Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Streaker Ramblings - Freeman Iceberg 2019 - Races 1 & 2 - 03.11.2019


Blue skies, no breeze and quite warm as we left Hove for Piddinghoe on Sunday for the first races of the 2019 Freeman Iceberg Series. After Saturday we had wondered if it would even be possible to sail but on arrival at Piddinghoe there was not a breath of wind and the water was like a mill pond.



More in hope than anger the Race officer, Jo West, assisted by Anna Freeman  - with Rupert Smith and Barry Lowton on the safety Boat - had ‘pencilled in’ a course as shown below in the hope that some breeze would arrive for the 10.30 start time. With some seventeen boats rigged on the bank it was an anxious wait but the first few hints, a zephyr, came about ten minutes before the race was due to start.

                      
At the Gun it was Ed Thorburn in his Finn  who was first away at the pin end of the line closely pursued by Laurence Venus in his new Hadron H2 and then Bill Wates in his Laser full rig. At the shore end Julian Dobson also in a full rig Laser hit the line just to windward of Alan Simmons in his Streaker (Lancing SC). Both of them were headed for the wrong new Blue mark (mark courtesy of Jonty Freeman). 



At the correct mark Ed led Laurence round, these two already well clear of the rest of the fleet with Thomas Harland Smith (Laser Radial) followed by Bill Wates and then Ed Rollestone in his Laser 4.7. 





On the following leg, a run across to the east side of the pond Alan. S went to the south of the bunch and passed about five boats to lie behind Thomas.H/S. 




By the end of the lap Ed.T was just three seconds ahead of Laurence with Thomas.H/S 2.25 minutes behind and with Alan.S a further 32 seconds behind him. 
Below you will find an extract from the Excel sheet showing the relative positions of the fleet showing how boat positions changed throughout the race.

Race 1 - 03.11.2019

Posn Class Sail No Lap 1 e time Lap 2 e time Lap 3 e time Lap 4 e time Posn
1 Finn 595 E Thorburn 14.55 L Venus 25.28 L Venus 35.50 L Venus 45.12 1
2 Hadron H2 138 L Venus 14.58 E Thorburn 26.49 E Thorburn 37.15 E Thorburn 48.25 2
3 Laser R 72341 T Harland-Smith 16.17 A Simmons 27.44 A Simmons 37.59 A Simmons 49.07 3
4 Streaker 1700 A Simmons 16.49 T Harland-Smith 29.57 T Harland-Smith 40.54 J Dobson 51.19 4
5 Laser 7 J Dobson 17.47 B Wates 30.15 J Dobson 41.01 T Harland-Smith 51.20 5
6 Laser 26 B Wates 18.20 J Dobson 30.20 B Wates 41.44 B Wates 52.13 6
7 Laser 4.7 207462 E Rollestone 18.22 Z McCaig 31.59 Z McCaig 43.57 7
8 Laser R 64200 Z McCaig 18.30 E Rollestone 32.42 E Rollestone 44.45 8
9 Laser R 179808 L Johns 18.59 L Johns 33.17 D Hitchens 44.53 9
10 Comet 473 T Jones 21.24 T Jones 33.33 T Jones 45.34 10
11 Laser R 201962 T Rollestone 21.42 D Hitchens 34.00 L Johns 46.52 11
12 Topper 41179 T Cox 21.46 P Duncan 34.36 P Duncan 47.03 12
13 Laser R 91329 P Duncan 22.09 R Beal 35.13 R Beal 47.55 13
14 Laser 122461 D Hitchens 22.10 T Rollestone 36.15 T Rollestone 50.07 14
15 Laser R 43382 R Beal 22.17 T Cox 37.01 T Cox 50.29 15
16 Mirror 6275 J Freeman 26.46 J Freeman 43.38 16
17 Topper 4.2 4764 T Beck 32.52 17



As can be seen Laurence.V went ahead of Ed.T in the second lap and Alan.S moved into third place, gradually pulling away from Thomas H/S and catching up with Ed.T to finish some 40 seconds behind him.
Julian.D  was having a battle throughout the race with Bill.W only to pass him and Thomas.H/S in the final lap to finish fourth.
With handicaps applied, and the times corrected, the winner of the race was Alan.S just 11 seconds ahead of second  placed Laurence.V with Thomas. H/S third, Bill.W fourth and Ed.T fifth.

R1
Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Elapsed
BCE
Points
1
STREAKER
1700
Lancing
Alan Simmons

1128
49.07
0.00.00
1.0
2
HADRON H2
138
NSSC
Laurence Venus

1034
45.12
0.00.11
2.0
3
LASER RADIAL
72341
NSSC
Thomas Harland-Smith

1145
51.20
0.01.29
3.0
4
LASER RADIAL
26
NSSC
Bill Wates

1145
52.13
0.02.22
4.0
5
FINN
595
NSSC
Ed Thorburn

1051
48.25
0.02.39
5.0
6
LASER
7
NSSC
Julian Dobson

1099
51.19
0.03.28
6.0
7
TOPPER
41179
NSSC
Tim Cox

1390
50.29
0.05.05
7.0
8
LASER 4.7
207452
NSSC
Ed Rllestone

1207
44.45
0.05.20
8.0
9
COMET
473
NSSC
Terry Jones

1207
45.34
0.06.09
9.0
10
LASER RADIAL
64200
NSSC
Zoe McCaig

1145
43.57
0.06.33
10.0
11
LASER
122461
NSSC
David Hitchins

1099
44.53
0.09.00
11.0
12
LASER RADIAL
179808
NSSC
Lewis Johns

1145
46.52
0.09.28
12.0
13
LASER RADIAL
91329
NSSC
Penelope Duncan

1145
47.03
0.09.39
13.0
14
LASER RADIAL
43382
NSSC
Richard Beal

1145
47.55
0.10.31
14.0
15
LASER RADIAL
201962
NSSC
Toby Rollestone

1145
50.07
0.12.43
15.0
16
MIRROR
6275
NSSC
Jonty Freeman
Chloe Marsh
1390
43.38
0.13.22
16.0
17
TOPPER 4.2
4764
NSSC
Thomas Beck

1416
32.52
0.17.27
17.0

For race 2 the course was adjusted slightly moving the first mark further to the east as shown below.



Alan. S having gone ashore at the end of the first race and started to de-rig realised that there was another race and so had to rapidly re-rig, getting back afloat just before the start sequence began.



At the gun it was David Hitchins (Laser full rig) first across the line at the pin end with Terry Jones (Comet) just above him. Third to cross the start line was Laurence.V. Alan.S was a bit further back with Ed.T to windward but with several boats ahead. 



By the end of the first leg Laurence.V was away ahead  followed by Ed.T with Terry.J and David.H behind  second and third. At the end of the beat towards the clubhouse  Laurence rounded the mark off the clubhouse substantially ahead of  Terry.J and David.H with Bill.W in front of Alan.S and Julian.D behind him. By the end of the first lap Laurence was a minute and a half out ahead of Ed.T with Alan.S some two minutes further behind but just seven seconds ahead of David.H and Julan.D nineteen seconds further back.



 Race 2
Posn
Class
Sail No
Lap 1
e time
Lap 2
e time
Lap 3
e time
Lap 4
e time
Posn
1
Hadron H2
138
L Venus
13.55
E Thorburn
22.53
L Venus
31.29
L Venus
39.20
1
2
Finn
595
E Thorburn
15.20
L Venus
22.59
E Thorburn
32.43
E Thorburn
40.39
2
3
Streaker
1700
A Simmons
17.26
A Simmons
27.52
A Simmons
37.19
3
4
Laser
122461
D Hitchens
17.33
J Dobson
28.20
J Dobson
37.46
4
5
Laser
7
J Dobson
17.52
B Wates
28.56
B Wates
38.17
5
6
Laser
26
B Wates
18.18
D Hitchens
28.58
D Hitchens
38.42
6
7
Laser R
64200
Z McCaig
18.31
Z McCaig
29.07
Z McCaig
39.02
7
8
Comet
473
T Jones
18.32
T Jones
29.56
T Jones
40.08
8
9
Laser R
179808
L Johns
19.50
E Rollestone
31.16
E Rollestone
40.31
9
10
Laser 4.7
207462
E Rollestone
20.58
L Johns
31.34
T Harland-Smith
40.57
10
11
Topper
41179
T Cox
21.11=
T Harland-Smith
31.55
L Johns
41.07
11
12
Laser R
43382
R Beal
21.11=
R Beal
32.43
T Rollestone
42.06
12
13
Laser R
72341
T Harland-Smith
21.15=
T Rollestone
32.51
R Beal
43.27
13
14
Laser R
91329
P Duncan
21.15=
T Cox
33.18
T Cox
44.41
14
15
Laser R
201962
T Rollestone
21.23
P Duncan
34.37
P Duncan
45.08
15
16
Mirror
6275
J Freeman
24.54
J Freeman
38.13
16
17
Topper 4.2
4764
T Beck
25.29
T Beck
40.26
17


In lap 2 Laurence had some problems and Ed.T caught and passed him to cross the line 6 seconds ahead,as Alan.S retained third place, but now nearly five minutes behind. Julian.D and Bill.W passed David.H to lie fourth and fifth respectively.



Lap 3 Laurence regained the lead from Ed.T but there no place changes in the following three boats.
Lap 4 was contested by just Laurence.V and Ed.T with Laurence.V crossing the finish line a minute and a half ahead of Ed.T, the remainder of the fleet having already finished.
With times corrected and Handicaps applied the winner was Laurence.V, Ed.T second, Tim Cox (Topper) third Alan.S fourth and Terry.J fifth.

R2

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Elapsed
BCE
Points
1
HADRON H2
138
NSSC
Laurence Venus

1034
39.20
0.00.00
1.0
2
FINN
595
NSSC
Ed Thorburn

1051
40.39
0.00.40
2.0
3
TOPPER
41179
NSSC
Tim Cox

1390
44.41
0.05.02
3.0
4
STREAKER
1700
Lancing
Alan Simmons

1128
37.19
0.05.08
4.0
5
COMET
473
NSSC
Terry Jones

1207
40.08
0.05.42
5.0
6
LASER RADIAL
26
NSSC
Bill Wates

1145
38.17
0.05.37
6.0
7
LASER 4.7
207452
NSSC
Ed Rllestone

1207
40.31
0.06.05
7.0
8
LASER RADIAL
64200
NSSC
Zoe McCaig

1145
39.02
0.06.22
8.0
9
LASER
7
NSSC
Julian Dobson

1099
37.46
0.06.25
9.0
10
LASER
122461
NSSC
David Hitchins

1099
38.42
0.07.21
10.0
11
LASER RADIAL
72341
NSSC
Thomas Harland-Smith

1145
40.57
0.08.17
11.0
12
LASER RADIAL
179808
NSSC
Lewis Johns

1145
41.07
0.08.27
12.0
13
LASER RADIAL
201962
NSSC
Toby Rollestone

1145
42.06
0.09.26
13.0
14
LASER RADIAL
43382
NSSC
Richard Beal

1145
43.27
0.10.47
14.0
15
LASER RADIAL
91329
NSSC
Penelope Duncan

1145
45.08
0.12.28
15.0
16
MIRROR
6275
NSSC
Jonty Freeman
Chloe Marsh
1390
38.13
0.11.47
16.0
17
TOPPER 4.2
4764
NSSC
Thomas Beck

1416
40.26
0.13.30
17.0

Some very tricky conditions with so little breeze, rarely above force 2 – sitting out was very much not the rule. Laurence showed great pace in his new boat although it was not all plain sailing for him. At least after Saturday’s gale we did have two races on a lovely sunny and warm day.
Alan Simmons
PS. Comments please on the revised format of this blog – the use of the lap charts - which allow my readers to check out their positions each lap. It does mean that my commentary is not as verbose as previously and some competitors are not mentioned.
PPS. Thanks to the person who found my watch in the changing room and left it on a clothes hook. As I wear it all the time I was devastated to get home and find it was not in my sailing bag. I went back down on Monday, in all that rain, and recovered it safely