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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Race 2 27th November 2016
The second and final race in the November series promised to be a good sail with a keener wind than forecast, high pressure in control, clearing skies and a touch on the cold side. With a NE F4-5 the course elected was Bolivar to port, Penrhos to port and finish. The fun started before the race start sequence with Lily attempting to leave the marina without any steering! The two other boats offered assistance but Lily's crew managed to get her back onto the marina with skilfull use of the engine and the wind. As Lily was unable to race it was a two boat affair with a tight finish on corrected time. Congratuations to Nigel on yet another series win.
The Series Result:
- Just Jay
- Just Enough
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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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Race 5 Sunday 30th October
With light winds forecast from the SE a decision was made to run Course 7 with a posibility of shortening from Bolivar back round Clipera to the finish. Incantation in her last race this year was one of the four yachts entered. From the start Incantation got a good line on the IDM and was ahead with the two J's running closer towards the wall and Lily, cutting across from the marina, just astern and to windward of Incantation.
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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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Next Race this Saturday 29th October,
13:00 start 4 races back to back
Ken on Incantation saved the day by offering to be the committee boat for the OOD Geraint “Washie” Pritchard who had just flown back from Barcelona for the event.
Simon P offered to man the Pin end mark boat. Elfryn and Connor manned the safety boat.
The rest of the backroom boys and girls were made up of Jane, Mal, and Emma on the committee boat.
With the easterly wind F2-3 the course was set for 2 laps of the triangular course - Committee boat line beat to NE buoy, yellow Mackenzie buoy, back around committee boat twice. Mike Thorne somehow managed to pick up the protection 3 Foot buoy off the back of the committee boat and sailed down the line weaving between the boats screaming “trying to dump this” and dumped it in the pin end boat just before the start.
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