Night Jar 13

Another great sailing evening with a constant westerly breeze and yet more warm conditions. Katia / Andy returned with a repaired and now grey painted Mirror following the contretemps a fortnight ago.  18 boats crossed the line for a 0-1-B-A course with the GP of Mike & Eric right on the bubble.  They built up a large lead and led throughout on the water with only Joe’s Laser for company.

Then came a group containing Val / Ken & AJ / Sue in the GP’s, Tony & Rory in Solos and Neil in his Laser.  When to shorten was a real dilemma as this group were finishing their third lap as Mathew’s Tera was coming up to the line on two.  They got through by the belated raising of S but it meant that Jon’s Laser and Nigel / Glenys’s GP which were next were finished on three.

It was all so rapid that the latter crew were unsure if they had finished and did a further lap!  Not sure if they were in time for the meal prepared on this occasion by John Reekie?

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Flying 15 & GP14 Open 2018

A sun soaked Saturday, together with force 2-3 SW breeze, gave champagne sailing conditions for two fleets of boats.

The 18 strong fleet of F15s were a bit too eager to start and caused a general recall in their first race. Neil/Rory secured a strong lead winning race 1 with Simon/Jon 2nd.

It was Simon’s turn to build the lead in race 2 ahead of Andy/Tom Goddard (from Dovestone).

Simon was a bit too eager in the third race start forcing Keith/Alan upwind but resulted in both boats being OCS at the start. Keith returned but Simon didn’t and subsequently retired. There was some close racing between Neil and Andy, who secured the lead on the final beat, and is overnight leader.

In the GPs there was little sign of Dave/Joe in the first race who left Mike/Eric to battle with Val/Ken who were delighted to secure 1st place. Dave had to work his way through to the lead in the next race beating Julie/Chris Waddington (from Bolton). They took the same positions in race 3, so Dave is overnight leader.

The day wasn’t without incident. There was one capsize, a couple of protests, and some raised voices on the water. Perhaps the sun had taken its toll on some sailors?

Sunday greeted sailors with a stronger breeze more from the south so the opportunity was taken to use the buoys in the southern end of the lake. Just one beat, but it was a couple of miles long!

In the F15s Simon pushed the line again with a port on port start, but got it spot on this time! He went on to win the race just ahead of Mike/Kayla. In the GPs Dave continued his winning ways with Julie/Chris 2nd, and with the same results in the final race Dave/Joe won the event with Julie/Chris 2nd.

With the wind swinging more to the SW, and strengthening, the final race was held in the northern bay. Graham/Sally had a cracking first beat but slipped back to 3rd (on handicap). Neil won by a good margin with Simon 2nd, which was enough to secure 1st overall.

Flying 15 Waples Wine winners Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood

GP14 Open winners Dave Lawson and Joe Roberts

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Night Jar 12

Only twelve starters tonight despite the ongoing great weather.  With marks out of place the OD chose a long course 0-1-5 with 1 being a gybe mark.  The Bates was stationed half way up the long beat near A.

Rory was over at the start and John in the other Solo also returned.  Val & Ken in the GP saw the port bias and had a flyer leading by over ten lengths at the windward mark and holding prime place throughout the race despite James & Jenny’s 2000 and John attempting to close up.

The Safety crew spotted swimmers at various points around the course and, with thoughts of Val’s previous encounter with one a while back, went to warn them of approaching boats. James and Bob got a load of choice language and spluttering for their efforts!

With all crews on their second lap and the wind dropping, there was no choice but to shorten for all. So it was back to the Club for the meal being prepared by Barbara.

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Fleet Challenge A

As the Summer sun continues, there was a better than expected WSW breeze for the weekend handicap series which enticed a dozen boats on to the water. Though the racing was scheduled to be a personal pursuit, for ease (and speed) it was raced on personal handicap basis.

Waiting for Mik to get to the line was not to his advantage as he was on course side at the start and had to duck back behind the line. Peter Whipp was even later for the start…

Dave/Lynn in their GP pulled out a strong lead in the first race, but opted to head ashore with various other boats to watch the England/Sweden quarter final rather than sail the 2nd race.

Peter Whipp in a Laser and Tony King in a Solo had some close racing, but Peter could not break away enough to beat Tony on handicap. Nigel/Glenys had some gear problems in the first race, but continued through to the finish, and then narrowly avoided a capsize while flying the spinnaker on a close reach.

Sunday’s results were dominated by the GP fleet, with Dave/Lynn taking another two firsts and the trophy, with Mike/Eric 2nd overall.

Final results

Various members travelled to Ullswater to race in the Lord Birkett Trophy run over two days which was won overall by affiliated member Dave Exley with Nigel Hall in a RS400

• 13th Mark Somerville and Joe Roberts – (in a brand new!) RS400

• 37th Mike Moore & Kayla Sheard – FF

• 38th Alex Leonard & Ben Murrell – RS400

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Night Jar 11

Seventeen boats took the start on a superb evening with a constant wind blowing off the Club grounds.  And an eventful start it was too!  In a rush to start on time – well nearly – the Bates crew had omitted to put out the inner mark and a competitor (who shall be nameless!) instructed one of the safety boats to move the distance mark up wind within the start sequence and without consulting the OD.

Hence the ultimate level of starboard bias. The inevitable happened and three boats were squeezed into the Bates and each other fortunately with no damage to boats or crews.

John & Tim in their FF led the fleet around an X course of 0-9-1-A which gave three kite legs. They were followed by the 2000 of James & Jenny and the GPs of Mike / Eric and Val/ Ken who were in close company throughout the race.

It was good to see the Somerville family out in force with Gail & Cameron in a Mirror and Matthew in a Tera.

The well attended evening meal was prepared by Richard who missed out from involvement in the close Solo contest between Tony, John and Rory.

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Council’s nomination of Rear Commodore Mark Somerville for the RYA Community Award – Lifetime commitment has been successful.

Mark will hopefully be attending the award service in London later in the year.

Well deserved recognition of his long service to the club!

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Car key

A bunch of keys has been found in the gents’ changing room on Sunday evening

Congratulations to Andy and Phil on winning the GP14 Northern Championship at Bolton this weekend

Meanwhile in sunny Bassenthwaite, crews filled their water bottles and donned sunglasses, eye shades and sun screen to compete in three of our long series fleet races. Peter Whipp had a good weekend sailing his Laser in the Handicap Fleet and winning all three races. Mike/Kayla did likewise in the F15 fleet, with Ian/Lezli-Ann coming second each time.

Things were not so settled in the GP14 fleet. On Saturday, AJ/Sue were ahead for most of the first race, only to be overtaken by three boats on the last leg. Mike/ Eric took the win. Alan and Sue also did well in the second race, coming second to Dave/Lyn who also won Sunday morning race with Mike/Eric second.

In Sunday’s second race all boats started together for the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pennant. Results also count towards the female crew’s competition for Sandra’s Salver. As it turned out, the race lasted over two hours, with the usual challenges of variable winds down the lake. Three F15s, three GP14s and one single hander finished the course.

On the water the first F15 to finish was Neil/Rory with the Dave/Lynn eight minutes behind in the first GP14 who won by 4 mins on handicap. Phil Davenport also deserves a prize for completing the race in his Musto Skiff, which is not a restful boat under any conditions. Kayla is building a strong lead in the competition for Sandra’s Salver.

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Solo Open

Sunday benefitted from wall to wall sunshine with a light, but freshening, wind from the southwest though there were some regular major shifts from the northwest. The shifts did cause some calm patches but the fleet of 11 boats kept moving. Dealing with the shifts and calm patches was key to the leaders.

John Reekie seemed to successfully hitch a lift up the A66 to take the honours in the first race from Richard Critchley. In the next race Joe Quick from Coniston mastered the shifts to take 1st place with John 2nd, so that there was all to race for in the final race.

After lunch there was an expectation that the sea breeze would bed in, but the northwest gusts continued to kick in on the northern side of the course and they were Rory Yardley’s downfall as, having led throughout the race he was caught between the two winds with just two legs to go. John used a gust to take the lead and blanket Rory who subsequently lost one more place. John’s win earned him 1st overall, with Richard 2nd and Joe 3rd

Winner John Reekie with Commodore Robin Dawson

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Laser Open

There was a better wind than forecast to greet the fleet of 26 boats in today’s Laser open, and with the sun breaking through the clouds from time to time it was a pleasant day.

For a change the general wind direction was fairly steady, though there were some shifts on the water for sailors to contend with. Use of the I flag helped keep the starts clear with just two boats being called back in the first race.

Locals Robin Dawson and Dave Lawson took an early lead and battled it out, but once Dave was through to the lead there was no catching him, and he reinforced this by winning all three races and the overall trophy.

Bass winner Dave Lawson receiving trophy from Commodore Robin Dawson

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Weekend Series

The lake was surprisingly calmer than forecast on Saturday, though started off a little drizzly, so there were a few takers for the start of the weekend series.

The wind and gusts did pick up a little over the course of the afternoon to give some good planing conditions. The sudden wind shifts proved to be testing, and there were a couple of capsizes.

Scumper pulled out a good lead in his RS100, winning on handicap and, after finishing, followed son Matthew, sailing a Tera, round his course, but it wasn’t sufficient to beat Phil/Oliver who won the slow handicap race. The second handicap race was won by Joe in his Laser (perhaps he wished he had used his Radial rig after all!)

Dave/Lynn won both GP races with Mike/Eric 2nd.

Well done to some of Ant’s new proteges who chose to sail their first race – Matthew Collantine was crewing for Ant in a Vision, and they are lying in 2nd place overnight, while Roger Price/Chris Wheeler in another Vision, completed the first race, but capsized before starting the next race.

Sunday was dry, bright with mixed winds. Four fleets took to the water and enjoyed good racing with occasional planing conditions, but various gusts and major shifts resulted in a few capsizes. Joanie says it was her fault that she and Toggle capsized, but did he tell her to say that?! In the first race Mike/Kayla broke through to the lead in the F15s at the end of the 2nd beat, and took the win ahead of Neil/Rory. However, Neil took the next two races to win the Ullock Mug. In the Handicap fleet Scumper and Zefer were sharing the top positions, but Scumper had the edge taking three 1sts to win the Grisedale Cup, with Zefer 2nd.

With Dave Lawson racing a Laser, Val/Ken stepped up to the line and, winning the first two races in the GPs, they were in with a good chance of winning the McMillan Cup but the final race slipped from them as Mike/Eric took the win and the trophy.

Phil/Oliver continued their winning ways (with lifeboat in tow!), to win the Round Table Tankard, with Matthew a creditable 2nd place overall.

Final results

Next weekend we are hoting a Laser open meeting on Saturday, and Solo open meeting on Sunday so there will be no club racing. Early entry discounts end on Wednesday so don’t miss out.

This weather does nothing to curb the growth of grass, so Toggle and his team continue with their weekly working parties, but would always appreciate additional help. If you would like to help, contact Mike Cowan, or just turn up on Wednesday evening at about 6.30pm

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