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Raceday 1 Sponsored by ROOSTER

Raceday 1 Sponsored by ROOSTER

Plas Heli Commodore Bob Lowe welcomed around 80 Solo sailors to the wonderful new sailing facility in the north of Wales. While the rest of the UK bathed in sunshine, there was little chance of sunburn in Pwllheli, the mountain fog blighting the sky. Sailors rigged and waited on the beach and like a brides vail being lifted at the alter, the fog rose to reveal....grey skies. ROOSTER hikers were on show, pads in place and ready to protect the hamstrings and maximise righting moment but the notion of hiking was a little optimistic. I motored out to the race area and boarded "Banzie" the Committee boat for the week. PRO Mike Butterfield completed his checklist and awaited the fleet to the arena. 6-8 knots across the course from 185, that's just a little westerly of South and a little light for everyone but with a minimum of 5knots, we would be racing.

Race 1

The line had a slight port bias and there was no pulling the welsh sheep over their eyes, result, general recall. Mike re-callibrated the line by dropping the pin end boat back 50 metres and we were into a black flag start. A large part of the fleet still hit the left pin end but Tom Gillard (Winder Mk1/North ST2K) and Pete Mitchell (Ovington/North P2) who had tacked off at the committee boat would round first and second with Andy Davis, fresh from his win at Merlin week, who had worked the middle of the beat. Tom would be receiving the Presidents Beer Voucher for nailing the first beat. Vanda Jowett, our only female competitor was next around from Ollie Wells. Young Peter Ballentine from Salcombe was next around from sailing legend Tim Law. The course was triangle/sausage, normally with the wind below 8 knots we would be on a windward/leeward course but the swell, or remnants of it allowed some wave action, albeit limited by the presence of Jury boat, and judge David Batty. There were some train crash first beats and with little chance of improvement, it would have been human to have them put down. Up the second beat, since this was where the action was, and with a just about perceptible increase in pressure, Gillard extended his hiking position and his advantage. Ollie Wells was the big mover and was up to second at the top mark, or would have been if he had not panicked and misjudged the lay line, gifting Davis the inside lane. No matter, by the bottom of the sausage and with a shortened course finish in sight, he was in second. Davis looked like he had caught a Jellyfish and dropped to fourth with Pete Mitchell gaining to complete the podium. Jowett finished a very creditable fifth and was revelling in the light winds and awkward chop. Vanda uses a Needlespar Fat Boy Slim/North ST2K and this rig was proving very effective.

The fleet re-grouped, wounds were licked and minds re-focused on race 2.

Race 2

The breeze had gone west to 200-210 and the pin boat was re-positioned further upwind to sweeten the left side. Clean start under the black flag and this time, like the Referendum vote, a very even split. Mark Lee and Vanda Jowett were hard left while Andy Davis who had started just down from the committee boat and on the line worked the right with Ian Houston and Pete Mitchell. After 15 minutes the leaders rounded with Davis first from Jowett and Kevin Gibb. Guy Lonsdale, Mark Lee and Tim Law completed the top six. The fleet headed off to the wing mark, sails filling and stalling in the light breeze, or "awel" if you are Welsh. Davis extended gradually over the 2 laps to win with Jowett, Lee and Lonsdale, all in a holding pattern while Gibb was spat out of the back. Steve Denison, 7th in race 1 would finish 5th, with Peter Ballentine who was battling with a shredded mainsheet, 6th from Law. Tom Gilllard would add an 8th to his score with Pete Mitchell and Steve Ede completing the top ten. The rescue teams escorted the fleet in to the smooth sandy beach as the veil of fog once again descended over the course. Back on shore and with the results crunched even before the last boat hit the shore it would be usual suspect Andy Davis who would be leading the Championship with a 4-1 scoreline. Vanda Jowett could sell her 5-2 while Tom Gillard sits in third with a 1-8.


Tonight the fleet will celebrate or drown sorrows, with any luck, and if there is any fairness in the lottery of prize draws, Horey, Brown and Bonner will be picking up some amazing prizes from Raceday 1 sponsor ROOSTER. Gillard and Davis collect their free pint for their first beat prowess and there will be some booby prizes for moments of blondness. The forecast for tomorrow is not promising but with the AGM in the social program, excitement and drama are guaranteed. Will Loy President NSCA

Confirmed Entries

NameSailing ClubSail #
Adam Savage Elton Sailing Club 5403
Adrian Griffin Salcombe Yacht Club 5306
Alan Bishop Girton 5649
Alec Powell Locks 5553
Alex Corby Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club 5234
Andrew Borne salcombe 5220
Andrew Fox Leigh And Lowton SC 5595
Andrew Hyland Spinnaker SC 0000
Andy Anderson Hunts 4506
Andy Bayliss Hykeham SC 4975
Andy Davis Blithfield sc 5597
Andy Ritchie Hykeham Sailing Club 5369
Andy Tunnicliffe Burwain SC 5639
Arnold Jippes KWS 580
Brian Holland SCYC 5023
Chris Brown Draycote 5643
Chris Cleaves Salcombe 5573
Dave Moody Hayling island sc 5436
David Greening Salcombe Yacht Club 5617
David Mitchell Warsash 5363
David Redpath St. Mary,s Loch Sailing Club 4572
Derek Jackman Chichester Yacht Club 5237
Doug Latta Portchester SC 5300
Eric Paalman Budworth Sailing Club 4538
Geoff Holden Northampton 5644
Gerry Goodfellow St Marys Loch SC 5610
Graham CranfordSmith Salcombe Yacht Club 5444
Guy Lonsdale South Cerney 5469
Iain McGregor salcombe Yacht Club 5665
Ian Hopwood Nantwich 5645
Ian Houston RYA 5256
Ian Ingram Earlswood lakes 4503
Ian Noble Budworth SC 5185
James Rowland Hamble river SC 5682
Jarvis Simpson RYA 5406
John Dixon West Kirby SC 4600
John Steels Starcross Yacht Club 5494
John Webster Carsington 5655
Jonathan Jowett Littleton SC 5102
Kev Hall Northampton SC 5524
Kevan Gibb Largo Bay Sailing Club 0000
Kevan Gibb Largo Bay Sailing Club, RFYC 0000
Leo Dixon West Kirby SC & Hayling Island SC 5314
Malcolm Buchanan Lymington Town SC 5570
Mark Cleary Budworth 5021
Mark Fuller Papercourt 4679
Mark Lee Weymouth 5130
Martin Honnor Ogston SC 5398
Michael Davies Budworth 5536
Michael Sims Carsington 5491
Mike Wilkie Desborough Sailing Club 5352
Nick Bonner Hayling Island sailing club 4982
Nick Rawlings Hayling Island Sailing Club 5569
Nigel Annett Llangors 5479
Nigel James Fishers Green 0000
Nigel Pybus Draycote water 5507
Oliver Davenport Redesmere Sailing Club 5637
Oliver Wells Northampton Sailing Club 5668
Patrick Burns RYA 5647
Paul Bottomley south staffs sailing club 5003
Paul Hoad Clwb Hwylio Clywedog 3822
Paul McCombie St Andrews Sailing Club 5496
Peerke Kortekaas wsvr 613
Peter Ballantine Salcombe Yacht Club 0000
Peter Mitchell Warsash SC 5651
Phil Sturmer Royal Burnham Yacht Club 5373
Ray Collins LOCKS S C 5596
Robert Laurie RYA 5134
Robert Mitchell Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club 5024
Roger Lumby Salcombe Yacht Club 5332
Ross Lonsdale west oxfordshire 4927
Shane MacCarthy Greystones SC 5302
Shaun Welsh Weston SC 5575
Stephen Owen pwllheli 5087
Steve Corby KGSC 5324
Steve Denison Hollingworth S.C 5658
Steve Ede Ardleigh SC 5608
Stuart Norris shropshire s c 5312
Thomas Gillard Sheffield Viking SC 0000
Thomas Hooton RYA 0000
Tim Jackson Papercourt 5535
Tim Law Salcombe Y C 5599
Tim Polglase Hayling Island SC 5657
Tony Sampson South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club 5416
Vanda Jowett Littleton Sailing Club 5126
Vince. Horey King George S.C. 5670

17/07/2016 - 22/07/2016
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