Unless you put him in a submarine!
Wild, but warm, winds whipped up some large waves, spindrift and lots of white horses which faded as the day went on, but not sufficiently to tempt more than one boat to race, therefore, racing was cancelled.
Throughout the weekend, theSupBikeRun event is being based at the club and Saturday was a practice day, especially for those new to paddle boarding. The event itself will be run tomorrow, and hopefully there’ll be some lighter winds, more suitable for racing.
Indeed, Sunday brought much better sailing weather, but boats were not rushing on to the water, so there was some silent suffering when the OD started the races on time even though not all the boats were at the start line, and those that were hadn’t watched the flags to see what was happening! As the first race was drawing to a close, the winds freshened leading to some exciting sailing conditions for the rest of the day, together with numerous capsizes. Scumper/Zefer had capsized at the end of the first race which resulted in Zefer head butting the boom, and sporting a painful lump on his forehead over lunch! Another capsize in the next race lost then some vital seconds dropping them back to 2nd place behind Peter Whipp in a Laser Radial. Scumper won the final race and the Comet Trophy.
The F15s only sailed the first race, so Mike/Kayla’s win won them the series with Tim Chittenden 2nd.
AJ had his chief coach, aka Dave Lawson, crewing for two races and secured two wins. Even with having to count a DNS, his points were equal with Val/Ken, but the tie was split in AJ’s favour winning him the Stables Prize.
All racing for this year’s club championship are now complete so the championship will be calculated and displayed here shortly.
The SupBikeRun event went well with over 160 entrants, and could tempt a few club members to take part in the future.
Also, following the recent open day, there has been an influx of new members keen to start sailing who took advantage of this weekend’s training. Although conditions were too windy to get them on the water yesterday, they all took to the water today and some had an unexpected capsize drill! Ah the joys of sailing…
… to see our very own Miss Emma Rydal in her latest production
You are welcome to attend at any, or all, of the following venues commencing this Saturday.
All performances commence 7.30pm
Tickets on the door are priced at £7 (under 18s £3)
We are considering the viability of renting a unit for storing boats over the close season, and wonder if anyone else needs such a facility that could be shared with us.
If so, please contact Phil Davenport or email us
The above event is being held at the club next weekend alongside the final championship series of the year and, as ever, we need some help on the bar, galley and rescue. It is not expected to be hectic as the competitors, like sailors, are health conscious athletes(!), but help would be appreciated all the same.
It would be good to have a couple of hours of your time so that we can spread the load. Please contact us if you can help out.
It might be cooler but there’s still plenty of sun, and a lack of wind…
While team Bass are competing at Southport in the 50th 24 hour race, 11 Tinkers are visiting the club this weekend and held three races in light conditions, while three club boats competed for the Tinker Trophy in variable winds which kept them moving at worst. Joan and Jack in a GP got away well in the first race, taking first place with Jim in his Supernova 2nd, but the order was reversed in the next race.
Fortunately the wind returned on Sunday, and although the cloud was blown in too, the rain held off until after racing. A fleet of ten boats made for better racing, but it was Joan/Jack and Jim that mastered the conditions. Jim was all prepared for Poppy crewing and sailed the Hartley in the morning but, as she had slept in, he didn’t sail to full speed taking 3rd to Joan’s 1st. So it was all down to the last race in which Jim returned to his Supernova taking another win and the Tinker Trophy, with Joan 2nd.
Despite capsizing in the morning, Paul Gannon finished a creditable 3rd overall in the series. Banter sailed with Oscar in their recent addition to the Mirror fleet, and were first to finish (albeit having sailed one lap less than the rest of the fleet).
The Tinkers had another enjoyable rally, with a meal in the clubhouse on Saturday, and a cake sale in aid of MacMillan Nurses raised £116. The winner after six races was Malcolm Ellwood pictured receiving his trophy from Commodore Mark Somerville.
As for the 24 hour race, our team came a creditable 25th overall after suffering an early penalty which pushed them down into the 50s from 6th position. Well done to everyone involved.
It started with the Sailing Sec standing at the end of the jetty (when he had some spare time) remotely controlling his new toy, a DragonForce 65 yacht. Within weeks, Bean joined the action, and today the small family massively increased with an influx of another 17 yachts!
Two of the team that developed the yacht,Mike Weston & John Tushingham, travelled up from Kent to deliver the new fleet and give some tips and instruction to a group of the new owners.
What will be the next stage as the jetty ain’t big enough for all of them!
We are hosting an open for Tinkers this weekend alongside club racing and need an additional couple of people to help on rescue from around 12.30hrs.
If you can help please contact Mike Hunter
Saturday started with an open day, promoted by the RYA, to introduce people to sailing with taster sessions for which there was a a lot of interest and some good sailing conditions being bright and sunny with light winds.
Saturday’s racing comprised the final two races in the Scarness Cup and Autumn Cup series. The winds were generally light, but the fleets kept moving. After some coaxing by the committee boat at the start of the second race, AJ seemed to have pulled out a good lead on Dave Lawson, however, it turned out that Dave was giving AJ some private tuition. Of course, Dave moved into top gear on the final two legs of the race, took the lead again, and a second win.
Interestingly, none of the series winners were out racing – they must have all been very confident of their positions!
Well done to Neil Garrison who had a successful Saturday winning the Kielder Laser open.
Sunday’s wind backed to the SW and strengthened as the day went on. Mike/Kayla took an early lead which they held to the finish, winning the morning race. While Jeff’s crew was on rescue duty, the boat most in need of rescue attention was Jeff, having capsized numerous times. Perhaps the gybes in the course were not to Jeff’s liking?
Over the lunch break the wind backed more to the south, and there we ere a multitude of sailors asking whether the 2nd race would be around the lake. Much to their relief, that hadn’t been planned. Whilst setting the course the wind continued to swing around Sale Fell, so there was a cautious assumption that a SW wind would prevail, not that it seemed to too definite as some boats struggled to round the windward mark in a major shadow of the fell. Ian/Lezli-Ann took advantage of some of the lulls to pass Mike/Kayla, but AJ, with Dave crewing, won on handicap with Hugh 2nd. Mike was 4th which, when combined with his 1st from the morning, was sufficient to win the Paul Carruthers Memorial Trophy.
It wasn’t as rough as last week but it was still windy for this, the final round of the Night Jar. As last week, the wind was WSW and the course 0-2-B which used the same marks as, but the opposite way round to last week.
There were just four starters, AJ and Sue taking out the Fifteen and Val insisting that the GP’s kite remained down. These two boats had a good battle over 3 rapid laps. Neil’s Radial was with them until he hit a mark on lap 2 and lost so much time that he retired. Paul Gannon capsized his Radial on four occasions but did well to finish, albeit on 2 laps.
In both FH and PH categories Val & Ken were race winners from AJ & Sue with Paul third. Tony King had already won the FH Series and, by virtue of his third place points as OD in this final round, he took the PH Series as well. Joan & Jack were runners up and Val & Ken third in both.
Thanks to AJ for this final meal and for organising the Food Rota. Also to Safety Crews, OD’s and to all others who have made this season’s 17 race / 45 boat series such a success.