Race report and week summary

Saturday 12th September 2015

I would think that most of the fleet out in the bay today maybe thought as I did that it was possibly one of the best races we have had for some considerable time due to various causes such as weather being one of the main culprits. It is also very safe to say that the skills of the individual sailors has improved dramatically over the year and maybe due in part to a few new members who moved straight up to the front of the fleet and have pulled others along.

I myself have improved the skill of being able to control my position in the fleet to enable me to accurately record and then report on all the action around me but mainly in front. There is a real tussle going on between about six boats who between them could easily win the end of season crown with a couple of good results over their rivals.

The sun was shining and there was a good 3 to 4 SW breeze blowing to enable our ever efficient OOD who today started the proceedings on his own due to his tactician being signed off with illness, but true to form set a course to test the fleets memory skills which was P – M – A – H. There were 11 boats out today which is a good turn out and included 5 classes with a rich variation of sailing skills in each boat.

The start line was well contested with Hywels new watch going off louder than the opposition on Tuesday when Jeremy Corbyn hits the dispatch box at prime ministers question time. No bumping from where I was sitting but all grouped well and at least 5 boats went round the Pendine mark almost bumper to bumper.

Simon out for the first time since returning from the Contender Nationals at Brixham with a fleet of very experienced sailors was out in front with his old nemesis Pinky T Clarke hot on his heals. Up there with them was Nick in the Phantom which has rarely been seen since Coppet week so had a few spiders webs to blow off if he was to stay in contention and keeping up the pressure as usual was Keith in the Aero and Paul in the Laser having a right tussle to push in front of each other.

The problem with being out in front is you need to keep an eye on who is creeping up behind you and again an excellent sail from Hywel in his Laser 4.7 had him in with a good chance on handicap.

Three laps later and smiles all round with hooters going off almost one after the other ended with 1st Simon - Contender, 2nd Maurice – Contender, 3rd Hywel – Laser 4.7.

It wasn’t long and the second race was off, unfortunately a bang on the editors head by the boom at half time possibly caused some miss calculation on the line and nearly pitch poled into Keith in the Aero. Avoiding tactics all round but the fleet was off, normal front runners this time but the Phantom seemed to have new legs this race and John in the Laser 1 borrowed from Jo was definitely going better and was up with everyone for the first mark at Pendine.

The Toppers were going well this race with Rosie and Lloyd battling it out for family pride to beet dad John in the Laser. It was a shorter course this race maybe due to fading light but again well contested by everyone and took us round the Pendine – Amroth – Harbour marks.

For some it was a two lap race and others it was three but a great couple of races out in the bay and possibly the best sail so far this series. With Ironman on the horizon for Sunday the weather conditions were definitely better to have held the race on Saturday so a good decision there.

1st Paul – Laser 1, 2nd Keith - Aero, 3rd Nick – Phantom. Full results can be found on the Facebook pages. Thanks to James on OOD plus Clare and Nina who seem to be around doing everything else people need help with, Terry and Martin, Steve and Harry on rescue.

Next race is at Bart’s Bash on Sunday 20th and race start for cruisers is 10.45 with the dinghies going off at 11am so see you there.

Bart’s Bash 20th September

The largest sailing race in the world takes place on September 20th. We do have lots planned to fill the day which includes as many boats kitted out in fancy dress for the race as we can muster including crews. Tea / Coffee / Cakes available in the clubhouse before and after the race. Haywood’’s award winning and special Bart’s recipe slinger sausages in a roll to fill you up before the rugby starts on the big screen at 14.30 between Wales and Uruguay in the world cup.

We have some great trophies sponsored by Waters Edges Holiday Apartments and the list of raffle prizes is growing but we do need more so please help to support this popular fund raising raffle for a good cause.

Tenby brewery will be supplying a Bart’s real ale which we will be selling at the give away price of £2.50 a pint so that is deal not to be missed. We will also be having a raffle and fundraising for what the day is all about and that is to support the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation but having some fun at the same time.

The long term weather forecast is looking good so make a date to join us either on the water or in the club for the rugby.

A Salty Sea Dog