Monday, 9 December 2019

Streaker Ramblings - Freeman Iceberg Races 11 & 12 - 08.12.2019



Bright skies, not quite blue, with little cloud but a stiffish breeze as we  left Hove, the forecast was for 27 knots (force 6). On arrival at Piddinghoe it was obvious that it was blowing quite strongly with the gust showing quite clearly on the water. There was a whistling sound coming from the rigging of the masted boats on the shore – always interpreted by the writer as a ‘good force 6’. 


There was little activity visible, as it happened two cadets were getting ready well down the south side of the pond. Bill Wates (Laser full rig), Ed Thorburn (Finn) and finally Rupert Smith (Streaker) indicated that they would race. Alan Simmons (Streaker) and Laurence Venus (Hadron H2) considered it wiser to stay ashore and watch!
Terry Jones, RO for the day with Dave Murley and Barry Lowton in the safety boat, set a somewhat complex course with three beats, three runs (and Gybes) and a broad reach – behind the Island – as shown below:-


So five boats took to the water and in the few minutes before the starting sequence began Bill had got stuck in the reeds on the west bank, Thomas Harland-Smith (Laser Radial) capsized and his boom broke in two at the kicker attachment area. 






Rupert also capsized and on recovery found on shroud pin had dropped out so he downed sail and drifted ashore south east of the Island.































At the gun only Ed was anywhere near the line, then Bill made it and finally Lewis Johns (Laser Radial) actually started to race. Bill capsized fairly quickly on the downwind leg and Lewis went up into second place. 


Both Bill and Lewis had more capsizes, either near the east bank to the south of the Island or over in the north west corner, near the Fisherman’s bay. 


Ed eventually finished three full laps and crossed the line over sixteen minutes before Lewis finished and Bill was another eight and a bit minutes later still. See below for the lap\\positions:-

Race 11
Posn
Class
Sail No
Lap 1
e time
Lap 2
e time
Lap 3
e time
Posn
1
Finn
595
Ed Thorburn
9.44
Ed Thorburn
17.34
Ed Thorburn
25.50
1
2
Laser Radial
179808
L  Johns
11.22
L Johns
25.47
2
3
Laser
26
B Wates
14.35
B Wates
34.11
3
4
Streaker
1681
R Smith
DNS
4
5
Laser Radial
72341
T Harland-Smith
DNS
5

The finishing positions, after applying the handicaps, were as the above lap positions.

R11 - 08/12/2019

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Elapsed
BCE
Points
1


Finn
595
NSSC
Ed Thorburn

1051
25.50
0.00.00
1.0
2
Cadet

Laser Radial
179808
NSSC
Lewis Johns

1145
25.47
0.07.01
2.0
3


Comet
473
NSSC
Terry Jones

1207
OOD

3.0
3


Laser
26
NSSC
Bill Wates

1099
34.11
0.16.10
3.0
3


Laser Radial
142208
NSSC
Dave Murley

1142
OOD

3.0
6

Scoundrel
Streaker
1681
NSSC
Rupert Smith

1128
DNS

32.0
6
Cadet

Laser Radial
72341
NSSC
Thomas Harland-Smith

1145
DNS

32.0



The same course was sailed for Race 12 – starting at 11.25 – this time with all five boats on the water. Rupert had borrowed a shroud pin from Alan and Thomas had found the club Laser boom to fit to his boat. 


This time, at the start gun, all five boats were nearer to the line. Thomas came storming in from the pin end only to find Ed about to tack off the shore end and had to tack hastily himself. Rupert, starting at the pin somehow went into irons and was still there as Lewis started with Bill last to go towards the clubhouse.


Thomas did not last long before his first swim of this race and both Bill and Lewis fell in near the Island at the end of the first run. 

Bill did not finish the first lap and retired ashore- older and wiser as he put it. Ed continued to hold the lead into lap 2 but Rupert was beginning to catch up rapidly, by the end of the second lap he was just 16 seconds behind and in the following lap he went ahead by 13 seconds.

















Thomas and Lewis continued to battle it out for third place on the water with both taking further dips in the 'ogin', with Lewis the holder of the ‘more wet’ title, Thomas completed three laps to Lewis’s two.


In the final lap Rupert put more water between himself and Ed to cross the line nearly a minute ahead.
For lap positioning see below:-

Race 12
Posn
Class
Sail No
Lap 1
e time
Lap 2
e time
Lap 3
e time
Lap 4
e time
Posn
1
Finn
595
Ed Thorburn
9.09
Ed Thorburn
16.36
R Smith
24.16
R Smith
31.28
1
2
Streaker
1681
R Smith
9.45
R Smith
16.52
Ed Thorburn
24.29
Ed Thorburn
32.25
2
3
Laser Radial
72341
T Harland-Smith
11.14
T Harland-Smith
21.57
T Harland-Smith
31.51
T Harland-Smith
Finished
3
4
Laser Radial
179808
L  Johns
23.01
L  Johns
32.41
L  Johns
Finished
4
5
Laser
26
B Wates
DNF
5
With Handicaps applied and times corrected Rupert was the winner with Ed second, Thomas Third and Lewis fourth.
R12 - 08/12/2019

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Elapsed
BCE
Points
1

Scoundrel
Streaker
1681
NSSC
Rupert Smith

1128
31.28
0.00.00
1.0
2


Finn
595
NSSC
Ed Thorburn

1051
32.25
0.03.06
2.0
3
Cadet

Laser Radial
72341
NSSC
Thomas Harland-Smith

1145
31.51
0.07.54
3.0
3


Comet
473
NSSC
Terry Jones

1207
OOD

3.0
3


Laser Radial
142208
NSSC
Dave Murley

1142
OOD

3.0
6
Cadet

Laser Radial
179808
NSSC
Lewis Johns

1145
32.41
0.16.43
4.0
7


Laser
26
NSSC
Bill Wates

1099
DNF

32.0

A very breezy day, surprising really that even five boats went afloat. Apart from Ed in his Finn the other four had a good few dips between them. After the races the two cadets stayed out for ‘Thrash’ for quite a while, finding the reaching – without course limitation – highly delightful. Presumably their youth is a great source of Energy!

Alan.S 1700