Congratulations to Chris Rowlands (Aero) and Thomas Garner (Unicorn) for their wins in the First Personal Handicap Pursuit race this Sunday.
With 23 competitors it was a good start to the series. Competitors looked up the starting time of their boat and then chose their own ‘experience adjustment’ depending on how much racing they have done. Thus trying to give everyone a chance of success.
Race officer Nick Neve got into the spirit of the sailing with individual countdowns and coaching tips from the start boat, whilst Caroline Hughes kept spirits up with chocolate – a skill she is well known for on the Feva circuit.
Lauren Attwell in her Tera was first to set off and held the lead for almost 50 of the 60 minutes of sailing. Tom and Anabelle Onions as well as Harry Rowlands were breathing down her neck for a lot of the race.
Andy and Abi McKee took the lead for a while in the Firefly and looked like they might be able to hold back Chris in his Aero but with only a few minutes to go Chris overtook and headed down to the Tower again. Chris and Freya in their RS500 had the spinnaker drawing and were flying down the leg with a mission to catch the two leading boats. However with only a metre to go to catch the Firefly the finishing whistle was blown and they finished third.
In the Fast handicap race some big gaps opened up as the long legs allowed the catamarans to get up to full speed and power round.
Upon coming ashore all seemed to have really enjoyed the sailing, the leading, or the battles between them and their nearest competitors – we will have to repeat it again soon.
This Sunday afternoon it will be a lake Race – starting at 3pm.
The lake race is open to everyone, starts from the club line and lasts about 60 minutes taking in a big tour of the south arm. It is quite a long race so people in slower boats might want to pair up with others to be in a slightly faster vessel. If you have had the training for the club fireflies these will be available to use.
For those taking part as part of the Sunday Afternoon Sailing – mix and match – we will be meeting in the wetbar at about half 1 for a chat and informal briefing. I believe the main briefing will be at 2.30 and the start at 3pm. Hope to see you there.
This is just a reminder that Club racing is back to starting at 1900 hrs until Thursday 23 August when it will be 1830 hrs.
There were 40 club kids out on the water over the Easter week taking part in the annual Easter camp.
Split into 3 groups – Inshore, offshore and Xtreme and ranging in age from 6 to 16 it was a great show of camaraderie and team spirit.
Tuesday started sailing single handers , getting back on the water and remembering which way to point your boat. In the afternoon there was an option for double handers too. After sailing there was a First Aid session by our local paramedic followed by the hugely popular Night Hike from Lyndon Nature reserve back to the club – in the dark….
Wednesday started with early PT session courtesy of the forces! With this complete the Offshore group moved on to ta game of having a game of tag on the water– or perhaps tangle would be a better name – a lot of fun was had. In the afternoon there was the opportunity for everyone to sail in a double hander – either crewing for an Xtreme helm in a Feva or jumping into a 2000 with an adult.
In the evening there was the ever popular ( and controversial? ‘Capture the Flag’) followed by a relaxing evening or board games.
Thursday morning PT was delayed due to significant amounts of sleeping.
The sailing got going with the Offshore Group making it to the Tower and the Inshore group stretching their wings down towards the church.
In the afternoon the sun finely came out with strength and it was warm – sunblock was applied although only from the neck down. There was the opportunity to try boats you hadn’t yet had a go in with the Fevas and the Bics proving particularly popular.
The finale was a grand capsize practice with everyone getting wet. The older kids assisted the younger ones in a great display of camaraderie.
It was then cakes and home to bed! Another Easter camp completed – well done all.
This Saturday sees the start of Junior Racing – meet at 1pm – start at 2pm .
Sunday afternoons are aimed at everyone – this Sunday personal handicap pursuit race .
Sunday Afternoon Club: Mix and Match Sailing
There was a great turn out for the first of the Sunday afternoon sailing sessions. This week it was ‘Have a Try in a Firefly’ which was then extended to ‘Try your hand in a 4 thousand!’.
20 Hardy sailors took on the drizzle to get out and give Firefly sailing a go. There was very little wind and it was a totally grey afternoon but this did not dampen spirits. New pairings were decided on the shore and then they made it onto the water and out into the light breeze. There was feedback on how nice the boats are to sail. It was also an opportunity to have a go at high performance sailing with a more experienced helm.
There was plenty of swapping round and a fair bit of chat , although nothing in comparison to the laughter coming from the juniors taking part in the squad session.
We started with biscuits in the wetbar and finished with hot drinks in the John Merricks Building, and made a few new friends on the way.
Next week is the first Personal handicap pursuit race. The slower boats start first and the rest start at intervals and try to catch up before the time limit – this means you know how you are doing and also there are fewer people on the start line. Less experienced sailors will also get the chance to start ahead of more experienced ones. I will try to get the start times out in the next day or so.
We will be running 2 races simultaneously to try to get everyone racing for a reasonable length of time – so don’t be put off if you normally sail a catamaran – you will still be out for a while
Meeting at 1pm in the Wetbar
Briefing at 2pm
Starting from 2.30 Hope to see you there.