Celebrity Glass Trophy

After heavy overnight rain had cleared, the sun came out with the wind was from an ominous south westerly direction. Alan Nicholson was first to fall foul to one of the sudden windshifts, and capsized before racing started. Roy and Michaela did a bit of larking around on the start, forcing Ian Macpherson over the start line prematurely. (Turns out that Roy didn’t even know how long to the start!). Next casualty of the day, apart from William and Lesley who were first to the windward mark only to get their downwind tactics wrong and let three RS400s through in one leg, was Nigel  and Laura in a GP when they gybed and capsized at the second mark. The third casualty was to be robin and Toggle when the wing wangs jambed, leaving their pole drooping to starboard (not a pretty sight, and fairly ineffective on port tack!).

There were to be more casualties in the second race – Roy and Michaela suffered rigging problems before the race and had to beach their boat to get the jib back up. All was obviously not well, because before the race was over, their main was flogging at half mast!

Another casualty of the day was the F15 fleet, as another boat is due to leave the club with the sale of Ian Campbell’s boat.

Sunday racing was held in strengthening south westerly winds, with beats into the notorious mark 9 – never think you’re on the lay line, as the winds will only shift to prove you wrong. The tight reaches tested the asymmetrics – should they bear away and take the gust, or try to continue to fly the genniker during near close hauled conditions.

In the afternoon race Toggle stated that he and Robin were doing a demonstration sail, shame they were so far ahead that no-one could see how they did it. In fact, they were doing so well, that they lapped the tail enders, and of course won the race on handicap. Alan Nicholson finished the weekend the way he had started – with a capsize!

When the results for the weekend were calculated on a fleet basis, the overall series went to Sunday’s rescue boat driver – Steve Hunt (not that he hadn’t worked for in the races that he had sailed)

Meanwhile, the Scottish Areas at Loch Ken who knows what was happening other than David and Lynne Lawson had a couple of wins under their belt, while Telf and Andy Smith were having a better Sunday than they had Saturday – perhaps they found some Scottish lubrication overnight?

Ginge and Jose made a sharp exit from the Scottish areas and decided to ‘have a cup of tea’ in a field – they must have been frantically stirring the tea to get so stuck in the mud!

Final Results:

CELEBRITY GLASS TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 Pts
 1    1210  S HUNT        RS400        1   1 DNS DNS   1   1 DNS  OD   7
 2    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400      RTD   3   3   2   2   5 DNS   5  15
 3     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        3   4   2 RTD   5   8   4   7  17
 4    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK         6   6   5 DNS   3 RTD RTD   3  23
 5  164552  J WALKER      LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   4   3   3   2  41
 6    1072  R DAWSON      RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD   2   1   1  47
 7  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   7   7   2   4  49
 8  130338  RiCRITCHLEY   LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   6   8   7   6  56
 9   13176  D LAWSON      GP          OD DNS   1   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS  63
10    1148  N CURRIE      RS400        2   2  OD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  65
11    1125  JoHALLIDAY    RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS   8  11   8  10  66
12    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX       5   5   4 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  72
13   40894  S HALL        TOP        DNS DNS DNS DNS  12  12   9 RTD  75
14    1146  P BURNELL     RS400        4   8   6 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  76
15  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   9  10   6 DNS  83
16    1246  R RHODES      OSPREY     DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   5   9 101
17   13867  D NICHOLSON   GP           7   7 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 101
18   13655  N LEWIS       GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS  10   6 DNS DNS 103
19     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO      RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS 111
20    6905  N GARRISON    D 18       DNS DNS DNS DNS  11  13 DNS DNS 111
21      10  A BAINBRIDGE  TOPPER     DNS DNS DNS DNS  13  14 DNS DNS 114
22     400  T KNOWLES     RS300      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   3 DNS DNS 119
23    3673  S BEATTIE     FF         DNS DNS DNS DNS  OD DNS DNS DNS 119
24   13118  V BELL        GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   8 124
25  160516  T CHITTENDEN  LAS        DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 124
26   69960  M CHAPPEL     FF         RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 127
27     338  R YARDLEY     RS300      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD 129
28     809  B SMITH       RS800      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS 129

                     Points for RTD = 11   9   8   4  14  16  13  13
                     Points for DSQ = 11   9   8   4  14  16  13  13
                     Points for DNS = 29

 5 races to count

Handicap Open Meeting

Excellent turnout of 33 boats, 29 in the fast handicap fleet and the rest in the slow handicap fleet. The first race started with strong winds for the first lap but eased and backed to the north east which led to some very tight reaches. 59er was the first to the windward mark, with Robin Dawson and Toggle Cowan second in their RS400 (will we ever hear the last of this one?) but they soon took the lead. John Riley had an excellent first beat in an RS300.

The first slow handicap race was dominated by the Emma Houlihan and Holly Scott from RWYC in their Mirror.

A wind shift just before the start of the second race meant several boats only just managed to cross the line on starboard tack. Robin Dawson was not so lucky, and he ended up attached to the inner port marker. Neil Currie and Phil Smith in an RS400 were first to the windward mark with a clear lead. Steve Hunt with Becky Dawson had taken the right route up the beat this time, with William Carruthers and Lesley Braddock not too far behind (at that stage!). Neil Currie benefited from a very fast reach to increase his lead. M Fearnley in his 59er started to pull back on Neil on the second lap, and D Sykes in an RS400 from Ullswater pulled through to second RS400. I Baillie in his RS300 had had a good first beat and continued to maintain his position as the race went on. Scumperjack with Joe Roberts in an RS400 made ground on several boats

The slow handicap fleet had a good start with all but Mike Chappell on port tack! The Hemmingway brothers in their RS Feva cleared a 200 yard lead on the first beat, followed by Sam Hall in his Topper. The Mirror girls closed in on the RS Feva as the wind eased, and eventually took the lead. Sam Hall did pass the RS Feva only to be overtaken again some time later.

A late night, drinking the bar dry, probably due to several people trying to keep their throats lubricated for the karaoke. Word has it that Elvis (who is known to live in the Maryport area) was in the building and gave a late night rendition of who knows what! Perhaps fortunately, the wind was slow to get up for Sunday’s early start, and it was 1pm before it had settled down to the forecast westerly direction, which gradually picked up as the afternoon’s racing continued.

Steve Hunt, with regular crew Ruth Critchley, was back on form in the lighter winds and was first to the windward mark, having taken benefit of the shifts on the port side of the beat. Neil Currie and Dave Sykes were close on Steve’s transom, but the mass of boats that followed blanketed each other from the few gusts that were passing through, leaving the leaders to break away from the fleet. The close reach along the bottom of the course favoured the single handed boats. The leaders continued to have a good race, and Dave Sykes broke through to second on the next beat. However, tricky winds around the windward mark gave Robin Dawson a chance to pick the best route and move into third position. Mark Fearnley in the 59er continued to nibble away at the leading boats and succeeded in crossing the line first. Some close racing in the RS400s resulted in Dave Sykes pipping Robin Dawson on the line, and closely followed by Neil Currie – with just six seconds between them all. Andy Downie in a Phantom had an excellent final lap taking six places. It was to be Steve Hunt that would win the race on handicap.

With the final race being held back to back, no-one knew the effects of the handicaps on everyone’s position, or who they should cover. The wind was continuing to freshen, and the Mark Fearnley in his 59er was first to the windward mark, followed by Andrew Elliott in a Blaze, and a Phantom. The run to the next mark led to some tactical gybing to pick up the gusts. The lead boat managed to lose its way on the next beat(!), but it had no detrimental effect on the leading 59er. Racing continued to be very close, and it was the next reach which helped to break the pack a little, with Mark Fearnley narrowly escaping capsizing on one of the gusts. Chris Whiteley in his Phantom held a good, threatening, position throughout the race and the adjusted results gave him first position. No one could afford to ease up on the final beat, and some gusts almost caught out the Phantoms, while the 59er was close to capsizing to windward in an unexpected hole!

Overall Winner Chris Whiteley Winners of the slow handicap fleet - Emma Houlihan and Holly Scott

Final Results

FAST HANDICAP OPEN

PN    Boat  Helm          Crew           Club             1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    1186  C WHITELEY    PHANTOM        ROTHERHAM        4   1   5   1   6
 2       2  B COKAYNE     PHANTOM        STAUNTON HAROL   3   7   3   2   8
 3     445  I BAILLIE     RS300          DALGETTIE BAY    1   5   4   4   9
 4     715  A ELLIOTT     BLAZE          ROTHERHAM        5   4  13   3  12
 5    1210  S HUNT        RS400          BASS             8   8   1   7  16
 6      17  C BARRIE      PHANTOM        REDESMERE       10  13   2   5  17
 7    1173  A DOWNIE      PHANTOM        GLOSSOP          8   6  12   6  20
 8    1148  N CURRIE      RS400          BASS            11   2   8  11  21
 9    1072  R DAWSON      RS400          BASS             2 RTD   7  13  22
10       1  S ELLIOTT     PHANTOM        ROTHERHAM       12   3   9  10  22
11    1259  D SYKES       RS400          UYC             6  10   6  12  22
12     108  M FEARNLEY    59ER           MORECAMBE        7   9  11   9  25
13     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400          BASS            18  17  14  14  45
14     450  M HENMAN      RS300          SUNDERLAND      14  16  22  17  47
15   13655  J RILEY       GP14           BASS           DNS DNS  10   8  48
16     338  R YARDLEY     RS300          BASS            20  12  18  18  48
17    1036  G MORRIS      PHANTOM        ROYAL FINDHORN  19  18  16  15  49
18  174900  P HOULIHAN    LASER RADIAL   RWYC            15  19  20  16  50
19  143083  L FIELDING    LASER          DRSC            17  14 DNS  21  52
20    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400          BASS            13  11 DNS DNS  54
21     435  M AYRE        RS300          BERWICK         21  21  21  19  61
22    1069  D MORROW      PHANTOM        LOUGH FOYLE     22  20  23  20  62
23    1146  P BURNELL     RS400          BASS            23  24  17  24  64
24     362  M DAVIES      RS300          THORNTON STEWA DNS DNS  15  22  67
25     452  I DAVIES      RS300          DRSC           RTD  23  19 DNS  68
26    4273  C HORN        LASER4000      LEIGH & LOWTON  24  22  24  23  69
27     431  G MARSHALL    RS300          ST MARYS LOCH  DNS  15 DNS DNS  75
28     400  J RILEY       RS300          BASS            16 DNS DNS DNS  76
29     958  J CLAYTON     PHANTOM        BLACKPOOL & FL DNS RTD DNS DNS  87

                                        Points for RTD = 26  27  25  25
                                        Points for DSQ = 26  27  25  25
                                        Points for DNS = 30

 3 races to count
SLOW HANDICAP OPEN

PN    Boat  Helm          Crew           Club             1   2   3   4 Pts
 1   70346  E HOULIHAN    MIRROR         RWYC             1   1   1 DNS   3
 2   69960  M CHAPPELL    MIRROR SH      BASS             2   2   2   1   5
 3      11  S HALL        TOPPER         BASS             3   3   3   2   8
 4     382  G HEMMINGWAY  RS FEVA        BASS             4   4 DNS DNS  13

                                        Points for RTD =  5   5   4   3
                                        Points for DSQ =  5   5   4   3
                                        Points for DNS =  5

 3 races to count
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