I am delighted to say that with the recent Government relaxations to COVID19 arrangements, the Eastleigh Borough Council are allowing us to restart yacht racing at Lakeside.
Our first day of sailing will be Sunday morning, 31 May, racing Dragon Flite 95s.
The following week will be Dragon Force 65s on Wednesday mornings, International One Metres on Friday morning, and Marbleheads on the Sunday 7 June.
Non members will be very welcome, if you contact John Arrow (firstname.lastname@example.org)in advance, and join the Club either on arrival, or beforehand. Sorry, this is important for insurance, and so that you can have a copy of the Safe Space Plan.
This racing will be for Club members, applying agreed ‘COVID19 Safe Safe Space’ arrangements. Club members will be covered by a very sound Club insurance, even though the MYA insurance seems unlikely to apply at the moment.
Despite the threat of wet weather, the overnight rain stopped in the early morning and almost held off until we had finished our social morning.
We had a good turnout of Scale and Sail members, with some impressive scale boats and mainly DF65s, so there was some relaxed racing, a lot of chatter, and yet still some of the usual morning race atmosphere. However, we could have done with a little more breeze – hey a typical morning – leading to one Scale member commenting on how exhausting the sailing is.
I wasn’t there, I am very very sad to say, but by all accounts it was a great morning of RM racing. During the morning, there was one race, arranged seemingly impromptu, where every single yacht was an RM built by Chris Wilson, our Sail Captain and routinely our Race Officer. That is quite an achievement, and as we know, they are all very competitive boats.
Here are some photos taken by Mark Robinson, who was otherwise competing with his RM STARK. From left to right Julyan Richardson, Maurice Clayton,Peter Luk,Chris Wilson,Brian Quinn,Brian Wade,John Bennet. Mark Robinson took the picture. Thank you Mark.
Seeing all these Marbleheads together in this way is a strong reminder of how much we owe Chris Wilson, for the work that he has done in the past, and continues to do. We would probably not have a Sail Division if it was not for Chris. Sorry for any embarrassment Chris – it needs to be said!
What a great morning, with 9 boats on the water, the most Marbleheads that we have had on the water for some time. With the strong, teasing breeze, getting stronger through the morning, it was a sound reminder of how wonderful these yachts are. Such exciting racing.
Although there were 9 of us, Chris Averis’s Paradox (107) had winch problems, which turned him in to a spectator, and I (44) always knew that I had to pace myself with ‘good old’ sciatica, so I took several breaks to take a few photos, hence the blog. Sometimes I can take the odd photo when racing, but not today!
John Bennett(14) took the prize, with Chris Wilson(6) second, and Barry White(57) third. However, this top three hides some good performances, and a lot of good tactics on the downwind legs as well as the beats. There is one photo here that illustrates the wide upwind options, and the speed of everything. But there wasn’t one boat on boat penalty, I don’t think. These photos were all taken from one heat.
The six Marbleheads on the water enjoyed some good racing with a variable breeze from the SW to W. When I dig the score sheet out of the car and send the scan to John B, no doubt we will hear the final result for the whole year, but for today, Chris W clearly dominated today, winning most of the races.
Chris Averis has been a member of the Club in the past, and has been a regular spectator in the last few months. He now has his Marblehead ready to race, and is working on his One Metre. He intends to join for 2019, if he hasn’t done so already. Welcome Chris.
As you will have heard, we plan to adopt the Dragon Flite 95, and start racing on alternate Sundays, from march 2019. This is very much a trial, but the DF95 is becoming established around the Country, and is very popular as another restricted class yacht.
Some members will not have seen a DF95, so here is a photo of mine, alongside my DF65. Although racing will not start until March, I hope to bring my ’95’ to Lakeside, most Wednesdays, for a bit of casual sailing on the side, to make sure it is working OK. Anyone who is interested in the DF95 will be welcome to try mine out.
It does not come supplied with the spots, you might be pleased to know!
Of course, we hope that the DF95 will attract new member a well, so please spread the word.