Sailing Reports 2018

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November

A Breezy Weekend for the start of the Winter Series

Spot on forecast, the weather was blowing old boots on Saturday.  With 18 knots gusting above 25 it was always going to be wild and occasionally wet racing.  The Feva with Patrick Tate on the helm and André Usborne as his crew made a very sharp start closely followed by Graeme Bowen in a Scow, Tom Ainsworth in a Pico and Bryan Locke in a Laser.  These four swapped tacks all the way up to B where the faster boats started to get away until the gusty conditions sent them over in a series of spectacular capsizes.  The Scows managed to stay upright and opted for the short cut across the marsh.  Graeme and Alan Toms benefitted handsomely but Liz Mead found a mud lump and got well stuck until she extracted herself with her oars.  Rob Selby, also in a Scow, opted to go round the long way but his sensible sailing still earned him a podium place.  Tom in his Pico finished first but once the handicaps were applied Graeme, Alan and Rob took the top three slots.

Just as race two started, the fleet was hit by a bomb-blast of a gust that flattened the Feva and the Laser.  The Scows and the Pico managed to stay upright and sailed off on a cracking race.  The beat exercised the stomach muscles as crews had really to lean out for long periods to keep their boats sailing fast.  The broad reach was a screamer with great whoops of delight as the dinghies surged ahead in balls of spray and spume.  Tom in the Pico sailed superbly easing away to finish with a big lead.  Graeme led the Scows home with Alan and Liz close behind.  Once the handicapper had crunched the numbers Graeme took first with Tom in second and Alan in third.

The wind was slightly lighter on Sunday but only a small fleet of Scows turned out for the afternoon’s racing.  In the first race the tide was still high enough to sail across the marsh.  Graeme ventured that way again and it paid.  He finished with a very comfortable lead with Alan and Liz some distance behind.  In race two, Liz got off to a superb start and led the fleet round the first couple of marks but got into a pickle at ‘C’ buoy.  By the time she had exonerated herself both Graeme and then Alan had sped past.  Back in Mill Creek there was some excellent sailing with a good stiff breeze and temporarily re-laid buoys creating extra obstructions to navigate around.  Graeme made the most of the conditions and built up a comfortable lead with Alan safely tucked in second.  The race finished in that order.

Winter Saturday Allcomers’

Series Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Alan Toms, Scow

3rd Rob Selby, Scow

Race 2

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Tom Ainsworth, Pico Race

3rd Alan Toms, Scow

Winter Sunday Allcomers’ Series

Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Alan Toms, Scow

3rd Liz Mead, Scow

Race 2

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Alan Toms, Scow

3rd Liz Mead, Scow

 GFJB, 12.11.2018

 

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October

Crisp and Sunny Superb Sailing

Saturday was a superb Autumn day for sailing – bright sunshine, a good breeze and a great turn-out for the race.  On a bit of a learning curve and sailing together for the first time, Patrick Tate and Jack Hicklin in a Feva caught the mud, capsized and only just made the start.  With the entire fleet tumbling over the line on the gun it was a tight leg up to the first mark.  Niall Wallace, who sacrificed the fair tide for clear air, led at the rounding and scurried away up river.  Behind him there was a melee of boats jockeying for position.  Gradually the fleet settled into a series of absorbing contests.

Roger P-E made it hard for himself by getting caught on the outside of the first turn, popping out of the back of the fleet and then gradually working his way past just about everybody.  John Smith also chose the difficult way and, after a couple of infringements, ended up doing 7200 of penalty turns and then, like Roger, set about climbing back up the fleet.

At the front Graeme Bowen set about whittling away Niall’s lead and on the beat back from ‘B’ just eased ahead.  Joy Mowle and André Usborne in the Quest then accelerated into the lead with Tom and Rory Ainsworth, looking very comfortable in a Feva, close behind.  These two boats went on to take line honours but were eased back down the results once the handicap was applied.

Liz Mead and Alan Toms had their own contest.  Bill Ford and John Smith were swapping tacks for the whole of the second half of the race with each regularly getting ahead of the other.  Coming up to the finish line and trying to keep out of the foul tide, Bill just caught the mud and slowed for a couple of seconds; it was just enough to let John through to finish in front of him.  While this battle was progressing, Roger slid past both to take on Niall.  Niall covered resolutely but Roger eased past him to finish just behind Graeme.  After the handicap was applied, Graeme and Roger took first and second with Joy and André holding on to third and this was the overall finishing order of the series.  In glorious conditions it had been a superb race.

With the anemometer touching 30 knots Sunday’s racing was abandoned, Graeme taking that series too on two previous firsts.

The main sailing programme is now completed for the year.  The Winter Series begins on November 10th and runs, every other week, until 9th December.

 

October Saturday Allcomers’ Series Race 4 and Overall Results

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Roger P-E, Scow

3rd Joy Mowle and André Usborne / Patrick Tate, Quest

 

October Sunday Allcomers’ Series Overall Results

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Roger P-E, Scow

3rd Martin Palmer, Scow

GFJB

29.10.2018

 

 

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October

The river looked like glass on both mornings and prospective sailors stood around for an hour each day before cancelling the races and going home/swimming/sunbathing on the beach.   Sunday was the day when the Red Funnel ferry hit a couple of yachts in Cowes when coming in in heavy fog.

 

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October

A Cancellation and A Rip-roaring Race

The weather gods did us no favours on Saturday as we cancelled the race due to a forecast of very strong gusts of wind.

It was a storming race on Sunday with the five gusting six wind blasting the fleet off the start line towards the first mark.  Jockeying for position needed some skill as the wind accelerated first one group of boats then another.  Graeme Bowen just rounded ahead of Martin Palmer and Liz Mead and in clear air he edged away from the fleet.  Behind him, there was some very close racing.

Niall Wallace and Liz had a bit of a ‘coming together’ leaving Niall with a 7200 penalty turn from which he never recovered.   Martin and Roger P-E had a right old scrap.  Roger eased into second only for Martin to get a better position coming into the buoy and take it back.  The wind blew and the whole fleet surged on.

Liz had an incident, was unable to take her penalty and had to retire.  Derek Morris and Niall vied for fifth and sixth with Derek just finishing ahead of Niall.  Melinda Measor cruised into fourth place.  Graeme finished comfortably the winner while the battle between Martin and Roger for second and third continued.  A rig problem on the run prevented Martin from gibing, Roger took advantage, nipped into second and held Martin off all the way to the finish.

 

October Sunday Allcomers’ Series Race 2

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Martin Palmer

GFJB, 16.10.2018

 

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October

A Weekend Full of Weather

Saturday started out grey and gloomy with a good breeze and very quickly ramped up to rain romping in sideways on a series of wicked force six gusts.  Driven on by the good breeze the whole fleet made a brisk start and there was plenty of jockeying for position.  No one gave ground or made a mistake during the first half of the race so the boats were still close together as they creamed out of Mill Creek on the strengthening wind and turned south.

Blasted on by a sustained gust, there were a series of edgy gibes as the fleet changed direction.   Andre Usborne in a Pico and Joy Mowle and Patrick Tate in a Quest led the way back up King’s Manor Reach.  Hit by another rampant gust Andre was seen disappearing in a ball of spray and then tossed into the water as his boat did a spectacular capsize.  Further up the River, the Quest was taken out by the same gust but Patrick, with some aplomb, managed, at Joy’s expense, to complete a dry capsize.  Meanwhile, the Scows were having a tight and sometimes tense battle.  Gradually, Graeme Bowen eased away from Roger P-E and Bill Ford with Alan Toms and Derek Morris some distance behind them.  The Quest won on the water but after the handicap was applied keeping their boats upright paid off for the Scows who took the top five slots.

Sunday was a glorious contrast with bright sunshine and a very pleasant force four wind.  Again, there was a tight start but, by the first mark, Bowen had squeezed ahead.  Benefitting from clear air he was never challenged and, although Bryan Locke in his Laser won on the water, Bowen took the race comfortably.  Behind him there was some very close racing.  Liz Mead is really getting the best out of her new sail and led the following pack until Bill Ford slid past.  Martin Palmer is in good form and then eased past both the other Scows into second.  Further down the fleet, Roger P-E found himself in a contest with Alan Toms, Rob Selby and Derek Morris but Roger is a wily old campaigner.  He avoided a big hole in the breeze, found a couple of helpful shifts and threaded his way through to third.

 

October Saturday Allcomers’ Series Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Bill Ford

October Sunday Allcomers’ Series Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Martin Palmer

3rd Roger P-E

GFJB, 09.10.2018

Photos below

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Roger P-E no 13 and Bill Ford no 58 before the start

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Patrick Tate and Simon Beaumont in the Feva and Rob Selby in the Scow circle the start line

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Liz Mead getting the best out of her new sail

All photos Alan Toms

 

 

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September

Several Series Come to Tight Finishes

The Top of the River Series race on Saturday had a lot riding on it.  The series was up for grabs and it was also the last race for the Scow Challenge Cup, a series that had been running on various races throughout the season.

To pick up the flood tide, most of the fleet started in the middle of the River but Martin Palmer went for the west bank where he found a little more wind and sailed into a comfortable lead which he gradually extended all the way to the Causeway. On the beat back, the following pack closed in on him.  Graeme Bowen edged closer to Palmer but then drifted off the pace.  Niall Wallace started to come through but also fell away and then John Smith tacked brilliantly to overhaul Palmer.  But Martin is in good form and came back to retake the lead and hold off Smith all the way to the finish.  Behind them, Liz Mead had come through the fleet strongly to hold third place but a small shift forced an extra tack on her and Bowen slid past.  Meanwhile, the contest between Wallace and Roger P-E was important; whoever finished ahead of the other would take the Scow Challenge Cup.  At first Wallace led the contest but Roger then eased ahead on the beat only to find a hole in the wind which let Wallace through to take fifth place and the Challenge Cup.

Sunday’s Seamanship Race set the competitors some interesting boat handling skills.  Throwing a heaving line and tying some knots were the precursors to the racers running down to their rigged boats on the slipway for a ‘Le Mans’ style start.  Sailing backwards was brilliantly discharged by Niall Wallace and Joy Mowle but other competitors struggled with this skill.  Coming alongside and retrieving a ‘man overboard’ (an adrift fender) were part of the race which concluded with rowing or paddling over the finish line.  Joy in her Pico led from start to finish but lost valuable time paddling around in a circle followed by Patrick Tate and Simon Beaumont in a Feva.  There was some close on the course racing between the Scows.  Niall led and John Smith began to catch him until he missed out a mark and had to retrace his course to sort out his little muddle.  Melinda moved up the fleet but John is on form and eased past her to regain second place.  Niall’s win on handicap secured the series for him.

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Seamanship boats ready for the’ Le Mans’ start.  Photo Alan Toms.

Top of the River Series

Race 4 Results

1st Martin Palmer

2nd John Smith

3rd Graeme Bowen

Top of the River Overall Results

1st Martin Palmer

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Roger P-E

Scow Challenge Cup Overall Results

1st Niall Wallace

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Melinda Measor

Seamanship Race 2

1st Niall Wallace

2nd John Smith

3rd Melinda Measor

Seamanship Overall Results

1st Niall Wallace

2nd Alan Toms

3rd John Smith

 

GFJB, 30.09.2018

 

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September

A Close Finish to the September Series

Saturday was a little window of light winds between a series of storms and created ideal conditions for an absorbing race.  Sailing lower than the rest of the fleet, Martin Palmer led off the line.  Benefitting from the clear air, he gradually extended his lead.  Behind him there was a constant scrap between Melinda Measor, Roger P-E, Niall Wallace and Graeme Bowen with places being swapped regularly and several penalty turns resulting from the very close competition.  But the light and sometimes fickle wind meant that those at the back frequently found a way back through the fleet.

By the start of the second lap, all the competitors had whittled away at Martin’s lead and began to attack. Gradually, Melinda and Roger got left behind as Niall and Graeme tried to reel Martin in.  Despite their best efforts, Martin took the win with the other two close behind.  The finishing places were significant and meant that Martin was able to snatch the September Series from Roger.

Stronger winds returned on Sunday bringing with them plenty of rain which meant that not enough sailors were tempted out onto the water for the scheduled Navigation Race, which was therefore cancelled.

September Series

Race 4 Results

1st Martin Palmer

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Niall Wallace

Overall Results

1st Martin Palmer

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Chris Jones

GFJB, 25.09.2018

 

Wednesday 5th September

Trip to Colwell

6 sailors in 3 Scows and a Quest set off in an initially inhospitable northerly force 5 wind which made leaving the harbour a very tricky manoeuvre with the ebb tide running.  They decided it was not the weather for crossing the Solent but made their way down to Colwell Bay, where they found the beach virtually deserted apart from a few dog walkers.  They pulled their boats up on the sand and ate their picnic lunch, with the patrol boat anchored offshore.

As the tide was just starting to flood, they started back to Yarmouth, enjoying a much reduced wind.  Those in the Quest experienced their first capsize “for real” and finished the day having learnt a lot.  Everyone had much enjoyed the outing.

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Colwell in early September

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Colwell was virtually deserted

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The sailors enjoyed their picnic in the early autumn sunshine.

 

Saturday 1st September

A delightful sunny day with 7/10 knts  shifty southerly breeze

9 Scows took to the water with 3 mixed handicap dinghies.

In the Scows a long beat to B mark was led by Martin Palmer from the start, initially with a close pack in pusuit. By D mark Martin started to break away but Niall Wallace stayed with him up to B where a substantial gap to the pack had established.  Martin maintained his lead to the end  but Niall was slowly caught and overhauled by Roger P E  in the headers after A mark.  Melinda Measor was also pressing hard down to the final E mark but Niall held on.  Martin 1st then Roger then Niall.

In the handicaps Lucy-Kate Conisbee was the only one to finish the race, her competitors having fallen by the wayside.

Sunday 2nd September

A glorious day to be out on the Solent but the wind was patchy at best and died completely at times.  6 Scows and 1 Pico ventured out.  Those who tried the inshore route to avoid the tide got it wrong. The offshore route proved the winner for Niall Wallace, despite having to wait for cats paws to blow in from Cowes.  However, Melinda Measor struggled on up the shore and overtook her two nearest competitors, Roger P-E and Alan Toms, by the time they reached the windward mark.   First home was Niall Wallace by a long way, followed by Chris Jones and Derek Morris, Derek having collected  the perseverance prize for most attempts to round the windward mark!

September Series Race 1

Scows

1st  Martin Palmer

2nd  Roger Poerscout-Edgerton

3rd  Niall Wallace

Handicap Class

1st  Lucy-Kate Conisbee

Solent Series Race 4

Scows

1st  Niall Wallace

2nd  Chris Jones

3rd  Derek Morris

 

Monday 27th August

Sailability Cup Race

Monday’s race was a charity event in aid of Sailability.  A small fleet of Scows came to the start.  Roger P-E hit the line, on the gun, at speed and eased away from his competitors.  By the half-way mark he looked to have an unassailable lead but on the second beat up to ‘B’ he got the wrong side of a couple of shifts and the rest of the fleet was on top of him.   Niall Wallace, Graeme Bowen, Melinda Measor and Bill Ford were all snapping at his heels.  In Mill Creek Niall and Melinda both had ‘incidents’ and dropped back.  Graeme closed in on Roger and as they approached the line just sneaked ahead.  Playing the breeze, Roger surged back to finish first and take the trophy.

Sailability Cup

1st Roger P-E

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Niall Wallace

 

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August

YSC Spence Willard Regatta

We thought the previous weekend was challenging – little did we know what the weather was going to throw at us for the Regatta!

There were gusts of 30 knots recorded in the Solent while we were racing and they were not much less than that in the river.  Isabella Clarke did well to venture onto the water in her Oppie but she gave us all a bit of a fright as she ran in towards the slipway.

Oppie Regatta 2018

Isabella Clarke managed to stay above water – just!

Nothing daunted, she gybed round and approached the slipway in perfect fashion!

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Sophie Perkins in her Pico despite having a damaged foot, left her crutches on dry land and sailed perfectly.

Regatta 2018 Quest

Joy, Alex and Olivia had the weight to cope with the Quest and its full rig.

The Quests raced round the courses in double quick time.

On Saturday Ronni and Andre Usborne trounced Joy Mowle and Olivia Ward Jacobs but on Sunday the Usbornes with a reef in their sail and only two up could not keep up with Joy (with Olivia and uncle Alex Jacobs) sailing with full rig.  The two Picos who managed to complete all four races (Zac Clarke and Sophie Perkins) did brilliantly and ended up with excellent results after the handicapper had been at work.  Sophie won the handicap class and Zac came third.

In the Scow fleet, Paddy Lord (visiting from Royal Victoria YC) sailed with considerable finesse to take a double first on Saturday.  In Sunday’s strong to near gale force winds, Martin Palmer was the only boat not to reef.  Still in complete control, he won both races.  With two thirds on Sunday, Paddy was the overall winner, Graeme Bowen was second and Bill Ford took third.

It is a testament to the skill and courage of all the cadets who raced in Sunday’s very testing conditions.  They demonstrated grit, determination and excellent heavy weather sailing skills.

All photos courtesy of Alan Toms.

Spence Willard Regatta Handicap Class Overall Results

1st Sophie Perkins, Pico

2nd Andre and Ronni Usborne, Quest

3rd Zac Clarke, Pico

Spence Willard Regatta Oppie Prize

Isabella Clarke

Spence Willard Regatta Scow Class Overall Results

1st Paddy Lord

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Bill Ford

 

Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd August

A Great Week of Sailing

With races every day between Monday and Thursday it was the cadets who dominated the August Allcomers’ series.  Olivia Ward Jacobs in a Tera was the early leader.  Poppy Heming, sailing a Pico, and a brother and sister combo of Stella and Will Taylor, both sailing Teras, showed promise as potential racers as did Jamie Feldman in a Pico.  Simon Beaumont in an Aero, not a cadet but new to sailing, also achieved his first podium place.  But it was the consistent first rank sailing of Patrick Tate and James Ward Jacobs in a Feva that won the series closely followed by Harry Heming in a Pico and his brother Max also in a Pico in third.

August Allcomers’ Series Overall Results

1st Patrick Tate and James Ward Jacobs, RS Feva

2nd Harry Heming, Pico Race

3rd Max Heming, Pico Race

 

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August

Fighting against the gusts

Saturday turned out to be a grey blustery day with 12 to 18 knots of wind.  6 Scows, 2 Oppies, 2 Picos and 1 RS Feva took to the water.

In the Scows race Melinda Measor got the best start and managed to hold on at the head of the fleet to the end.  She was hotly challenged up to the first B mark by Derek Morris but a slip on rounding left it to Niall Wallace to press the pursuit.  Derek and Chris Jones followed with their own battle.  The usual shifty nature of Mill Creek gave everyone moments of hope and despair but in the end it was Melinda, Niall, Derek and Chris.

In the handicap fleet there was a lot of swimming in the gusty conditions but in the end Joy Mowle (Pico) was first followed by Archie Perkins (Pico) then Patrick Tate and James Ward Jacobs (Feva).

Sunday’s race was run on another grey blustery day with vicious 25 knot gusts.  This was Alan’s Chase – a fun pursuit race with individual start times determined by guestimated handicaps according to boat type and helm and with first boat home the winner.

8 boats entered: 3 Scows, 1 Quest, 1 Feva, 2 Picos and 1 Tera.  Four of these boats were sailed by the Heming family (Harry, Poppy, Max and George) giving a strong family performance.  Mastering the gusts and home first was Sarah Kingston in a Scow crewed by daughter Emily who was responsible for keeping Mum on the right course whilst keeping the centre board out of the mud and bailing furiously. Niall Wallace was second with Melinda Measor third, though  Joy Mowle with Ian Baylis in a Quest had the fastest overall race time.  A great and breezy fun race.

Results

August Series Race 4

Scows

1st  Melinda Measor

2nd  Niall Wallace

3rd  Derek Morris

Handicap Class

1st Joy Mowle (Pico)

2nd Archie Perkins (Pico)

3rd  Patrick Tate and James Ward Jacobs

August Series Final Overall Result

Scows

1st Melinda Measor

2nd  Niall Wallace

3rd  Roger Poerscout-Edgerton

Handicap Class

1st Joy Mowle

2nd  Henry Olmi

3rd  Iona Collins and Lottie Merson

Alan’s Chase

1st  Sarah and Emily Kingston

2nd  Niall Wallace

3rd  Melinda Measor

 

Sat 11th August & Sun 12th August

The 20th anniversary race since Peter Giles brought the first GRP COOMBES Scow to Yarmouth Sailing Club. This type of Scow has since formed the basis of one design Scow racing in Yarmouth.

13 Scows took to the start line.  John Smith managed a port start and gained the advantage into the lead which, with clear wind and water, he maintained throughout the race.  Others, on starboard starts, battled with each other, the shifty fickle winds and strong tide within the narrower confines of the river.  Second place was hard fought throughout between Melinda Measor, Martin Palmer, Roger Poerscout-Edgerton and Bill Ford.  Back markers had a similar group battle.

A grey, damp, squally day (12/18knts) saw 6 Scows and 4 mixed handicap boats take to the water.  Niall Wallace got a reasonable start in the Scow race and managed to claw his way to the front in the hard beat to C mark.  He continued well on the beat to B hotly pursued by Melinda, Martin and Roger. Running back to A mark the front runners had to also round a stalled Laser which finally completely ensnared Roger.  Niall continued to lead on the beat back up to B but was overhauled on the run back by Martin skipping through the grass out of the tide on the flooded banks.  Melinda accomplished the same 50 yards from the finish line to squeeze past Niall into second place.

Results

GRP Anniversary Race

1st   John Smith

2nd  Martin Palmer

3rd  Melinda Measor

August Series Race 3

1st   Martin Palmer

2nd  Melinda Measor

3rd  Niall Wallace

 

Friday 10th August

Quiet Sail

Friday’s Quiet Sail was rather inappropriately named – the wind was gradually building up during the morning to become a full gale at lunch time.  However, six brave sailors went out for a blast on the river – Ben and Alice Esler in a Pico and Joy Mowle and friends in a Quest.  All sailed magnificently well in what were really tough conditions, but were glad of the hot chocolate and biscuits when they came in!

 

Thursday 9th August

Simply Sailing

The rather grey, drizzly morning didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the small group of Scow sailors who took part in the Simply Sailing event on the Solent. The wind direction dictated that Hurst Castle was the better destination rather than Totland and despite there not being much of it, all coped admirably with the tide to arrive at Hurst an hour and a half later. A picnic lunch was enjoyed by all, especially as the sun was trying very hard to come out at this point. The wind died even more on the way back but a few encouraging tows from the Patrol Boats saw all return safely to YSC, where a very welcome cup of tea was waiting, care of Marion Brettell. Typically, as soon as we had returned to the Clubhouse, the wind piped up and the sun came out! All agreed it had been a very enjoyable day.

 

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August

Sparkling Racing

Another weekend, another two days of glorious sunshine and great sailing breezes; what a Summer!

Saturday’s race was closely contested with Melinda Measor, John Smith and Graeme Bowen all in with a shout of top spot.  Bowen, gradually eased into the lead and looked to have the race in the bag until a navigational error at the last mark saw him unwinding a correct course!  Realising the error of his ways just as Smith and Measor glided past he was now playing catch-up.  But these two were not for catching.  Measor took line honours with Smith in second and Bowen having to settle for third.

There was a splendid turn-out for Sunday’s race with the handicap class being particularly well supported.  The Quests with Iona Collins and Lottie Merson in one and Julian and Nonnie Bolland onboard the other led the fleet home.  The single-handed Fevas were well contested between Joy Mowle and Patrick Tate and there was plenty of family rivalry in the Picos between Max, Lucy and Alex Collins with Joe in an Oppie and Ben Esler and James Ward Jacobs adding to the Pico mix.  Once the handicaps had been applied, it was Iona and Lottie who came out on top, with Joe in second and James in third.

In the Scows, Alan Toms was fast off the line and defended his lead strongly against Bowen’s challenge.  Alan and Lynn Welch were welcome new sailors in the class and completed the course very respectably.  It was also good to see Katharine Cross racing again.  After defending against several challenges Toms finally succumbed to Bowen’s insistence and he got through.  These two finished comfortably ahead of the rest of the fleet which was led home by Niall Wallace in third.

August Series Race 1

Results

Scows

1st   Melinda Measor

2nd  John Smith

3rd  Graeme Bowen

August Series Race 2

Results

Scows

1st   Graeme Bowen

2nd  Alan Toms

3rd  Niall Wallace

Handicap Class

1st  Iona Collins and Lottie Merson (Quest)

2nd  Joe Collins (Optimist)

3rd  James Ward Jacobs (Pico)

 

Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th July

Super Sunny Scows Week

Scows Week was sailed in light winds and glorious sunshine until it was completely blasted out of the water by torrential rain and gale force winds at the weekend.  Monday’s late sail up the River resulted in wins for Graeme Bowen and Keith Brettell.  Tuesday morning’s wispy breeze was looking doubtful for racing on the Solent but race officers Pete and Hope Giles skilfully set challenging but sailable courses.  Bowen was the clear winner of the first race and John Smith cleaned up on the second.

By Wednesday the sun was hotter but the breeze held for three races on the River.  Smith carried his form over from the Solent and won the first.  Bill Ford edged to the front of the fleet in the next and defended his position to take the win.  After a picnic lunch at King’s Manor, the final race of the day started on the upper reaches of the River.   Chris Jones, having picked up several podium places during the week, eased to the front and held off a late challenge from Bowen to take the seventh race of the series.

Thursday was a ‘lay day’ and Friday a two-leg passage race to Newtown Creek and back.  In very light conditions, Bowen managed to drift just a little faster than the other competitors to win the first leg.  By the time the racers had eaten their lunch on the beach the breeze had filled in to provide a brisk race back to Yarmouth.  Smith was away first and, despite Roger P-E challenging strongly, never surrendered his lead.  P-E faded and Bowen took second which gave him the trophy for the passage race.

Wind and rain intervened to obliterate the sailing on Saturday and Sunday leaving Bowen as the overall winner of the week with Jones in second and Brettell in third.

Scows Week Series Overall Results

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Chris Jones

3rd Keith Brettell

Passage Race Overall Results

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Niall Wallace

3rd John Smith

 

Saturday 21 July, Monday 23 July

Top of the River Series Race 3 and Start of Scows Week

Tremendous sailing to the top of the River and Scows Week gets off to a cracking start

Champagne sailing! Saturday evening was perfect for the Top of the River race. Carried up on the last of the flood and a warm breeze the fleet contested every inch of the River. In the handicap class Fay Murray-Smith showed several Scows the way whilst she contested places with Patrick Tate who demonstrated his developing mastery of single handed Feva sailing and great control of the kite. By the end Patrick just edged the result but both are clearly good sailors in the making.

In the Scows, Graeme Bowen, Martin Palmer, Chris Jones and Roger P-E had quite a scrap. Clear air was everything and by the bend, Graeme had just squeezed ahead of Martin. Once free of the fickle wind gods that live at King’s Manor he opened up a lead that wasn’t challenged. Martin secured second place with Chris in third.

Scows Week got off to a great start on Monday evening. Two races back-to-back showed that this is going to be a close fought regatta. Roger P-E, Melinda Measor and Chris Jones were all in contention. Paddy Lord quickly got his grandma’s boat knocked into shape to take a podium place. Graeme Bowen won the first race and Keith Brettell slid through in the last few hundred yards to take the second. Derek Morris made a very good showing in the combined fleet leading up the first beat and stamped his authority on the ‘woodie’ fleet taking both the first and second races.

Results

Top of the River Race

Scows

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Martin Palmer

3rd Chris Jones

Handicap

1st Patrick Tate, Feva

2nd Fay Murray-Smith, Oppie

3rd Jo Murray-Smith, Pico

Scows’ Week Results – to follow next week

GFJB, 23.07.2018

 

Saturday & Sunday, 14th & 15th July

Saturday produced another beautiful sunny day and with the wind slightly better than the forecast 2 knots the fleet opted for the scheduled Solent race.  5 boats attended, 3 being Scows.

John Smith had the best start but was overtaken by Bill Ford before the second mark.  The order held until the final leg of the second round when John took better advantage of the developing tide to finish first with Bill second and Derek Morris third.  In the handicap fleet Patrick Tate in the Feva finished first with Tom Ainsworth and crew Phil Pike in the Bahia second.

The official race had been short due to improving wind so a combined fleet fun race followed.

Although Tom and Phil were flying in the Bahia the handicaps rearranged results with John first then Derek, Bill, Tom/Phil and young Patrick with a fine performance in final place.

A grand day out for all.

Sunday turned out another beautiful day on the river Yar with 15 to 17 knots of south westerly breeze.

10 Scows started with some hard beating as the contestants sailed between B and C marks a couple of times.  Coming away from this, Melinda Measor was in the lead but failed to round D going into the creek.  John waited until she was well clear of it before reminding her so she lost a few places going back.   More hard beats out of Mill Creek, with a very gusty wind.  At A mark prior to the last 2 legs into Mill Creek John Smith held a short lead with Roger P-E, Melinda Measor, Bill Ford  and Martin Palmer in close pursuit. In Mill Creek John mistakenly went for F mark and during correction to E he inadvertently took a swim.  Just to be on the safe side, Roger rounded both F and E (the correct mark).  The rest of the front group raced to the line and in the final 30 metres a significant gust changed order leading to a virtual photo finish. First was Martin followed by Bill, Melinda and Roger.

This gave Melinda the Series, with Martin and Nick tied with 12 points, but Martin had the first place in the final race so took 2nd place and Nick 3rd.

The Handicap class had 6 boats (9 crew) sailing. Most of these had just completed their RYA Level  2 training at YSC that morning and this was their first race (in 17 knots of wind). All got round the course successfully and were led home, quite substantially, by Lyn and Alan Welch in a Quest. second on handicap were Bryan and Kathy Locke in a Wanderer and third were Neil Peers and Fran Alvarez in another Quest.   A great achievement for all the trainees and the club trainers.

 

Results

July Series Race 3

Scows

1st  John Smith

2nd  Bill Ford

3rd  Derek Morris

Handicap Fleet

1st  Patrick Tate (Feva)

2nd  Tom Ainsworth/Phil Pike (Bahia)

July Fun Race

1st John Smith

2nd Derek Morris

3rd Bill Ford

July Series Race 4

Scows

1st Martin Palmer

2nd  Bill Ford

3rd  Melinda Measor

Handicap Fleet

1st  A & L Welch (Quest)

2nd  B & K Locke (Wanderer)

3rd  N Peers & F Alvarez (Quest)

July Series Final Result

Scows

1st  Melinda Measor

2nd Martin Palmer

3rd Nick Measor

Handicap Fleet

1st  Patrick Tate (Feva)

2nd  A & L Welch (Quest)

3rd B & K Locke (Wanderer)

 

Saturday & Sunday, 7 & 8 July 2018

Wow!  What a scorcher!

On a scorching afternoon fortunately blessed with a decent South Westerly breeze, seven boats came to the line despite the rival attractions of England v. Sweden.

Martin Palmer and Melinda Measor made the best start, but Melinda experimented with an unsuccessful detour as she approached the bend in the river, followed by most of the others.  Hence Martin and Nick Measor more or less had the race to themselves as they sailed up to the first buoy.

As is traditional Melinda quickly caught up and was snapping at Nick’s heels until she dropped back again owing to a creative rounding of a buoy.  By now Martin had an unassailable lead.  Harry Castle then made a strong showing and was challenging Nick for second place until Melinda finally overtook him close to the finishing line.

Sunday was similarly hot with a reasonable wind, and nine boats turned out to play.  Martin Palmer led all the way to C buoy where he rounded the wrong way and had to retire.  This left Melinda benefitting from his misfortune, with Alan Toms and Chris Jones close behind.

Results:

July Series 1

1st  Martin Palmer

2nd  Nick Measor

3rd  Melinda Measor

July Series 2

1st  Melinda Measor

2nd  Alan Toms

3rd  Chris Jones

 

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July

Summer Heat

Beautiful warm sunny weather with a refreshing 7-10 knot north easterly breeze brought 12 scows to the startline.  Chris Parsloe got the best start for the run all the way to Freshwater Causeway. Martin Palmer soon overhauled him.  At the notorious Kings Manor Farm constriction the fleet had to negotiate around several swimmers enjoying the cool blue water.  By the Causeway turning mark Martin led with Derek Morris in second, then Roger Poerscout-Edgerton and the pack in close pursuit.  Coming back was all about beating and luck or judgement to master the wind shifts and lifts.  Roger eventually mastered the shifts and took the lead from Martin near C mark.  He held his lead to the finish with Martin a close second and Niall Wallace third.

On Sunday 5 scows rowed out to the start area in the Solent west of the harbour.  30 minutes later 5 scows rowed back to the clubhouse for lunch and a glass.  The forecast wind did not arrive and 30 minutes drifting down the increasingly strong ebb tide in the hot humid air was quite sufficient.  In the club we raised glasses to Graeme Bowen and John Smith who had chosen this windless day for their big boat drifting practice for Round the Island next weekend.

NW, 01/07/2018

Results

Top of the River Race 2

1st   Roger Poersout-Edgerton

2nd  Martin Palmer

3rd  Niall Wallace

 

Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th June 2018

Not Exactly Pointless

For Saturday’s Fun Race, each of the buoys in the River was assigned a score.  The further the buoy is from the Club, the higher its value.  By rounding a minimum of four different marks, competitors had to gain as many points as possible in an hour.  If they were late back, then one point was deducted for every minute they were overdue.

Off the start line, the different tactics were quickly apparent.  Alan Toms and Tom Bignell turned into Mill Creek to sail round the buoys there first while the majority went straight to the high value marks in King’s Manor Reach.  Early high scorers included Harry Castle and Melinda Measor who racked up good totals rounding B and C several times.  Bill Ford, Nick Measor and Graeme Bowen were not far behind. Nick then Melinda peeled off to deal with the buoys in Mill Creek and shortly after Bill followed them. while Alan came into the Reach to round the higher value marks.  Gradually, these boats started to head for the finish.  Only Harry and Graeme stayed in the Reach, pushing their luck on the time limit.  By the time these two turned for Mill Creek it was clear that they were going to collect time penalties.  The other racers finished within a couple of minutes of the hour but Graeme and Harry were very late and heavily penalised.

Which was the winning tactic?  Well, none!  In the top four there were two on time finishers and two late ones, as well as early and late visitors to Mill Creek.  Once the scores were worked out, Bill and Graeme tied for first will Alan in third and Harry in fourth and only a couple of point between them.

Our Passage Race to the west on Sunday was blighted by lack of wind on the outward journey but, with the help of oars and paddles, the four boats that set out managed to get to Colwell.  They had a good picnic stop, attached to the nanny boat, Wellow Maid, and the two patrol boats.  As they finished their lunch a sea breeze came up from the west which took them home in no time at all.  It was a most enjoyable trip on a beautiful sunny day for the 14 people who took part.

Results

Fun Race

1st = Bill Ford and Graeme Bowen

3rd Alan Toms

GFJB, 26.06.2018

 

 

Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th June 2018

Well Reefed Down

Saturday’s blustery conditions meant that the Solent racing was transferred to the river and very soon after that decision was made, as the wind accelerated to force 6, sailors were reefing down.  Roger P-E in a Scow led off the line and eased away from the rest of the fleet giving Andre Usborne and Patrick Tate in a Feva a good run for their money. Meanwhile, John Smith, Alan Toms and Graeme Bowen in the other Scows sparred behind the leaders, no one boat being able to pull away from the rest.  In King’s Manor Reach Smith was forced to retire while the other boats splashed their way through the considerable slop that had built up.  Round ‘B’ and back down the course P-E increased his lead until a navigation error when he missed out a mark sent him from the front to the back of the fleet.  Shortly after, Toms found the mud and retired leaving Bowen the winner by default.

Sunday was a bleak grey afternoon with 15-25knt SW winds and signs of worse to come.  Roger, keen as always, had already reefed and was raring to go.  Alan fresh from lunch and a glass of fortitude also got reefed. Niall, heartened by the reefing, joined in as did Bryan the brave Laser.  Four boats started with Roger taking an early lead.  The blustery conditions made beating to B difficult.  Niall just made the windward side of the last line of yacht moorings to emerge in the lead and managed to stay ahead to the end.  Roger ended up second with Alan a close third.  Some fine sailing amongst the blustery bits and well worth doing, particularly when reefed.

Results

Spring Saturday Series Race 4

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Roger P-E

Spring Sunday Series Race 4

1st Niall Wallace

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Alan Toms

GFJB & NW, 19.06.2018

 

Saturday 9 June 2018

After some debate about the wind 7 Scows and 2 mixed class boats took to the water. The short course included E mark in Mill Creek at Roger’s request.

Right on the Scow start the wind gathered to a gentle westerly. Niall Wallace took the lead for a few moments but was soon overtaken by Harry Castle. At the entrance to Mill Creek the wind died with Harry still leading and everyone else more or less in line abreast drifting slowly down to E Mark. After rounding Roger broke clear on starboard tack only to spend  some happy moments fighting the thick weed.  The rest of the fleet struggled on port, starboard, port to grab zephyrs and some forward progress.  Some did it better than others, notably Bill Ford, Alan Toms and Harry who emerged from Mill Creek as front runners.  At that moment a shorten course signal was sounded, the wind picked up and those 3 had a close pursuit to the finish but finished in that order.

NW, 11.06.2018.

 

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018

Perfect sailing weather for racing or sailing round the island     

The sun shone and the wind blew for Saturday’s race on the river and the trip round the island in the Quests for those raising money for Uzima in Our Hands.  The latter comprised Joy Mowle, Jojo Minchin, Harry Minchin, Annette and Kirsty Scivier and Tom Ainsworth who started their journey at 5.00 from Yarmouth and arrived back at about 16.45 looking remarkably perky.  A homecoming party in the clubhouse saw them and a group of supporters drinking bubbly to celebrate the successful completion of their challenge.

The race course, set by Peter Giles, encompassed 9 buoys which made for a very good race.  Melinda Measor in her Scow, having made a very poor start, managed to thread her way through the fleet and eventually popped out ahead of all but Patrick Tate and James Ward Jacobs in the Feva.  She stretched out her lead so that she stayed ahead of the following pack of John Smith, Roger Poerscout-Edgerton, Martin Palmer, and Bill Ford, who all finished up within 8 seconds of each other having been sparring all the way round.

An even more ideal sailing day on Sunday greeted 10 boats racing for the Price Cups.  Patrick Tate in the Feva, single-handed this time but flying his spinnaker, led the 9 Scows all the way round.

PTateOpenDayJune18

Patrick uses his weight to good effect

In the Scow fleet it was Roger P-E’s turn to shine, followed by Martin Palmer and Melinda Measor, fighting all the way but with Martin taking the second place.  Bill Ford hung on to his 4th place but behind him there was a good contest between Liz Mead and Niall Wallace:  Liz started off in front but Niall got her in the end.

Results

Spring Saturday (Personal Handicaps) Series, Race 2/Little Gaffers Race

1st Melinda Measor

2nd John Smith

3rd Roger Poerscout-Edgerton

 

Spring Sunday Series Race 3/Price Cups

Scows

1st  Roger Poerscout-Edgerton

2nd  Martin Palmer

3rd  Melinda Measor

MZM 4.06.2018

 

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May 2018

Another Glorious Bank Holiday

It’s a Bank Holiday so it must be glorious sunshine.  Not often that you can say that but this year it is true.

Saturday’s Personal Handicap Race rattled along in ideal conditions, a good force 4 with plenty of the sunny stuff.  Energised by their personal handicaps a raft of boats competed briskly for the lead.  Bill Ford rounded the first mark just ahead of the fleet but by the second Graeme Bowen had nosed in front with Melinda Measor right on his heels.  Next Niall Wallace scrapped for top spot and John Smith tried to muscle in there too.  These five boats were never more than a few seconds apart finishing in quick succession Bowen, Wallace, Ford.  Due to a clock failure, handicaps could not be applied but it was agreed that finishing places should stand.

In Sunday’s Race 3 of the Bank Holiday Series a healthy fleet headed off in brilliant sunshine but very light and fickle airs, with the wind coming from every point of the compass and none.  On the first leg into Mill Creek, John Smith established an early lead until the wind stalled becalming the entire fleet.  Alan Toms found a slight hint of sea breeze to ease up to the first mark, closely followed by Bill Ford with the rest of the fleet packed just behind him jostling to round the mark.  Once again, the wind departed leaving all drifting along, with most competitors taking their turn at both leading and trailing.  At the third mark, like the first, the major part of the fleet all arrived at the same time but with barely enough wind to maintain steerage and thus avoid minor collisions, leading to a flurry of penalty manoeuvres. With the course shortened and virtually no wind, the last leg started off as a very slow drift, but it was the tail enders who were to benefit most by a late onset of the sea breeze to assist in the run to the line, with Toms, Melinda Measor, Niall Wallace, Ford, Mary Lord and Sue Denton all in contention: the final order being Measor, Ford and Smith.

Monday dawned bright and sunny with very little wind.  After a short postponement, the race officer was able to get the fleet away in just a hint of a breeze.  Bowen and Mead had built up a substantial lead by the first mark which they rounded in the wrong direction.  By the time that was sorted they had gone from first to last! Toms, Melinda Measor, Smith, Roger P-E and Wallace now contested the front of the fleet.  On the second lap P-E split from the bunch in the main channel, found a little more breeze and slightly less tide to build a fifty yard lead at the penultimate mark with Smith in second.  P-E never relinquished his lead but Wallace found a puff to slip into second while Smith was third.  The win secured the series for P-E with Smith in second overall and Melinda Measor third.

Results

Spring Saturday (Personal Handicap) Series Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Niall Wallace

3rd Bill Ford

Bank Holiday Series Race 3

1st Melinda Measor

2nd Bill Ford

3rd John Smith

Bank Holiday Series Race 4

1st Roger P-E

2nd Niall Wallace

3rd John Smith

Bank Holiday Series Final Result

1st Roger P-E

2nd John Smith

3rd Melinda Measor

GFJB & JS, 28.05.2018

 

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018

Even Better than a Royal Wedding

If you watched the Royal Wedding then you missed a treat on the Solent on Saturday. A misty morning turned to glorious early afternoon sunshine and a cracking breeze filled in to create ideal conditions for the Solent Series race. John Smith and Alan Toms both got across the line right on the gun and led up the beat. At the first mark, Graeme Bowen managed to get an inside overlap and slid into a lead he didn’t relinquish for the rest of the race. Behind him, John, Niall Wallace and Roger P-E swapped tacks and places all the way round the two-lap course vying for the other podium places. On the final beat, John faded and Roger got just a little extra kick from the tide to take second to Niall’s third.

By Sunday, the breeze had softened to create a tactical race for the second contest in the Spring Sunday Series. Graeme Bowen and Derek Morris quickly separated themselves from the rest of the fleet and swapped tacks all the way to the first mark which Derek rounded in the lead. Down the run, Graeme again managed to create an inside overlap and started the second beat just inches ahead of Derek. With Derek having to ‘eat dirty air’ Graeme eased a little ahead but Derek never lost contact and was ready to capitalise on any mistake that Graeme might make. As these two came past the entrance to Mill Creek for the final time, there was a 1800 wind shift forcing Graeme to put in an extra tack. Derek closed but Graeme just managed to take the race. After the shift the wind died leaving the rest of the fleet struggling to make the finish line. Some ten minutes later, Roger P-E managed to cross in third with Niall just behind him.

Results

Solent Series 2

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Roger P-E

3rd Niall Wallace

Spring Sunday Series 2

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Derek Morris

3rd Roger P-E

GFJB, 21.05.2018

 

Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th May 2018

A Close Fought Team Race Against Brading Haven and a Swallows and Amazons Cruise

Wednesday’s Scow team racing against Brading Haven was fought out in the usual spirit of keen, friendly rivalry. Yarmouth arrived at Brading one member short and they very kindly loaned us one of their sailors, Sara-Jane Weigall.

In gusty conditions, a short leeward, windward course was set; Brading dominated the first race with Jodi Spence being a clear winner. Yarmouth responded with equal enthusiasm to win the second race, John Smith and Graeme Bowen taking the top two slots. Anne Barlow from Brading won the third race but as Yarmouth boats with Niall Wallace, Melinda Measor and Nick Measor took places 2 to 4 Yarmouth won the flight. Brading had to win the final race if they were to retain the trophy on home waters. Brading looked to have the last race and the series sewn up as they cleverly defended their lead boat but the leader sailed the wrong side of the finishing line leaving the door open for John Smith and Yarmouth to snatch the flight and the series. The Yarmouth team then enjoyed an excellent club-house supper with our Brading hosts.

On Saturday, over 30 excited children waited anxiously to know if the Swallows and Amazons’ trip from Yarmouth to Newtown with an overnight camp and return sail the following day would go ahead.

The weather played its usual tricks and right up to the last moment we were not sure if we would be able to sail back from Newtown on Sunday as the predicted winds were at the top of F4 gusting F5 – with wind against tide, too much for some of our young sailors. Luckily, the wind strength abated and despite the drift down on the tide to Newtown on the Saturday, Sunday’s conditions were perfect, providing exciting but manageable sailing in the sunshine for the eleven dinghies, ranging from a Bahia, RS Quests, and RS Feva to a Topper and Scows.

In all, over 70 YSC members enjoyed a memorable weekend of sailing, camping and barbecueing!

GFJB and LM, 14.05.2018

 

Saturday/Sunday/Monday 5/6/7 May 2018

Glorious Bank Holiday Weather and Some Testing Sailing

Wow, what a glorious Bank Holiday! Saturday’s Open Day at Yarmouth Sailing Club was bathed in hot sunshine and blessed with a fine breeze; perfect for taking prospective members afloat. They thought so too and many signed up to join the Club.

Sunday was still blessed with hot sun but the breeze had evaporated creating testing conditions as little puffs of air came and went then swung through thirty degrees pushing just about everybody to the front of the fleet at some point in the race. Dick Davis led off the line but drifted onto the mud at the first corner allowing Alan Toms through with Liz Mead, John Smith and Derek Morris close on his tail. Meanwhile, Graeme Bowen had popped out of the back of the fleet and left himself a lot to do. As the fleet beat its way to B buoy, Bowen gradually overhauled those in front to ease into the lead. John and Liz had an absorbing contest, Liz just easing ahead of John to take second.

Monday was another day of glorious hot sunshine but the light and fickle winds prevented racing in the Solent and the fleet transferred to the River. Roger P-E took an early lead and no-one could catch him. Alan, John and Melinda Measor jockeyed for second place. John was caught on the wrong side of a wind shift and drifted out of contention. Alan and Melinda sparred all the way to the line with Alan just edging it at the finish.

Results

Bank Holiday Series 1

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Liz Mead

3rd John Smith

Bank Holiday Series 2

Scows

1st Roger P-E

2nd Alan Toms

3rd Melinda Measor

GFJB and MZM, 08.05.2018

 

Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th April 2018

Head Boys

A light steady breeze created fascinating conditions for the first ‘Top of the River Race’ of the season, with the lead constantly changing as the fleet ran up to King’s Manor corner.  At the tricky turn, there was a bunch of boats all fighting for the best breeze and the least foul tide. Sailing the Feva (Dame Turner) single handed Patrick Tate was the first to break through to the upper reaches of the river.  To the lee of the Scow fleet and right on the inside of the bend, Derek Morris found a way through, chased by Alan Toms, the rest of the pack following shortly after.  In the clear air of the upper reaches of the River, the first three boats built up a substantial lead.

After rounding ‘T’ buoy, there was a long, steady beat back to the finish but easier than the first half of the race with the building ebb tide sluicing the boats home.  Gradually, those at the back began to reel in the front runners, Graeme Bowen, Martin Palmer and Liz Mead easing their way through to challenge the leaders.  Finally, sliding past Alan they set about catching Derek and Patrick but the two leaders had built up too big a lead to be easily troubled, taking first and second on the water.  After the handicap was applied, Derek headed the results, with Graeme and Liz taking second and third.

Sunday was Roger P-E’s day. Hitting the start line dead on the gun, he headed the fleet around the whole course.  Graeme and Derek challenged but were unable to get past the dogged Roger who protected his position superbly all the way to the finish.  In the Handicap fleet, Patrick got into a little difficulty launching the spinnaker single handed and ended up on the mud leaving Brian Locke in the Laser to take the race.

Results

Top of the River Race 1

1st Derek Morris

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Liz Mead

Spring Sunday Series Race 1

Scows

1st Roger P-E

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Derek Morris

Handicap

1st Brian Locke, Laser

GFJB, 29.04.2018

 

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April 2018

In Saturday’s Race 3 of the April Allcomers Series a healthy fleet of all Scows headed off in very light and fickle airs, with Derek Morris struggling to get back across the start line against a strong flood tide. Alan Toms took an early lead but Tony Sceales found a way through to take the lead, soon to be lost to John Smith in Mill Creek. With a complete wind shift from East to West, Smith was the first to be able to take advantage of the stronger winds and never looked back, with Sceales and Toms coming in second and third.

With turbulent winds in evidence on Sunday a mixed fleet made the start line and it was Niall Wallace who executed a well-timed approach to the line and set his mark on the final race of the April Series. Roger P-Edgerton kept close to Wallace with Smith struggling to make up for a poor choice of line at the start. There were a few casualties along the way due to the strong gusts, but Wallace held his nerve throughout and established a clear lead with P-Edgerton closing at times but never getting near enough to cause him trouble.  Smith and Chris Parsloe were battling for third place but a foul by Parsloe put him out of the running. Overall, the Series was won by Niall Wallace.

Results

April Allcomers’ Race 3

1st  John Smith, Scow

2nd  Tony Sceales, Scow

3rd  Alan Toms, Scow

April Allcomers’ Race 4

1st  Niall Wallace, Scow

2nd Roger Poerscout-Edgerton, Scow

3rd John Smith, Scow

Final April Allcomers Series Results

1st. Niall Wallace

2nd. John Smith

3rd. Roger P-Edgerton

 

Race Report 14th and 15th April 2018

Wispy Wind Rumba and a Cruising Quickstep

On Saturday, the fleet was never far apart as contestants waggled and wove around each other in the wispy but consistent wind.  In Scows, Roger P-E led off the line with Niall Wallace and Graeme Bowen on his heels waiting for him to make a mistake.  Tucked in just behind, Liz Mead, John Smith and Harry Castle pirouetted around each other all looking for that winning lift in the light breeze.  By the second mark, Brian Locke, in a Laser, eased ahead but at the start of the second round, he found the mud and the fleet slid past him.  Graeme sheltered from the tide to ease ahead and Niall established himself in second.  Brian recovered to take line honours but, after the handicap had been applied, it was the Scows of Graeme, Niall and Roger that took the podium places.

Sunday’s breeze was a cruising quickstep.   The Bahia, with Andre Usborne and Patrick Tate onboard, and Graeme’s Scow were over the line at the start.  The Bahia went on and Graeme went back.  On a ‘port-hand flyer’, John Smith, with Roger and Liz close behind, led the fleet off the line and progressed quickly to the first mark.  Graeme, having exonerated his early start, was now at the back of the troupe with Chris Parsloe and Alan Toms not far ahead.   Chris made a duff tack, Liz left a gap at ‘E’ and Alan found the mud allowing Graeme to glide through into third.  Brian’s Laser again took the first gun with John and Roger sailing a faultless race to the finish to hold their top slots among the Scows and take first and second on corrected time.

Results

April Allcomers’ Race 1

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Niall Wallace, Scow

3rd Roger P-E, Scow

April Allcomers’ Race 2

1st John Smith, Scow

2nd Roger P-E, Scow

3rd Graeme Bowen, Scow

GFJB, 15.04.2018

 

 

Race Reports Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th April 2018

Seamanship Race and Navigation Race

In a brisk and blustery breeze, six boats came to the line for the April Seamanship Race.  The race involves a series of challenges including rowing starts, anchoring then raising sails, returning to the club slipway and running up to touch the start board before getting under way, along with the additional complications of taking a 3600 turn after rounding each mark on the course and finishing the race sailing backwards over the line.

The Quest, sailed by Tom and Rory Ainsworth and Joy Mowle, completed all the challenges with consummate skill to take line honours.  Tony Sceales, in his Scow, was probably robbed of a win by a severe wind-shift which made sailing backwards over the line almost impossible, although Niall Wallace – in his Scow – just managed to nip his tail end over to finish in second place. Alan Toms opted for rowing backwards over the line to take third.  When the handicaps had been applied, it was Niall who was the winner, with Alan second and the Quest in third.

Henry Olmi and Patrick Tate in the RS Feva sailed really well around the course but could not persuade their craft to reverse over the line and therefore registered a DNF, whilst Alison and Gabriel Olmi did manage a finish having overcome a very slow start.

Lack of wind on Sunday meant that we could not run the Navigation Race.

JS, 08.04.2018

Seamanship Race Results

1st  Niall Wallace, Scow

2nd Alan Toms, Scow

3rd  Tom & Rory Ainsworth and Joy Mowle, Quest

 

 

 

Race Report Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018

Close Competition for the Chocolate Chicken

The art of the Easter Series is not to come first, for which there is only a mini-egg prize, but second to take home the splendid chocolate chicken.  And, there was very close competition to carry off the chicken.

Over the weekend, there had been a very good turn-out with twenty boats taking to the water.  The quicker, kited boats made rapid progress over the strong tide with the Quests, Bahia and the Feva taking the podium guns but the light weather favoured the slower boats so, after the handicap was applied, it was the Scows and the Oppie of Joe Collins that took the top places.

The monster tides made for some interesting navigational tactics.  The marsh was completely flooded on Sunday and Alan Toms managed to do the double by sailing over it in both directions and pull himself up to third.  On Monday it was all down to sheltering from the tide while avoiding the mud on the long leg up to ‘B’ buoy; those that did opened up a substantial lead over the rest of the fleet.

Graeme Bowen knocked himself out of the running for the chicken by having a clean sweep of firsts.  Tony Sceales looked a strong contender taking second place in races one and two but was then unable to sail and dropped out of the running.  This left a tight contest between John Smith, Niall Wallace and Roger P-E.  John’s two good results were scuppered by his rig failure leaving Roger and Niall to contest the chicken finally tying for second on 11 points each.  Roger’s best result was a third and Niall had a second so he got to take the chicken home.

GFJB, 03.04.2018

Easter Series Overall Results

1st Graeme Bowen, Scow

2nd Niall Wallace, Scow

3rd Roger P-E, Scow