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.
Wednesday evening sailing saw three intrepid sailors get afloat for an exhilarating hour on the water. The strong 12 knot Westerlies made for a challenging rigging period, but eventually Ernie Seabright in his laser was first to cross the start. Meanwhile, Nick’s Duo was battling to stay upright and stay clear of the Phantom of Graham Birch which had already capsized for its first dipping after getting a tangled Mainsheet. Conditions pushed two boats onto to the Dam exclusion buoys despite best laid intentions – and the safety boat had a busy period assisting two craft.
Ernie kept out of trouble and must be commended for despite 3 capsizes himself, went on to complete the shortened course to take a well earned victory with some superb heavy weather sailing. His speed over the ground was astonishing, if not to say a bumpy ride! Nick retired early but was relieved to get ashore without capsizing. “We learnt a lot” said Graham – taking the positive out of a fun windy night.
Particular thanks to the Race duty team who turned out to support our sport.
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.
Questions, comments, praise and abuse(!) about racing at Durleigh should be sent to me at the new address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sailing Committee is always open to suggestions about how to encourage more boats and boards onto the water – whether racing or not. We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks very much. Chris Berkley. 2018 Sailing Secretary