there was a really tight bunch with Richard H (Laser) leading Rick (Laser), Will (Radial), Dave & Ann (Leader), Mike C & Sam (Wanderer), Joe (Radial) and Jeremy (Laser). About 30 seconds later Dean & Nick (Vago) crossed the line not far ahead of Paul H (Supernova) and Jewels (Mirror) way way ahead of Ron in his Mirror who was behind Emily in her Topper! Last but not least and never to be counted out was Jemima in her Oppie.

The second lap saw no change with the first two, but Newton and Ralph had both got past Karen to move up to 3rd and 4th.  Steve was still in 6th position but Rick had moved up one to 7th and Dave & Ann and Mike C & Sam gained two places to move up to 8th and 9th. Will and Joe in their Radials were having a great battle for 10th spot, but they had been caught by Paul H who crossed the line abreast with Joe. Ron had caught Emily to move behind Jewels and they had both passed Jeremy. Dean & Nick retired on this lap.

By the end of the third lap Ellen had increased her lead at the front with Ralph moving up two places to 2nd and Karen regaining a place by passing Mark. Steve was still 6th and Rick was still 7th. Further back Paul H moved up by passing Will and Joe, Jeremy regained a place and Ron crossed the line just ahead of Jewels.  Emily and Jemima received the gun at the end of the lap.

No stopping Ellen on the final lap as she finished two minutes ahead of Ralph in 2nd and Mark repassed Newton and Karen to take 3rd place.  Steve was still 6th and Rick was still 7th !  Richard H regained two places as did Jewels who repassed Ron and Jeremy.

Some good close racing tonight and the final order on the water was –

1st Ellen; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Mark; 4th Newton; 5th Karen; 6th Steve S

On corrected time guess who takes the win? Jemima gets 1st place again with Ellen 2nd and Newton 3rd. Jewels takes 4th place ahead of Ron in 5th and Ralph slips down to 6th.

Thanks to SOOD Mike Tr and the OOD Team of Bob H, Caroline G, Chris S and Patrick C.