Last Tuesday we had a Topper, Solo, Firefly and a Laser on the water. Conor arrived a bit later and decided to ‘just have a sail’. We started on a course E, D, C, F and A where F was to port, all other to starboard. Tony Cook was going well and passing Nick until he had a problem with the main sheet. He manoeuvred into the reeds to re-thread the sheet and found that he had got himself stuck. A bit of arm rowing got him free to pursue the rest of the fleet. Just at the sound of the clock, he managed to get past Erwin before E while Dave was still in front of Nick going between D and C. Not a lot of distance between the 4 boats, and a quick tidy up before the rain started to sputter.
Remember, racing is starting at 6:30. If you want to take part, be ready to launch at 6:25.
Wind direction: NE, force 1-2
Boats on the water: 2 Solos, 1 Laser, 1 Streaker, 1 Mirror and a Topper
With hardly any wind the start was slow, Conor was away first in the mirror, Erwin followed in a topper. A few minutes later, when they were still on their way to Z, the solos followed (slowly), streaker and last the laser. Slowly floating towards Z, rounding this and on the way to D, Conor and Erwin almost managed to round D before any other boat overtook them. Conor got lost in the weeds towards the shore, and Erwin had to let Nick, both Tony C and W pass him, not long after followed by Bill. Conor tried the path over the island as he was moving and didn’t want to stop, all boats going towards Z again got as far as past the clubhouse except for Erwin and Conor. In the 50 minutes, no-one made it past Z again (as far as I could see from my position). Hoping for more wind next time, we went on shore and were caught by the rain that managed to drench all of us.
Following races will start at 18:30 due to the darker evenings.
(edited to update Conor’s name, had Collin. Apologies)
With a lazy breeze and sunshine at the start, Dave in his Firefly took off first, followed soon by Sally and Eoghan in a Solo. Sally had a good start with Eoghan lagging behind. Only 40 seconds later to be followed by Becci and Erwin in the Enterprise all started by the whistle from Malcolm to start last in his Laser.
Due to the late start of Eoghan, Becci managed to pass him soon after the start, while Sally was gaining on Dave rapidly.
Not long after the first lap had gone around C, did she manage to overtake Dave. Meanwhile, Malcolm was in pursuit and crept passed Eoghan and Becci. Sally at the front was fighting to keep the lead, especially when Dave was getting some good wind and speeding past, only to overshoot K. All ground gained was wasted while he had to turn back to pass K.
Eoghan managed to get himself a good lift coming through the channel and got him inside Becci to take the 4th spot when the time had run out. Malcolm did not manage to get close enough to Dave and Sally, although with 5 more minutes who knows?
A bright sunny day welcomed the six racers to the water, the wind was, well it was just a Forfar wind, challenging, shifty SE to SW and variable in strength 2-3ish.
The course was G, K, both to port then D, C and A to starboard.
Erwin in the Solo and Dennis in the Solution both made a good start but Dave Smith passed both in his Firefly only to overstand the first mark in the shifty conditions, leaving Erwin to make the first mark in the lead, Dennis fought back and took the lead on the run down to D both being followed by Dave, Becci in the Enterprise, Sebastian in the Laser Radial and Mark in the Feva.
There was close sailing in the main body of the fleet and at the end of the first leg, Dennis led Dave, Sebastian, Erwin Becci and Mark.
The second beat to G saw Sebastian sail well to overtake Dave while Denis pulled away from the main fleet which were enjoying some close racing.
The third and last leg saw the whole fleet close up at the G mark but Dennis again managed to open up the distance but some of the others managed to stay just close enough to beat him on corrected time.
The final result showed a well-deserved win for Sebastian followed by Dave, Mark, Erwin, Dennis and Becci.
The second race was sailed in similar conditions but with a few hard gusts added for interest. Mark swapped the Feva for a Laser Radial, Eoghan took charge of the Solo from Erwin and Sebastian tried the Streaker.
Denis crossed the start line first followed by Dave, Mark, Becci, Eoghan and Sebastian.
Dennis broke away as the rest of the fleet bunched up at the first mark following a difficult first beat.
At the end of the first leg, Dennis led Dave, Sebastian, Becci, Eoghan and Mark and went on to consolidate his lead until making contact with the spit which unfortunately forced him to retire to check for damage.
The rest of the fleet fought a close race with Dave breaking away to finish a clear first on the water. The corrected time result was Dave, Sebastian, Eoghan, Becci and Mark.
for all the photo’s from the opening regatta go to the google photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EvuZNUwFpvk4LQnR9
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 ladder whenever 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.