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RACE RESULTS - SERIES 2018-19

RESULTS - RACE #1, 20 October 2018 

An overcast day with threatening clouds, racing started in nice Southerly breeze that gave tight competition. Started raining but we kept racing as looked like conditions were only going to get worse, and they did. Got colder and rain came and then decreased, only to get heavier as we finished the last races in light winds, then got even heavier. All wet but seven races in the bag.

Seven races, 3 laps 10knots down to  drifting and raining
FIRST on 7pts- David Meldrum - Alternative #55 - Red 10 second handicap

SECOND on 15pts - Peter Ellsmore - Pikanto #77

THIRD on 18pts - Colin Johanson - PP5 #41

Then, with scores - Ken 26, Richard W. 27, Martin 32, Maureen 38, Ellis 46, Bernard 60, with one discard.


RESULTS - RACE #2, 3 November 2018 

As a result of people being otherwise engaged over the long-weekend for Cup-Day, along with a poor weather forecast, it was decided to cancel after a ring around.


RESULTS - RACE #3, 17 November 2018 

Weather was 14 to 18 degrees with wind ranging from 8 to probably 14 knots. Overcast but wind was cool but no rain.

After some teething troubles of boats having fixable issues, we had 7 races of three laps around a triangle course. There were lots of boat tangles and terrible starts and roundings - we're all out of practice, but Ken showed calmness to get his boat going well and sail consistently clean. With strengthening breeze most stayed with sometimes overpowered A Rigs, so was a testing day for gear. The old style Club mold built boats,  shoed they may be old but are still fast, even in high wind conditions.

Seven races, 3 laps 8-14 knots, cool but dry
FIRST on 9pts- Ken Nichols - Ocka #104 - Red 10 second handicap

SECOND on 16pts -  David Meldrum - Alternative #55

THIRD on 25pts - Richard Wareham - Ocka #105

Then, with scores - Colin Johanson 26, Martin 29, Peter Elsmore 34, Maureen 40, Bruce 45, Bernard 48, Alan 84, with one discard.


RESULTS - RACE #4, 1 December 2018 

Weather was a sunny and pleasant 27 degrees with wind ranging from 8 to probably 14 knots. Sunny with some clouds, the but wind was fluctuating with a number of significant shifts. Wind seemed to be building to B rig day, as forecast, but wind settled down again. Alan Hurst had intended to race, but an unlucky collision before the start of racing, damaged his boat, so that he was unable to compete.

With only five boats sailing, we had 7 races of three laps around a trapezoid course. The secret of the day was keeping out of contacts with boats and rounding on the correct side. With strengthening breeze most stayed with sometimes overpowered A Rigs, so was a fun day, with too many penalties by all, but we kept sailing after the races just for fun for another four races, that were still fast, with the warm wind conditions.

Seven races, 3 laps 8-14 knots, warm and dry
FIRST on 10pts- Colin Johanson - PP5 #41 - Red 10 second handicap

SECOND on 15pts -  Bruce Ellis - Budgie #26 

THIRD on 18pts - David Meldrum - Alternative #55

Then, with scores - Ken Nichols 19, Martin Hinchcliff 24, with one discard.


RESULTS - RACE #5, 15 December 2018 

Weather was cloudy then sun came out for a pleasant 22-27 degrees with wind ranging from 8 to probably 14 knot gusts S-SE, with shifts or 30 degrees, at times. Wind seemed to be building to B rig day, as forecast, but it didn't fully happen and seven races were completed quickly.

We got 5 races in then had a break - literally for David Meldrum - in setting his yacht in its cradle, his keel fell out! A broken top bolt (very weird) in Dave's own well-built Alternative (top of bolt still in deck). Then after races finished, Bruce's mast broke at the base.

With only seven boats sailing, we had 7 races of three laps around a triangle course. Again secret of the day was keeping out of contacts with boats and rounding on the correct side. Too many penalties by all and cries of "you can't do that!", but we stopped sailing after the races as the weather looked threatening the forecast thunderstorms, so we all agreed to pack up.

Good day of fast, often tight, racing on a day, that, after the storms of the preceding days, we were surprised at the weather being so pleasant.

Seven races, 3 laps 8-14 knots, warm and dry
FIRST on 10pts- Colin Johanson - PP5 #41 - Yellow 20 second handicap

SECOND on 16pts -  Richard Wareham - Ocka #105 

THIRD on 18pts - Ken Nichols - Ocka #104

Then, with scores - Peter E. 22, David M. 27 (2 DNS), Bruce E 35 (one DNf), Bernard 51 (3 DNS), with one discard.


See you in 2019 and a Happy New Year to all.


 

 

2019 RESULTS

RESULTS - RACE #6, 5 January 2019 Weather was overcast but pleasant 17-20 degrees (especially after yesterday's 42 heat) with wind ranging from 0 to probably 5 knot gusts W-SE and even N at one point, with many shifts and drifting conditions. Wind was forecast stronger, but so were showers and even storms. We had drizzly rain, but not being cold, we ignored it and kept sailing, after plastic bags were found to cover our Transmitters. We got 5 races in then had a break to return to even freakier lulls. Very much a day determined by puffs of wind on just parts of the course, making sailing tight at times, to very spread out. Then after races finished, it started to rain and while collecting buoys, the pin on the electric motor broke, so that was fixed in the rain and finally everything put away.

With only seven boats sailing, we had 7 races of three and two laps around a triangle course. Strategy of the day was to be in the right place when a puff comes through, or lose, so everyone seemed to get a chance at the front. Our first drifting day of the season was interesting to see the performance of the new and old hulls, and how they differed from performance in wind. David's boat needed rescuing after finding a clump of weed, and Bernards with a battery issue.

Good day of slow, but often tight, racing on a day, that, with the weather forecast, was almost abandoned, but we were surprised at the weather being so comfortable.

Seven races, 3 laps 0-5 knots, cool and damp
FIRST on 9pts- David Meldrum - Alternative #55  - Yellow 
20 second handicap

SECOND on 14pts - Peter Ellsmore - Pikanto #77 

THIRD on 16pts - Maureen Lee - Ocka derivative #103

Then, with scores - Colin J. 22, Ken N. 23, Richard W. 26, Bruce E 42, with one discard.


RESULTS - RACE #7, 2 February 2019 Weather was sunny and hot 24-32 degrees with wind ranging from 7 to probably 15 knot gusts S-W, with many shifts and building to top A rig conditions. Wind was forecast building even stronger, so started just after 12:40 and we got 5 races in then had a break to return to even stronger for last two races. 

With only six boats sailing, we had 7 races of three and two laps around a box course. Strategy of the day was sail high and fast with fewer errors. Penalties were numerous with everyone taking the pain, when they made errors. DF95 acquitted itself well against the IOMs and showed great downwind speed. 

Good day of fast, and often tight, racing on a day, that had everyone hot by the time we finished. Dave's van and shade were replaced by our fold-up sun shade that was important on a sunny day like this.

Some GLYC members turned up as they had a cruise to Nicko, and some had a go after racing finished. Richard had a chance for his Tuesday night skipper to sail his boat for a change!

Seven races, 3 laps 0-5 knots, hot and dry
FIRST on 8pts- Ken Nichols - Ocka #104  - Yellow 
20 second handicap

SECOND on 15pts - Peter Ellsmore - Pikanto #77 

THIRD on 16pts - Richard Wareham - Ocka #105

Then, with scores - Colin J. 18, A.Hurst DF95 25, Maureen Lee 35 (DNF and 4 DNS don't help), with one discard.


RESULTS - RACE #8, 16 February 2019 Weather was bright and cloudless, sunny and hot 22-30 degrees with wind ranging at the start of under 5 knots, after drifting light winds before that for practice. As forecast, the winds gradually built to a nice 8-10 and after a break for sustenance probably 13 knot S-W, with some shifts and building to top A rig conditions. We got 5 races in then had a break to return to even stronger for last two races. 

With only six boats sailing, we had 7 races of three laps around a triangle course. Strategy of the day was, sail around the buoys cleanly, with penalties for those whose vision failed them. Racing was very tight with many boats finishing within seconds of each other, in bunches. Carrying speed over the line for starts and finishes was important as were tactics throughout the races. Quite a few 'match racing' scenarios with little differences in boat speed, and racing lines being paramount.

Good day of fast, and very tight, racing on a day, that had everyone hot by the time we finished. Shade was provided by our fold-up sunshade, that was important on a sunny day like this.

We had one visitor who videoed a race with his Mavic drone! We may be able to get a copy of the video. Colin was also racing his Frigate yacht instead of PP5 as its first Series Race.

Seven races, 3 laps 5-13 knots, hot and dry
FIRST on 10pts- Martin Hinchcliff  - Alternative #25 Red 10 second handicap

SECOND on 15pts - Colin Johanson - Frigate 2.2  #41 

THIRD on 15pts (very tight countback) - Peter Ellsmore - Pikanto #77

Then, with scores - Ken N. 22 winning equal forth with Richard W. 22 only on countback,  Maureen L. 33 (DNF didn't help), with one discard.