Category Archives: Racing

Wintry end to the winter series

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.

Sunday’s racing

Here are a few pictures of Sunday’s sailing.

Adam in the Oppie getting a good start to the second race but easily overtaken by the RS200

Ed sailing well in the Topper

Oli coping well in some trying conditions

Dave Lee doing well in Terry Haymans Mirror

Dan Wright with his stand in crew Max making good use of the kite

Next Sunday is the last in the winter series and includes the pudding race, come along and join in or just enjoy a mince pie and some mulled wine.

Last years trophy winners please return your trophies ASAP so they can be prepared the presentation in January.

The importance of writing down the course!

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.

 

Slow boats play catch up!

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.