Fantastic day today at the club. As a prelude to the long bank holiday weekend, 16 young sailors took part in Race Training with Curtis Mearns from the RYA. A further 16 youngsters enjoyed “Sail and Splash” with fun and games on the water.
Photos of the onshore “decision making” games with Curtis.
The forecast said Gusting 40. It wasn’t that extreme but heavy nevertheless. The OD said there would be a race if members wanted one but the trouble was that people could not make up their minds! Except a couple of newer members who were advised that launching was, perhaps, not a good idea. So eventually N over A was hoisted.
A number of crews turned up at the Club hoping that Bass’s winds would be less extreme than around their homes. But conditions on the Lake were still marginal for racing. The Sailing Secretary who was the OD consulted all before deciding to cancel racing for the day.
It was probably due to crews wanting to escape from Jon’s boat-moving work party but we got twelve enthusiastic entrants for Night Jar 14. And two were over enthusiastic going OCS and being recalled! Mind you, that didn’t stop them moving back to the front of the fleet by the second leg.
But the wind was all over the place – enough at A where the Bates was anchored but virtually nothing from 0 around 1 and up to B. Andy / Phil had had enough after one lap but John in the Solo and Mike & Eric continued to crawl their way around.
Richard Hughes in his elderly Radial was the first to be shortened after one 30 minute lap. He had put in a stormer (relatively speaking) and was 8 minutes up on Bob’s Full Rig and over 10 on the fellow Radials of Alan Singleton, John Bracegirdle and Barbara Thompson.
Katia’s Tera and James’ Oppy looked as though they were in with a chance on PH at least. But, although they looked painfully slow, the wind picked up marginally for the back markers and those on 2 laps took the leading results. That didn’t stop Mike & Eric accepting a tow back – for the first time in a long while they said!
There was no food for the first Thursday this year. So thanks are due to Andy and a hungry Katia for staying on to produce the results.
With a black sky and thunder & lightning there was doubt as to whether the race would be held. But the storm missed Bass and twelve boats lined up for the start.
Sue & Alan picked up the port bias and were first away. Glenys & Nigel were not so lucky and capsized on the line. Some wag reckoned they needed to cool off on the hottest day of the year!
Mike’s Streaker was first round the windward mark with Peter’s Laser just astern, the helm wishing for a bit more wind. Then it was Sue / Alan and Ken / Val with Mike’s Solo close astern. Further back was John in his Pico hanging out as if is life (or stability at least) depended on it!
James and Andrew Reekie in their Oppys were shortened first and then Dave Eva’s Vision, Robert Hedges’ Ent and Barbara Thompson’s Laser all in close company.
After which back in for the meal which was, again, prepared by James & Jenny.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Eddie Ramsden on 23 July. Eddie and his wife have been regular visitors to the club over many years, and more recently became members. He was heavily involved with the RYA and regularly brought his expertise into play at club events. He will be sadly missed.
It goes without saying that the family are all desperately sad at this time but take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace.
Our thoughts are with his widow Jean, daughter Judith, and the rest of Eddie’s family at this sad time.
A funeral Service will be held for Eddie at 2.45pm on Wednesday, August 14th 2019, at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton DH9 9JP.
Family flowers only please. If you would like to give a donation in lieu of flowers then the family would appreciate it if it could go to Macmillan Cancer Support or Marie Curie
As the fleet of 17 boats, in which it was great to have so many young sailors, prepared for the Mirror Inland Championship, the lake had numerous calm patches which the forecast didn’t instil confidence in many that they would disappear. However, shortly before the scheduled start the wind did settle and fill the lake.
The first start had three boats OCS, of which only one returned, but other starts were all clear. Although the wind swung rhythmically throughout the afternoon, the beats were maintained and there was some close racing throughout the fleet, with positions in different races being shared across several boats.
With the very light forecast for Sunday at risk of scuppering the day’s racing, the OD was keen to try and have an extra race if the wind held, which it did, but some boats opted out of racing it.
Andy and Lily Smith won race 4, with Luke and Tristan Shaw from Budworth 2nd, to secure the same positions on the overall leaders board overnight, with Phil and Oliver Smith 3rd.
Sunday started with the wind matching the forecast with the lake mirror like, but a few clouds moved in together a NE breeze, and then it disappeared, and came back, and disappeared again! It did fill in again about an hour after the scheduled start time, and stayed to enable racing to get underway. As with Saturday, racing was close, and positions kept changing, even on the final beat. Phil and Oliver held their race lead, but wife, and Commodore, Naomi had a stormer snatching 2nd place from Luke and Tristan by less than a foot (in old money). Although brother Andy and Lily lost out slipping from 3rd to 7th, they maintained their overall lead, though Phil and Luke were in close contention, so there was everything to sail for in a final race.
The start line was reset for the final race, but just before the course was displayed, a breeze filled in from the west. The start was moved and the final race was soon underway in another shifting, force 1-2. Phil led from the windward mark, and maintained it to the finish taking the Inland Championship trophy, with Luke 2nd.
It was dry but chilly with a NW wind. The OD set a different course of 1-0-B-4 and 20 boats took the start. Mark’s RS100 was first down the beat and continued to extend its lead. Val & Ken’s GP, incognito with a white Kite, were next up followed by James & Jenny’s L2000 having re-rigged from Ullswater and the second GP of Joan & Jack.
Then came a tight contest between the single handers; Rory’s Solo, Paul’s Radial (sailing above the helm’s handicap as usual) and Mike’s Streaker which moved through to be first of the group.
The course was shortened for Barbara’s Radial and the Teras of Matthew and Katia. Also, the Vision of Dave Era / Dave Pearson which had earlier capsized.
Then all headed back for the meal prepared this week by newcomer John Bracegirdle.