Cobley Series 3 – 26th September 2021

It was a pleasant sunny morning with a SSWish wind of 10 mph. Richard S set a first beat down to 4, then 3, 9, 5, 6,7 and back through the start.

 Pursuit Race

There were 13 starters and remarkably there were only two Lasers out today, so the dominant class was the Comet with Aileen, Chris H and Sally all sailing. At the end of the first lap Chris H was still leading with Newton & Sam (RS200) through to 2nd place followed by the Solos of Mike C and Roland. Darren was up to 5th in his Laser and Dave & Ann (just back from flotilla sailing around the Greek islands) were 6th. At the gun Newton & Sam had the lead but Chris H and Mike C were still 2nd and 3rd. Darren and Dave & Ann had passed Roland to take 4th and 5th places. Alex & Mike T (470) and Nigel (Laser) had gained three places from the first lap, passing Rick & Lottie (RS200) and Sally and Aileen in their Comets. Paul W (Morbic) and Chris (Mirror) were sailing serenely on at the back of the fleet.

Handicap Race

Thomas and Jasmine in a Feva and Lucy in a 4.7 joined the second race to bring the fleet up to 15.

Darren was first back across the line and stayed there for all three laps of the race. Roland came through about 30 seconds later closely followed by Nigel, Newton & Sam and Alex & Mike T. Another 30 seconds and Dave & Ann crossed the line ahead of Mike C. Then along came the Comets line astern with Chris H ahead of Sally and Aileen. Thomas & Jasmine brought the Feva through in 11th place, a minute in front of Rick & Lottie, who in turn were comfortably ahead of Lucy in her 4.7 (well as comfortable as you can be in a RS200 in a light wind!). Paul W and Christine brought up the rear of the fleet.

On the second lap Newton & Sam moved up to 2nd place and Alessandro & Mike T up to 3rd. Nigel crossed the line just two seconds ahead of Roland in the battle for 4th. Further back Aileen and Sally continued their battle in the Comets with Aillen just 10 seconds ahead of Sally. There were no other changes in position and Lucy, Paul W and Christine received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the last lap the first two maintained their positions, but Nigel pipped Alessandro & Mike T to take 3rd place by just two seconds. There was another close finish behind them with Dave & Ann getting past Roland to take 5th place, but no further changes further back.

The order on the water was – 1st Darren; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Nigel; 4th Alessandro & Mike T; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Roland.

On corrected time this changes to 1st Darren; 2nd Dave & Ann; 3rd Roland; 4th Chris H; 5th Newton & Sam; 6th Nigel.

Thanks to SOOD Richard S and the small race team of Issy and Gareth E.    

Sunset Shield 8 – 29th September 2021

Tonight, was nice and clear with a brisk wind from the West. The forecast was 10 mph, but it was stronger than that before the start, enough to prompt the race team to launch a third safety boat ! Sally used a Tektona start with the line parallel to the buoy line and the first mark was 4 then 3, A (behind the line) and back through the start.

There were 22 starters, a good turnout for the last evening race of the year. Darren (Laser) was first back across the line followed by Karen (using a Radial rig) and Mike T (Laser), then the Solos of Roland and Mike C. Ralph came through in 6th place (he was also going to opt for a Radial rig, but then found that he had not brought the sail with him!). Paul H in another Laser crossed in 7th, just ahead of Alex & Matt (470) and Rick & Steve (RS200). These double handers enjoyed a battle throughout the race.

We had a good mixture of young sailors and newer members contesting the remaining places. Thomas & Jasmine (Feva) were 10th followed by Ainhoa (Radial), Nick H (Laser) and Hattie (Laser). Aileen was next along in the only Comet out tonight and she had opted for a smaller sail as well. The following trio, Carston and Martin in Radials and Rich in his Comet Duo crossed very close together battling for 15th place. The came the battle of the Toppers with Lucy leading William S and bringing up the rear was Paul W & Steve of Goat Island fame in Paul’s Morbic and Jonas in his Lightning.

Actually, that was not the whole of the fleet as Nigel our Commodore turned up in the middle of the second lap to join the fray (not sure where he had been, but his Laser was fully rigged at 18.00!)

The movers on the second lap were Ralph up one place to 5th, Rick & Steve up one to 8th by passing Alex & Matt. Further back Nick H gained two places to move up to 10th and Carston gained three to move to 12th.

By the end of the third lap Darren still led, but Mike T had passed Karen to move up to 2nd place. Everyone down to the 12th place boat of Carston maintained their position and the only change further back was Rich F gaining four places to 13th.

Only the first nine went round for a fourth lap and at the line, the first three remained in the same order. In fact, the only change was Ralph passing Roland to cross in 4th place. Paul H had been a steady 7th for the whole of the race and Rick & Steve had eased away from Alex & Matt.

The final order on the water was – 1st Darren; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Ralph; 5th Roland; 6th Mike C.

On corrected time the only change is Roland moving up to 3rd place.

Thanks to SOOD Sally and the race team of Catriona, Chris S, Nick J, Richard H, Russell H, Dave L and Mike A.

This was the final race of the Sunset Shield Series so congratulations to the series winner Karen.

Sunset Shield 7 – 22nd September 2021

A reasonable SW wind of 8-10 mph at the start of the race but this gradually dropped as the evening wore on. Hadey (on duty again!) set a first beat to 4 then 2, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.In the dropping wind it turned out to be a two lapper with the unfortunate boats towards the back of the fleet taking twice as long to complete the last lap as they did the first!

Newton & Sam (RS200) were first back across the line followed by Mike T (Laser), Roland (Solo) and Ralph and Darren in Lasers. A minute later Mike C (Solo) crossed in 6th place and he was a minute ahead of Nigel in another Laser. Mike A (Lightning) was through in 8th just ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago) who earlier had encountered our version of the Sargasso Sea near No 2. Alessandro & Matt (470) were next along in 10th place followed by Sally (Comet) who had Paul H (Laser) sitting on her transom. In fact he was in a Comet sandwich as Aileen in her Comet was not far behind him (there are worse places to be !). Ainoah (Radial) was just ahead of Carston and Hattie in Lasers and bringing up the rear of the fleet were Paul W (Morbic), Unknown in Laser RSC 22 (apologies) and Angus in his Mirror.

On the last lap there was no change at the front, but Darren moved up three places to take 2nd with Roland still 3rd. Further back Dean & Nick gained a place to take 8th and Aileen gained five places to finish 10th with Paul H and Carston also moving up one place.

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

On corrected time this changes to – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Roland; 3rd Darren; 4th Mike C; 5th Mike T; 6th Ralph.

Thanks to SOOD Hadey and the team of Karen, Suzi, Jeremy and Rich.

Sunset Shield 6 – 15th September 2021

It was a lovely evening, but there was only a 4-5 mph wind from the NNW. Darren used a CB start down near Tektona with a first beat to 5 then to A (on the buoy line halfway between 5 and 4), C (towards no 2) and back through the start.

Newton & Sam (RS200) led Mike T and Karen in Lasers by 10 seconds at the end of the first lap.  Mike C and Roland in Solos were having a good battle for 4th place with Mike just ahead as they crossed the line. Nigel (Laser) came through in a lonely 6th place being chased by Emily (4.7) who was also on her own. Alex & Matt (470) crossed in 8th place being chased by Sally (Comet) who was four minutes ahead of Martin in a Radial. He was two minutes ahead of Aileen in another Comet, who in turn was two minutes ahead of Jack & Ron (Mirror), Carston (Laser) and Angus (Mirror). Alex & Matt and everyone behind them were finished at the end of this lap.

At the end of the second and final lap the only change in position of the remaining seven boats was Roland passing Mike C to take the Solo honours.

The final order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Roland; 5th Mike C; 6th Nigel.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Roland; 4th Karen; 5th Mike C; 6th Emily.

Thanks to SOOD Darren and Mike A and Jamie H.

Cobley Series 2 – 19th September 2021

With a SW wind about 6 mph Adrian set a first beat to 5, then 2, 8, A,9 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 14 starters, the same as last week and Mike C (Solo) managed to stay ahead of the late starting boats to take 1st place. Newton & Sam (RS200) were 2nd with Roland in another Solo in 3rd place. Then the Lasers of Darren and Mark were 4th and 5th ahead of an earlier starting trio, Emily (4.7), Ron (Mirror) and Sally (Comet).

Handicap Race

Adrian tweaked the course for the second race, dropping 5 and using A for the first mark then 4, 2, 8 and through the start.

First back across the line were Newton & Sam (RS200) followed by Mike C (Solo), then Alessandro & Mike T going well in the 470 in 3rd place. Then a close group of three boats came along with Roland (Solo) just ahead of the Lasers of Mark and Darren. There was quite a gap before Ron (Mirror) crossed in 7th place followed 30 seconds later by Richard S and Alistair both in Lasers. Emily (4.7) and Aileen (Comet) were having a ding-dong for 10th spot with Sally (Comet) and Rick and Lottie (RS200) crossing the line abreast just behind them. The racing at the back of the fleet being more keenly contested than at the front! Last, but not least was Jasmine in her Topper, the youngest sailor out today and she received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the second and last lap Newton & Sam crossed the line ahead of the fleet. Roland had moved up to 2nd place, but Alessandro & Mike T were still 3rd. Mark was up one place to 4th pushing Mike C down to 5th with Darren steady in 6th place, but it was very close with only 15 seconds covering the three of them. Richard S had gained a place by passing Ron to take 7th place and Rick & Lottie had also passed Ron and gained five places to finish 8th, they must have found the switch to the auxiliary motor! Alistair crossed next, just one second ahead of Emily and behind her Sally won the battle of the Comets by pipping Aileen.

The final order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Roland; 3rd Alessandro & Mike T; 4th Mark; 5th Mike C; 6th Darren.

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Ron (old smoke & Mirrors does it again! 3rd Roland; 4th Mike C; 5th Mark; 6th Darren

Thanks to SOOD Adrian and the race team of Hadey and Christine.

Sunset Shield 6 – 15th September 2021

It was a lovely evening, but there was only a 4-5 mph wind from the NNW. Darren used a CB start down near Tektona with a first beat to 5 then to A (on the buoy line halfway between 5 and 4), C (towards no 2) and back through the start

.Newton & Sam (RS200) led Mike T and Karen in Lasers by 10 seconds at the end of the first lap followed by the Solos of Mike C and Roland S battling for 4th place. Nigel (Laser) was next across the line in a lonely 6th with Emily (4.7) a further two minutes behind him. Sally (Comet) and Alessandro & Matt (470) came through in close company followed by Martin (Radial) and Aileen (Comet). Next across the line was young Jack being mentored by Ron in one of the growing fleet of Mirrors and finally Angus in another Mirror and Carston in a Laser. Everyone behind 7th man Nigel received a finish at the end of this first lap.

On the second and last lap there was only one change in position with Roland just pipping Mike C across the line to take 4th spot. The final order was –

1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Roland S; 5th Mike C; 6th Nigel.

On corrected time this becomes –

1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Roland S; 4th Karen; 5th Mike C; 6th Emily

Thanks to SOOD Darren and Mike A and Jamie H for running the race and thanks to Jeremy for helping us to put the safety boats away.

Barts Bash 12th September 2021

This is the annual event to raise funds for the charity set up in memory of Andrew (Bart)

Simpson, a former GB Olympic sailor. Unfortunately, there was very little wind this morning, despite an earlier forecast for NE winds of 6 mph, but we still had 8 Juniors and 10 adults turning out.

Junior Race

As the wind was so light, this was a one lap race and the order at the finish was –

1st Rhys (Laser); 2nd William (Topper); 3rd Emily (4.7); 4th Rowan (Oppie); 5th Sebastian (Oppie); 6th Jasmine (Topper); 7th Issy (Topaz); 8th Phoebe (Oppie).

On corrected time, Rhys retains his first place with the Oppies of Rowan and Sebastian in second and third places.

Well done to all of you for competing in difficult light wind conditions.

Thanks to Newton, Alessandro, Dan and Karen for running the race.

Adult Race

There were 10 starters and at the end of the first lap Newton & Sam (RS200) crossed the line in 1st place followed by the Lasers of Rhys and Karen. Five minutes later Alessandro, sailing a Radial in place of his usual 470, came through in 4th place then there was a gap back to Hannah (Laser), Emily (4.7) and Aileen (Comet) in 5th, 6th and 7th places. William (Topper) was next along with Christine in her Mirror a further six minutes behind him. Sally (Comet) retired on the first lap and everyone apart from the first four received the gun at the end of the lap.

The only change on the second lap was Karen passing Rhys to take 2nd place with the finishing order as – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Karen; 3rd Rhys; 4th Alessandro and there was no change to these positions on corrected time.

Thanks to Ron, Hadey, Mark and Martin for running the race.

Gillette Junior Series 5 & 6

 

Gillette Junior Series Race 5 – 25th August 2021

The wind was NWish about 8-10 mph tonight and there were just three starters.

The positions were the same throughout the race and did not change on corrected time –

1st Jasmine Topper

2nd Toby Topper

3rd Ollie Oppie  

Gillette Junior Series Race 6 – 1st September 2021

The wind was similar to last week and the same three sailors turned out.

The race was slightly longer with Jasmine and Toby completing four laps and Ollie three.

Toby led from Jasmine for three laps, but unfortunately capsized on the fourth and let Jasmine through to take the victory.

The positions did not change on corrected time and were – 1st Jasmine; 2nd Toby; 3rd Ollie

Overall Series

The series ran over six races and involved 14 competitors racing Oppies, Toppers. 4.7s and a Radial.

The final order was –

1st Ollie            Optimist

2nd Jasmine     Topper

3rd Toby           Topper

In fact, Ollie was the only one to sail in all six races, so congratulations to him for winning the series and well done to everyone who took part.

Thanks to Karen, Hadey, Newton and Richards S and others who helped to organize and run the races.  

Lex Cup – Bank Holiday Monday August 30th 2021

The format of the Lex Cup tends to change from year to year and last time it was a single race and there were more OODs than competitors (incidentally won by Chris H from a fleet of only four!). This year there were four races of two laps with three to count in the overall tally with 10 competitors and only three OODs. Hadey had kindly taken on the SOOD duty helped by Chris A and Bill C in the SB.

It was good to see Pippa and Charlie out in their Oppies.

Race 1

The order on the second lap remained the same as on the first lap, which was – 1st Newton (Solo); 2nd Mark (Laser); 3rd Mike C (Solo) then Ron (Mirror), Aileen (Comet), Pippa (Oppie), Rich (Comet Duo) and Charlie (Oppie).

Race 2

Jeremy turned up with his Laser to swell the fleet for the second race, which was slightly different as there were some positional changes on the second lap.  

Mark, Newton and Mike C occupied the first three places for both laps, but Jeremy and Ron both gained a place on the second lap by passing Aileen with Pippa and Charlie coming in behind her and Rich retired on the first lap.

 Race 3

More excitement as another Laser joined the fleet when Alistair arrived. The order on the first lap was pretty much the same as the previous race, especially as Alistair politely stayed at the back sorting out his sheets. On the second lap Jeremy snatched 3rd place from Mike C by 3 seconds and Alistair moved up three passing Rich, Charlie and Pippa to finish just behind Aileen.

Race 4

Mark and Newton again led the dance for both laps, but Alistair had found his mojo and was 3rd on the first lap although Mike C did pinch that place from him on the second lap. Jeremy, Ron and Aileen were steady in the middle and Rich just pipped Pippa by 3 seconds on the line.

Pippa and Charlie did well to finish all four races and their positions on the water were improved on corrected time. However, Ron sailing steadily in the middle of the fleet came out on top.

The final order on corrected time being –

1st Ron; 2nd Newton; 3rd Mark; 4th Pippa; 5th Mike C; 6th Aileen and Charlie was 8th.

Congratulations to Lex Cup winner Ron and well done Pippa and Charlie.

Thanks to Hadey for volunteering again and to Chris A and Bill C for their able assistance.

Cobley Series 1 – 5th September 2021

It was an overcast morning with a light wind and a few stronger gusts coming through.

Pursuit Race

There were 14 starters and at the end of a lap the early starters, Ron Laser (Mirror), Chris H (Comet) and Dave & Ann (Leader) were still ahead of the chasers led by James (Laser), Newton & Sam (RS200) and Mark (Laser).

At the 35 minute gun the order was -1st Newton & Sam; 2nd James; 3rd Chris H; 4th Mark; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Ron.

Handicap Race

First back across the line was Chris H (Comet) followed by the Lasers of James and Mark. Chris K in another Laser and Newton & Sam (RS200) crossed the line together competing for 4th place and behind them Dave & Ann (Leader and Rick (Laser) also crossed together fighting for 6th place. Mike C (Solo) was next along in 8th spot, but he was a minute ahead of Ron (Mirror), who in turn was a minute ahead of Alistair (Laser). The there was a gap back to Hattie (one of our newer members and a welcome addition to the racing fleet) in her Laser and she was well ahead of one of our old salts Paul W in his Morbic12 followed by another new recruit to the racing fleet Chris in a Mirror (which should please Ron).

By the end of the second lap Newton & Sam had taken the lead with James and Mark still in 2nd and 3rd places. Dave & Ann had prevailed over Rick to consolidate 6th and Mike C had also passed Rick to move up to 7th. In the battle at the back Chris had managed to catch and pass Paul and they along with Hattie ahead of them received the gun at the end of the lap.

Newton & Sam finished the last lap in 1st with James still 2nd, but Chris K and Dave & Ann just pipped Mark across the line pushing him down to 5th. Mike C moved up a place to 6th by passing Chris H and Rick, Ron and Alistair brought up the rear.

On corrected time the order changes to – 1st Ron; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th James; 6th Mike C.

This just goes to show that whatever class of boat you sail, be it Mirror, Comet, Leader, Solo, RS200 or the ubiquitous Laser, you are in with a chance! (Well some of you are – not sure about the rest of us)

Thanks to SOOD Darren and the small race team of Phoebe (star footballer) and Ralph.

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