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.
The fresh north easterly breeze, along with the cold temperatures of the weekend, made the possible sailors think twice about taking part in the final Sunday of the Autumn Series. The water level continues to go down, and it may be some time before levels rise again without some heavy rainfall.
Congratulations to Martin and Lynn Harland who comprehensively take the win in the morning and afternoon series.
Full results here
The Sunday racing results and reports are back, now that Tom has returned from holidays. Go to the Racing Results page for the placings as we go into the final week of the Autumn series.
This week It was a beautiful sunny autumn day that started with no wind. The start of the AM race was delayed until 11:30, when the wind filled rapidly from the west to a moderate to fresh breeze. An RS Quest was sailed, as a trial by Mike Hayes and Steve Chidgey, but the PY was unknown at the time. It has been determined to have a PY of 1300, which placed it third overall. The PM race wind headed into the north west and became fresh to strong. There is one more event next Sunday in this series.
Ours is a Watersport, and as such we should expect it to occasionally come from above as well as below! Steady rain did nothing to dampen the excellent racing conditions as the second of our annual Comet Race days got underway. Mike and Steve in the Club Trio, ‘Nomad’ were on fine form and raced away for the victory, even showing us the careful use of Spinnaker in some strong gusting conditions. Mal M. and Richard in Mr Bale’s Trio took second place, whilst third went to Nick and Terry in the Duo. Yes we all got very wet, yes we all needed appropriate clothing, and yes we all had great fun.
The day was wrapped up with Tea with Chocolate cake and presentations of prizes by the Commodore. Thanks to all the support from Alan and James of SYCSA who manned the SB and did the RO duties. Special thanks to all those members who braved the weather and took part to support the day. Next time it is raining and one questions whether to go sailing or not, look at the racing conditions and GO FOR IT!!!
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
A warm sunny day again with light to moderate wind from the west/south west. There were only three starters in both races, but the racing was close in the early stages in both.
The Wednesday evening series has one last race next Wednesday 12th.
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.
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.
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.
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.