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Earlybird Series – 28th April 2024

Dry conditions with a cool north westerly breeze greeted the 5 sailors who began preparing their boats for races 15 & 16 of the Spring series. 4 Lasers & a Topaz (being sailed by Trevor) made up the fast & slow fleets. OD Nigel set a course for the purists, opting for beat & run legs which would quickly sort out the wheat from the chaff.

All 5 boats jostled for position at the start of the first race with the 4 Lasers getting off to a close start but Robin pushed his luck a bit too much and got called back for being over the line. Steve went back in sympathy whilst the others sailed on. It was Andrew who made it to the windward mark first closely followed by Jason, Robin, Steve and Trevor.

The gusty conditions made the downwind legs interesting, especially as it was against an outgoing tide increasing in strength. After 3 laps (2 for the Topaz) a mistake by Robin allowed Jason to sneak through as the final mark was rounded & the finishing order was decided with Andrew winning, closely followed by Steve, Jason, Robin with Trevor already finished.

With the tide & wind gradually increasing in strength from a Force 3-4 to Force 4-5, the second race saw further fighting for position on the start line & with at least 3 boats judged to be over the line when the starting claxon went, the race committee volunteers of Nigel & Danny (in the rescue boat), Bob & Alun (in race HQ) decided a general recall was necessary.

The second time round saw the 4 Lasers getting off to another close start and it was Steve & Andrew leading the way to the first mark. Jason grappled with his boat, the wind & the tide and fell behind the others and after 3 eventful (for some) laps, Steve showed his superiority in the stronger wind & tide conditions and crossed the line first ahead of Andrew, Robin, Jason with Trevor managing to stay in contention in the Topaz, having completed the required 2 laps for the slow fleet.

Thanks to all the Duty volunteers, inc ODD Nigel with his camera & Jean on the slipway for another enjoyable Sunday morning of sailing at SCC.

Another couple of races dominated by Lasers, but we seem to get a different selection of sailors out each week and all but 3 out of the 20 boats entered so far need more races to qualify.

Steve leads the Fast fleet with Jason in second. Carmel leads the Slow fleet.

Results

Earlybird Series – 21st April 2024

Two afternoon races in a breeze which played games. Slow from the North increasing and turning north east eventually settling to the east and dropping off.

First race saw the fast fleet go to four laps and the slow boats to three. Danny had the best start and maintained himself ahead of the other lasers all race.

By the second race the wind was more easterly. Laurie almost missed the start. There was a good deal of shouting on the line as everyone jostled for position. The first leg was a good beat for this race and the first three lasers had very close racing. The wind eased with the race going to three laps for the fast boats and two for the slow fleet.

On handicap, Nigel finished ahead of the Lasers but with most of the fleet out for the first time this year there’s no change to the overall positions except for Jake moving up to 4th in the Fast fleet.

Its still only April and although the sun was about there was still a chill when afloat.

Results

Earlybird Series – 14th April 2024

With last week being cancelled due to excessive wind today’s race was on the cusp of being cancelled due to the lack of it. The wind started coming in from the west. It then turned south and by the end of the second race was a good force 4. The sun also graced us with an appearance.

Four boats were out, two lasers, one laser radial and a topaz. A triangular course was set by the OOD Teilo Richardson. Andrew physically lead each race from the start, but Carmel snuck ahead in the second on handicap. Both races went to five laps.

Results

Earlybird Series – 24th March 2024

Four intrepid souls set forth in 18kts of wind to tackle a simple triangle course. Neil and Andrew led the field away from the start and fight up the beat to the first mark before a tangled foot led to Andrew capsizing and Neil shot clear off down the run.

Then the conditions started to narrow down the field. Andy retired and a second capsize for Andrew (and a bang to the head from the boom) at the end of first race, meant the second race consisted of two boats. Laser vs Topaz. But it was a short race to let Neil capitalise on the absence of Steve before they were called in to ensure there were still enough people to recover the rescue boat.

Results

Earlybird Series – 17th March 2024

After a delay to rescue the Patrol Boat, 5 boats set out for Laser full rig only racing. The delay gave time for the wind to increase from force 1 to force 2.

Steve got his timing right for a pin end start on starboard on a port biased line with Jake and Jason close behind and Neil and Pete tacking off. Steve got to the first mark just ahead of the other two who went left and the two who went right were well behind. Steve then went round the mark the wrong way and let Jake and Jason get away and then spent the rest of the race fighting off Neil. It continued that way for two laps with Jake taking the lead ahead of Jason with Steve just ahead of Neil and Pete ‘a bit’ behind.

The wind increased to force 3-4 between races and after an even tighter start Neil pulled ahead. Jake overhauled Steve downwind, with Jason close behind, and held on until the end of the second beat, by which time it was blowing force 5 and getting exciting and Steve surged past Jake and Jason. Steve stormed off downwind after Neil (who was finding the force 6 gusts interesting) while Jason and Jake sorted themselves out.

Neil finally succumbed to the inevitable and capsized at the bottom mark allowing Steve past. Nick in the race office thought we were enjoying it (Steve was) and sent us round for a third lap. Jake and Pete retired but Jason hung on for 3 capsizes and 3rd place, with Steve 1st and Neil 2nd.

Results