Dinghy Sailing News
Last weekend saw some great racing with the penultimate race of the Marsh series on Saturday and the Treagust 3 race series on Sunday and also saw the first northerly start of the season
The Wind on Saturday was a light 5-7 knots from the north west for the 37 boats lined up for Marsh 6. The chosen course had a northerly start and there were some strident calls for water as all 37 boats endeavoured to round Echo, albeit some quicker than others. From there the fleet spread out quickly as we ran to Wickor which was rounded twice with a beat to Fowley in between, before heading down harbour for Tye and the first rounding of Pusinelli. At this point with a failing wind the race officer shortened the course and there followed a run for the line which favoured the dual handers with spinnakers but also enabled some of the single handers to open the distance between them. Definitely a day for light wind tactics.
Mark was first Slipper boat in his Aero, followed by Richard Lewis in his Laser with John and Angie in their 2000 coming third and congratulations should go to Karen Fry racing for the first time in her Laser. The full results and the series to date are on our website.
Sundays Treagust three race series was a little different, with a strong, gusty and very cold north easterly that touched 22 knots at times.
A 3 race series involves a specially laid short triangular course which is then raced around in a set pattern, normally with 3 or 4 laps for each race. The results are then taken from each race and collated to give an overall winner.
There were 25 boats competing with seven from Slipper and Mark took first overall for Slipper with Dave Valentine in his D-Zero taking second and Tom Kennedy out for the first time since the Hare and Hounds in his Aero lying third. Congratulations to Simon Lewis out racing for the first time in his Laser who despite an unfortunate capsize which necessitated some re rigging in the shallows on Thorney shore continued to sail and returned to the beach undaunted. Many thanks also to Jim and Cathy in the patrol boat, despite being almost May it was, without doubt, a day for winter kit and lots of it.
The full results are on our website
Looking ahead to this weekend we have the last Marsh race on Saturday, the first of the Watmore series on Sunday and the second club improver sail on bank holiday Monday - more details below
Saturday 5 May – We have the seventh and last race of the Marsh series, starting at 3.00. ESC are running this race
Sunday 6 May – The first of the Watmore series. This is our mid-summer race series and consists of 8 races of which 5 will count towards the trophy – This race starts at 3.45 and ESC are running it.
Club Improver Sail – Monday 7 May – 4.30 Launch - This is the second club improver sail of the season. Just a quick reminder what is it about, these sessions are simply an opportunity to go sailing, to gain confidence on the water and to improve your sailing skills, we will have a couple of patrol boats out to keep an eye on things as well. Although not a formal training session advice and some coaching will be given. All the club boats will also be available to sail.
As last time I will need to know a rough idea of numbers, so if you would like to come along or, just know more about it, please reply to this e-mail, I will then add you to the improver e-mail group list and send more details a little closer to the day.
Looking a little further ahead to the following weekend we have Watmore 2 on Saturday at 9.15 and the Corby 3 race series at 10.00 on Sunday
Stand up Paddle boarding – Please remember that SUP has now started at the club with Roland Plumb running sessions on the millpond every Wednesday at 6.00. If you would like to know more details please contact Roland directly
We have had a fantastic start to the season both in the of numbers of people sailing and the standard of the racing and it would be great to see this continue. I would like to encourage everyone to take part either in the improver sessions or racing. If you have questions about dinghy sailing at Slipper please contact me by replying to this e-mail.
Many thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone on the water