Monthly Archives: June 2022

Laser Cup and Summer Series – 19th June 2022

9 Lasers including 3 Radials lined up to compete in the Laser Cup, which might be a record, with an Enterprise and a Topper to make up the numbers. The wind was a fickle and gusty northeasterly and as Danny and Steve lined up at the favoured end, the wind backed and sent those at the other end of the line flying. Andrew was first to the first mark but Danny had recovered well to round in second with Pete in third and Steve in 4th. By the third leg the wind had picked up and the Lasers were flying. Andrew, well ahead by now, was the first to sail into a hole in the wind at the third mark and after a series of huge wind shifts Steve emerged in the lead with Danny second and Andrew third.

These three pulled away from the rest but on the third lap Danny made the best of the shifty beat and pulled ahead of Steve to win the race and the Laser Cup. Behind was more or less carnage but I will leave those involved to relive their capsizes in the comments section.

Andrew made a quick pitstop to sail his catamaran in the second race. The wind increased and the field was reduced with some notable absences (where did you go Robin and Pete?). Danny led from the start with Steve in second but Carmel was close behind and might have caught the leaders on handicap, but the wind increased further and the full rigs pulled away. There was a time when Steve would have had the advantage in the stronger wind, but Danny couldn’t be caught.

He now has what looks like an unassailable lead in the series, but we have the rest of the Summer to go and Neil hasn’t even started. With no discards at this point Robin is in 2nd and Andrew in his cat is third. In the slow fleet Dan leads in his Enterprise, with Alun 2nd and Carmel 3rd.

Results

Summer Series – 5th June 2022

A record 9 boats took to the water on the coldest day so far in June for the annual Round the Island (Sully Island) race. The flukey offshore wind kept the boats together along the shore, but Steve and Andrew in the faster boats pulled away slowly. Once round the island in the stronger wind they sprinted away and were neck and neck after one lap so were sent round again. The slower boats were finished after the customary single lap with Danny and Robin in a strong position. Steve pulled ahead of Andrew after his slow tack and was convincingly ahead going round the end of the island, but the wind had backed and Steve had to drop his spinnaker early allowing Andrew to catch up. On handicap Danny finished first to win the Commodore’s Plate, with Robin in second and Andrew third.

OOD Neil set the second race in the bay with a long spinnaker reach for the faster boats. Steve streaked ahead, but when the results were calculated he only managed a third behind Danny and Robin who lead the series at the end of the first day. The series runs until the end of August so it’s still all to play for.

Results