Back to Front in More Ways Than One

Saturday’s racing started in muggy conditions with a light southerly breeze. Stand in starter Adrian (initially) opted to moor the committee boat downwind of the starboard end of the line – was there something he knew that the sailors didn’t? Well, by the end of the first lap the wind started to veer to the south west such that gennikers were deployed on the second ‘beat’, and by the end of the second lap the original beat had turned into a dead run.

The wind for the second race looked somewhat ominous, and only started to pick up just before the start tempting Scumper and Robbie D back on to the water at the three minute signal, but they had a five minute sail to the start line! All was not lost, because when the wind faded on the final lap, Scumper managed to break through to second position.

Sunday’s weather was to be equally changeable. As the boats prepared for the first race the wind freshened from the south, and eased just as quickly. Sailors went out and then played follow my leader with the committee boat, which eventually set a short first beat to mark A, as the wind had again veered to the south west. The short beat led to a lot of congestion at the first mark, but it was to be the second beat to 9 that caused the greatest problems. Renowned for being a difficult mark to beat into, it certainly lived up to its reputation with numerous exceptional shifts to contend with as the wind came down vertically from Sale Fell and scattered in all directions. Scott Beattie was glad to have Mike Moore to race against, but less pleased when crew John Somerville commented ‘ah that’s good, Mike’s through‘!

By lunchtime the sun started to succeed in finding some gaps in the clouds, and the wind was strengthened by the sea breeze. As the wind increased to planing conditions, so did some tempers – first there was Neil and Judith Currie, and then Scumper and Kirsty! It’s not certain whether there was some tension in Hugh and Rhonwen’s boat (while Rhonwen was helming) – Well you’d think Hugh would know the difference between a genny sheet and a spinnaker sheet! The increased winds led to several capsizes (some by the same boats). Sarah Nicholson certainly picked her time to try crewing in an RS400 for Robbie D, but apart from having an introduction to the art of trawling with a genniker, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience, and will no doubt nurse her finger blisters for days to come!

ISEL CUP

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    1210  S HUNT        RS400        1   1   1   1   3
 2    1148  N CURRIE      RS400        6   3   2   2   7
 3  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS          7   2   4   3   9
 4     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        5   6   3   6  14
 5    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK         3 DNS   5   8  16
 6    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400      DNS   4   6 RTD  23
 7    1072  R DAWSON      RS400        4 DNS RTD   7  23
 8     562  A SMITH       49R         10   7   9 RTD  26
 9   40894  S HALL        LASER RADI   9 DNS   7 RTD  29
10     609  A WILCOX      RS600      DNS DNS   8   5  33
11     400  T KNOWLES     RS300        2 DNS DNS RTD  35
12  161866  M LORD        LASER        8 RTD DNS DNS  38
13  130338  RiCRITCHLEY   LAS         OD DNS DNS DNS  43
14    1125  JoHALLIDAY    RS400      DNS DNS  OD DNS  43
15     338  R YARDLEY     RS300      DNS DNS DNS   4  44
16     501  J CROSBIE     RS400      DNS   5 DNS DNS  45
17   41143  D POULTON     MIR        DNS   8 DNS DNS  48
18      17  P HEMMINGWAY  TOP         11 DNS DNS DNS  51
19     809  B SMITH       RS800      DNS DNS RTD DNS  52

                     Points for RTD = 12  10  12  13
                     Points for DSQ = 12  10  12  13
                     Points for DNS = 20

 3 races to count
MELLOR MUG

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    3673  S BEATTIE     FF         DNS DNS   1   1   2
 2    3473  M MOORE       FF         DNS DNS   2   2   4

                     Points for RTD =  0   0   3   4
                     Points for DSQ =  0   0   3   4
                     Points for DNS =  3

 2 races to count
COMMODORES PRIZE

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1   13839  H GODFREY     GP           1   1   1 DNS   3
 2   13259  J ROBERTS     GP           3   2   4   2   7
 3   13118  V BELL        GP          OD   3   5   3   9
 4   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP         DNS DNS   2   1  14
 5   13867  D NICHOLSON   GP           2 RTD DNS DNS  18
 6   13655  N LEWIS       GP         DNS DNS   3 DNS  25
 7  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS RTD  28
 7  913467  M WRIGHT      GP         DNS DNS DNS RTD  28
 8   13013  J SEDGWICK    GP         DNS DNS   6 DNS  28
10  813467  D WRIGHT      GP         DNS DNS   7 DNS  29

                     Points for RTD =  4   5   8   6
                     Points for DSQ =  4   5   8   6
                     Points for DNS = 11

 3 races to count
Championship results to date:
HANDICAP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2005

PN  Helm           1   2   3   4   5 Pts
 1  S HUNT        19   7  14  19  20  72
 2  N CURRIE      17  16  12  16  18  67
 3  W CARRUTHERS  16  12  11  12  16  56
 4  R BLACKBURN   12  14   8  13  15  54
 5  R DAWSON      11  13 DNS  17  13  54
 6  M SOMERVILLE   9   1   7  15  14  45
 7  P BURNELL     14   6  10  14 DNS  44
 8  I MACPHERSON  15  11 DNS DNS  17  43
 9  RiCRITCHLEY   10  10   2 DNS   7  29
10  R HODGKINS    13 DNS DNS  11 DNS  24
11  T KNOWLES      3 DNS   3   7   9  22
12  J CHRISTIE   DNS   8   6   4 DNS  18
13  S HALL         6 DNS DNS DNS  11  17
14  B SMITH        4   3 DNS   8   1  16
15  JoHALLIDAY   DNS DNS DNS   9   6  15
16  A WILCOX     DNS DNS DNS   3  10  13
16  R YARDLEY      8 DNS DNS DNS   5  13
18  J CROSBIE      2   2   4 DNS   4  12
18  A SMITH      DNS DNS DNS DNS  12  12
20  C MARK       DNS DNS DNS  10 DNS  10
20  A NICHOLSON    5 DNS DNS   5 DNS  10
22  M LORD         1 DNS DNS DNS   8   9
22  M NINNIM     DNS DNS   9 DNS DNS   9
22  N GARRISON   DNS   9 DNS DNS DNS   9
25  M CHAPPEL      7 DNS DNS   1 DNS   8
26  J WALKER     DNS DNS DNS   6 DNS   6
27  P HODGKINS   DNS DNS   5 DNS DNS   5
27  M FAIRLAMB   DNS   5 DNS DNS DNS   5
29  M MOORE      DNS   4 DNS DNS DNS   4
30  D POULTON    DNS DNS DNS DNS   3   3
31  A BAINBRIDGE DNS DNS DNS   2 DNS   2
31  P HEMMINGWAY DNS DNS DNS DNS   2   2
33  E HUNTSTON   DNS DNS   1 DNS DNS   1

RACE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING SERIES INCLUDED (EVEN IF INCOMPLETE)

HBP      HANDICAP FLEET BARF PLATE- up to race 5
HDO      DODD TROPHY- up to race 6
HEAST    EASTER TROPHY- up to race 4
HMH      MAY HOLIDAY- up to race 4
HIC      ISEL CUP- up to race 4

 4 series to count out of 5 series sailed

 

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