Crispin Read-Wilson, who has produced some extremely high quality FF World Magazines over the past few years, is looking for articles for the next issue. Click here to see Crispin’s request and information on how to get your article to him before the print deadline of 14th November. I’ve suggested that John/ Jon share their excellent report on attending the Nationals – it would be good to get a couple of articles out of Datchet.
Last week, I was hoping to see double figures out this weekend… Well we almost had a double figure (2) because only 3 boats turned out! John/ Helen, Nick/ Max and George/ I braved the weather forecast and actually had a really good sail. It helped to change into wet weather gear before rigging unless you wanted to look like Gordon Gekko with slicked back hair (John) but the rain stopped before we launched and my tell-tales even dried off before the race started. The RO set a cracking course, using most of the reservoir and we all had a good whiz round and chat in the bar afterwards
So come on, everyone else, let’s get the numbers up again next week – whatever the forecast
Chew Valley are holding their Flying Fifteen open meeting at the end of October this year. Follow this link for the NoR http://www.chewvalleysailing.org.uk/files/NOR/NOR%20_Flying_Fifteen_and_Scorpion_Open_2016.pdf. Aiming for 7 races over 2 Daly’s
It’s a very pretty place to sail and has had some big wind the last couple of times I’ve been. At least 2 Datchet boats are planning to go – Nick/ Max and Mervyn/ George – why not join us? It’ll be good practice for the Inland Champs which are there next year
We need to limit the number of cars at the top of the ramp so that there is space for all the boats that need to use it to launch.
So please – only one car at most per boat by the ramp and the rest parked nearer the club
Thanks a lot
In time honoured tradition, we will hold the fleet AGM at the club in the upstairs meeting room after sailing on 4th December (lunch paid for from fleet funds). Please let me know of any agenda items you wish to discuss. In particular, I am looking for nominations for ‘crew of the year’. I will be asking the current holders of fleet posts if they are willing to continue – and looking for fresh volunteers ahead of the meeting.
Mike C had come back from his adventure in the Caucasus to try to wrestle the Fairweather Trophy from Richard and Howard’s grasp – but despite Mike/ Peter beating them in race 2 on Sunday, Richard/ Howard emerged as winners of the Junk Trophy for the third year in a row! The full results are below thanks to Roger – showing Mike C/ Peter in second place and Mike F/ Phil third. Congratulations to all.
We had 9 boats rigged and ready to go on Sunday. Unfortunately, Trevor forgot his sailing kit so only 8 started the first race. Several of us were confused at the start because the RO made a unilateral decion to use a 5 minute start sequence. This didn’t phase Richard and Howard who had only just reached the start in time for the gun anyway and carried merrily on their way to collect yet another bullet, holding off John/ Helen, and Mike C/ Peter in that order.
The second race started with John/ Helen over line at start, and a storming start for Richard/ Howard (who had worked out that it was a 5 minute sequence). The first beat saw a split in the wind pattern down the middle of the beat with those on the right side getting a 40+degree lift while those on the left (who had no shift at all!) suddenly went from first to last. Alastair and Andrew Stevenson rounded the leeward mark first but it wasn’t long before John/ Helen pulled away to win by at least half a leg at the end. Andrew showed some serious helming skills on the last reach when he kept their boat level with Mervyn/ George in a brief planing contest (only to be let down by his father’s spinnaker skills!).
Hopefully we can get into double figures next weekend!
After last weekend that was rather crowded with open meetings and Oppie training, albeit good for keeping fees down, we should have plenty of space and excellent weather (Force 3-4 with sun!) for the final instalment of the Fairweather Series.
Richard and Howard are leading (just) from Mike C and Peter – Mike is hot tailing it back from the Caucasus to see if he can upset the applecart and John/ Helen are on a roll after returning from their travels so – could it be more exciting?!…
Let’s have a really good turnout to finish the series in style
Nick and Maxine returned from holidays with a new boat and John and Helen returned from their highly successful Summer campaign with a brand new mast. Mike and Phil scored a DNC in the morning because Mike’s car battery needed replacing. Meanwhile, on the water, John/ Helen won both races in what was a fun Force 4 with some extra puffs now and then, that made the bottom reach a real blast. In the meantime, Tom’s mainsheet tails knotted inside his boom and George’s jib-sheet parted (I sense a Reggie Perrin-like list of excuses building!)
It was great to see Emma, Trevor Sparrow and Sue Holdship (plus daughters) all joining in the Sunday pm racing. Not so great however, was Mervyn’s mast going snap and his car battery also giving out – with his car conveniently parked at the bottom of the ramp, preventing recovery of any boats! Thanks to Emma and Tristan for helping out.
If you snap the top off and cut the bottom bit in half, you can take your mast home in a family saloon rather than faffing around with a trailer
Ovington Mk10’s have a higher floor than a Mk9 Smoothie so any old spare mast you might hypothetically have lying around needs about 2” chopping off or it won’t fit
Masts left lying on the ground appear to make a very popular worm terrarium – nothing a good hose pushed up from the bottom won’t fix though