The forecast for next Sunday is for a Force 3 and a positively lukewarm 23°C – perfect for the next instalment of the Fairweather Series and also the next Sunday pm race date. It would be great to see a big fleet out (enough to get some good piccies for the blog)
The observant amongst you may have noticed a new course being used a couple of weeks ago – a triangle-sausage-triangle with start/ gate half way up the beat. This is the result of the Sailing Committee rolling out new courses which were trialled last winter and which are captured in the updates SI’s. These have been broadcast in various ways but a copy is attached just in case you haven’t seen them. I have also duplicated below a table to remind me which is which – feel free to print and laminate it!
The Burnham-on-Crouch open meeting (aka the East Coast Championship) has been rescheduled for September 17th/ 18th. This is a great venue – sailing on a big river with waves that warrant a chute cover if the wind is the going the right way, and some beautiful Dragons on view. The hospitality is also great – I’d recommend you stay in the clubhouse for the experience. Click here for more information.
John and Helen continue their journey round the UK in Hakuna Kutoa Katika. Last weekend they were at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District (a beautiful setting with 180 degree wind shifts!) where they earned 4th place. See a description and some photos in the Y&Y report. That also puts them 3rd overall in the Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series with 4 rounds completed and 2 to go. In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s an old photo to make the blog more colourful!
We had 8 boats out in a fantastic wind last Sunday (out of 21 club boats – that’s nearly 40%). Even Tony Copper commented on how good it looked. Mike and Phil roared away in the first race but everyone else had very close racing behind . Mervyn and George (returning from injury) broke free in the second race with tight racing again behind. However, Richard and Howard are leading the Summer Series very solidly – counting only bullets!
John Christensen and Jonathan Baggot have sent a of their Hayling Bay adventure last weekend – with a description of the thought process that led them to deciding to go to the Nationals, what they did to prepare, what they learned that they still needed to do(!) and what a great time they had. Even better, they won a well-deserved prize for their efforts…
At the end, they ask three excellent questions…
Why don’t more Classic or Silver boats go to the Nationals?
Where was anyone else from Datchet?
Where are next year’s Nationals?
I can answer where they are next year – Falmouth – and why the ‘normal Datchet travellers’ weren’t there, but I hope this report inspires a few more people to travel, including the several Classics/ Silvers we now have – why not give it a thought for next year? Btw, the VR Sport video reports for all 4 days are online now (http://www.vrsport.tv/) and the 2 J’s make another appearance.
Flying Fifteen parking/ launching for the UK Marblehead Nationals – 15th to 17th July
Datchet is hosting UK Marblehead Nationals this weekend – expecting 60 boats. Their course may be set near our pontoon depending on the wind direction. I’ve agreed with Terry that if they are using our pontoon on the Sunday, they will leave the half of car park near the bank clear for our boats and we will leave one car up for pulling up but everyone else needs to move their cars away.
They will pause their racing while we are launching – and we will wait for their signal when we are coming in after we’ve finished racing so we don’t kill their racing. It should be a good event – and Terry has promised us a play sometime
Attached is the NoR for this year’s Flying FFairweather Series – which will combine the FF results for the Sunday am races on 22nd May, 12th June, 24th July, 14th August, 11th September and 9th October 2016 and the winner will receive the ‘Junk’ trophy.
The intent for this series is to focus turnout on one day per month for those who aren’t able to make every weekend.
With a lot of help from Gabrielle and Tristan, I have uploaded the NoR’s and SI’s for the Flying Fifteen Midwinter Championship (which will draw results from the WInter Warm Up in February) and the Mercedes Trophy Open Meeting on 12th and 13th March
Please encourage as many people as possible to attend – if you need help finding a crew or helm, contact me
p.s. next blog lesson will be how to put in links!
This is my first attempt at pasting a blog to the new website – so apologies if it doesn’t work! The fleet results sheet is update to include the Autumn Series results, including the Ridgeway Trophy, and the Castle Cup