The new Winter series starts on 01 November 2020 and runs until 06 December 2020. It should be a great chance for some competitive sailing.
All competitors must wear suitable long wetsuits, or Dry suits in addition to any other suitable cold weather sailing clothing. Mast head floats are still compulsory. All competitors must undertake at least one duty as part of their commitment to the series.
Juniors are invited to join the club from SYCSA on reduced fees. Suitably qualified parents can undertake their duties during the series.
All sailors must appreciate that they are competing under COVID restrictions and these may change at any time. You should satisfy yourself that you are prepared to sail and undertake the activity under these conditions. Please keep to all government guidelines and legal obligations.
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.
Fewer boats out to play this Wednesday, in spite of a good breeze and warm weather. Chris was still in Taunton at 6pm but made the start with rigging help from other competitors. The race track would have been much shorter for him if he had written down the course properly. But a very well deserved win by Mr. Shannon on one of his (these days) rare appearances. Series Results so far are posted on the Racing page.
The high pressure system bringing the clear sunny May bank holiday also brought light and variable winds for the Sunday’s racing. The morning race started with a zephyr from the north west, but it never developed and settled. The race was shortened fractionally at 1 lap and the changing wind filled from a different direction and turned the race order on it’s head. The wind filled in nicely during the lunch break, forcing a new course to be set. There were four takers for the PM race, and the first two laps were sailed in reasonable time. The third and final lap was finished in a more fitful wind, but the order was not affected.
The forecast was for a fresh north easterly wind, with the usual difficult shifts with the wind coming over the hill and houses. A safety boat was used to set a beat from ‘A’ to 6P, 1S, 4P, 2S, 3S, and ‘A’ port. The winning margin of Martin and Lynn Harland (Trio) over Dan Langdon (Blaze) was a mere 10 seconds.
Race 2 used the same course with 4 racers. The wind and course remained the same, but Ernie Sebright sailed an excellent race to take the win over Ray Smith by 8 seconds, and Dan Langdon by 35 seconds. A good close race.