Race 4 Wednesday December 28th
Race 4, the last race of 2016 was held in fantastic winter weather, clearing skies, southerly mild winds which were less than forecast and dropping down during the later stages of the race. The course selected for the race was ideal with two spinnaker legs, two beats and one fetch. As ever Just Jay was off the marina first, Just Enough second and Lily last, one day we will get out earlier!
The 3 yachts circled round to take a beam reach start on Starboard as they headed for the Knuckle where spinnakers could be hoisted, Just Jay taking a wider line with Just Enough getting a good line closer to the wall and overtaking Lily whose spinnaker problems persisted, failing to get her spinnaker rigged until she reached Clipera by which time the other two yachts had a significant advantage. Lily should have taken a deeper line from Clipera towards Bolivar than the J boats but the spinnaker the change of helm resulted in Lily following the other two boats thus loosing the advantage. Lily was so far behind that it was difficult to see who was leading but the two J's were sailing in close proximity for most of the race. Additional info from Cogger's FB post: Just Enough was right behind Just Jay until she caught a lobster pot on her keel forcing J 92 to fall off Just Jay's quarter wave.
Then rounding Langdon RIdge bouy Just Jay had problems taking her spinnaker down allowing Just Enough to retake the lead. Just Jay got line honours but Just Enough finished 2 minutes behind in the 2 hour 18 min race, to get the bullet by 1 min 36 seconds on corrected time.
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Here is a link to the new 2017 RRS so that you can all read up on what you SHOULD be doing on the water. You'll probably have plenty of time while you are suffering from over indulgence during your Christmas festivities. By the way we will also be holding a Cruiser Race over the holiday period.
This hefty volume is worth reading as it is valid till 2020!
We'll hold a test during the season to see how well you know your rules! Winner will be promoted to Rules Instructor!
It is broken down into Parts and Part 1 includes some exciting bits like "
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
- BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
So just you be careful we're watching you!
By the way if when you are reading Part 2 you might need to understand the definition of Overlap
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For anyone interested in racing next year here are the details of the IRC Spinlock Discounts scheme. It would be really great if more of our Holyhead Yachts obtained valid IRC certificates and joined in some of the races both at Holyhead and at other venues. Remeber that if you renewed your certificate last year under the scheme then you can get 25% off the renewal for this year.
The RORC Rating Office is offering the following start up offer for the Spinlock IRC rating system
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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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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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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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