Sailing Reports 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.


Bank Holiday Series 1

1st Graeme Bowen

2nd Liz Mead

3rd John Smith

Bank Holiday Series 2


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.


Top of the River Race 1

1st Derek Morris

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Liz Mead

Spring Sunday Series Race 1


1st Roger P-E

2nd Graeme Bowen

3rd Derek Morris


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.


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.


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 and the race on handicap. 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 secure second place. Alan Toms opted for rowing backwards over the line to take 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 The Ainsworths and Joy Mowle, Quest

2nd Niall Wallace, Scow

3rd Alan Toms, Scow




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