Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Sailing week at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club


IOn Monday 6th August I set out for Newhaven and Seaford Sailing club to enter into Sailing week 2018. On arrival there were ideal conditions, blue skies and a very light breeze for the first race of the AM series. There should have been a Cadet Series running parallel but there were insufficient entries during the week and so those cadets who did sail were included with the adult results. Thus there was a total entry of 26 boats for the morning races.

Rupert Smith, sailing his Streaker won the Monday morning  race with Alan Simmons (Streaker, Lancing SC) in second place, Matt Springall (Laser , full rig) third, Stewart Robertson (Blaze, Upnor?) fourth and Penelope Duncan (Laser, Radial) fifth.

In the afternoon first race Duncan McDonald (Streaker) took first place with Rupert Smith and Chris Turner (Fireball) second, Noel West (Streaker) third, Alan Simmons (Streaker)  fourth and Jazz Turner and Lucy McCaig (420) fifth.

In the second race Rupert and Chris took top spot in the slightly stronger breeze with Stewart.R taking second place, Tim Cox and Alice Smith (Fireball) in third, Duncan fourth and Ruth Rhodes and Dorrinda Dodd (Fireball) fifth.

Tuesday dawned with similar conditions and in the morning race Alan took the top spot with Rupert second, Matt third, Zoe McCaig (Laser Radial) fourth and Stewart fifth.

After lunch the third race of the main series was won by Rupert and Chris in the Fireball, Ed Thorburn (Finn) took second spot , Richard Beal (Laser full rig) took third, Zoe fourth and Alan  fifth.

Race four saw Jazz and Lucy in their 420 winning with Matt second, Andy Richlinski (Laser full rig) third, Zoe fourth (again) and Noel fifth.

Wednesday dawned with a bit more breeze and a shore break and as a consequence a smaller fleer – just 14 boats. The winner was  Roan Briggs in his Topper, with Matt taking second place, Alice Smith (sailing Dad’s Streaker) was third, Tim Cox was fourth and Terry Jones (Sprint 15 Sport) was fifth.

After lunch all competitors were reluctant to go afloat, until the safety boat was nearby in the bay. Ark appeared first and off the Tide Mills area appeared to stop and the drift towards the shore. The safety boat approached but did not seem able to assist and Ark was swept onto the beach as was the safety boat due to the by then heavy swell.

The safety boat was manhandled to the top of the beach and placed on its trailer and returned to the NSSC dinghy park. The Ark was re-floated later in the evening and towed back to Newhaven harbour by the other  safety boat. Apparently the prop shaft came out of the drive coupling – thought to be due to ropes around the prop on earlier occasions. There was no apparent damage to the hull, no leaks reported but it was left to be inspected for insurance purposes.

As a consequence the second rib (that had towed Ark back to Newhaven) was the only craft left in service and was reported to be giving shocks to un-gloved – Alan had put himself down for safety boat duty on Thursday morning and duly set off for the harbour with Jo as crew. The marks laid on Wednesday morning were still in the bay so that only an extra Pillar buoy needed to be laid. Conditions had improved from the previous day with little or no shore break and just a light breeze.

The am Race was won, again by Roan in his Topper with Tim and Alice, in the Fireball, home in second place. Matt was third, Thomas Harland-Smith (Laser full rig) was fourth and Penelope fifth.

As it happened the afternoon races were to be the last of the week and the first of the day  (race 5) was won by Jamie Lynch (Dart 16) crewed by James Dandridge, Jazz was second in the 420 crewed by Lucy, James Cuxon and Neil Arnott (Fireball) were third, Ed Hall (Laser Radial) was fourth and Stewart was fifth.

As usual during the week race 6 was sailed back to back with race 5 and was won again by Jamie, with Jazz second again too. Stewart took third place Zoe was fourth and Rupert and Chris in the Fireball took fifth.

Friday dawned with a lot of heavy surf and strong winds and so sailing at the club was abandoned – for the day – and some competitors headed for Piddinghoe and a thrash around in Toppers. Yours truly did not attend and have been given no details of the event up there, I did not attend the prize giving either but append herewith the overall results.

AM series :-

1st       Alan Simmons – Streaker

2nd      Rupert Smith   -  Streaker

3rd       Matt Springall  - Laser/Streaker



PM series – Overall :-

1st        Jamie Lynch and James Dandridge   - Dart 16

2nd        Rupert Smith and Chris Turner            - Fireball

3rd        Jazz Turner and Lucy McCaig             - 420



PM series – Fast Fleet :-

1st        Rupert Smith and Chris Turner            - Fireball

2nd       Jamie Lynch and James Dandridge   - Dart 16

3rd        Stewart Robertson                                - Blaze



PM series – Slow fleet :-

1st        Jazz Turner and Lucy McCaig             - 420

2nd       Noel West                                               - Streaker

3rd        Zoe McCaig                                           - Laser Radial.



Overall it had been a sucessfull week, 32 entrants in the PM series, with weather conditions variable enough to suit all at one time or another. There was a well supported social event each evening with plenty of campers/caravaners in the carpark area. Yes the weather did cause cancelled races – and the beaching of both Ark and one of the ribs - but fortunately no one was injured and both boats do not seem to have suffered any major damage. One disappointment however was the lack of sufficient interest from the cadets present thus preventing enough entrants to constitute a separate series and award of the Trophy.

Alan. S 1700

PS. The full tables of results are on the NSSC web site - http://www.nssc.org.uk/cms/images/nsscdocs/results/2018/2018swpmov.htm and similar pages.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Streaker Ramblings - Broxbourne - 11/08/2018

 
A clear blue sky and complete lack of breeze as we set off for Broxbourne. As we drove up the M23 we hit road works and a 50mph speed limit at the turn off to Gatwick. This continued up to the junction with the M25. Needless to say there was not a sign of any work taking place. After navigating the Dartford tunnel and the A10 towards the north we found the turn off to Broxbourne closed off and had to go on to Hoddesdon and then turn south finally arriving at the club much later than anticipated. It was then a rush to get rigged, changed and on the water for the first race.

The race officer set a figure of eight shaped course, with a relatively short first windward leg – as shown below.
Veronica Falat (Waveney and Oulton Broad) was first away at the gun for Race1 in the middle of the line with Ian Bradley (Ouse) next off nearer to the pin end of the line and Phil Halldron (Downs) third away nearest to the committee boat. In the light breeze (3 to 4 knots) there was some close racing and frequent place changes as holes appeared and swallowed up competitors.

 The light and patchy breeze was to last throughout the day. Ian won the first and third laps with Veronica taking the middle lap and Duncan McDonald (NSSC) stayed in third place throughout as Graham Butler (Frensham Pond) held fourth place throughout.

Race 2, after the lunch break,  saw Veronica leading again in the first and third laps with Duncan behind her except for the second lap when he overtook her. Graham had a battle with Ian dropping to fourth in the second and third laps.

Race 3 started, back to back, in a little more breeze over the slightly adjusted course. Yet again Veronica led the fleet in top spot throughout with Duncan second and Ian third having overtaken Graham in the second lap.


The overall winner was Veronica, having discarded a second place with Ian second overall, Duncan third, on countback, and Graham fourth.

Results:-

Posn
Sail
Helm
Club
R1
R2
R3
Points
1
1972
Veronica Falat
Waveney & Oulton
(2)
1
1
2
2
1817
Ian Bradley
Ouse
1
3
(3)
4
3
2102
Duncan McDonald
NSSC
(3)
2
2
4
4
1760
Graham Butler
Frensham Pond
4
4
(4)
8
5
1920
Mark Langston
Beccles
5
5
(5)
10
6
1929
Peter Withrington
Burghfield
6
(8)
6
12
7
1902
Chris Abela
West Oxford
(8)
6
7
13
8
1700
Alan Simmons
Lancing
7
7
(9)
14
9
1905
Phil Halldron
Downs
10
(11)
8
18
10
1691
Jane Hill
Broxbourne
9
9
(10)
18
11
1611
Ceri Thomas
Broadstairs
11
10
DNS
21
12
1685
Rod Jeffreys
Blakeney
DNF
DNS
DNS
39


In spite of the lack of breeze there was some very competitive racing, even amongst those not in the leading group and a good day was experienced by all.
Alan.S 1700



Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Streaker Ramblings - Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club - 14th July 2018

Hot, Windless and cloudless as we left home for Island Barn, close to Sandown Race Course on Saturday morning. Apart from getting lost in the last quarter of a mile – conflict between the written instructions and the GPS, the drive up was uneventful. The reservoir walls are 40 to 50 feet above the car parking area so the boats have to be hauled up to the top of the wall by a winch system and then lowered by hand down the other side to the water’s edge with just over a boats width on which to rig before launching. On arrival at the launching point there was not a breath of wind and even attempting to get out to the start line there was little more. In fact Alan never did reach the line before the sequence had started. 



The race Officer had set a Triangle/Sausage type course, as shown below, with the line parallel to the bank in front of the club and about 75 yards off the shoreline. 



The following report is penned by Chris Smith (the local club member) and reproduced here with his kind permission - together with Photographs by Elizabeth Simmons :-

The long hot summer of 2018 delivered yet another baking hot sunny day to Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club. The wind unfortunately was also very light as had been forecast which no doubt reduced the number of competitors attending. The open meeting was shared with the Solo class. Nevertheless, 5 Streakers entered the meeting and there were three very good close races.



The first race started in very light conditions with a reaching start. Duncan McDonald and Graham Butler opened up a bit of a lead on the rest of the fleet. In the last lap however the fleet bunched up with Alan Simmons making a great run from well back in last place to get right into contention and there was almost a blanket finish with the whole fleet crossing the line within a few boat lengths. At the finish Mc Donald was still in the lead with Smith 2nd and Butler 3rd with Phil Haldron just holding on in the end for 4th.







In race 2 shifting wind resulted in a running start but again Butler and McDonald got away with Phil Haldron in hot pursuit. Graham Butler held on to win this one with Duncan McDonald 2nd Alan Simmons pulled off another of his rapid advances in the last lap to this time finish 3rd. 

























With the wind continuing to shift to the East the Race Officer decided (was persuaded) to run the third race  course in reverse, switching the wing mark to be the windward mark and switching all the roundings to be starboard hand. So the start was a more normal beating start. Mc Donald and Butler again took the lead with Smith chasing. The starboard roundings as always provided some entertainment with the conflict between Port boats demanding room and boats coming in on Starboard. In the end McDonald won a comfortable victory but Butler rounding the last mark in 2nd place was not able to fetch the finishing line from the last mark and let Smith through. Haldon managed to pip Simmons for 4th. 

Overall McDonald was the comfortable winner with Graham Butler taking 2nd on count back with Smith 3rd.
Chris Smith (Edits by Alan.S 1700)

Results:- 


Posn
Sail No
Helm
Club
R1
R2
R3
Pts
1
2102
Duncan McDonald
NSSC
1
(2)
1
2
2
1760
Graham Butler
Frensham Pond
3
1
(3)
4
3
1844
Chris Smith
Island Barn
2
(4)
2
4
4
1700
Alan Simmons
Lancing
5
3
(5)
8
5
1905
Phil Hadron
Downs
4
(5)
4
9

Alan.S 1700
PS. It was remarkable that in all three races the tail enders caught up with the leaders in the final legs and the 'fleet' all crossed the line almost together.