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Tuesday pursuit race

Very light winds (F2 and dropping) from the SW meant that much of the south side of the Loch was in shadow. The course was C(port), D(port), K (starboard).
The Feva set off first with a good few minutes start on the faster boats. This week the wind stayed steady during this time and they made good progress towards the gap before the chase was on. The Feva was first to mark D but, as the wind almost died, touched the mark as they floated slowly past. The Solution and Solo caught the Feva on the way to the channel but the Laser with no wind got stuck at D and had 3 attempts before finally rounding the mark.

The Solution kept the lead down to K, whilst the Feva bravely tried to find some wind to fill the gennaker. The Laser got going again but even with a 360 penalty, the Feva stayed well ahead.
The Solution maintained the lead back up to C, with the Solo gradually dropping back. As the final time approached the wind dropped to barely a breath, leaving the Laser no opportunity to catch the Feva.

View over the spit, with the loch dead calm. Sunset has well started.

As the final whistle blew the finishing order was Dennis (Solution), Erwin (Solo), Jamie & Helen (Feva), Becci (Laser Radial). However, the slower boats were ashore and de-rigged before the other two managed to drift their way back from a second trip to mark D!!

Results

1. Dennis (Solution)

2. Erwin (Solo)

3. Jamie & Helen (Feva)

4. Becci (Laser radial)

Cadet regatta

Last Sunday we had our Cadet Regatta, with the restrictions in place we managed to get the youngsters rigged and ready to sail. Unfortunately, the wind was not working with us, there was not much to speak of. The first race was started but as the race officer (Simon B) noticed that the wind had dropped to a level that no-one was moving the race was postponed. 

About 10 minutes later they managed to slowly start the first race, with the course set as F, C both to starboard, then G to port for 2 laps. Some managed to get some speed and others drifted slowly towards a mark. Due to the lack of wind the race officer decided to shorten the race to one lap, most boats managed to get towards the G mark (some drifting backwards) when there was a bit of wind blowing over the Loch. Martha was still trying to get past the first mark at this point, but with the wind increasing (a bit) they managed to get around the first 2 on their way to G. A refusal for a tow back to the jetty they persevered and finished the first race.

All boats came ashore for a break and revisiting the conditions. There was some more wind, but still not anything to make boats wobble from side to side. The second race was started, this time they did manage to get 2 laps in, the 29er did an additional lap (normally they should be able to lap some of the boats, but not in the conditions we had last Sunday).

Suzy had to bail out and did not start the last race due to family engagements. Drew decided that drifting around was not for him and resigned for the last race (let me know if this is incorrect ;-))

Results over 12

  1. Lyall (3 pts)
  2. Jamie (11 pts)
  3. Suzy (12 pts)
  4. Drew (13 pts)
  5. Eoghan/Sebastian (16 pts)
  6. Felicity/Martha (19 pts)

Results under 12

  1. Kirsten/Helen (9 pts)

Here are the winners, and second place with their prizes, Congratulations!


Sunday race report

Consistent wind conditions for four windward-leeward races to D (starboard) and back through A/Z. Each race lasted approximately 20 minutes and a small crowd (see picture) gathered for the exciting races. The wind direction was mostly from the west and the eight sailors enjoyed their three/four races (worst race result to be discounted). The thermometer suggested that the temperature was 25C, but with the wind and dark clouds (see additional picture) it felt much colder on the shore.

Eight sailors were in a variety of dinghies, which meant there were class-specific and PY competitive interests. The first three of the races saw the Lasers (Seb then Becci) and Solo (Erwin) finish closely together with a gap of the remaining two Toppers (Drew then Mark K), Feva (Helen and Jamie), and Oppi (Lyall). The first race saw Mark K have a Topper bailer issue and need to come ashore for a quick repair. Race three saw Helen and Jamie improve the use of their spinnaker and improve their finishing time compared to the earlier races. The fourth race saw Becci flying over the finishing line with a very convincing sail despite having a moderate start. The ominous Oppi was at the rear of all the races, but it stayed very close to the second group of sailors.

The race officer box was temporarily relocated to just outside the garage and a car’s horn (expertly pressed by Susan) was used to get racing started. There were no false starts and the standard of everyone’s starts was excellent. There were some interesting laylines taken during the races and it was noted that sailing by the lee did give Mark K an advantage over Drew downwind.

Results:

race 1

  1. Lyall W
  2. Drew W
  3. Sebastian K
  4. Becci O
  5. Jamie B
  6. Erwin O
  7. Mark K (DNF)

race 2

  1. Lyall W
  2. Drew W
  3. Mark K
  4. Jamie B
  5. Sebastian K
  6. Becci O
  7. Erwin O

race 3

  1. Lyall W
  2. Sebastian K
  3. Becci O
  4. Drew W
  5. Erwin O
  6. Jamie B
  7. Mark K

race 4

  1. Becci O
  2. Lyall W
  3. Erwin O
  4. Drew W
  5. Sebastian K
  6. Mark K
  7. Jamie (DNS)

Discarding the worst result:
Lyall        3
Drew       8
Becci       8
Sebastian 10
Erwin        14
Jamie       15
 Mark        16

Tuesday twilight

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.

First of the Twilight series

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)

Busy race – Tuesday pursuit with 10 boats

This night we had the most boats out this season, there were 3 solo’s, 2 lasers, 1 enterprise, 1 Firefly, 1 solution, 1 streaker and a mirror! With a slow wind from NE, the course was set for Z, G, F, C and A all to starboard. A 50-minute pursuit was set and the weather was great. Nice evening sailing. The order at the end of the 50 minutes was:

  1. Dave
  2. Tony C
  3. Malcolm
  4. Dennis
  5. Nick
  6. Sally
  7. Erwin
  8. Bill
  9. Conner
  10. Tony W (retired)