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After the sweltering temperatures earlier in the week, nature decided it was time to water the gardens with persistent rain/drizzle, and Bass was no exception. With a lack of wind, the lake looked grey, idyllic, but not particularly suitable racing conditions for the weekend’s fleet challenge series.
As the scheduled start time approached, several crews prepared their boats despite little sign of any wind. The OD took to the water and was pleasantly surprised that there was more wind than the rippling waters suggested, and certainly enough for a race. In case the wind faded again a tight, triangular course was set, then the wind backed to the west, so the course was reversed, and racing got underway. The wind later veered to the NW, losing the beat so the race was shortened, the course reversed again and next race sequence began, only for the almost inevitable backer to the W to kick in again. A brief postponement while the course was reversed again and the final race of the day was underway.
The results for the day were consistent with Paul/Vicky in a GP taking two 1sts, Steve in a Solo two 2nds, and Mike in a Streaker two 3rds!
If Saturday was the wet day, Sunday proved to be the windless one, as there was hardly a ripple on the lake around the start time for the morning race. Prospective competitors sat and waited before deciding it was time for an early lunch. Soon after some ripples appeared and the Bates went out with a threat that, if wind was found, there would be seven minutes to the start – postponement down and commence sequence. This got crews moving!
But it wasn’t long before the OD was heading back ashore and raising flag N. By this point it had become rather warm so most returned to the grass or the tables to soak up the heat.
Banter, having forgotten to take down the flags, swam out to the Bates to lower them! So the overnight results stand, with the trophy going to Paul/Vicky Bowmer.
At least it meant more time for those who were down to move boats not entered for Bass Week into the back field.
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
For a pleasant change there was a good wind forecast for the whole weekend, over which a club championship series is being held. The day started with some youth sail training. The wind freshened as the afternoon went on, and there were surprisingly few capsizes. Though a notable one was Val and Ken, having been in the lead earlier in the race, if only because they were caught on camera before colliding with the Bates after righting. The Bates seemed to be a risky place to be with Simon/Jon avoiding colliding with it, and then Mike/Kayla, just before the start of the second race.
Was it the lack of recent experience in higher winds that had various crews on the foredeck clearing spinnaker lines at the start of the windward leg? Banter/Emma joined forces in the RS400, but after breaking their spinnaker halyard, they popped ashore after the first race with the intention of being back out for the next one! – it was not to be…
Generally the stronger winds seemed to be shifty, making it hard work, and resulting in obvious relief from numerous crews as they finished the last race of the day.
On Sunday the wind started lighter than expected, but freshened as the day went on. The morning race had two beats, the 2nd one heading to mark A, partially blanketed by Sale Fell (though it wasn’t meant to be), which proved challenging as to how to approach it. Peter thought it was ideally positioned in the worst place possible!
There were a few more capsizes throughout the day, numerous spectacularly fast spinnaker legs, and some good racing. However, it all took its toll on the competitors that reduced in numbers as the day went on, to the stage that there was only one taker for the final race.
AJ was feeling the pressure with Dave crewing and jumped ship (or was he washed overboard?) on one reach! Steve/Ruth realised it was faster without a spinnaker than bearing away on a gust with kite, then beating back up to the next mark as Banter did more than once. Paul was sailing a Topper but struggled to tack at one stage adding more than 7 mins to his lap time (it was wondered whether he was sand bagging waiting for the course to be shortened!)
The overall winners were Simon/Jon in the F15s, Dave/Lynn in the GPs, Steve/Ruth in the handicap fleet, and Phil/Oliver in the Slow Handicap fleet
It nearly didn’t happen! Only Bass member Mark Hunt turned in for safety but Neil saved the day giving up his Laser sail to drive the Rib. They successfully dealt with John capsizing his Solo on the way to the start and a later long inversion of Steve & Simon’s L2000.
There was a good entry of 17 boats for this round despite it being overcast with a threat of rain. The wind was WSW 3-4 and the OD set 0-1-5-4 which was long for a Thursday but ok in the prevailing conditions.
The first leg saw the usual group pull away and continue their lead positions during a short mid-race shower. But, as the rain stopped so did the wind! James & Jenny were left with none at 0 and dropped from first to fourth after which they retired to the Clubhouse. Val & Ken profited most moving up to have a tight battle with Mike & Eric. John and Rory in their Solos were also in the group and Nigel & Glenys’s GP not far astern.
The lack of any usable wind also created a problem for the OD (and for Sazzie / Hazel on food who kept asking when crews would be ashore!). It was decided to shorten immediately although some boats including Joe Blease’s Radial had drifted across the line before Flag S was hoisted. Richard Hughes’ Radial got three successive hoots – two for shortening and the third for a finish!
More by luck than judgement wind came back and all had finished within the hour.
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of John Dawson at the age of 98, father of rear commodore Robin.
Many longer standing members will know of John who was an active member for many years, both on and off the water.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his widow Beth, Robin, and families at this sad time.
Funeral details will be posted here when arrangements have been finalised.
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.
The sunny Saturday started with some junior sail training in variable light airs. It was hoped that a sea breeze would be the saviour and fill in the various flat patches, and steady the swinging breeze.
On setting the course it seemed that the sea breeze was on its way as the fleet headed to the start line, so the start sequence got underway despite a late swing back to the north resulting in a reaching start for most fleets. However, they did have to tack to reach the windward mark, as the alternate breeze filled in again. The twin airs continued to battle it out throughout the afternoon.
Perhaps it was one of the lulls between the airflows that AJ/Sue took advantage of to catch and pass Mike/Eric in the GPs? In the next race, AJ again took the lead when Mike had to do some turns, but Mike pulled back through, and presently leads the series.
A last minute decision to sail scuppered Scumper’s chances in the first race as he started behind the Mirrors & Teras! It was John Reekie in a Solo that won race 1 ahead of Colin May in a Laser. Scumper won race 2 with Stan in a Solo 2nd. Stan leads the series.
In the Slow Handicap fleet, Matthew/Cameron were practising for next weekend’s Mirror Inlands, finishing with a creditable 1st and 3rd to lead the series. Katia and Poppy were in Teras again, and vying for position with Mik in his Mirror. They all ended the day with 6 points, but Poppy’s win split the tie putting her 2nd overall, and Katia 3rd.
Sunday’s forecast was not at all promising with less wind than Saturday. Fortunately the Bass micro-climate filled the flat patches to get racing underway in another day of sunshine. There were some occasional lighter patches, and various shifts, but that’s fairly normal!
A couple of Mirror crews stepped up to the Handicap fleet with Andy/Lily in a GP, while Phil/Oliver were in a RS200. On handicap Andy took 1st place just 8 secs ahead of Phil, with Ian/Lezli-Ann 3rd. Mik won the Slow Handicap fleet, with Katia 2nd, and John Roberts 3rd.
After lunch there was a pennant race in aid of Calvert Trust. With the light winds the fleet were only sent to mark 10 which took the lead boat more than 30 mins to reach. On the return the wind strengthened, and lifted benefitting the boats further down the fleet one of which was AJ/Sue, sailing Andy’s GP, who broke through to the lead for a while. Ian/Lezli-Ann did regain the lead, but not sufficient to win on handicap, finishing 6th overall. It was to be Mik’s day, taking another win almost 50 secs ahead of AJ, with Rory in a Solo 3rd 14 secs later.