Wayfarers Warmed Up!

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We had three wayfarers out including one visitor. Day 1 had extreme wind speeds and 2 wayfarers braved the conditions. The Steve 10739 missed the start of race 1 as he travelled that morning to DWSC. He decided that race 2 was too much when a catamaran pitch poled before the start.
Both the others wayfarers missed the start but Scott 9416 crossed the start line before Tony 10727 and kept the lead for the duration.
Race 2 Tony missed the finish line and retired leaving Scott with a win for finishing.
Race 3 had all three boats out again in strong winds. Tony capsized and Scott beat Steve to the finish line.
Race 4 saw Tony back on form taking a win followed by Steve and then Scott.
Race 5 was combined with a contender open even so had a hectic start line. This was made easier by Tony and Steve both missing the start gun by several minutes. Scott had a good start and kept up with contenders in the light winds. Scott first Tony 2nd and Steve 3rd.
Race 6 had all three wayfarers start on time. The race was extremely close with all three boats taking the lead at some point in the race. At the start of the last beat, Steve was out in front the Tony closely followed by Scott By the finish line all three had swapped positions with a win for Scott and second for Tony and third for Steve. A very close and exciting race.
Race 7 and 8 had medium winds and allowed Steve to excel in both races. Steve finished in front on both races with Tony 2nd on both and Scott was left behind.

A great mini event for the three wayfarers within the Winter Warm-up series at Datchet. final results Scott 1st, Steve 2nd, Tony 3rd.

Winter Warm Up Cat Fleet

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With the full range of conditions on offer and 12 cats competing, we definitely had variety.

Round One… survival – gusting over 30 knots!

This is the week we learnt to right our boat after getting blown over with our sails flapping! Just 2 boats made it to the start line (just) and survived the course to put points on the board. It wasn’t pretty but effective. Not a spinnaker to be seen…

Round 2… 22 knots and loads of fun!

With slightly less wind this week and some hairy downwind moments, most of the sailors came back to shore with large grins. But the best racing was to come in the next two rounds

Round 3… a drifter!

With whatever wind there was being hard to find it provided some really close racing. The race of the day saw 3 Hurricanes finish within 30 seconds of each other after 1 hour and 32 minutes of racing.

Round 4… perfect!

The best sailing conditions for the series saw 10 boats all squashed up on the heavily starboard biased line. Both races had close finishes with the same 3 Hurricanes finishing within 30 seconds for the second week running in race one and Barry’s Dart 18 sneaking a last gasp win to rap up 2nd place over all in the last race.

Moments of the series…

– Some of the crews may need counting lessons over the next few weeks. ‘3 laps’ and ‘5 laps’ have happened during the series!!!

– Barry Peters ripping his trampoline during race 2 – would loved to have seen that happen!

– Nick Moore finding sailing very difficult when he couldn’t have his half time coffee as Maxine had forgotten it!

– Eric storming into second place (on the water) only to pull his spinnaker down and go home (he had something better to do????)

– Getting up to make the start on time during week 2 seemed a problem for all but one crew! Was there something on that I missed the night before?

Many thanks to all the officials – especially for all the help on and off the water during week one.

Graeme Staddon (Hurricane 5.9SX 414)

Flying Fifteens at the Winter Warm Up

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There were sixteen Flying Fifteen teams entered the event and an excellent series of eight races in seriously varied conditions. Conditions were variable – two of the weekends having great slabs of breeze – completely perfect for these planing keelboats. When everyone else tends to stay ashore, the Fifteens dash out and have a whale of a time!! Competition was dominated though by one team – Brett Dingwall and Jonathan Clark. They sailed strongly and consistently in a wide variety of conditions to easily take the Flying Fifteen title. Between the home teams of Firth/Mumford and Hume/Hume, it was really very close – a dead heat on 16 points, with the second place going to Firth and Mumford on count-back, and Hume/Hume in third.

We had six new teams join us during 2010 and for them this was really the first chance to put their new boats to the test. Richard and David Stenson improved strongly each week and along with Steve Bell with Simon Scullion, and Mervyn Wright with James Curtiss, Andy Murphy and Andy Partington are going to give the fleet a good run for their money in 2011.

1st 3603 Dingwall.Clark 6 pts
2nd 3860 Firth/Mumford 16 pts
3rd 3559 Hume/Hume 16 pts

Richard Jones

Sailing at the Winter Warm Up

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Sailing at the Winter Warm Up was a very exciting event because it allows you to get back into sailing if you haven’t been sailing over the winter. I am in the South Topper Zone Squad so I have been sailing a lot over the winter. So I think that taking part in the Winter Warm up was a very good event that allowed me to improve my tactics and I recommend the Datchet Water Winter Warm up to anyone who would like to take part, members or non- members.

Tristan Beckett Topper 47078