Twilight Race – 11th September 2019

This should have been the evening when everyone decorated their boats with lights and sailed serenely around the lake providing a spectacular finale to the evening races. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and with a 16 mph SW it was deemed unsafe to be sailing around in the dark, so the obligation for lights was waived and the race shortened to allow everyone to get home in the light. Curtis set the first beat to 4 then A, 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

There were 13 starters, although Paul W was still on the bank when the gun went. He then decided to launch quickly and gave a demonstration of how to rig a Laser on the water with a little bit of help from James and Doug in the Safety boat!

Meanwhile Simon B was steaming away in his Blaze and crossed the line about a minute ahead of Newton & Ellen (RS 200) with Steve S (Solo) another 30 seconds back. Karen (Radial) came through in 4th place not far ahead of Dean & Nick, who were having fun flying their spinnaker in the Vago. Hadey (4.7) crossed in 6th place just in front of Rick and Milo in Radials with Will (4.7) just 10 seconds behind them. He was followed by Ron (Mirror) and Alicia (Radial). Missing from this list was John H (Laser) who rounded No 7 in about 5th place but proceeded to tack and sail right up to the buoy line without going through the start line! Paul W had got going and was happily pottering around the course marks, but not necessarily in the right order!  

On the second lap Simon and Newton & Ellen were well away at the front and Karen had passed Steve to move up to 3rd place. Dean & Nick were still flying around in 5th, but Milo had passed both Hadey and Rick to move up to 6th.Will had gained a place by also passing Hadey and Alicia had got past Ron. John H was still going well and was actually 4th across the line.

On the last lap the only change in position was Rick repassing Will to move back to seventh heaven!

Simon crossed the finish line about 3 minutes ahead of Newton & Ellen and they were about the same distance ahead of Karen. The final positions on the water were-

1st Simon; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Karen ;4th Steve; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Milo

As a point of interest John H was 4th across the line and received a consolatory toot from Mike A on the hooter as did Paul W who actually had bothered to deck his Radial with lights earning the accolade of best lit boat on the night!

On corrected time the first four boats keep their positions, but Ron takes 5th place with Milo retaining 6th spot. Simon can thank his lucky stars that the original Twilight Race Trophy (which was a horrendous plastic candelabra) has disappeared.  

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Doug H, Emily S, James C, Phoebe S, Richard H, Sam S, Sophie F-P.

Thanks also to Sally for preparing salad and all the other bits and to Hugh with the help of Stuart for manning the Barbecue.

Well although we did not get the light fantastic, it was a good race to end the evening season and we did have a lovely sunset.

Cobley Series 1 – 1st September 2019

There was a good SW wind 10-15mph, which enabled Rick to start the race from the usual flagpole (as opposed to the unusual flagpole) with a long beat down to 3 (about as long as you can get without portage). He then went to A (which I reckon was somewhere near 2), then 4, B (your guess is as good as mine), 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.


14 takers today and no really early starters with the Solos of Steve S and Chris A, the Leaders of Mike N & William and Sally & Mike C and the Radials of Hadey and Joe going off in a starting group.

At the gun, last man away Simon B in his Blaze had come through the fleet to claim first place with Steve S of the starting group hanging on for 2nd place. The final order was – 1st Simon (Blaze); 2nd Steve S (Solo); 3rd Mike Tr (Laser); 4th Dean & Nick (Vago); 5th Ralph (Laser); 6th Hadey (Radial)  


Bill (K1) joined in for the second race so the fleet was up to 15, but not for long as Steve S disappeared on the first lap. Dean & Nick were first back through the start line a minute ahead of Mike Tr and Ralph in 2nd and 3rd places and they were only 4 seconds ahead of Mike C & Sally. Hadey getting back to form was next, but only just ahead of Jamie (Laser). Then there was a gap before Simon crossed the line in 7th place (presumably he had experienced a problem as he is usually way ahead) and he was followed by Mike & William, just 10 seconds ahead of Joe. Next to come through was Jon in his Laser, who is usually a strong wind maestro, so he must have had a problem as well!

Chris A in the surviving Solo crossed in 11th spot about 30 seconds ahead of Adrian (s/h Vago in this wind – obviously likes to set himself a challenge). Then bringing up the rear of the fleet were Bill and Alistair S (Laser), who follows Reading FC and usually opts for the same sort of position.

Rick was kind to everyone and blew the hooter at the end of the second lap and especially kind to Dean & Nick (but he was on for a pint if he finished the race when they were still ahead!). Ralph and Mike Tr were having their usual ding-dong and Ralph passed Mike to take 2nd place. Unfortunately for Mike, Jon had sorted himself out gaining seven places and pipping Mike across the line by 3 seconds to snatch 3rd place. Simon was up two places to finish 5th pushing Hadey down to 6th. The only other movers in the right direction were Chris A and Bill who both gained a place.

The final order on the water was 1st Dean & Nick; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Jon; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Simon; 6th Hadey

On corrected time this becomes

1st Dean & Nick (we’ll never hear the end of this!) 2nd Hadey; 3rd Ralph; 4th Jon; 5th Mike C & Sally; 6th Mike Tr

Thanks to Rick and the OOD Team of Gordon P, Issy, Pat G, Roland L and Sarah C.

Cobley Series 2 – 8th September 2019

Nice and sunny this morning, but a cool edge to the wind coming from NNW but veering considerably and between 8-10 mph. James used a Tektona start with the first mark as A (between 5 and 6 close to the buoy line. It was good to see Paul W back on the water and to see Lottie turning out again. Adrian opted for the intricacies of sailing his Vago single handed


There were 13 starters and at the end of the first lap early starter Ron was leading in his Mirror with second away Mike A (Lightning) holding on to 2nd but being rapidly caught by Jessica (Laser) and Ellen & Newton (RS200). At the gun the final positions were 1st Jessica (Laser); 2nd Julian B (D-Zero); 3rd Ron (Mirror); 4th Newton & Ellen (RS200); 5th Mark (Laser); 6th Richard S (Laser).


Julian W decided to rest his new Solo not to mention his old bones and Lottie kindly relinquished her Laser to Oom PaPa, better known to us as Rick (who had been busy trying to sell one of the club’s boats during the Pursuit Race).

First man back across the line was Julian B (D-Zero) with Ellen & Newton (RS 200) about 30 seconds behind him and Jessica about the same distance coming through in 3rd place.  Next along were the Lasers of Mark, Richard S and William B (Rick was probably in this group too), not far ahead of Chris A (Solo) and Ralph (Laser). Ron (Mirror) crossed in 9th with Mike C & Sally (Leader) catching him with quite a gap behind them back to Mike A (Lightning) and Rhys (4.7). Behind them were Adrian doing spinnaker exercises and Rich F in his Wanderer.

On the second lap there was no change in the first three, but Ralph had moved up four places to 4th and Rick was back up to his favourite position of 7th! Paul W and Rich received the finish gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third lap Julian B crossed the line to take victory on the water about one minute ahead of Ellen & Newton. Ralph had passed Jess to take 3rd place from her and Richard S had got past Mark to take 5th place. Chris A gained a place up to 7th by passing Rick, Mike C & Sally passed William B to take 9th place and Adrian got past Ron.

The order on the water was –

1st Julian B; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Ralph; 4th Jessica; 5th Richard S; 6th Mark

On corrected time this changes to –

1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Jessica; 4th Julian B; 5th Ron; 6th Richard S

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea, Eva C, John R and Paul K.

Gillette Series 21 and last – 4th September 2019

It was a bit cooler tonight with a brisk West wind 13- 15 mph with stronger gusts coming through.

Karen, Rick and Mike To opted for Radial rigs and Nigel decided to take out a Topper instead of his Laser.

There were 14 starters and Simon B (Blaze) was first back across the line then Ellen and Karen came through close together with Jamie about 20 seconds later and all of these were sailing Lasers. Newton (Solo) crossed in 5th place just ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago) followed by Ralph, Richard H and Rick in Lasers and grouped closely together. 30 seconds later Paul H (Supernova) and Mike Tr (Laser) crossed the line together battling for 10th place not far ahead of Mike To in Radial rig Laser and Thomas in a full rig Laser with Nigel bringing up the rear of the fleet in his Topper.

On the second lap Simon had increased his lead to three minutes over Ellen and Karen, but there was no change in the order of the first seven boats. Rick and Mike Tr crossed the line together in joint   8th, but there were no other movers behind them.

On the third lap there was an unexpected change at the front when Simon retired as he had sailed the wrong course (he’s not the only one who did not know the course!) This obviously moved everyone up a place, but Ralph improved on that by moving up three places to 4th spot with Newton still 5th and Rick up two places to 6th. Mike To also retired and Nigel received the finish gun at the end of the lap.

No change in the order of the first three as they finished the fourth and last lap. Mike Tr made up three places and just pipped Ralph for 4th place (sweet revenge for last week when Ralph did the same to him!) In moving up to 4th Mike also passed Rick and Newton and to make matters worse for Rick he was also caught by Dean & Nick and Richard H.

The final order on the water was – 1st Ellen; 2nd Karen; 3rd Jamie; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Ralph; 6th Newton

On corrected time the only change is Newton moving up to 3rd place pushing the rest down a place.

Thanks to Steve S and the OOD Team of Andrew S, Ben E, Cliff P, Ken P and Leon S.

This was the last race of the series and Jemima in her Opppie was the overall winner with Karen in 2nd and Newton 3rd place. Congratulations to them all.

Gillette Series 20 – 28th August 2019

It was slightly overcast tonight with a fresh SW wind about 13 mph. Curtis on duty for the third Wednesday in a row (he’s hoping to get the hang of it soon!) set the first beat to A (past Tektona and nearer to the buoy line), then 9, 4, 2, 5, 7 and back through the start.

Newton was out in Julian’s D-Zero and hoping to match Ellen’s performance of leading from the front when she borrowe3d the D-Zero on Sunday. However, his hopes were dashed by the appearance of Simon B with his flying bedstead – the Blaze.

There was quite a good turn out with 18 starters and as predicted Simon was first back across the line, but Newton was a good second about 20 seconds ahead of Mike Tr (Laser), just ahead of Ralph in another Laser. The Leader of Mike N & Nev crossed in 5th place with Hugh (Solo – Newton’s usual steed) and Richard H (Laser) not far behind in 6th and 7th places. Dean & Nick (Vago) were next long in close company with Paul H in his Supernova and then Dave & Ann (Leader) crossed the line overlapping Rick in his Laser.  Just over 30 seconds later a close group of four came through the line with Jeremy (Laser) leading Mike T (Laser), Sally & Roland L (Leader –  Sally adding yet another male to her increasing list of crewmen –  miss a race at your peril gentlemen, you’ll be over the side before you know it!) and Mike A (Lightning). A minute after that motley crew, Ron turned up in his Mirror, back from his adventures at Abersoch, followed by Jemima (Oppie) and Rich F in his Wanderer.

At the end of the second lap there was no change in the first five, but Dean & Nick had shot up to 6th place. Rick had passed Dave & Ann to move up to 10th, Sally & Roland had passed Mike A to move up to 13th and there was no change in order behind them, but Rich received the gun at the end of the lap.

On the third lap again no change in the first five, but Richard H had moved to 6th spot by repassing Dean & Nick and also getting past Hugh. There were no other movers and Ron and Jemima both received the gun as they crossed the line.

The fourth lap was the last and Simon had increased his lead to 2 minutes over Newton at the finish gun and Ralph snatched 3rd place from Mike Tr. Dean & Nick moved up three places to 5th repassing Richard H and passing Mike & Nev and Hugh. Rick gained another place up to 9th by passing Paul H.

Sally & Roland also gained a place getting past Mike T.

The final order on the water was- 1st Simon; 2nd Newton; 3rd Ralph; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Mike & Nev.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Jemima (never rule her out!) 2nd Simon; 3rd Ralph; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Newton; 6th Mike & Nev

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Gareth E, Hadey, Maggie B, Susannah M and Victor.  

Lex Cup – Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019

Hot and sunny, but there was hardly any wind. Rick set a box course with 5 as the first mark then down to A, diagonally back up to 6 then down to B and back through the start (got it?).

Only four starters, but with Rick’s wise decision to use a short course three of them actually managed two laps. Monica started in her Europe, but tired of going nowhere, packed in before the end of the first lap. Sally & Nev were out in a Leader and received the gun at the end of their first lap as there was a danger of turning the morning race into an all day affair.

At the end of the first lap Chris H (Comet) led from Hadey in her Radial with Ron (Mirror) bringing up the rear.  On the second lap this order did not change, but on corrected time Ron leapfrogged Hadey.

The final order was -1st Chris H; 2nd Ron; 3rd Hadey

Thanks to Rick and the OOD Team of Andy B, Bill C, Cliff P and Susannah M

Summer Series 13 – 25th August 2019

It was very hot and sunny with the temperature forecast to rise to 30 C in the afternoon. Unfortunately, there was only a light wind, nominally 5-7mph from a SE direction, but it went up and down a fair bit and shifted around all over the place. With a series victory in the bag, Newton volunteered to step up and run the race in the absence of a scheduled SOOD. He set a box course with a Committee Boat start and the first mark as A (just past 9 but in the middle of the lake) then 5, 4, B (due East of 4) and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

11 starters, the same as last week, with the lack of wind putting some off and others busy on the Bank Holiday weekend.

At the end of the first lap Chris H (Comet) had caught Ron (Mirror) who started in front of him. Julian W (out in his brand new Solo – nice looking boat) was 3rd, with Jon (Laser) up to 4th and Chris A (Solo) 5th and Peter R (Enterprise) 6th. Mike A (Radial) came through in 7th place about 3 minutes ahead of Sally & Nev (Leader) who were just ahead of last starter Adrian (Rooster) and Rick and Lottie in Lasers.

It was slow going up to 5 and a bit of a raft developed as boats tried to round the mark. Sally & Nev coming up from behind spotted an opening and came right through the fleet to move from 8th up to 2nd place which they held until the gun with only Chris H ahead of them.

The final order was – 1st Chris H; 2nd Sally & Nev; 3rd Ron; 4th Jon; 5th Julian W; 6th Adrian.

Handicap Race

Julian W sat the second one out so 10 started and first back across the line was Adrian well ahead of Peter R in 2nd place who in turn was clear of Sally & Nev in 3rd. Chris H came through in 4th place with Chris A in 5th and Jon 6th. Next along was Ron ahead of Mike A, Rick and Lottie.

The boats were fairly evenly spaced out, so the only shuffles on the second lap were Jon passing Chris A, and Mike A passing Ron. It was much the same on the third lap, but Ron repassed Mike, who along with Rick and Lottie received the gun at the end of the lap.

On the last lap Chris H snatched 3rd place from Sally & Nev but everyone lese maintained station, so the final order was –

1st Adrian; 2nd Peter R; 3rd Chris H; 4th Sally & Nev; 5th Jon; 6th Chris A

On corrected time the order changes to – 1st Chris H; 2nd Sally & Nev; 3rd Peter R; 4th Adrian; 5th Ron; 6th Chris A

Thanks to Newton and the small OOD Team of Ben E and Brian M.

 This was the last race of the Summer Series and the Pursuit Series was won by Newton & Ellen (RS200) with Karen and Jon (Lasers) tied for 2nd place. The Handicap Series was won by Ellen & Newton with Chris H (Comet) in 2nd place and Jon in 3rd place.

Congratulations to all of them.

Gillette Series 19 – 21st August 2019

It was a warm sunny evening with a WSW wind of about 10 mph Curtis set the first mark as A (down past Tektona) then 2, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

20 starters tonight and first back through the line was Ellen (sailing Julian B’s Devoti-Zero) and she was already 30 seconds ahead of Ralph (Laser) and Newton (Solo), who was just ahead of Hugh (Laser).  20 seconds later a trio of Lasers crossed the line, Jess, Jamie and Rick, who was 7th again. Then along came a motley mix of boats, Chris H (Comet), Dean & Nick (Vago), Chris A (Solo), Mike A (Lightning) and Sally & Sam (Leader). Mike T (Laser) was through in 13th place and behind him Emily (4.7) and Jeremy (Laser) crossed the line together.  A minute later Bob L (Solo) crossed in a lonely 16th place some five minutes ahead of Phoebe (Oppie), Chris S (Laser) and Olliver (Topper) with Rich F (Pico) bringing up the rear of the fleet.

On the second lap no change with the first two, but Ellen had increased her lead. Newton and Hugh crossed together battling for 3rd place and there was no change in the 5th to 10th placed boats. Sally & Sam had moved up one place by passing Mike A to move to 11th and Jeremy, Bob L and Chris S also gained one place. Phoebe, Olliver and Rich received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third lap Ellen and Ralph still led but Hugh had now established himself in a clear 3rd place and Jess had moved past Newton to 4th place. Jamie and Rick were still 6th and 7th, but Dean & Nick had moved up to 8th by passing Chris H. There were no other changes in position and Emily and Chris S received the gun at the end of the lap.

The fourth lap was the last lap and Ellen crossed the line four minutes ahead of Ralph to take the victory. The only changes in position were with the double handers as Dean& Nick moved up another place passing Rick and Sally & Sam gained a place by passing Chris A. The final order on the water was -1st Ellen; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Hugh; 4th Jess; 5th Newton; 6th Jamie.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Ellen; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Newton; 4th Chris H; 5th Hugh; 6th Jess

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Chris & Carol M, Chris M, Karen T, Susannah M and Nick JJ.

Summer Series 12 – 18th August 2019

The forecast was for WSW winds of about 15-16 mph, but in the event it was probably only about 10-12 mph. Mike A set the first beat as A (in line with Tektona but not as far down the lake) then 2, 4 and then a slalom back down the lake with 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 11 starters as for last week and first away was Hadey (4.7) followed by Chris H (Comet) then Dave & Ann (Leader) followed by the four Lasers of Jon, Karen, Rick and Jamie along with Newton & Ellen in the RS200 and finally Adrian (Rooster) and Julian (D-Zero).

At the end of the first lap Chris was still ahead followed by Dave & Ann then Newton & Ellen then Hadey, Karen and Jon. At the gun the final order was -1st Julian; 2nd Chris; 3rd Newton & Ellen; 4th Jon; 5th Karen; 6thDave & Ann.

Handicap Race

Chris was suffering with an arm strain so decide to sit the second race out. First back was Julian about one minute ahead of Adrian in 2nd place, who was not far in front of Karen, then Ellen & Newton and Jon crossed the line together. Just 15 seconds later Dean & Nick crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of Rick in 7th place. A minute later Jamie came through just ahead of Dave & Ann and finally Hadey (probably wishing she had gone for a Radial rig rather than 4.7).

Julian doubled his lead on the second lap, but Adrian was still holding 2nd place. Ellen & Newton and Jon had passed Karen (but only just!) to move to 3rd and 4th.  Dean & Nick were still 6th and Rick was still 7th (again!). Behind them the only change was Dave & Ann passing Jamie. Hadey received the gun at the end of the lap.

The only changes on the last lap were Julian increasing his lead to 3 minutes, Karen repassing Jon to take 4th and Jamie repassing Dave & Ann to take 8th. The final order on the water was – 1st Julian; 2nd Adrian; 3rd Ellen & Newton; 4th Karen; 5th Jon; 6th Dean & Nick.

On corrected time the order changes to – 1st Julian; 2nd Karen; 3rd Jon; 4th Ellen & Newton; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Dave & Ann

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Bob H, Colin H, also to Doug H, Mike C and Roland L who volunteered at the last minute.

Gillette Series 18 – 14th August 2019

Another good wind tonight about 13 mph from the SW although it did drop off towards the end of the race. Curtis used A for the firs mark (just further down the lake than Tektona) then 8, 1, B (middle of the lake down from 5), 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

There was a light mizzle at the start of the race, which was quite refreshing, but unfortunately this turned into a heavy drizzle as the wind dropped.

Ellen (Laser) was first back through the line followed by Karen (Laser) Newton (Solo) and Richard H (Laser). About two minutes later Hugh (Laser) came through in 5th place with a slight gap back to Dean & Nick (Vago) in 6th and right behind them were Dave & Ann (Leader) not far ahead of Ralph (Laser) and Mike A (Lightning).  Then 30 seconds later Alicia (Radial) crossed in 10th place chased by Jeremy (Laser) followed by Rhys (4.7) and Paul H (Supernova). Next to come along was Hadey in her Radial (good to see you back Hadey, it’s been quiet on the lake without you!) and finally MH in a Topper who received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the second (and last) lap there was no change in the order of the first six boats, but Ralph had passed Dave & Ann to take 7th place. Alicia retired and Paul H and Hadey both managed to get past Rhys.

The final order on the water was – 1st Ellen ;2nd Karen; 3rd Newton; 4th Richard H; 5th Hugh; 6th Dean & Nick

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Newton; 2nd Ellen; 3rd Karen; 4th Richard H; 5th Hugh; 6th Ralph

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Cliff P, Chris S, Gareth E and Sophie

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