With Easter being late this year, GNAC is being held early, for which there was a fleet of 27 boats. Although the sun was shining, the cooler than usual, and stronger than forecast SE breeze put a few competitors off sailing. Those that sailed enjoyed some spectacular reaches, and several suffered capsizes to boot!
Four races were sailed back to back, which took its toll energy wise, and the numbers in each race decreased. Only one general recall, so no need for any black flags. The conditions suited the faster RS400s, led by Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leigh and Lowton, which take up the first two places overnight, but Alastair and Evie Coates, also from Leigh and Lowton, had a brilliant afternoon in their RS Feva and are holding 3rd place overnight.
Sunday was neither as sunny, nor as windy generally, but there were again strong gusts of wind to add to the excitement to the offwind legs, and they seemed especially vicious on the beat at times. There were more capsizes, and numerous changes of position, and race winners, throughout the remaining four races, but overnight leaders Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop, through their consistent sailing, continued to top the leaderboard and win the series overall.
Alastair and Evie Coates led the slower handicap boats finishing a creditable 4th overall.
Overall winners Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop
Sun and a cool northerly breeze kept a fleet of 16 boats sailing for the first two races in the Barf Trophy and Spring Cup long series.
At the front of the fleet, Alex/Caroline in an RS400 and Steve/Ruth in a Merlin, had some close racing, while Ian/LezliAnn in a F15 were able to keep in the mix on handicap. Some of the beats proved to be a bit shifty and fluky to keep helms on their toes, but no one has yet claimed the first capsize of the season!
Steve won both races on handicap, with Ian 2nd in the first race and Alex 2nd in the second race, while in the GPs Dave/Lynn won both races with Mike/Eric taking 2nd place.
Sunday was overcast but with a stronger NE breeze, a direction which results in the shoreline near Armathwaite Hall creating light shifty airs. Fortunately there were no major positions lost to such challenging conditions, though treasure Mike Cave did claim the badge for the first capsize of the season. AJ/Sue got off to a flying start and were first to the windward mark, but it was not to last as Dave/Lynn pulled through to the lead taking the first win in the Mustard Pot with AJ 2nd. In the Handicap fleet, Stan in his Solo earned his first win of the season head of Robin/Erin in an RS200 in the Dodd Trophy.
The afternoon race was in aid of the Eric Twiname Trust, and typically sailed around the lake. With mark 11 hastily laid over the lunch break, at least the race would take the fleet around most of the lake. An incident just after the start resulted in three boats forming a raft; Neil Garrison accepted fault and did a 720. Dave/Lynn in their GP took an early lead but were passed by the Merlin and F15 on the next beat. The NE breeze looked promising for the next leg, a long reach from 3 to 11, and Steve/Ruth in the Merlin started to pull out a good lead as they sailed out of the Armathwaite shore shadow, however, as they approached the narrows, the wind quickly dropped with what turned out to be an opposing southerly wind. The conditions proved flukey and challenging for more than half an hour until the fleet reached the southerly breeze. With a risk of the return route being equally challenging, the race was shortened at mark 11. Although Steve had broken free from the rest of the fleet again, the bunching around Scarness Bay had done him no favours, and it was Dave that won on handicap, with Joe 2nd and Steve 4th. Lynn takes the lead in Sandra’s Salver for the best female crew in the pennant races
Eric Twiname Trust Pennant results
Sandra’s Salver latest
There was a good turnout of members on Saturday to finalise preparations for the new season that coincided with the start of British Summer Time. The day finished with tea and cake to chat with and greet new members.
Sunday welcomed a fleet of 21 boats for the Starter’s Prize with some sunshine, and a light southerly.
With the sun over the yardarm, and having successfully got racing underway, the starting crew raised a glass of rum and coke in honour of Herb.
Alex/Jo in a RS400 broke away to lead the fleet through to the finish, but with the wind backing to the east, the course fell into Skiddaw’s shadow for a while, until the forecast easterly settled in just as Alex was finishing! On handicap Bean/Naomi and Robin/Erin in RS200s took 1st and 2nd places with Alex 3rd.
The wind was somewhat fickle and unsettled after lunch. Into the 2nd lap the wind disappeared for a while, but did return with some gusto for the finish. On handicap, the GPs of Andy/Phil and AJ/Sue were 1st and 2nd ahead of Bean/Naomi who won the series.
The 2019 sailing season is upon us, and will start 1130am this Sunday 31st March.
Why not pop along on Saturday, give a helping hand with some final preparations, and then greet and get to know some of our newer members in the afternoon?
Don’t forget that with British Summer Time starting on Sunday the clocks will go forward one hour, so the first race is sooner than you may have realised!
Although our season has not yet started, preparations for our first open meeting are all in hand.
This year’s GNAC is being held on 13/14 April, eight windward leeward races scheduled, and entries are now open at via WebCollect
Early entries benefit from a £10 discount so don’t delay too long!
Congratulations to Phil Hodgkins and Sarah Wilkinson following their wedding at the weekend.
They have both been invited to give a talk on sailing on Radio Cumbria on Thursday (21/2) at around 6.30pm
As a preamble to the season, Mik has sent an article to the local press which should be published this weekend by the Cumberland News. The article is aimed at promoting us to new members, so please help spread the word and point friends and colleagues in the direction of the Cumberland News.
Don’t forget that the deadline for contributions to the next edition of Foxy Tales is just a week away. Mik is always keen to accept further copy if you can pen something while it’s in your mind.
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Building on the success of the junior sessions that ran throughout last year we have planned a programme of sailing for juniors prior to racing on a Saturday.
We will continue with the same three fleets of Optimists, Tera/Topper and Mirrors. The Optimist sailing will be aimed at a beginner level with use of Mirrors if conditions do not permit independent sailing. A technique and race relevant training session will be run for the older sailors within the Optimist/Tera/Topper fleet.
The sessions will run for 1 hour prior to club racing to allow the younger kids to either stop should they wish or go club racing with supervision/adults. Ideally, we want to see the older kids participating in club racing during the afternoon.
The sessions will start with a 12-noon briefing, aiming to be on the water for 12.30pm.
Please note that these sessions are intended for parents to be actively involved in teaching their children to sail and we would expect at least one parent/guardian per family to be dressed and equipped for on the water assistance at all timesduring the sessions.
Please direct any questions to the junior session co-ordinator:
Session dates 2019 (12 noon briefing – 12.30pm on the water):
Saturday 20th April
Saturday 4th May
Saturday 18th May
Saturday 25th May – Push the Boat Out event
Saturday 15th June
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – NWYJTT event
Saturday 6th July
Saturday 20th July
Friday 23rd August
Saturday 24th August