Last week was the 3rd instalment of the Fairweather Series. Roger has weaved his magic with the results (below) which show that Richard and Howard are leading this as well as the Summer Series. Hopefully, the rest of us can give them some competition on the 14th (or we’re going to have to nobble their boat).
Yesterday was a great day not to be RO – the weather was lovely and the wind built to a reasonable force 3 but it sure didn’t know where it wanted to blow! 6 boats battled the flukey winds (up/down, left/ right) with Roger’s boat back from the menders, showing Tinu a FF for the first time, Alastair taking advantage of bachelorhood and Trevor/ John making sure Eija doesn’t outdo them for experience. 2 boats were consistently in the right place through both races with Richard/ Howard and Mike C/ Peter winning one race apiece – putting them first and second in the series. The shock news is that Richard and Howard are having to count a second place in their results as Mike C/ Peter have ground them down!
Apologies to those confused by my blog of 20th July with an unhelpfully incorrect summary of the new courses in the Sunday am series SI’s. I have attached a corrected table – feel free to print and laminate it!
Another 8 boat day last Sunday – ok, so not all at the same time, but we had seven FF’s out in the morning with Ian and Sophia Bland joining the fleet in 3384 Let’s Cruise, and an eighth turning out in the afternoon to make it 3 FF’s in the Sunday pm racing. I again heard several comments around the club to the effect of ‘how nice it is to see so many of one class out’ – so let’s keep it up.
The first race was very tight between Richard/ Howard and Mike/ Phil (a few feet in it at the end), after pretty much the whole fleet kept coming together and separating all the way round. The second race demonstrated again how good Mike F is at getting away from everyone when they’re not looking. They are beginning to creep up the series leaderboard, together with Mike C and Peter who must have polished their hull in the past month or two.
Apparently this was Sophia’s first outing and the Blands were ‘not really racing’ – which brings the words ‘dark’ and ‘horse’ to my mind as they were going very well. Also, Eija Brant (Mrs Trevor) picked up spinnaker skills very fast in her first time out in a FF in a fresh breeze on the figure of eight course used for the Sunday pm racing. Now I see why daughter Hanna is an Olympic hopeful!
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.