Spring Series 7 – 23rd May 2021

It was quite a frisky wind this morning, blowing SW 15 -17 mph from the SW and a number of the Laser sailors opted to use a Radial rig.

Pursuit Race

There were 14 out today and at the end of the first lap the early starters Ron and Jewels in their Mirrors and Rhys (4.7) were still leading the fleet. Ralph (Laser) was 4th, Paul R (Aero) 5th with Karen (Radial) in 6th place.  Chris H (Comet) came through the line in 7th place trying to stay ahead of the Lasers of Mike T and Darren. Newton (RS200) crossed in 10th place with new crew Rick learning the ropes and being shown how to keep out of the bushes! The Lasers of James, Hugh and Adrian were bringing up the rear of the fleet along with Dave & Ann (Leader).

At the gun Jewels was still ahead of everyone, but Paul had moved up to 2nd with Ralph 3rd, Darren 4th and Karen up one place to 5th. Rhys was still going well hanging on to 6th place, Chris had retired and Hugh was up 7th

Handicap Race

Chris and Dave & Ann decided to sit this one out and Hugh soon joined them when his rigging came adrift.

Paul (Aero) was first back through the line about 30 seconds ahead of the Lasers of Darren, James, Mike T and Ralph. Newton & Rick (RS200) crossed in 6th place with Adrian (Laser) 7th about a minute ahead of Karen (Radial) in 8th.  Jewels (Mirror) was next along with Rhys (4.7) chasing her and Ron (don’t write me off Mirror) holding the lanterne rouge.

Second lap and no change in the first four, but Newton & Rick moved up to 5th by passing Ralph and further back Rhys had got past Jewels.

By the end of the last lap Paul had increased his lead to nearly three minutes and Mike T had caught James to take 3rd place, but there were no other changes in position.

The final order on the water was – 1st Paul; 2nd Darren; 3rd Mike T; 4th James; 5th Newton & Rick; 6th Ralph.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Paul; 2nd Jewels; 3rd Darren; 4th Mike T; 5th Ron; 6th James.

Thanks to SOOD Mark and the team of Bill C, Gareth & Thomas D and Richard S.

After the race Karen and Hugh were presented with their well deserved RYA awards, but more about that in the next newsletter.

Commodore’s Cup 6 – 19th May 2021

Another light wind tonight, around 10 mph but varying in strength throughout the evening.  It was coming from the WNW, which made setting the course a bit tricky. Steve S used A for the first mark up towards the buoy line, then 9, 5, 4, 8 and back through the start.

There were 20 starters and Karen (Laser) was first back through the line just ahead of Jess in another Laser. About one minute later Mike T (Laser) came through in 3rd place followed by Dave & Ann (Leader) and Dean & Nick (Vago) with Mike C (Solo) another 30 seconds behind them. Ralph and Mark in Lasers were having a close battle for 7th spot with Darren (Laser) not enjoying the light wind, one minute adrift of them. Aileen in her Comet was 10th and showing fellow Comet sailor, Chris H, the way to sail in light wind! Rick was trying to shake off Ron in his Mirror who was in a Laser sandwich with Jeremy closing on him from behind. Sally in another Comet was trying to stay ahead of Hilary in her Laser with the boys in the back room, Nick, Paul H, Rich and Nigel trying to get a say!

With the lack of wind there was only one more lap and Jess enjoyed victory over Karen by about 10 seconds. Mike T hung on to 3rd place, but the Jones boys dislodged team Lomas from fourth spot by only 2 seconds!  There was another close finish behind them with Ralph squeezing past Mike C to take 6th. Darren nearly caught Mark crossing the line just four seconds behind him and Chris H, Rick and Jeremy all gained a place by passing Aileen.

Hilary pipped Sally who was also passed by Nick and Nigel. Some close battles all through the fleet.

The order on the water was -1st Jess; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mike T; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Ralph.

There were some significant changes on corrected time with Ron popping out of the smoke to take first place, the final order being – 1st Ron; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Dave & Ann; 4th Mike C; 5th Jess; 6th Aileen.

Spring Series 6 – 16th May 2021

A WSW wind this morning which varied between 10 and 15 mph throughout the morning. Mike A set a first beat to 4 then 9, 5, 8, 6,7 and back through the start.

Just before the start there was a coming together between James and Chris & Hilary, but fortunately they managed to untangle themselves before the start gun!

Pursuit Race

Shortly after starting Mike T (Laser) had to return to shore to untangle his twisted main sheet. The wind picked up during the race but coming to the end of the first lap early starters Jewels & Talia (Mirror) still led with Papa Ron in another Mirror in 2nd place. Unfortunately, Jewels missed out No 8 and subsequently retired.  Rhys (4.7) was 2nd across the line followed by Karen and Richards S, both in Radials. Darren, Jon, and Mark (Lasers) were next through having caught and passed Chris H (Comet) and Dave & Ann (Leader). Aileen (Comet) prudently retied when the wind got a bit frisky.

At the gun, the order was – 1st Darren; 2nd Rhys; 3rd Jon (who just passed Karen before the gun sounded!); 4th Karen; 5th James; 6th Mark.

Handicap Race

The wind had eased a bit for the second race and Darren was first back across the line followed by Mark and Mike T (all in Lasers). Dave & Ann (Leader) and Ralph (Laser) crossed the line together battling for 4th place with a slight gap back to James (Laser) in 6th spot. Chris & Hilary (Wayfarer) were 7th followed by Adrian (Laser) just ahead of the Radials of Karen and Richard S competing for 9th.  Jon (Laser), missing the stronger wind, crossed in 11th place just ahead of Chris H (Comet) and then Ron (Mirror) who was hanging on to minimize the gap. Bringing up the rear of the fleet were Gareth (Laser) and Rhys (4.7), who was also missing the stronger wind of the first race!

At the end of the second and last lap, Mike T took the victory with Mark still in 2nd and Darren down to 3rd.  Ralph had eased away from Dave & Ann to take 4th place with James and Chris & Hilary still 6th and 7th respectively and managing to stay apart! Karen and Richard had passed Adrian, but Jon had passed all of them to take 8th place. There were no other changes behind them.

The order on the water was – 1st Mike T; 2nd Mark; 3rd Darren; 4th Ralph; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th James.

On corrected time the final positions are – 1st Ron (up from 13th!); 2nd Mike T; 3rd Mark; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Ralph; 6th Chris H (up from 12th).

Thanks to SOOD Mike A and Helen, Issy, Frantz, Peter R and Roland L (who stepped into the breech to accompany Issy when the wind got up).  

Commodore’s Cup 5 – 12th May 2021

With a SE wind of about 10 mph, Newton set a start line just past No 5 with a first beat to A (near 1), then 9, up to C (near the buoy line between the Committee Boat and 5)  then 5 and back through the start.

There were 22 starters, the highest number so far for this series. At the end of the first lap the fleet was pretty well line astern with small gaps between the individual boats. Darren led Mike T, Karen and Mark, all in Lasers with Chris H (Comet) in 5th place and Dave & Ann (Leader) in 6th.  Jess (Laser) was 7th with a small gap back to Rick (Laser) and Mike A (Radial) and they were not far ahead of Sally (Comet) Paul H and Ralph (both in Lasers) and Mike C (Solo) and Jeremy (Laser), the latter two crossing the line together. Next across the line were Dean & Nick (Vago) in 15th place just ahead of Jemima in her new RS Terra Pro (a bit of a mouthful to say, but a very nice looking boat). Emily (4.7) was through in 17th place being chased by the Lasers of Nigel and Nick followed by Aileen (Comet) and Ron (Mirror) and Rich (Comet Duo).

On the second lap there was no change in the first three, but Jess had nipped ahead of Mark to move up to 4th place. Ralph, Mike C and Dean & Nick all gained four places to move up to 8th, 9th and 10th respectively (it’s amazing what a lucky wind shift can do for you!). Further back Jeremy gained a place by passing Sally and Nigel and Aileen both made up two places to 16th and 18th.

By the end of the third lap, Darren had increased his lead on Mike T and Jess was just in front of Karen and moved up to 3rd. Dave & Ann gained two places to move to 5th by passing Mark and Chris H with Ralph abreast of Chris as they crossed the line. Paul H moved up a place to 10th by passing Dean & Nick and Nigel gained two places and Nick one by getting past Jeremy. Jemima and Rich retired at the end of the lap.

No change with the first two on lap four, but Karen repassed Jess to regain 3rd place. Ralph and Mike C moved up to 5th and 7th respectively pushing Mark down to 8th. Aileen had a good lap passing Nick, Nigel and Sally to move to 15th place. The wind was dropping rapidly throughout this lap and Jeremy, Mike A, Aileen, Sally, Nick, Emily, Nigel and Ron all received the gun at the end of the lap.

Rick, Paul H and Dean & Nick were really pleased that they made the cut and were given the opportunity to test out their light wind skills on the fifth lap.

Darren crossed the line before  the fourth lap finishers did, much to their relief! The only change on the last lap was Ralph relieving Jess of her 4th place by just five seconds.

The order on the water was – 1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Ralph; 5th Jess; 6th Dave & Ann ( the only ones not in a Laser)

On corrected time this becomes- 1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Chris H; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Karen; 6th Ron (you did not see that coming – lights and mirrors)

Thanks to SOOD Newton and the team of Sam, Phoebe and Angus.

Spring Series 5 – 9th May 2021

Another windy Sunday morning with a S-SSW wind which was around 15-18 mph. Mike T set a long beat down to 3 then 2, 4, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 11 starters and at the end of the first lap early starter Ron (Mirror) was still leading from Chris H (Comet), but they were rapidly being caught by Paul R in his Aero 7 followed by a Karen (Radial) and Newton & Sam (RS200).

At the gun the final order was –

1st Paul R; 2nd Karen; 3rd Darren (Laser); 4th Jon (Laser); 5th Newton & Sam (RS200); 6th Chris H

Handicap Race

Everyone stayed on for the second race and first back across the line was Paul R one minute ahead of Darren in 2nd place, closely followed by Newton & Sam and Jon. Karen was 30 seconds further back in 5th place and then there was a slight gap before the Lasers of James and Adrian came through contesting 6th place. Emily (4.7) and Chris H were having a good battle with only one second splitting them across the line with Rick (Laser) about 30 seconds behind them and Ron in his Mirror bringing up the rear of the fleet.

Paul increased his lead on the second lap and Newton & Sam passed Darren to move up to 2nd. Everyone else maintained station apart from Rick, who just pipped Chris across the line to gain a place. Ron received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third lap Paul took victory with an increased lead of four minutes. There was no change in the position of the next four boats, but Adrian passed James to take 6th spot. Emily sailed a good race maintaining 8th place and behind her Chris regained his 9th place from Rick.

The order on the water was – 1st Paul; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Darren; 4th Jon; 5th Karen; 6th Adrian

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Paul; Equal 2nd Darren and Karen; 4th newton & Sam; 5th Jon; 6th Emily   

Thanks to Mike T and the race team of Ann & Dave, Sally, Nando and Richard S.

Commodore’s Cup Race 4 – 5th May 2021

The forecast was for a 10 mph wind from the West, but when we arrived at RSC there was hardly any wind at all, and it was difficult to set a course and we wondered if there would be enough people interested in going out. Then a gentle breeze started up and dinghies came out and all looked well, but suddenly the wind got up and the rain poured down and conditions were so bad that we considered abandoning the race all together. Everyone wondered if this squall would pass and at around 18.45 it began to ease so the race was on and Mark set a first beat to 5 then 9, 4, 6, 7 and back through the start line.

There were 16 starters and at first there was quite a nice breeze, but unfortunately this dropped away and we were worried that the fleet would not even complete one lap. Eventually they managed it, but everyone received the gun at the end of the lap as the wind was completely dying.

The order on the water was –

1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Ralph; (all in Lasers) 5th Dave & Ann (Leader); 6th Dean & Nick (Vago)

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Aileen; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Chris H

Well done to Aileen for beating the Comet maestro Chris!

Also well done to all the other competitors for hanging in there despite the rapidly changing conditions, Emily, Hilary, Newton, Nigel, Phoebe, Rick, Sally.

Thanks to SOOD Mark B and the team of Frantz, Angus and Mike A.

May Day Pennant 2nd May 2021

There were three back-to-back races this year and 13 starters. The wind was a bit tricky coming straight from the West and quite light, although during the races it veered from SW to NW and was even coming from the SE at one point! It also varied in strength from 3 mph to about 10 mph.

The start line was set parallel to the shore just clear of the model boat buoys and the first mark was A (near the buoy line about halfway between 5 and 6), then 5, 7, B (halfway between the shore and the start line).

Race 1

Mark (Laser) was first back across the line followed by Ralph, Mike T and Karen all in Lasers. About one minute later Newton & Sam (RS200) came through in 5th place with Chris K (Laser) and Chris H (Comet) not far behind him in 7th and Mike C in his nicely refurbished Solo was 8th.  Emily & Phoebe were out together in a Feva and just ahead of Aileen (Comet) battling for 9th place. Dave & Ann (Leader) and Rick (Laser) were languishing at the back in the light wind with Paul W even further back in his Morbic12 and he received the gun at the end of this lap as most of the fleet were finishing their second lap at the same time.

On the second lap Mark still led but Mike T passed Ralph for 2nd place and there were no other changes in position. Rick received the gun at the end of this lap.

Mark crossed the line to finish 1st, but Newton & Sam had moved up to 2nd with Chris K passing Ralph to take 4th place. Mike C had a good last lap moving up two places to 6th and Dave & Ann also moved up two places to 9th. Aileen won her battle with Emily and Phoebe to finish in 10th place.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mark; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Mike T; 4th Chris K; 5th Ralph; 6th Mike C

On corrected time there were some significant changes –

1st Chris H; 2nd Mark; 3rd Mike C; 4th Newton & Sam; 5th Mike |T; 6th Chris K

Race 2

The course remained the same as did the first lap leader with Mark crossing just ahead of Karen. There was then a gap before Newton & Sam came along in 3rd place not far ahead of Mike T and Dave & Ann who were followed closely by Chris K and Mike C. Ralph and Chris H crossed the line together battling for 8th place and Chris H was striving to catch them. Emily & Phoebe and Aileen were at it again and difficult to split as they crossed the line with Rick much better away this time and closing on them rapidly. Paul W was as usual observing the fleet with interest.

On the second lap there was no change in the first three places, but Dave & Ann were up to 4th and Rick had rocketed up to 5th. Ralph, Chris H and Emily & Phoebe all gained two places to move up to 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Paul received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the last lap remarkably there was no change in the order of the first seven boats! Chris K had regained three places to finish 8th and Aileen and Mike C both regained one place to take 9th and 11th places.

The order on the water was –

1st Mark; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Rick; 6th Ralph

On corrected time the order becomes-

1st Mark; 2nd Karen; 3rd Chris H; 4th Newton & Sam; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Rick

Race 3

There was a course change for this third race with the start line more or less the same, but the first mark was now 5 then 8, 9, B and back through the start.

For a change, Newton & Sam were the first back through the line followed by the Lasers of Mile T, Mark and Ralph. Dave & Ann were next through in 5th place just ahead of Rick but the next four were very close together with Chris H leading Mike C, Karen and Chris K. Behind them Aileen and Emily & Phoebe had re-joined battle and were only 10 seconds apart with Paul W cheering from behind.

Like the previous race the leading three remained the same but Karen and Chris K both gained five places to move up to 4th and 5th respectively. Further back Emily & Phoebe had passed Aileen and Rick retired (he had been hoping for more wind so that he could fit this one in, but alas ran out of time as his pass-out was about to expire!) Paul received the gun at the end of the lap.

Newton & Sam took the victory as they crossed the line about one minute ahead of Mike T in 2nd place. Karen just pipped Mark for 3rd place with no change in 5th and 6th positions. The race long battle behind these between Dave & Ann, Chris H and Mike C was won by Chris, but only by 10 seconds as both he and Mike managed to squeeze past Dave & Ann. Behind them Aileen had managed to repass Emily and Phoebe, but again it was a close finish.

The order on the water was –

1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Mark; 5th Chris K; 6th Ralph, all in Lasers apart from the RS200 at the front.

Unusually they all retained their positions on corrected time. The first time that this has happened for a long time!

All three races counted towards the overall winner, and the recipient of the May Day Pennant with  first, second and fourth place finishes was Mark B (or would have been if Newton had brought the right trophy along!)

Congratulations to Mark.

Thanks to SOOD Mike A and the team of Alistair S, Bill C, Christine H and Sally.