Room for improvement!

With tale end of the American hurricanes coming through to spoil our weekend after such a glorious week, three RS400 went to Ullswater to enter their one day open meeting. Along with 35 RS200s there were 13 RS400s. On arrival the water was already covered in white horses, but the wind did ease and racing was underway by late morning. But the wind did not ease for long! The first race proved a challenge for boats to stay upright, especially when gybing – it was to be Neil Currie’s turn to come a cropper, and having been late for the start due to crew Andy Smith being delayed on the motorway, they retiredm to save themselves for the next race. The 2nd race was to be held back to back, and between races the wind continued to rise and the boats continued to capsize – this time William Carruthers and Lesley Braddock took to the water (for some time, as the boat continued to blow over when it was righted). With so many capsized boats, the OD opted to delay racing and everyone had an early lunch. The wind did ease and racing resumed mid afternoon, but the light breeze for race 2, was not to continue into the last race which was to be Steve Hunt’s chance to come a cropper when having an excellent first beat, Andy put the genniker up, they promptly gybed and capsized on to the wing mark.

Overall winner was Robbie Wilson from Wormit, with Steve taking 8th position, William 9th and Neil 12th.

Back at the club, it was only the toppers that dare take to the water. Rescue driver Wil had his work cut out for him on his last day. He had to right an RS Feva and sail it home before returning to resolve various other capsizes. Did Rhonwen Bryce hustle her way to the lead by making out she did not know how to tack or gybe a topper? Who knows?

On Sunday, the big boys (and Ruth!) went out for what was to be the only race of the day. First casualty up the first beat was Jim Christie in his vortex – after capsizing he could could not right without help, so that was his race over. Playing it cautiously was not enough for Steve Hunt and Ruth Critchley in an RS 400 – they had decided not to fly the kite but still went at the leeward gybe mark – with enough capsizing for one weekend, Steve retired gracefully. And then there were two; Phil Smith and Toggle Cowan in their GP were in a safe position to beat Mike Moore and Ian Smith (in a F15) on handicap, but ‘wanted to beat them on the water’ (as Phil put it), so up went the kite to ‘stabilise’ the boat (pity it wasn’t a run!), and boat number three capsized and packed up. So would OD Mike Fairlamb make Mike sail the full course? After seeing Mike Moore flattened at the gybe mark, the race was shortened, and Mike eventually made it back to take first place and confirm his lead in the series.

Weekend results:

SKIDDAW TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4 Pts
 1    1210  S HUNT        RS400        2   1 DNS DNS   3
 2   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        1   2 DNS DNS   3
 3   69960  M CHAPPEL     MS           3   3 DNS DNS   6
 4     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        4   4 DNS DNS   8
 5     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO        5 RTD DNS DNS  11
 6  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS   1  17
 7   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP         DNS DNS DNS   2  18
 8   13655  N LEWIS       GP         DNS DNS DNS   3  19
 9    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK        OD DNS DNS DNS  19
10  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS        DNS DNS DNS  OD  19
11     400  T KNOWLES     RSFEVA     RTD DNS DNS DNS  23
12      17  P HEMMINGWAY  TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD  24
12     382  G HEMMINGWAY  RSFEVA     DNS DNS DNS RTD  24
12   40894  S HALL        TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD  24
12   40892  J HEMINGWAY   TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD  24

                     Points for RTD =  7   6   0   8
                     Points for DSQ =  7   6   0   8
                     Points for DNS = 16

 2 races to count
MJM TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 Pts
 1    3473  M MOORE       FF           5   4   2   2   7   4   2   2 DNS   1  13
 2    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX       6 DNS   3   3 RTD   6 DNS DNS   5 RTD  28
 3    1210  S HUNT        RS400      DNS DNS   1   1 DNS DNS   1 DNS   1 RTD  42
 4   13176  D LAWSON      GP           1   1 DNS DNS   1   3 DNS DNS DNS DNS  72
 5   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP           2   2 DNS DNS   8   7 DNS DNS DNS DNS  85
 6    1125  JoHALLIDAY    RS400       10   9   4   4 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  93
 7    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK       RTD DNS DNS DNS   5 RTD DNS DNS   4 DNS 102
 8  161866  M SOMERVILLE  LASER      DNS DNS DNS DNS   4   2 DNS DNS  OD DNS 108
 9   13839  H GODFREY     GP           7 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   3   1 DNS DNS 110
10  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   6   5 DNS DNS   2 DNS 112
11    3560  I CAMPBELL    FF           9   6 DNS DNS DNS DNS  OD DNS DNS DNS 117
12   13749  R DAWSON      RS400      RTD DNS DNS DNS   3   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS 120
13   69960  M CHAPPEL     MS           8   7 DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 121
14   13791  P SMITH       GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS   2 DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD 139
15   13789  J TELFORD     GP           4   3 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 139
16   12329  J WOOD        GP         DNS DNS   5   5 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 142
17   70142  T SMITH       MCH          3   8 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 143
18   13013  J SEDGWICK    GP          11 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   6 DNS 149
19  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS DSQ RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS 154
20  913142  P HODGKINS    RS400      RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS 160
21   13326  S WATSON      GP         RTD DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 161
22   13118  V BELL        GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   3 DNS 168
23    3332  W SOMERVILLE  FF          OD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 168
24    1148  N CURRIE      RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS  OD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 168
25     382  G HEMMINGWAY  RSFEVA     DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS 170
26   93673  J SOMERVILLE  FF         DNS   5 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 170
27     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   7 DNS 172
28     595  H KNOWLES     RSFEVA     DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 172
29  122174  P DILLON      LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   8 DNS 173
30     562  A SMITH       49R        DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS 176
31  913733  J HODGKINS    GP         DNS RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 176
32   13238  D NICHOLSON   GP          12 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 177

                     Points for RTD = 17  11   7   7  12  10   5   3  11   5
                     Points for DSQ = 17  11   7   7  12  10   5   3  11   5
                     Points for DNS = 33

 6 races to count

 

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