There were only 6 of us on the water, for One Metre racing this morning. A little more wind would have been nice, but the weather was gorgeous, and we had 7 or 8 races, I think, and the usual silly banter, as well as some competitive racing. John Bennett will give the details – I wasn’t counting! Maurice had a small problem with his steering, which the ‘Waterside Committee’ diagnosed over tea break, and I had a hang up with my jib topping-lift caught around the shrouds, but that was easily fixed. Otherwise all was rather smooth, and almost no weed.
I did’t take any photos of the racing, as Iwas busy, but here are some photos of the tea break and the happy chaps.
The 6 Dragon Force sailors on the water this morning, benefitted from a fairly consistent breeze, by Lakeside standards, and the bright sunshine that we had expected.
The racing was kept very relaxed, but was competitive nonetheless. I dropped by, for 40 minutes, and was really pleased to see Mike Hyland (05) back in action, and had the opportunity to meet Michael Thomas with his newly setup DF65 (not yet registered), and Mike Pearson, who was also checking things out to see if radio sailing will suit him. He thinks it will! It was also good to see Jim Cheek (730) after his shining example at the DF65 Nationals in Gosport.
Maurice, Peter L, Colin S (still looking for a One Metre!), were also there, all keeping well packed together in most of the racing that I saw.
With a prediction of sunshine, but little likelihood of a gale, 4 of us turned up at Lakeside, this morning, more in hope han anything else.
As it turned out, we had a very pleasant morning of racing, though with such a small number, we didn’t score for the seasonal points.
This was Mark Robinson’s first time on the water with his partially refurbished STARK.
The other courageous sailors were Brian Quinn (11), John Bennett(14) and John Arrow(44), and we had a number of family spectators and two prospective new members, (RM sailors), who left with Club joining forms in their pockets. My printer will be in action this evening.
So this morning was a good reminder, that Lakeside’s odd wind conditions can make racing interesting, as well as, occasionally, frustrating, and that even when winds are predicted as very light airs or less, good racing is sometimes possible. We had a good time this morning, anyway. And the geese enjoyed our company!
On a gorgeous sunny spring morning, today, we had 10 Dragon Force 65s on the water, for 2 full hours of good tight racing. We had one new skipper in Jonathan Blake, racing Mark Jenkins’ DF65, and though he didn’t feel he was doing so well, he completed the course each time,not far behind the pack, which is quite an achievement. Anyway, Jonathan, welcome to the radio yacht racing ‘fold’.
We didn’t keep any records, but it was good to see that the early finishers seemed to change around quite a bit, and with regular changes it wind direction, there was plenty of room for good tactics.
Here are a fewphotos that I managed to squeeze in between trying to keep myself on course.
Although the morning was open to all classes, in fact all 7 sailors brought ‘65s’, so we had good racing numbers, in brisk, top of A rig conditions, in perfect mild spring weather. Even with quite a long Olympic Triangle as a course, we were still able to get through 8 races, or more. I wasn’t counting, or scoring.
We welcomed David Ritchie to his debut, with his newly purchased DF.
Last Sunday marked the first event of the new season One Metre racing on Sundays.
We were blessed with an encouraging weather prediction, which held true to form, as it usually does (?). We had a good racing breeze throughout the morning, which faded as we were packing up, and a fine drizzle sent us on our way.
The morning was dominated by John Tufnall with Britpop 03 ( or 03 Blue), and here is John Bennet’s race report:
Nine sailors (one was late on parade) came along this morning in warmer conditions with a threat of rain that did not materialise. The NE wind made course setting a little tricky, so we tried several !! Twelve races were held without race officer duties which does speed things up a bit but the impartiality is missed at times. First places were shared by 5 sailors: John Tufnall 7, John Bennett 2, Chris Wilson 1, Phil Meakins 1, John Arrow 1.Â A couple of general recalls happened on the start line due to a real bumper car situation for one andÂ a “flying start” when a gust of wind took many over the line a bit earlier than intended for another. The usual fickle air was turning some “runs” into “beats”at the south end of the lake and a few gusts saw some submarining but it was just as likely you would get becalmed. The final beat to the line was tricky/fickle and places were won and lost much to the glee and frustration of the sailors. With seven “firsts” under his belt it was pretty clear who the winner was and with the two discards the results are : 1st John Tufnall 17, 2nd Chris Wilson 29, 3rd John Bennett 32, 4th Julyan Richardson 40, 5th John Arrow 46, 6th Phil Meakins 52, 7th Maurice Clayton 57, 8th Mark Jenkins 57, 9th Peter Luk 73.
The prediction was for a light northerly breeze, increasing during the morning, with some thin sunshine. And so it was, with temperatures just low enough to draw out the woolly hats.
Sad then that there were only 8 of us, but it enabled us to race without umpires.
We had 8 races, I think, in fun conditions, with some long beats, where the favoured side of the Lake changed frequently, and there were many instances where the a backing and veering wind changed the sail order within seconds.
Although we were a relatively small number, the racing was very competitive and in good humour, in delightful conditions, as you can see.