Dinghy sailing

18 Jun 2018 | Matt Thorsby

Hi Everyone

Last weekend saw the wind return, and after what seemed like anage of light wind racing, saw the Watmore 5 being raced in a F5-6 which took a few of us a little while to get used to. More of that below but looking ahead to this week we have Tango 3 on Thursday starting at 6.00 and on Friday we have a social sail at 1815.

Thursday 21 Jun – Tango 3 – 6.00  this is the third race of seven for our summer evening Tango series. The forecast is looking great with a northerly f3-4, we are running this race. The Tango series has been really well supported this season so far and it would be great to see as many sailors as possible competing on Thursday

Friday 22 June  - Social Sail - 6.15 – For those of us not going to Oppie Camp this year we have a social sail on Friday starting at 6.15. Please be aware though that there will be less patrol boat cover than usual as all our patrol boats will be going to Oppie camp and we will be reliant on the cover that ESC put out.

Looking ahead still further to the following weekend we have the Pine out of harbour race on Saturday 30 June at 1.00 and on the Sunday we have the ladies race starting at 1345 – I will put the sailing instructions, notice of race and other information for the races on our website under latest events and will also give more details next week.

Last Saturday saw us racing the fifth race in our mid-summer Watmore Series,  28 dinghies with 12 from slipper sailing in a very gusty and shifty 18-24 knot SW wind. The chosen course had Little deep as the first mark which in the prevailing conditions caused some bunching up and smart collision avoidance before a reach to Wickor and chance for the fleet to separate. The remainder of the course gave a good mix of fast reaching as from NEH to Walsh, hard hiking beats as from Wickor to Tye and running from Tye to the line.

There were few spinnaker legs and the conditions favoured the single handers with a contender taking first overall followed by a Laser 4.7. Mark in his Aero was first Slipper boat over the line with Jim Garland in his Laser Radial following in Second. Dave Valentine in his D-Zero took third Slipper place and it was great to see Adam Humphrey first time out racing in his new D-Zero. The full results are on the ESC website.

Club Wayfarer – Please note that the club wayfarer has now been sold and must not be used for training or other club activity.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone on the water on Thursday

Matthew Thorsby