“During a handicap race with variable speed boats, hence the handicap system, it is sometimes necessary to allow some boats to sail more laps than others. Obviously this is usually the faster boats. Doing this means that the slower handicap boats are not still sailing at midnight.
Sometimes it can benefit the faster boats, sometimes the slower. More anon.
Compared to Sun. 1 it was a good start except for Becky (ent) who suffered a gear failure just before the start but was able to fix it and start shortly after unlike poor Sally (solo) whose halyard parted during rigging ! Not so easily fixed.
However! I digress.
Tony W and Nick (both solos) were having a ding dong battle at the front of the race closely followed by David Smith (firefly)
Tony led for most of the race with David possibly ahead on handicap.. Sorted ! Or so I thought.
The fleet was split after most had completed one lap leaving the Topper and Ent. seemingly miles behind. They finished in due course. The race continued with Nick eventually passing Tony with David who was in a great position making some poor decisions in the falling wind at the death
The race finished Nick. Tony. David. Sebastian. Eoughan. Or so I thought
But what’s this ?
On handicap working out. Mark (Topper) 1st, Becky (late starting Ent ) 2nd.
Honest I have checked and rechecked the workings out.
What a system.
Sally get out soon. You are number one on the ladder and you may well receive some challenges.”
Tony W 4th,
The start of the first Tuesday points of the season, and the finish, almost in the dark! Nick first, Seb second, Mark K third and the Commodore Becci and Erwin giving everyone else a chance at the beginning of the season fourth. (TW)
Our latest new has gone out as a mailshot, you can find the latest version here. In this mailshot we have the latest race report (of the first Sunday races) with the results. You can find the sailing ladder initial list, anyone not on the list who wants to join add your name to the bottom by contacting the club. You can see what is happening in the next 2 weeks, or have a look at the calendar for the whol year
We started the season yesterday (24/03/2019) by placing our boats back at the club ground. If you have not been able to return your boat to the club but are going to do so soon please contact the club to inform them. This will allow us to preserve spaces, make sure that the boats are allocated an appropriate space depending on the boat type etc.
Please keep an eye out for the next mailshot, as this will have important information regarding the sailing start of the season etc. Hope to see you all soon at the clubhouse.
The club’s topper ladder is intended to be a fun competition that anyone and everyone can participate in. It is separate from all other cups and competitions so even if you don’t want to commit to a points series you can still join in the ladder and sail as little or as often as you like. The ladder will created by drawing the names of those interested out of a hat. Those not interested at this time may join the bottom of the ladderwhenever the fancy takes them. Once on the ladder you may challenge anyone up to three places above you. They have ten days to agree a match. If they can’t commit you swop places. If you win you swop places. There is no penalty for losing ( and trying) you just both remain in your positions. The ladder was dreamed up to encourage friendly competition and to take the place of the Thursday pursuit racing although you can obviously sail whenever it suits both parties. Please be aware that although this is a fun event normal basic racing rules apply i.e. no collisions. The decision to sail and the safety aspect is the responsibility of the participants. Cadets must be accompanied by a responsible adult who obviously will make the appropriate decisions It might be that both participants agree to race in a different boat , lasers for example, although the Topper should be given priority. There will be a ladder at the club and possibly on line ( to be decided ) That will be the only admin required
come along to the General meeting on the 24th March at 14:30, both to
support the club and to pass comment on this venture. Tony Cook