Four of us met up at the Lakeside gate, on a sunny, still Sunday morning, wondering if there would be enough sailing wind, and were we really the only ones who wanted to sail today? And why? We did drive down to the Lake in the end, and in fact had a gentle, pleasant morning’s racing. We had the whole lake to ourselves until midday, so had a long unhindered course.These photos reflect the calm of the morning.
The water level has fallen appreciably, so most of the Marbleheads could not be launched from the pier. It was easy to run aground and waders were essential.
There were only 6 One Metres on the water, for racing this Sunday, in the very hot dry conditions that we are becoming increasingly used to. The breeze was fairly light, right up until we started packing up, when a mini hurricane (well not quite!) blew across the water for about 30 seconds, cocking a snook at us, to send us on our way. All the same it was a good morning of racing.
However, it is still leaving us puzzled at the low attendance level for One Metres, for this time of year. We can’t even blame the difficult Lakeside breezes, really, as we have had good conditions of late. Any suggestions, other than blaming trees, gratefully received!
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.
Help for those new to Radio Yacht Racing, and not so new
We have a number of members and prospective members, who are fairly new to radio sailing, so I thought these three links, below, might be useful reading. Actually, they are good reading for anyone who hasn’t seen them before. These sites are about setting up the boat, One Metres primarily, and getting the most from your rig. One talks about racing too. They are just three articles that I have found online over the years. I have several more, but if you find a useful site, would you let me know. I would like to build up a list of useful links, for the benefit of all. Thanks.