A strong and gusty north westerly wind was not very tempting to the majority of members. There were a few younger, more adventurous members who were tempted, but dissuaded from venturing out. The water level is now on the rise again, and should have the level full by the new year.
Final results for the winter series are published here
Members enjoyed the mulled wine and Christmas fare, after the hardier members had pulled the pontoon and ramp back into the bank.
Happy Christmas to all sailors. We look forward to seeing you racing at the Icicle Series, which starts on the Sunday after New Year.
The wind was forecast from the south-west and medium to fresh this Sunday. This wind took some time to set in, with a 11.30 start to allow the wind to set in. Five boats started, but the slower, inexperienced, tail-ender boats started to sail the incorrect course. They were put straight by the Safety boat, but the lead Optimist still left out an important mark and scored a DSQ.
The second race was sailed back-to-back with three takers and three finishers, although the slower boats only sailed two laps to the winner’s four.
Another raw cold day this Sunday with a forecast wind of low teens from the north west. There was a nice wind when people arrived, but it slowly faded away for the start at 11:10. The light weather specialists soon opened out a lead, but it took over 31 minutes for the lead boat to complete one lap, so they were finished there. Fortunately for the slower boats, the wind steadily filled in for the slower boats to give them a chance to win on handicap. Young Oli Willmott took his first ever win over the Comet Trio of the Harlands.
There were fewer takers for race 2, but there was a steady wind from the north east. Several of the boats came to grief along the south bank by hitting obstructions below the surface. The water level is the lowest level all year now, and the south shore must be avoided at all costs.
It was a bright sunny day that was forecast for wind speeds in the mid teens from the east. The wind was delayed in arriving, and never reached the predicted speeds, so there was some searching for the shifty wind up the beat. The low level of the water did not make things easier, with a large wind shadow at the dam end.
There were several youngsters to add to the usual suspects for the day, one coming all the way from Crewkerne in south Somerset.
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.
The first day of the 2018 Winter Series produced less wind than forecast from the south east, and the rain stayed light mizzle until later during the second race. Four dedicated boats made a delayed start and sailed two races back-to-back.
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.
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
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.
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