30th September 2017

Position   names             average lap time     personal handicap

1           Richard Jones              308                       1663

2           Richard Steptoe           336                       1190

3           Pete Sanders /Oleg     359                       1356

4           Isla                               361                       1254

5          Martin Hauge/Chris       371                       1150 (complete with anonymous 100Kg)

6          Adrian Holmes              378                       1048

7          James Noott                  391                       1369

8          Kelvin                            394                       1149

9          Adam (on Finn 523)      396                       1045

10        Trevor                           439                        1105

11         Phil Ridland/ Alex         468                        1105

 

Well here's this week's results and ramblings. I was told to put in that if someone thought it was too long then they should stop reading. I was also told this week I was the perfect length..... ( really do not think the joke left in mid air is suitable for club readers). So readers I will press on.

 

Temperature, dropping a little. Wind was at least moving the whole time and at times almost decent. South Westerly , not southerly as predicted, and with some touches of WnW just to keep you on your toes.

Delighted to see some different faces and different boats on the water and start line today, well close to the start line. The start itself was a little busy. James Noott came in too early, had to bail out and turn away which also put Martin and Chris into a spin. Some noises amongst the rest of the fleet all trying to come in on starboard and tack as soon as possible to get clear air away from the South wall. Adrian in K167 and Adam in Finn 523 got away but Isla and Rich Steptoe made a decent race to the first mark. By the time they rounded the fleet was not yet strung out. The RS 200 and Supernova were well up and the first reach from Mark 1 to 2 was still crowded with boats and calls.

The first of the runs was slow and a lot of twitching of mains to find the better tack. It was split almost 50/50 but the double handers had the best of it using goose wing tactics to keep the boats moving. By the time the fleet was passing Mark three ( end of start line) there was still the need to give room amongst a fairly tight group.

By the time the first lap was ending the positions were clearing a little with Adrian, Adam and Rich Steptoe holding off the Vanguard with Martin and Chris, Isla, Pete with Oleg and then Kelvin. 

Now in the normal way your correspondent has time to look around, take in the scenery and who is doing what but today he was an awful lot busier trying to serve his master on the helm and do the right thing. So apologies to those who may not yet be getting a mention. Double handed sailing requires more work and as we know K1s just sail themselves, all you have to do is sit on board and it points itself where the OOD has put up the marks. The extended course layout from Peter and Jackie was proving to be very entertaining with a couple of broad reaches just long enough to get the next turn set up nicely.

Wind strength changes allowed short bursts of activity followed by southerly shifts which stopped boats almost dead as the tacked. The John King was not helping anyone and although the ferries behaved themselves some other craft coming through the course affected the race line for almost every boat.

As Richard Steptoe rounded mark 3 on one of the later laps there were four boats just ahead of the Vanguard. Phil and Trevor in their Wayfarers, Richard on his Gull and Richard Steptoe in the Comet. Some decision making in the tactics allowed the Vanguard to avoid the wind shadow of the Wayfarers which brought the Comet to a standstill and the broad reach at 4 across to 5 saw the Vanguard pass four boats and give close chase tot he Finn, only to be stopped by a bad shift and then the John King. This did allow Richard Steptoe to get back some of the distance he had lost. Adrian Holmes had sailed blissfully along in front but had never got as clear as sometimes happens. The RS and Supernova still fought amongst themselves but were doing well and Trevor made the best of the Wayfarer downwind, losing some distance upwind.

It is fair to say that if the boats had been lined up in order they were not as stretched out as usually happens, but what would the personal handicaps do to the race positions? Your correspondent is well aware of the fact that he has, on occasion ( and wrongfully), been accused of bending rules to suit himself. I did say accused. SO it should come as no surprise that no one ventured to tell him and his helm that the bung was out on their boat and the extra 100 kilos of water might , debatably, be slowing them down. If only there was  decent instructor around it might not have happened.

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