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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

Sunday autumn race series gets under way

The day started with a light south easterly breeze and slowly rose and headed to the south during the day.

The Autumn series finally started after there were no takers in the wind and rain last week.  Thanks goes to Hannah Bloor for standing in as R.O. for the day.  The warm conditions were enjoyed by those helms taking part.

Congratulations to Dan Langdon, who won both the morning and afternoon Summer Series.

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.

Fickle winds

Race report as usual by Tom Abbott (acting R.O. and glad to not be sailing).

It was a sunny, light wind day requiring a volunteer to act as R.O.  A fishing contest was being held on the south shore, so a course was set to keep boats away.  The wind did fill in on occasions during both races to split the fleet and cause upset to the usual order.

Results posting may be erratic for the next couple of weeks due to staff holidays 🙂 Thank you for your patience…

 

Gentle sea breezes

Very light to non-existent wind in the morning settled nominally from the north for a delayed start at 11:35.  A short simple course was laid of 1(S), 7(S), 8(S) and A-B.  The PM race was started when all boats were on the water after lunch with the same course.  Laps were a little quicker and allowed the winner to sail 5 laps within 40 minutes.