Sunday race report

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Last Sunday was a ‘special’ one off race in between series, using the Wednesday evening single start handicap format with a P course. The 8 Flying Fifteens made up more than 1/3rd of the fleet. Aside from a couple of absolutely torrential squalls, the weather was actually quite reasonable and it turned out to be quite a family affair. Tom Hall was joined by daughter Isabel who appears to be a dab hand with the kite, while Roger was joined by his son Alex and Trevor Sparrow put in a (welcome) surprise appearance with his crew that consisted of son Adam plus ‘various spinnaker eating mice and spiders’, all of whom (except Adam) went overboard on the first spinnaker hoist leaving a rather holy kite

Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley applied their combined decades of Datchet experience to finish as lead FF followed by the youthful Halls and Mike Clapp with Peter Morris. For full results (as distorted by the PY system!) click here

A cracking sail this Sunday

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It was the best wind for weeks – top end of a force 4 – and a trapezoid course with a great angle for reaching so the 5 FF’s that turned out had a real blast. It was also a day for testing gear that hadn’t seen decent wind for a while – Richard’s mainsheet strop parted company with his console and Mervyn’s rig tension hook decided to straighten out…

Despite all that, everybody managed to finish without serious damage. Mervyn/ George had a tussle most of the way round with Tom/ Peter in race 1 but pulled away in the last lap, while Alastair/ Tony, Nick/ Max and Richard/ Howard all had a close battle for 3rd place. The second race (also won by Mervyn/ George) saw the extremely rare occurrence of a dead heat – between Tom/ Peter and Nick/ Max on corrected time. Perhaps we should put in a bid for the timing devices used at Rio…

Summer Series

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This was the last weekend in the Summer Series which Richard/ Howard won convincingly (even after Howard had a longer than usual lie-in this week), followed by Mike/ Peter and Mervyn/ George. The provisional line up is below and on the club website (click here).

We had increased participation this series which was great to see – let’s see if we can grow it further in the Autumn Series. Once the results are finalised, I’ll ask Roger to update the personal improvement handicap and we can award trophies!

Rank Class No Helm Crew PY Total Nett
1st Open 4011 Richard Jones Howard Shawyer 1013 73.0 16.0
2nd Silver 3427 Michael Clapp Peter Morris 1026 82.0 26.0
3rd Open 3904 Mervyn Wright George Caspall 1013 119.0 28.0
4th Open 3888 Mike Firth Phil Tinsley 1013 187.0 55.0
5th Open 3563 Alistair Stevenson Lauren Stevenson 1013 188.0 60.0
6th Open 3721 Trevor Brant John Watling 1013 214.0 82.0
7th Silver 3181 Nick Moore Maxine Oliver 1026 219.5 87.5
8th Open 3642 Roger Abbey-Taylor Various 1013 242.0 110.0
9th Open 3725 Tom Hall I Hall 1013 281.5 149.5
10th Silver 3385 Ian Bland Sophia Bland 1026 287.0 155.0
11th Open 3851 Ian Linder James Linder 1013 289.0 157.0


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The big event in the next month is the Club Championship and Bart’s Bash on Sunday 18th September. This will be an all-day affair. NoR and SI’s will be published on the club website shortly. Don’t forget that Bart’s Bash is a fund-raising event so get after that sponsorship.

Also coming up are the next pm series race on Sunday 28th August and the next Fairweather Series (11/9)

This Wednesday is the last evening sail this year (7pm start)

Upcoming travelling opportunities

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A few of us were chatting after sailing on Sunday about upcoming open events. I’ve attached a link to the perpetual UKFFA fixtures page for those who haven’t come across this. I’d thoroughly recommend Burnahm on Crouch and Chew (both of which, I’m planning to go to), John/ Helen are going to Burton and Mike/ Phil have been to South Cerney in the past for anyone wanting to know about other venues.

News from the Land Down Under

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A message from Richard McQuilliam (for those new to the fleet, Richard used to crew Roger but moved to Australia at the beginning of the year – presumably to do some plundering and observe glowing women…)

How is the sailing going and the club? I keep an eye on the results and see you how you are doing. Its good to see the weather has been more favourable this year. We had a terrible run up to Christmas but I must say was rather getting used to the coffee mornings. I also see there is a shift to female crews! Is this a fleet driven thing or just pot luck? It’s great to see anyway and read all about the club’s 40th Birthday celebrations.

Things are going well here. We’re both working. It was hard at first and work was a little more scarce than what was projected but we both got jobs after a few months.

We’re living in the suburb of Scarborough on the coast and really enjoy being next to the sea.

Unfortunately I haven’t managed much sailing yet. It’s been the one thing I really have missed and can’t wait to get going again. They pack up for the winter here, can you believe that. Its not as they even have to defrost the boats never mind themselves. Generally the season is from the end of September through till April so as I arrived towards the end of the season I thought I would get settled and sorted first. I have been signing up for Fremantle SC this week ready for the coming season. There’s not many FF’s but they have a comprehensive dinghy section along with diving so plenty for me to try out.

Hopefully though it will be as friendly and welcoming as DWSC.

All the best for now and pass on my regards to everyone in the fleet and at the club.