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Windy winter race

Five boats competed on a sunny Remembrance Day race in sun and a fresh south westerly breeze.  Dan Langdon was forced to retire near the end of the first lap when his kicking strap broke.  The remaining four boats were grateful to last to the end of the full race, but only two were looking for a second race.  As three starters are required for a race, boats were packed away for the day.

Change to Sailing Instructions published: Valid for Winter Series

The Sailing Committee have been discussing how to make the starting of races more fair when there are strong winds and capsized boats.

The Starting Area has now been defined and the Race Officer should delay the warning signal for a race start until there are 3 boats sailing within it.

The Committee will continue to monitor the question whether two boats should be required to start to constitute a race (currently a race is valid with just one boat starting), and make changes in future if necessary.

Winter series Notice of Race is on the Noticeboard and published here.

Changes to Sailing Instructions published here.

Sailing Committee

End of Autumn Series results

The fresh north easterly breeze, along with the cold temperatures of the weekend, made the possible sailors think twice about taking part in the final Sunday of the Autumn Series.  The water level continues to go down, and it may be some time before levels rise again without some heavy rainfall.

Congratulations to Martin and Lynn Harland who comprehensively take the win in the morning and afternoon series.

Full results here

Results back on line!

The Sunday racing results and reports are back, now that Tom has returned from holidays.  Go to the Racing Results page for the placings as we go into the final week of the Autumn series.

This week It was a beautiful sunny autumn day that started with no wind.  The start of the AM race was delayed until 11:30, when the wind filled rapidly from the west to a moderate to fresh breeze.  An RS Quest was sailed, as a trial by Mike Hayes and Steve Chidgey, but the PY was unknown at the time.  It has been determined to have a PY of 1300, which placed it third overall.  The PM race wind headed into the north west and became fresh to strong.  There is one more event next Sunday in this series.

Light winds for Bart’s Bash

The weather was supposed to be moderate winds, but they never arrived until the second race, and then only sporadically, trying to catch helms unaware.  There were big gains and losses on the water as these puffs of wind passed through.

Only two races were sailed, so there was no discard, and both races counted.  The most consistent helm (Rory Thatcher) was 1st with 3 points;  Dan Langdon 2nd with 5 points and Steve Briggs and Sue Weston 3rd with 6 points.

The Wednesday Evening Late Summer series was won by Ernie Sebright, Graham Birch came second just ahead of Geoff Bowyer in third.

Full results published on the Racing results page

Sunday autumn race series gets under way

The day started with a light south easterly breeze and slowly rose and headed to the south during the day.

The Autumn series finally started after there were no takers in the wind and rain last week.  Thanks goes to Hannah Bloor for standing in as R.O. for the day.  The warm conditions were enjoyed by those helms taking part.

Congratulations to Dan Langdon, who won both the morning and afternoon Summer Series.

Gusty conditions to finish the series

The weather forecast was for wind speeds in the low teens, with gusts on top of this, from the west/south west.  There were six starters for the AM race, and the first lap did not pass without two capsize and near capsizes.  The wind speed was very variable in certain areas of the course, and some blasting reaches in other areas.  The wind headed to the west/north west after the lunch break, so a modified course was laid, with only four starters for this race.  The gusts became difficult for one boat trying to gybe near mark 2, and he needed outside help to recover and retire.  This was the final event of the Summer Series, so the overall results posted on the Racing Results page.

A new Autumn series starts next Sunday.

Summer series poised for a close finish

The weather proved to be drier and more moderate winded than the forecast.  There were five takers for both AM and PM races, the AM race being a little more blustery than later.  Graham Birch had a newer Phantom to play with, which he made go better in the PM race and the Harlands had their Trio rigged correctly and started on time for the PM race.  The last race of the Summer Series is next week, and it is a close competition at the top in both series.