A big thank you to all from SYCSA and DSC who helped to make yesterday’s event a success.
Here are just a few photos taken on the day.
It was a lovely sunny day and just enough wind to give those new to sailing an enjoyable experience.
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.
Open to the public. Come along and experience the thrill of sailing. Change of clothes and shoes advised. You may get wet.
Two sessions during the two May Bank Holidays.
10.30pm to 4pm
Interesting article in the Windsurfing magazine about Adam Lewis, one of the founder members of the T15 windsurf group at Durleigh. Adam now ranks 5th in the world of Men’s wave ranking. Durleigh is mentioned on page 2.
Click here for full article.
Well done, Adam
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.
The final Sunday of a difficult and cold Icicle Series started out chilly, and then turned into a reasonable sunny day. The wind still had a keen Northerly edge to it near the lake, as it was from a predominantly northern direction. The wind shelter, when in the dinghy park, made some boat maintenance work a pleasant task.
Congratulations to Dan Langdon for a successful series in his Blaze; Dan and Andrew Wright for second place and Richard Maltby and Malc Bale clinging onto third place under difficult conditions. Thanks to our weekly reporter, Tom Abbott, and to several people who did a race duty even though they weren’t joining the racing.