Weather Forecasters – What do they know?

With forecasts of wind on Saturday and gales on Sunday, many people must have been put off from getting down to the Club this weekend. Certainly, those that arrived early on Saturday were put off to see the strength of gusts shooting across the lake. This was not going to put the OD off (much), and by 3pm he had gone out in the rain to start the first race. It was the rain that flattened the lake and killed the wiind. However, once the race started, there were some very blustery conditions to contend with, from screaming reaches (which leading RS Steve Hunt opted to tack round rather than gybe – woofter!), to near drifters at the North end of the lake. Jim Christie came a cropper with one of the gusts and had to retire. Dismay set in for some when the sadistic OD sent the dwindling fleet round for the 4th lap. However, with Steve Hunt and Becky Dawson going for a swim as they put up the genniker, this gave William Carruthers and Lesley Braddock an opportunity not to be missed, and they took the lead and won the race from Dave Lawson, with Steve Hunt 3rd. Enough was enough, and the competitors voted with their boat covers, and declined to go out for another race.

With the gales forecast for Sunday, OD Rory Yardley expected to turn up, put up flag N to cancel racing for the day. However, it was not to be. The conditions were variable and patchy but by no means as blustery as Saturday. Jose opted out of sailing so Ginge could sail with a ‘younger woman’, and was that why she was caught on camera, showing whether she’s an inny or an outy, hacking branches off some trees? Well not quite, but anyone wanting to see the film should click here!

Over the lunch break, the wind swung to the South and increased in strength just in time for a pennant race! In true fashion, a course was set to send the select fleet of three RS400s and two GPs and a Vortex to the bottom of the lake. Visiting skiff sailor Kevin Anderson was practising for the Endeavour Trophy and found out how hard it was to hike out, especially on a three+ mile beat. He had a close race with Robin Dawson and Toggle Cowan, and made the most of the some exciting gusts on the off wind legs to complete the course, along with the next three boats in less than an hour.

Being a visitor, Kevin was gracefully ‘retired’ from the results giving the Bass Burgee to Jim Christie. This race saw the end of Sandra’s Salver for female sailors in the pennant races, and Lyn Lawson guest appearance with Mike Fairlamb was sufficient to win her the trophy.

Final Results

SKIDDAW TROPHY

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6 Pts
 1     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        4   4 DNS DNS DNS   1   9
 2    1210  S HUNT        RS400        2   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS  21
 3   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        1   2 DNS DNS DNS DNS  21
 4   69960  M CHAPPEL     MS           3   3 DNS DNS DNS DNS  24
 5     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO        5 RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS  29
 6  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS   1 DNS DNS  37
 7    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX     DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   2  38
 8   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP         DNS DNS DNS   2 DNS DNS  38
 9   13733  A HODGKINS    GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   3  39
10   13655  N LEWIS       GP         DNS DNS DNS   3 DNS DNS  39
11    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK        OD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  39
12  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS        DNS DNS DNS  OD DNS DNS  39
13     400  T KNOWLES     RSFEVA     RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  43
14      17  P HEMMINGWAY  TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS  44
14     382  G HEMMINGWAY  RSFEVA     DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS  44
14   40894  S HALL        TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS  44
14   40892  J HEMINGWAY   TOP        DNS DNS DNS RTD DNS DNS  44

                     Points for RTD =  7   6   0   8   0   4
                     Points for DSQ =  7   6   0   8   0   4
                     Points for DNS = 18

 3 races to count
AUTUMN CUP

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6 Pts
 1   13118  V BELL        GP           1   3 DNS DNS DNS   3   4
 2   13749  R DAWSON      RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   1  10
 3   13733  A HODGKINS    GP         DNS   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS  10
 4  913326  L COOK        GP         DNS   2 DNS DNS DNS DNS  10
 5   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   2  11
 6   13326  S WATSON      GP           2 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  11
 7   13839  H GODFREY     GP          OD DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  12

                     Points for RTD =  3   4   0   0   0   4
                     Points for DSQ =  3   4   0   0   0   4
                     Points for DNS =  8

 2 races to count
BASS BURGEE

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1 Pts
 1    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX       1   1
 2   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        2   2
 3     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        3   3
 4   13327  M FAIRLAMB    GP           4   4
 5    1049  K ANDERSON    RS400      RTD   7
 5   13013  J SEDGWICK    GP         RTD   7

                     Points for RTD =  7
                     Points for DSQ =  7
                     Points for DNS =  7

 1 races to count
SANDRAS SALVER

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6   7 Pts
 1  913176  L LAWSON      GP         DNS DNS   2 DNS DNS DNS   2  84
 2    8937  L BRADDOCK    RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   5   1  86
 3   91125  JaHALLIDAY    RS400      DNS   3   3 DNS DNS DNS DNS  86
 4   91277  M SHEARD      LARK       DNS DNS RTD RTD DNS DNS DNS  87
 5    3268  B WILCOX      FF         DNS DNS DNS DNS RTD   6 DNS  89
 6  913749  Re DAWSON     GP14       DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   1 DNS  97
 7  125514  R BRYCE       LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS   1 DNS DNS  97
 8   91210  R CRITCHEY    RS400      DNS DNS   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS  97
 9   91049  E HUNT        RS400      DNS   1 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  97
10   81049  C BONES       RS400        1 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  97
11    9501  J CURRIE      RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   2 DNS  98
12   94373  E FAIRLAMB    FF         DNS   2 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS  98
13    9937  E CARRUTHERS  RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   3 DNS  99
14  913326  L COOK        GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   4 DNS 100
15   81125  Jn HALLIDAY   RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS   7 DNS 103

                     Points for RTD =  2   4   5   2   3   8   3
                     Points for DSQ =  2   4   5   2   3   8   3
                     Points for DNS = 16

 7 races to count

 

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