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.
Changes to Sailing Instructions published here.
There is only one more Spring series race next Sunday. The possibility of the Harlands being beaten is slim to non-existent, but there could be changes in the lower order.
Details of the Summer and Autumn Series have been published on the Racing pages 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.
The fresh north westerly breeze that greeted the sailors on arrival, steadily died down after the course had been set. The R.O. went with the course as set at 11:15, and the new breeze slowly filled in from the north east. The usual helms worked themselves to their usual positions, like cream on the milk. The race was finished at two laps, with hope that the PM race would be better.
During the lunch break, the wind settled into the north, and a safety boat was used to the west of ‘A’ to set a start line, allowing a beat to mark 5. A longer race of four laps was enjoyed by all, with the wind becoming stronger at the end.
Sunday’s weather was a big disappointment after the Saturday sunshine. Showers and a rising wind, stared in the east, and swung south-easterly during the morning. The irregular and shifty gusts did not allow any relaxation and enjoyment during the 5 lap race sailed by the sole finisher. The RS400, sailed by Richard Bonner and Paul Rochford, capsized half way through lap 3 and spent the remainder of their session trying to right, and maintain the mast vertical. Nick Tasker suffered a capsize on lap 4, and, while righting the boat without outside assistance, needed the boat held steady, by the safety boat, in order to climb aboard. There were no takers for a PM race.
The first of the Wednesday evening races was sailed on the 15th April.
The first of the Spring Series finally started on the 8th April with a light to moderate north westerly breeze. There was some confusion during the morning race so, for fairness, the results are calculated for the first two laps.
Results can be found under the ‘Racing’ tab.
The Notices of Race have been published here for the Wednesday series and Spring Cup series which start next week.