The next two Sundays are major events as far a club racing is concerned.
Tomorrow (Sunday 16th) is the Club Championships. This has the intention of finding the best sailor in the club by running a series of Handicap races. The format is the same as last year with four races over different courses. All are sailed using an average lap time basis so there will be a gate you have to pass through on every upwind leg. There is no set number of laps so you carry on sailing until the shorten course symbol is hoisted and you will be finished the next time you pass through the gate. The courses are in the SI’s which are here: –
We start with a triangle at 1030 am, then have a windward-leeward course, have a break for lunch and then do a trapezoid and finally a P. 3 out of 4 races count. I will encourage the race officer to give a briefing at 9.30 am. The forecast for tomorrow may give a Flying Fifteen a chance of doing well in this!
The following Sunday (23rd September) is the rerun of Part 2 of the Fleet Championships (it was postponed due to lack of wind in June). The Sailing Instructions are very similar to normal club Sunday racing and can be found on the same web page. There are four races next Sunday with two back to back in the morning and two back to back in the afternoon. It is four out of eight races to count and no-one established a clear lead in the first part of the event so the title is still very much open.
The first two races on that Sunday also count towards the Fairweather trophy. The current results for this are shown in the screenshot below. With all those incentives to get out Sailing that Sunday can we get the fleet into double figures?
See you on the water soon.
Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain