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Success at Comet Day #2

Ours is a Watersport, and as such we should expect it to occasionally come from above as well as below! Steady rain did nothing to dampen the excellent racing conditions as the second of our annual Comet Race days got underway. Mike and Steve in the Club Trio, ‘Nomad’ were on fine form and raced away for the victory, even showing us the careful use of Spinnaker in some strong gusting conditions. Mal M. and Richard in Mr Bale’s Trio took second place, whilst third went to Nick and Terry in the Duo.  Yes we all got very wet, yes we all needed appropriate clothing, and yes we all had great fun.

The day was wrapped up with Tea with Chocolate cake and presentations of prizes by the Commodore. Thanks to all the support from Alan and James of SYCSA who manned the SB and did the RO duties. Special thanks to all those members who braved the weather and took part to support the day. Next time it is raining and one questions whether to go sailing or not, look at the racing conditions and GO FOR IT!!!

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

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.

Glorious Sunday sunshine

A sunny day with the wind from the south with strong gusts and shifts.  There were no capsizes in the first race, although two boats decided to retire before they did.

The afternoon race had fewer takers but had two capsizes and two retirements.  The strong gusts coming with large shifts gave everyone a good work-out.

Results here

Fickle southerly evening breeze

There was no racing on Sunday but a warm dry Wednesday evening encouraged a few sailors onto the water. The day’s wind looked as though it was dying but with the start and race track being kept away from the sheltered clubhouse shore, there was enough to play with. Although it was shifty, there were a few cracking gusts that were enough to keep the competitors jostling for positions. Grateful thanks to Lyn Harland for volunteering to stand an extra duty as RO and for setting a great course.

Comet Sailing Day – Saturday 14th July 2018

PRIZES – PRIZES – PRIZES

Calling all Comet Singlehander, Comet Zero, Comet Duo, Comet Versa and Comet Trio sailors…….

Please join us for a Comet sailing day this Saturday. The event is open to all members and their guests, sailing any class of Comet Dinghy.

If you own a Comet Singlehander, Comet Zero, Comet Duo, Comet Versa or Comet Trio, but don’t intend to sail – then why not offer your boat to another member to sail so that we get as many out on the water as possible.

Lynn and Martin Harland have very kindly agreed to act as Race Officer and Safety Boat Cover and their Trio has been snapped up so you may not have to beat them this year, but you will still have to beat their boat !!

Three SHORT races of about 30 mins each, to start at 14.00 – Do join us.

PLEASE let Nick Tasker know if you plan to complete or wish to offer your boat up for use so that we can arrange numbers.

(Casual sailing by  other classes is welcomed as usual)

Regatta Sailing

Another hot and sunny day with light and variable winds from a northerly direction.  The many shifts, as the wind tumbled down over the hills and trees, gave many frustrating moments to all the helms.  The races were back to back to finish before the 13:00 barbeque.

Great day made better by all the volunteers and the friendly, enthusiastic members.

Sunday Race

Overcast skies with a light to moderate north westerly wind was a change from the intense recent heat. There was an 8 and 9 boat turnout for the two races while some light rain held off until most boats were packed away.

The Wednesday evening early summer is complete with one race short due to sailing restrictions on the 20th June.