Gillette Youth Series 3  27th July 2022

The nine young sailors had to cope with a very light fickle wind this evening.

At the end of the first lap, Molly/Oppie was leading from Lola/Topaz with Emily/Topper in third place and Oliver/Oppie in fourth place and Alfred/Topper in fifth place. Rowan/Oppie came through in 6th place but was closely followed by Lily Topper, William/Topper and Alex/Oppie.

In the light wind they were all closely bunched and it was a case of being in the right place at the right time!

At the end of the second and last lap, Lola crossed the line in first place followed by Emily and William. There was a good battle between Lily and Alfred for fourth place, Molly and Rowan for sixth place and Alex and Oliver for eight place.

On corrected time, the final order was – 1st Molly; 2nd Rowan; 3rd Emily

Gillette Series 8 – 27th July 2022

It was a warm evening with a light SW wind and Chris H set the first mark as 4, then 9, 5, A (just in from 6) and back through the start.

Newton & Sam/RS200 were first back across the line followed by the Lasers of Darren, Ralph, Rick and Mark. Next along in 6th place was Emily/Radial just ahead of Dave & Ann/Leader then the new team of Hadey & Alessandro in his 470followed by Mike A/Lightning and Chris & Carol/420.

Lap 2

There was no change in the first three, but Rick who was in 4th place had a disastrous lap letting everyone past apart from Chris & Carol. Mind you he did decide to extend his lap by rounding as well as A! Chris & Carol received the hooter at the end of the lap having just been lapped by Newton & Sam

Lap 3

The last lap was uneventful with no change in position, so the order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Darren; 3rd Ralph; 4th Mark; 5th Emily; 6th Dave & Ann.

On corrected time the order becomes – 1st Newton & Sam/RS200; 2nd Darren/Laser; 3rd Emily/Radial; 4th Ralph/Laser; 5th Mark/Laser; 6th Dave & Ann/Leader.

Thanks to SOOD Chris Hilson and the race team of Chris Smith, Paul Dunlop, Paul & Terry Hutton and Steve Cleverley.

Summer Series 6         24th July 2022

It was warm but windy this morning with a SSW wind of around 15 mph, but rising at times and some strong gusts coming through. Mike A set the firs mark as A (about halfway between 3 and 4 close to the buoy line), then 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 13 starters and at the end of the first lap the first away, young William in his Topper was still leading with Hadey/4.7 in 2nd place. Chris K/Radial came through in 3rd place followed by Chris H/Comet, Newton/Solo, Darren/Laser and Mike T in another Comet.

At the end of two laps Hadey had taken the lead with Chris K in 2nd place and Paul R in his Aero 7 was up to 3rd place and catching the leading two rapidly. It seemed certain that he would snatch victory but then he capsized after rounding A and they escaped but Chris K just managed to get past Hadey to take 1st place. Paul recovered well and manged to retain 3rd place just in front of Richard S/Laser.

The final order was – 1st Chris K; 2nd Hadey; 3rd Paul R; 4th Richard S; 5th Newton; 6th Darren.

Handicap Race

Hadey decided to sit the second race out. The start was quite hectic and Darren on port tack was nearly put into the bank by Paul steaming down the line on starboard!

At the end of the first lap Paul/Aero 7 crossed the line first with Darren/Laser a minute behind him and closely followed by Chris K and Jon in Radials. Richard S/Laser came through in 5th place followed by Jamie MF/Laser and Mike T/Comet, the latter two crossing the line virtually together. Next along were Chris H/Comet and Adrian/Rooster (as usual Adrian using his largest sail when the wind gets up rather than dropping down to a smaller sail!). These two were followed about a minute later by William S in his Topper and Becky S in a Pico and they continued to battle for the Sadler family honour throughout the race! William had actually capsized earlier in the lap as had Jamie MF and Newton called it a day.

Lap 2

No change in the position of the first five, but Darren was keeping Paul honest at the front and Chris K and Jon were having a terrific scrap for 3rd place. Jamie came in to retire from 6th place and Adrian passed Chris H to move to 7th and Becky passed William to move up to 10th.

Lap 3

Again, no change in the first five but the battles continued and Adrian moved up another place by passing Mike T. Further back William had repassed Becky and these two along with Chris H ahead of them received the hooter at the end of the lap. Mike T just missed the hooter crossing the line just 30 seconds ahead of Paul who was close to lapping him.

Lap 4 and last

Paul crossed the line in 1st place to take victory on the water, but Darren was only 30 seconds behind him. The old strong wind maestro Jon pipped Chris K for 3rd place in the battle of the Radials.

The order on the water was – 1st Paul R; 2nd Darren; 3rd Jon; 4th Chris K; 5th Richard S; 6th Adrian; 7th Mike T

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Darren/Laser; 2nd Paul/Aero 7; 3rd Chris K/Radial; 4th Jon/Laser (opted to apply full rig PY); 5th Richard S/Laser; 6th Mike T/Comet.

Well done to all for persevering in testing conditions, particularly William and Becky.

Thanks to SOOD Mike Arnott and special thanks to the race team of Alistair & Laura Johnson, Christine Hunt, Chris & Toby Berresford, Frances & Dan Sadler. These all volunteered at the last minute to enable the race to be run – thanks again!

Gillette Series 7 – 20th July 2022

Another lovely sunny evening with a 9 mph WSW wind. SOOD Mark set the first mark as 5, then 9, A, and back through the start.

There were 13 starters including young O Wrobel out in his 4.7 joining the racing fleet for the first time. (I think it might have been Oliver but no name on the Declaration Sheet – then again none of the following signed in either – Emily, Cecilia, Alessandro and worst of all Steve & Rick and Newton & Sam – the latter four all veterans who instead of standing on the podium might find themselves on the naughty step!)

First back across the line was Darren/Laser over a minute ahead of Newton & Sam/RS200, but they were only 20 seconds ahead of Ralph in 3rd place. Emily/Radial came through in 4th closely followed by Chris H/and Aileen in their Comets. Steve & Rick/RS200 were 7th well ahead of Paul H/Laser and Sally and Mike T in their Comets. Bringing up the rear of the fleet were Alessandro/Aero, Wrobel/4.7 and Cecilia/Radial.

Lap 2

No change in the leading four, although Ralph was now on Newton & Sam’s transom and Steve & Rick were up to 5th place. Then there was a quartet of Comets with Aileen leading Chris, Mike T and Sally, but Paul H in his Laser was ahead of Sally spoiling the line astern of Comets!.

The 4.7 received the hooter at the end of the lap.

Lap 3

At the finish Darren was clear ahead and Ralph had taken 2nd place from Newton & Sam with Emily still in 4th. Chris H had got his skates on and crossed in 5th place regaining the bragging rights in the Comet battle.

The order on the water was – 1st Darren; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Emily; 5th Chris H; 6th Steve & Rick

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Darren/Laser; 2nd Ralph/Laser; 3rd Emily/Radial; 4th Newton & Sam/RS200; 5th Chris H/Comet; 6th Aileen/Comet.

Thanks to SOOD Mark Buckle and the race team of Chris Beresford, Patrick Crowley, Robert Wrobel, Steve Chege and Steve Mann.  

17th July Cup Race 2022

It was a lovely hot sunny morning with a SW wind about 12 mph and there were just nine starters for three races, each of two laps with each lap averaging about 12 minutes.

Race 1

The winner was Steve S in his Blaze with Karen/Laser in second place and Newton/Solo in third. However, there were only 8 minutes between the first and last boats, so on corrected time this will change!

Race 2

Newton won this race with Karen again second and Chris H/Comet in third place. This time there was only a four minute gap covering the fleet.

Race 3

Steve S dropped out, so the fleet was down to eight and Karen upped her second spot to first place with Newton down to second and Rick/Laser appearing on the podium in 3rd place.


When the number were crunched the podium positions were – 1st Chris H/Comet; 2nd Newton/Solo; 3rd Karen/Laser

The order of the rest of the fleet was – 4th Chris K/Radial; 5th Ron/Mirror; 6th Aileen/Comet; 7th Rick/Laser; 8th Mike C/Solo with Steve S/Blaze only sailing two races.

It was remarkable that the first five were all sailing a different class of boat.

Thanks to SOOD Mike Trussler and the race team of Alessandro, Bill Coulter, Catriona Clark and David Knight.  

We are going to have a whip round for Chris H as he is running out of silver polish for his trophies! Congratulation on yet another Chris.

Gillette Youth Series 1 13th July 2022

With a trick NNW wind Karen set a devilish course for the young sailors!  Glad that I was not sailing it as I would have never found my way round.

There were seven out tonight and at the end of the first lap Lucy/4.7 led from Molly in an Oppie with Jazmine in a Topper in 3rd place. She was followed by Oliver, Alex and Rohan all in Oppies.

On the second lap the only change in position was Jazmine overtaking Molly for 2nd place. Oliver, Alex and Rohan all received the finish hooter at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third lap Lucy was still leading with Jazmine in 2nd place and Phoebe in 3rd after overtaking Molly. Everyone but Lucy was finished at the end of three laps and she completed four laps.

On corrected time the final order is – 1st Molly/Oppie; 2nd Lucy/4.7; 3rd Jazmine/Topper; 4th Oliver/Oppie; 5th Alex/Oppie; 6th Phoebe/Topper; 7th Rohan/Oppie.

Well raced all of you and thanks as ever to Karen and Martin L and  Richard S.

Gillette Series 6 – 13th July 2022

Tonight was lovely and sunny with a 5-7 mph NNW wind. SOOD Ron set the first mark as 6, then 9, 5, C (just behind the line) and back through the start.

The fist beat was quite tricky because to approach the mark on starboard tack you had to be careful not to go too far into the lee of the trees. There were 15 starters (but only 12 signed the Declaration Sheet – come on guys, you run the risk of not being included in the runners and riders!).

Jess/Laser was fist back across the line followed closely by Chris H/Comet , Rhys/Laser, Newton & Sam/RS200 and Emily/Radial. These first six were pretty close together crossing at about 10 second intervals. About one minute later MikeT/Comet crossed in 7th place and 40 seconds behind him came another close group consisting of Alessandro & Matt/470, Mark/Laser, Aileen/Comet and Mike A/Lightning. Then there was a gap before Paul H and Rick in Lasers and Sally/Comet came through, slightly ahead of Cecilia in her Laser (nice to see you racing again Cecilia).  

Lap 2

At the end of this lap Jess was still leading, but Newton & Sam had moved up to 2nd place by overtaking Chris and Karen was up to 4th passing Rhys. Emily maintained her 6th place but had slipped back from the leading five and was now in a battle with Mike T. Mark had passed Alessandro & Matt to move up to 8th and behind them Aileen was sailing serenely along in her own patch of water. Paul H also gained a place by passing Mike A. Rick also passed Mike A, but then gave the place back to him when he became too closely acquainted with No 9! Sally and Cecilia received the hooter at the end of this lap.

Lap 3

No change in position for the first five finishers, but Mike T had passed Emily to cross in 6th place and there were no other changes.

The order on the water was – 1st Jess; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Chris H; 4th Karen; 5th Rhys; 6th Mike T

On corrected time this changes to – 1st Chris/Comet; 2nd Mike T/Comet; 3rd Jess/Laser; 4th Newton & Sam/RS200; 5th Emily/Radial; 6th Karen/Laser.

Thanks to SOOD Ron and the race team of Andrew Steele, Anthony & Puja Sharma McLachlan and Steve & Terry Hutton.

Apologies to the unidentified young man from last week, who was sailing a Pico. Welcome to the racing fleet Steve Chege and don’t forget to sign in.

Summer Series 5         10th July 2022

Another sunny morning with a light WSW wind around 5 mph. SOOD Richard S set the first beat to 4, then C, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 22 starters including Adrian B in his classic Avon Scow and Chris K had somewhat surprisingly opted for a Radial and Mike T & Alessandro were out in Mike’s Enterprise.

There was little change from the fist lap positions to the 35 minute gun and the final order was – 1st Newton/Solo; 2nd Chris H/Comet; 3rd Karen/Laser; 4th Chris K/Radial; 5th Darren/Laser; 6th Mike T & Alessandro/Enterprise

Handicap Race

Richard shortened the course for the second race so it became a four lap race of about 10 minutes per lap (to start with!).

Newton was first back across the line with Karen and Darren not far behind and crossing together. Chris H was ominously close in 4th place and about a minute ahead of Mike T & Alessandro and they were 40 seconds ahead of Chris K and Ron/Mirror in battling for 7th place.  The Lasers of Rick and Nigel were next across the line with Sally/Comet and Alistair/Laser about one minute further back and they were followed by Adrian in his Avon Scow.

Lap 2

No change in the first six places, but Rick and Nigel had passed Ron to move up to 7th and 8th and Alistair had got past Sally. Adrian had decided to go off piste and enjoy the sun.

Lap 3

The only changes on this lap were Nigel moving up two places to 6th and Ron repassing Rick. Alistair and Sally received the hooter at the end of the lap.

Last Lap

With the wind dropping, this last lap took nearly twice as long as any of the previous laps, but Newton eventually crossed the line in 1st place ahead of Karen in 2nd  with Darren just pipped on the line by Chris H for 3rd place.

The final order on the water was – 1st Newton; 2nd Karen; 3rd Chris H; 4th Darren; 5th Mike T & Alessandro; 6th Chris K; 7th Ron; 8th Nigel; 9th Rick.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Chris H/Comet; 2nd Newton/Solo; 3rd Karen/Laser; 4th Darren/Laser; 5th Sally/Comet (one lap down); 6th Ron/Mirror

Thanks to SOOD Richard Stanley and the race team of Andrew Steele, David Knight, Gareth Evans, Hadey Lines (again), Jamie Harris and Jason Beeldere.

Gillette Series 5 – 6th July 2022

With a shifty WNW wind Mike A set the first beat to B (between 5 and 6), 5, C (down towards 1), 4, 8, A (just behind the line).

At the start there was a gaggle of boats jostling for position at the starboard end of the line and a few were over the line and had to restart.

Lap 1

There were 22 starters and at the end of the lap, Ed/Aero and Ralph/Laser crossed the line together. Emily/Radial came through in 3rd place just ahead of Darren/Laser, Alessandro & Matt/470 and Jess/Radial. There was a slight gap before Chris H/Comet and Rick & Steve/RS200 came along with only two seconds separating them as they battled for 7th place. Next along were Mark/Laser, Jamie H/Laser and Newton & Sam in the second RS200 (note who’s leading the RS200 battle!). Hadey/4.7 and Karen/Laser crossed together further down the fleet than usual followed 30 seconds later by Mike T/Comet. Another 30 seconds elapsed before Jeremy/Laser turned up being chased by another old salt, Mike C in his Solo (less of the old Grandad!). Over a minute later the lanterne rouge squadron emerged from the heat haze led by Hattie/Radial,  then Ron/Mirror, Sally/Comet, Chris & Carol & Guest/Sport 14 and finally Russell in his Mirror and a young man in RSC1 Pico (sign the Declaration Sheet!).

Lap 2

Ralph had moved up to 1st place with Darren 2nd, Emily still 3rd and Jess up two places to 4th.   This set a pattern for the rest of the race with Darren keeping Ralph honest, but not quite catching him and Emily and Jess having a good battle in their Radials. Ed was down to 5th with Jamie H and Newton & Sam moving up to 6th and 7th places. Mark moved up one place by passing Rick & Steve (who unfortunately for them had conceded class bragging rights to Newton & Sam). Karen had gained three places up to 10th and Jeremy had slipped past Mike T, but behind them there was no change in the order. Chris & Carol had a fair shot at taking out the start line pin!

Lap 3

No change with the leading two but Jess had taken 3rd position from Emily. Newton & Sam moved up another place passing Jamie H in the process. There was a bit of shuffling going on further back but nothing of great significance. Sally, Chris & Carol and Russell received the hooter at the end of their third lap.

Lap 4

The final lap and Ralph held onto his lead to cross the line in 1st place with Darren just 15 seconds behind him. Jess consolidated her 3rd place, but Emily had a disastrous last lap being passed by Ed, Newton & Sam, Jamie H and Mark.

The order on the water was – 1st Ralph; 2nd Darren; 3rd Jess; 4th Ed; 5th Newton & Sam; 6th Jamie H

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Jess/Radial; 2nd Ralph/Laser; 3rd Darren/Laser; 4th Ed/Aero; 5th Emily/Radial; 6th Ron/Mirror and 7th and 8th were the Comets of Chis H and Mike T!

Thanks to SOOD Mike Arnott and the race team of Dave Lomas, Leo Coppens, Nick Maria and Steve Mann.

Summer Series 4         3rd July 2022

It was a nice sunny morning with a gentle WSW wind of about 8 mph. SOOD Gareth D set a course of 4, 2, 3, A, 6, 7 and back though the start.

Pursuit Race

14 starters this morning and in the light wind the early starters were still ahead at the end of the first lap with Ron/Mirror leading from the Comets of Chris and Mike T, then Dave & Ann/Leader followed by two more Comets, Aileen and Sally. Then a pack of seven Lasers came along with Richard F at the rear in another Comet.

At the 35 minute hooter the final order was – 1st Karen/Laser; 2nd Chris H/Comet; 3rd Dave & Ann/Leader; 4th Mike T/Comet; 5th Darren/Laser; 6th Sally/Comet.  

Handicap Race

Gareth shortened the course for the second race to 4, 9, 5, 5, 7 and back through the start.

First back across the line was Karen/Laser followed 15 seconds later by Darren in another Laser. Two minutes later Mark/Laser crossed the line just ahead of Richard S/Laser followed by the two Comets of Chris H and Mike T. A bit like Noah’s Ark order two by two across the blue! Next along was Adrian in his Rooster with James P/Laser and Aileen/Comet not far behind him, but two minutes ahead of Nigel/Laser and Ron/Mirror.

Lap 2

No change in the leading two, but Richard S had moved up to 3rd place by passing Mark. Adrian was up three places to 5th, but there were no other movers up the fleet.

Lap 3

Darren had managed to get past Karen to take victory at the line. The only other movers on this last lap were Adrian passing Mark to cross in 4th place and James P passing Mike T.

The order on the water was – 1st Darren; 2nd Karen; 3rd Richard S; 4th Adrian; 5th Mark; 6th Dave & Ann.

On corrected time the order changes to – 1st Darren/Laser; 2nd Karen/Laser; 3rd Ron/Mirror; 4th Chris H/Comet; 5th Mike T/Comet; 6th Adrian/Rooster.

Thanks to SOOD Gareth Deli and the race team of Christine Hunt, Hadey Lines, Sarah Stucky and Alex and Martin Lewin.

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