A big Thank you to OOD Geraint and Jane for crewing good ship committee boat Colibra..
With Mally off driving his new car he kindly lent Colibra to OOD Geraint and timekeeper Jane to be committee boat.
The harbour was looking good with 10 Oppies - the N Wales squad out training.
Malcolm D stepped up to the mark by driving the windward mark and safety boat.
The windward mark was laid right outside the Marina café window much to the enjoyment of Cogger
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Dinghy report 3rd December 2016.
5 Lasers turned up to be greeted by Geraint, Jane and Mal already on Calibre the committee boat and Efryn in the safety launch. A big Thank you for your support in the cold and lumpy conditions.
Cragie started the day by going to the top of Just Enough’s mast a J92 in the Marina. He was freezing wrapping his legs around that metal mast in the cold NE wind straight from Russia.
He was happier later when reacquainted with the watch he had inadvertently left in gents showers the week before.
Craigie spotted the port bias on the line and was heard chuckling to himself as he just cleared the bow of Capt Gareth who tacked and created mayhem in front of John B on starboard. There was a lot of screaming going on.
The first to capsize was Craigie as the wind started picking up with white horses and lumpy seas rolling down the harbour.
John was leading at the windward mark on the second beat but the red mist came down when he went to the wrong red mark (NE instead of NW) allowing Capt Gareth to sneak in and take line honours and the bullet in the 25 min 56 sec race.
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Dinghy report Nov 12th 2016
With phone calls from Stockport and Manchester at 8:30 am “is it on it's pouring here” the reply was “Cors it's on its Holymed here blue sky's bit windy but forecasted to drop”.
The committee boat Calibre was on station a full 45 mins before the start manned by Geraint “ Washie” Pritchard and Mally. Once the Little blue rib manned by Jim P and Ken N and launch with the Two Phils were up and running battle commenced with two new lasers entering the fray.
The first new entry was Tom FC fresh from winning the J 70 something or other on south coast. The second newbie was Hannah P University women match racing champion 2014. Harry B in only his second outing in 4.7 laser rig learnt the hard way how to get his laser up ease the kicker after rolling in on the way to starting line with white horses starting to appear in the gusts.
The Massey Ferguson award went to his Dad for going out with no battens, he hastily retired from race one and headed to the beach. Cogger felt like a quick fit fitter as soon as he pumped up his flat trolley wheel another two boats turned up asking for air.
The Pin end launch caused some excitement as it started to drift backwards with 30 seconds to the start but Phil bad back Livingston the reason he wasn't sailing quickly kicked it into gear to save the day and get racing underway. At the top mark it was 4 abreast going around it that's how close the racing is now at HSC. Mike T hit the second windward mark with his boom just as he was round it causing a chorus of “ do yer turn” from the baying Laser pack. Tom FC took the bullet and line honours in the 17 min 38 second race with Ricardo 7 seconds behind on corrected time.
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John Burnell wins! Its about time!
After a 120 mile drive leaving in thick fog and -4 from Stockport Dave S couldn't believe the crystal blue skies and light F2-3 NE winds and uttered those famous words “Holymed”.
Geraint, Jane and Mally manned the good ship “Colibra” as committee boat.
Jim and Connor manned the safety blue rib.
Cragie turned up suffering from the effects of being the compare at the annual prize dinner and presentation night a whole week ago and a bit of man flu became official photographer and Pin end launch man. Having his brunch on the starting line - a bacon sandwich and hot drink didn't help the fleet of hardened sailors.
Ricardo won the start. John B went the wrong way up the beat and got a lift up the breakwater in the light NE wind. Cogger was second to the windward mark but got rolled to leeward by the silver fox wearing his new sailing watch - an early birthday present (do not ask how old!) who did a reverse flow over the sail on the dead down wind leg. Back to the books to check this one out.
John B took line honours in the 32 min race with Ricardo beating Cogger by 4 seconds.
Dave M was a true gentleman by gybing around at the windward mark as Cogger came across on starboard, other people would have luffed and hoped.
Dave S got clear wind at the committee boat end as the others tried to take advantage of the gap alongside the Pin end boat and line as the starting line was at the bow.
He was leading up the beat but got a bit lost on the reach due to a right battle royal going on behind him in the radial pack resulting to him gybing when he didn't have too.
John B took the line honours and the bullet in the 30 minute race.
Ricardo beat Cogger by 2 seconds for second.
John B was stuffed at the start by Ricardo who wouldn't let him in as he was barging, causing John to tack gybe and then start. You could hear the Laser pack shouting “there’s no room at the inn”, followed by Craigie’s “they have started John yer going the wrong way” which didn't help his concentration.
Ricardo took line honours and the bullet in the 30 minute race.
Dave M’s feet were dropping off so retired to the beach before frostbite took hold of his feet. Crimbo present suggestion for Nia some waterproof socks.
The gloves came off for this one with Ricardo being covered tack for tack all the way up the beat at the last count it was 20 plus. Cragie’s comment summed it up perfectly
“Thought Ricardo's boat weighed more as Cogger was sat on it”
Cogger should have hung on in there but he was concerned John B was getting away with it as no competition in the big boys fleet this week resulting in Ricardo wiggling free.
John took line honours and The bullet with Ricardo beating Cogger by 2 seconds.
It was great to see Dave M being trolley dolly for the rest of fleet once his feet had warmed up.
In John’s words “I had some naff starts but cream always rises to the top”, yer right John it was a long time coming well 24 races actually.
Thanks to Geraint, Jane and Mal on committee boat , Jim and Connor on rib and photographer Craigie in the Pin end boat.
Racing next Saturday December 3rd
first race 13:00 be there while you can.
Committee boat booked.
Found in gents Saturday evening sailing watch unless claimed it's Cogger’s Christmas present to himself.
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Ken on Incantation stepped up to the mark by offering himself and yacht for this week’s Saturday dinghy races. Geraint OOD and Jane completed the motley crew.
Jim P, Mal on blue rib and Simon P and Nigel manned the safety boat and pin end mark respectively. The only complaint was the fact they all kept having hot drinks but gave funny looks to the competitors when asked for hot chocolate.
Anybody looking from the beach would have thought they were in Australia with Gareth P sailing up and down the line with AUS emblazoned on his squeaky clean new sail straight from the the Laser Masters Worlds, it won a race there.
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