Dinghy Sailing News
Last weekend saw the start of the dinghy sailing season with four races being sailed,
Good Friday – RNLI Pursuit race – this annual pursuit race organised by ESC and in aid of the RNLI saw 19 boats on the line in a very cold and rainswept Easterly 14-18 knot wind. A special lap course was set with the start at ESC and the first mark most of the way to HISC at Marker this was followed by the second mark at Walsh Via Northney, thence to Sweare deep and Wickor before returning to marker and repeating. With the wind in the east it meant the only beat was a short one from Sweare Deep to Wickor and the remaining legs were all long fast reaches. Mark Riddington was first Slipper boat with a contender from ESC winning overall. It was good to see Andy Marshall and Jo Cox racing for the first time as they took the club Stratos for a blast.
Saturday saw us racing the first of the early season Marsh series, the wind had eased and backed by 180 degrees from the previous day and 20 boats including 8 from slipper started in a gusty westerly 8-12 knots. The initial reach to Shepherd saw the fleet starting to spread out and this continued with the first beat to Walsh, a run back to Sweare deep preceded another beat back to walsh before the fleet headed to Pusinelli via Shepherd and Northney, by this stage the tail enders were avoiding the leaders as they reached to the line from Pusinelli. There was more scope for tactics in this race and Slipper picked up 2 of the first 3 places with Mark in his aero being first slipper boat and Adam Humphrey in his RS300 taking second slipper and 3rd place overall
Marsh 2 on Sunday was sailed(?) in something under 4 knots of wind, there were 15 boats entered with 5 from Slipper however 9 crews retired as they found themselves going backwards with the tide on the way to the first mark at Shepherd. The remaining boats pressed on with a lot of slow jockeying for position in a failing wind and the race was finished at the first mark - Shepherd - with the lead boat taking just under an hour and the last boat 90 minutes to get there. The 3 patrol boats then found themselves towing the finishers home. Congratulations to John and Angie in their 2000 and Jez Adams in his D-Zero for completing the race.
The final race of the weekend was Marsh 3, fortunately the promised 28 knots did not materialise and the 15 dinghies sailed in a Southerly and freshening 15 -18 knot wind. A shortish course was set starting with a beat to wickor which saw the fleet opening out, before a reach to Walsh this was followed by a long single tack close reach to Shepherd before turning again but this time beyond Walsh to Church – new territory for some – another very long single tack close reach with lots of hiking via Northney to Shepherd before an almost processional run to the line. Slipper took 3 of the 4 top spots with Mark winning in his Aero, John and Angie in their 2000 taking third and Dave Valentine in his D-Zero lying fourth.
The full results are on our website.
Our next races are in 2 weeks with the Howells 3 race series on Saturday 14 April at 1020 and Marsh 4 on Sunday 15 starting at 1100. More details to follow next week.
The dinghy park is now clear and ready for dinghies, however there is some maintenance work to be done on the malt house wall which will involve lorries using the park to drop off materials and also the rack alongside the millpond will be temporarily relocated, so if you could hold off bringing your dinghy down until absolutely necessary that would be greatly appreciated. I will let everyone know when the work has been completed.
The dinghy park stickers are in a box outside the bar and the list of space allocations is in the function room and on the website under dinghy downloads
As ever if you should have any questions about dinghy sailing this season please contact me and I look forward to seeing everyone on the water