Commodore’s Cup Race 3 – 28th April 2021

The weather tonight was dreadful with heavy rain and a very light wind from the NNE. The race team led by Rick reluctantly agreed that it would have to be a CB start, so there was no hope of them keeping dry! Surprisingly, there were 10 starters, but we managed to keep them out there for four laps, (although they were very short laps). Rick set the start near the buoy line between 4 and 5 and the first beat to A (offshore of the model boat buoys), then up to to 5, 9, B (middle of the lake just NW of Ttektona) and back through the start.

The fleet was closely packed at the end of the first lap with Dean & Nick (Vago) leading from Newton (Solo) and Karen and Ralph in Lasers. Chris (Comet) was through in 5th place followed by Darren and Mark (Lasers) with Sally (Comet) only 30 seconds behind them with Emily (4.7) and Phoebe (Oppie) slightly further back.

The wind kept picking up and then dropping again so there was a fair amount of the elastic band effect, depending on when and where the boats caught the lifts. By the end of the second lap Karen had taken the lead with Newton still in 2nd place with Darren moving up to 3rd and Dean & Nick down to 4th.  Mark was up to 5th shuffling Ralph and Chris down and Sally, Emily and Phoebe maintained station.

No change with the leading two on the third lap, but Dean & Nick regained a place to move up to 3rd. The Lasers behind were swapping places with Ralph back up and Darren and Mark down a place. Chris and Sally were steady in 7th and 8th places (although Sally had closed the gap) and in the light winds were staying in touch of the boats ahead. Emily and Phoebe were not losing ground (or water) either and Phoebe was given the gun at the end of the lap.

The rain was still pouring down and it was not getting any warmer, so leader Karen was given the hooter as she crossed the line at the end of the fourth lap. The only changes in position behind her were Ralph and Mark both gaining a place, making the final order –

1st Karen; 2nd Newton; 3rd Dean & Nick; 4th Ralph; 5th Mark; 6th Darren.

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Newton; 2nd Chris; 3rd Karen; 4th Sally; 5th Phoebe; 6th Dean & Nick

Thanks to SOOD Rick and the team of Aileen, Angus and Mike A, who suffered the cold and wet sitting out in the safety boats (apart from Angus who seems to be impervious to the weather!)

Spring Series 4 – 25th April 2021

It was really windy and gusty this morning with a NNE wind varying between 15 and 20 mph.

James set a first beat to 8 then 5, 9,4, A and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 15 brave starters this morning and at the end of one lap early starter Emily (4.7) was still leading, with Karen (Radial) trying to close the gap. Dave & Ann (Leader) were next across the line but Darren (Laser) and Newton & Sam (RS200) nor far behind them. Richard S and Ralph both decided this was a game for soldiers as did Aileen and all three gracefully retired.

At the gun the final positions were –

1st Darren; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Emily; 5th Jon (Laser); 6th Dave & Ann.

Handicap Race

The three retirees decided enough was enough and sat the second race out, but Jewels decided to join the fray in her Mirror.

Darren was first back across the line nearly a minute ahead of Jon, who was followed closely by Laser 136028 (does anyone know the name of the helm?). Karen (Radial) was 4th, not far ahead of Newton & Sam (RS200) with Adrian (Laser) about 30 seconds further back in 6th place. Dave & Ann (Leader),Emily (4.7), Jewels (Mirror) and Mike T (Laser) were in a close battle for 7th spot. Next to come through were Ron (Mirror) just ahead of Chris H (Comet) then quite a gap back to Paul W in his Morbic12.

On the second lap the first three were still the same (although 136028 had been disqualified for not going back though the start line). Newton passed Karen to move up to 4th and Mike T got ahead of Jewels with no other movers. Chris H sailed on into the third lap unaware that he had also fallen foul of a start line infringement and Paul W received the gun.

At the end of the third lap Darren and Jon could not be separated as they crossed the line fighting for the lead. 136028 was still in 3rd place but retired at the end of the lap (perhaps word had finally got through of the earlier infringement). The 4th, 5th and 6th were still the same, but Mike T gained two more places to move up to 7th place.

On the fourth lap Jon pulled away from Darren to cross the line two minutes ahead of him and Mike T gained another four places to move up to 3rd.  There were no other changes and Chris H received the gun oblivious of his impending fate! The Mirrors of Jewels and Ron also received the gun at the end of this lap.

On the last lap Darren did close the gap to Jon, but not enough to stop him crossing the line a clear winner. Newton & Sam had rallied to regain 3rd place by repassing Mike T. There were no other changes in position,  but Dave & Ann and Emily did well to complete the full distance not that far behind the faster ranked boats in front of them.

The finishing order on the water was –

1st Jon; 2nd Darren; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Mike T; 5th Karen; 6th Adrian

On corrected time this changes to –

1st Jewels; 2nd Jon; 3rd Darren; 4th Karen; 5th Emily ; 6th Ron

Well done to Jewels, a result which completely vindicates her decision to join the race!

Thanks to SOOD James and the team of Bea, Gareth and Peter.

Commodore’s Cup Race 2 – 21st April 2021

The wind was in a tricky direction tonight, NE about 5-10 mph, which forced SOOD Chris H to use a Committee Boat start.

It turned out to be a four lapper and Dave & Nikki (National12) were in the lead across the line at the end of the first lap with Newton (Solo) just 10 seconds behind them. Mike T (Laser) was 3rd with Will (Radial) 4th and Karen (Laser) 5th. Adrian (Rooster) was next through in 6th place just ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader), Ralph (Laser) and Gareth (Laser).  The Lasers of Mark and Darren were next across the line in 10th and 11th places, a change for them to see so many boats in front of them!

In 12th place were Chris & Hilary (Wanderer, but where was our other Wanderer – Mike C where are you, we could have a fleet!).  Rick and Nigel in two more Lasers crossed the line together battling for 13th place and they were about a minute ahead of Sally in her Comet who was only just ahead of fellow Comet helm Aileen (Cum on Aileen). Paul H, our sole remaining Supernova star, was next through a long way ahead of our only gaff rigger Paul W (Morbic12) and finally came the only Oppie out tonight with brave Phoebe at the helm.

Emily (4.7) seemed to have slipped under the radar and was not picked up for the first two laps but reappeared on the third lap!

At the end of the second lap there was no change with the first two, but Karen moved up to 3rd with William still 4th. Ralph gained three places to move up to 5th and Darren gained two to move to 8th.

Nigel moved up one to 13th and Aileen passed Sally to gain 14th place with Paul H also moving up one to 16th spot. Paul W and Phoebe received the gun at the end of the lap.

Dave & Nikki increased their lead on the third lap with no change in the 2nd and 3rd places, but Mike T had got going again to move up to 4th. Darren and Adrian had also got the boosters on, moving up  three and five places respectively to 5th and 6th. Then hurrah, up popped Emily in 7th spot, but bad news for everyone else as they either held or lost places and Sally (who had repassed Aileen), Aileen  and Gareth received the gun.

The last lap saw no change at the front, but Newton lost his 2nd place to Karen and Darren gained another two places to finish 3rd. Ralph had a storming last lap gaining five places to take 4th. Mark and Dave & Ann moved up a place to finish 10th and 11th. Nigel who had a race long battle with Rick manged to beat him across the line but they both gained a place by passing Chris & Hilary.  

The final order on the water was –

1st Dave & Nikki; 2nd Karen; 3rd Darren; 4th Ralph; 5th Newton; 6th Adrian

On corrected time this becomes-

1st Dave & Nikki; 2nd Newton; 3rd William; 4th Karen; 5th Darren; 6th Sally  

Although there may be a Steward’s enquiry as I thought Karen was sailing a Radial, rather than a full rig, but perhaps this is only for the Spring series.

Thanks to SOOD Chris H and the team of Angus, Nick and Rich.

Commodore’s Cup Race 1 – 14th April 2021

There was a light wind tonight and 16 starters for the first of the new evening series.

Mike T (Laser) was first back through the line, followed 10 seconds later by Hugh (Laser), Karen (Radial) and Adrian (Rooster – a Laser with a bigger sail!) only one second ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago) who came through in 5th place. 15 seconds later, Mark (Laser) crossed only just ahead of Rick in another Laser and then there was a gap back to Emily (4.7) and Paul H (Supernova) who came along together in 8th and 9th positions. Nigel (Laser) was 10th, not far ahead of Chris H (Comet), Jeremy (Laser) and Rhys (4.7). Quite a gap then before Phoebe (Oppie) crossed the line and she was four minutes ahead of Paul W (Morbic12) and Gareth (Laser) who may have lost their way.

Mike T still led but, Hugh had a dodgy second lap as Karen, Adrian and Mark all got past him. Rick moved up one place to 6th. Paul gained two places to move up to 7th with Dean & Nick slipping back to 8th with Nigel up to 9th.  Further back Gareth moved up two places to 14th. Paul W received the gun at the end of this lap.

By the end of the third lap Adrian had taken the lead with Karen pushing up to 2nd and Mike T down to 3rd. There was no change in the next three positions, but Dean & Nick regained a place to 7th with no further changes behind them. Phoebe received the finish gun this time round.

Fourth and last lap saw Karen getting past Adrian to cross the line in 1st place. Movers further back were Dean & Nick gaining two places to finish 5th and Jeremy after a race long battle with Nigel just pipping him for 9th place.  

The order on the water was –

1st Karen; 2nd Adrian; 3rd Mike T; 4th Mark; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Rick

On corrected time this changes to –

1st Karen; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Phoebe; 4th Mark; 5th Chris H; 6th Adrian.

Thanks to SOOD Darren and his team of Chris S, Paul R and Ralph.

Spring Series 3 – 18th April 2021

Mark was SOOD today with the help of Mike A and Sally & Mike N manning the safety boat.

It was a very light wind, which unfortunately kept veering from NNE to NNW.

After several pre-race course changes Mark eventually set a start line on an East-West axis (near to 5) with the first mark as B (towards 6) then 9 and back through the start. Got it?   

Pursuit Race

10 starters this morning and Chris H Comet was well ahead at the end of the first lap with Emily 4.7 in 2nd place, Dave & Ann Leader 3rd, Aileen in another Comet 4th. The first Laser through was Richard S followed by Mike T, Ralph, and Darren, then came Chris and Hilary in their Wanderer with Paul Waterman bringing up the rear in the gaff rigged Morbic12.

At the gun, the Laser of Mike T was well ahead Ralph, but Chris H had hung onto 3rd place with Darren in 4th, Dave & Ann Leader 5th and Richard S 6th.

Handicap Race

Although the wind was light the course was short, so we had a three-lap race (well for about half the fleet!)

At the end of the first lap Mike T was back through the line well clear of Ralph and Richard S in 2nd and 3rd places. Dave & Ann were next in 4th place just ahead of Darren, then there was a gap back to Chris H in 6th and Chris & Hillary in 7th. Next across the line were Aileen and Emily who were enjoying a really close battle and then finally Paul who was having trouble getting his Morbic12 to point (well hardly at all, but the gaff rig looked very picturesque).

On the second lap Mike increased his lead over the two chasing Lasers and Darren and Chris had overtaken Dave & Ann to move up to 4th and 5th respectively, with Chris & Hilary 7th and receiving the gun as they crossed the line. Behind them Emily just pipped Aileen across the line as they also received the finish gun along with Paul.

The third lap saw Mike T cross the line some four minutes ahead of Ralph in 2nd place with Darren gaining another place to finish 3rd with Richard 4th. Chris came across in 5th place with Dave & Ann finishing in 6th place.

On corrected time the order becomes –

1st Mike; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Ralph; 4th Darren; 5th Richard; 6th Dave & Ann

Thanks to Mark, Sally & Mike N and Mike A.

Spring Series 1 &2; 2021

Spring Series 1 – 4th April 2021

It was a light wind for the first race of the 2021 Spring Series. Ron and Jewels had volunteered to run the race and there were 12 starters including Paul Waterman in his Morbic12, a new addition to the racing classes at RSC. The Morbic12 is a traditional clinker built boat with a gaff rigged mainsail and it looked very nice.

Pursuit Race

The light wind favoured the early starters and Aileen in her Comet made a fine start to the Spring Series by taking the victory ahead of Chris H also sailing a Comet. Hugh was the first of the Lasers in 3rd place with Newton &Sam RS 200 in 4th and Dave & Ann in their Leader 5th with Darren in another Laser in 6th place.

Handicap Race

Because of the light wind this turned out to be a one lap race with Lasers taking the first three places on the water.

1st Mark; 2nd Darren; 3rd Hugh; Equal 4th Newton & Sam RS200 and Chris H Comet; 6th Jon Laser.

However,r on corrected time the order becomes –

1st Mark; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Darren; 4th Aileen; 5th Emily 4.7; 6th Hugh.

Thanks to Ron & Jewels, Adrian B, Hilary and Mike C for managing the races.

Spring Series 2 – 11th April 2021

Sam & Newton stepped up to the plate today, ably assisted by Ann & Dave L.

There were even more startersthis week with 18 boats taking to the water.  

Pursuit Race

Karen Radial managed to stay ahead of the full rig Lasers to take 1st place at the gun, as did Chris H Comet to take 2nd place.  Then the next four places were all Lasers with Mark leading Jon, Mike T and Ralph.

Handicap Race

With a bit more wind and a shortish coursethis turned out to be a six lapper and a Laser benefit.

The order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Darren; 3rd Mark all in full rig Lasers; 4th Karen Radial; 5th Jon and 6th James in two more Lasers.

On corrected time the 4.7s of Emily and Rhys get into the act with the final positions as-

1st Mike T; 2nd Karen; 3rd Darren; 4th Emily; 5th Mark; 6th Rhys