Temperatures were raised on this last Sunday of July but not the tempers of the 9 Skippers that turned up for a most enjoyable day run by Peter Cropper and ably assisted by Barry Chisam.
A large course of windward spreader and gate was set out in parallel with the competitors area and it was sailed twice for each race.
Racing was brisk and with the wind conditions and course size the lead was continuously changing.
Tony Edwards who normally gives a master class in sailing was only able to win 2 races out of the first 6, with Bob Conner, John White and Richard Aucott all giving him a run for his money. As the day progressed he got into the groove and took 9 of the 16 races to win the event with a 9 point advantage over second placed Bob Conner.
Alan Perham a local club member sailing number 55 was noticeably in the mix towards the front of the fleet and managed some credible second and third places.
Further back in the fleet it was good to see Dave Redman joining us at District level and gaining confidence as each race progressed.
Thanks to West Cornwall for putting on the event and also to all skippers that attended. If you didn’t attend, why not come to the next event??
After an initial entry of 14 skippers, 12 turned up on the day to enjoy 15 races.
Under the direction of OOD Robbie Nevitt a triangular course was set out on the Sutton Bingham Reservoir using separate start & finish lines .
Sailing got under way on time with all competitors using top suit for the moderate wind conditions.
In sail number order two skippers were selected to observe each race. This worked well and meant that with 18 races sailed during the day each skipper sailed 15 races.
Racing was close throughout the day with 5 different skippers managing a win.
Tony Edwards was congratulated on winning the event followed closely by 2 Sedgemoor members and a Woodspring member. All who accepted prizes. Dennis Graham was thanked for attending as he had travelled the furthest distance for the days event.
Thanks must again go to the Yeovil club members who put on an excellent event
13 skippers attended perhaps one of the most scenic venues in the South West, Shaugh Lake, Dartmoor.
It was nice to see Barry Chisam back on the water after a years absence, Also thanks must go to Chris Hague and a number of others who had travelled some distance to attend.
Unusually for Dartmoor the wind dictated that PRO Richard Wills set a course across the lake rather than along its length. The course consisted of a windward mark and a spreader with the start line also acting as a gate for the 2 laps of each race. The finish line was a separate mark placed in conjunction with the windward mark. This course worked well as there was no set advantage in sailing any particular part of the lake.
Out of the 13 skippers there were 5 who managed to take at least 1 win and it turned into a very competitive event. Nigel Clarke sailed his new Sedici for the first time in an open event and was very pleased with its performance in light winds. It took him to 2nd overall.
Richard Aucott along with Bob Conner and Jerry Lock seemed to be towards the front of the fleet most of the time. Peter Cropper sailed well in the morning but lost ground in the afternoon. Barry Chisam showed signs of his talented capabilities but his recent absence from sailing took its toll. I could go on but the results speak for themselves.
Thanks must go to the Dartmoor team for putting on a good days racing.
Congratulations to Peter Wiles on winning the second of the PRACC 2019 Series
Report from Scott Smart and Photos from Russel Chilcott
‘A’ Class PRACC series Event 2
The second meeting of the PRACC series was held at Apex Lake Burnham-on-Sea on Sunday the 14th of April hosted by Sedgemoor Model Boat Club.
Entrants taking part were from Eastbourne, Poole, Bideford, Woodspring and Sedgemoor Clubs.
The first race started at 10.00am with a fair breeze from the east south east at approximately 10 knts . This wind held fairly constant through the day and the triangle course of two laps did not have to be relayed during the day’s racing, enabling 21 races to be completed before the 3.30pm finish.
Our thanks to the members of both yachting sections of Sedgemoor MBC for being the race observers, which meant no observers had to be drawn from the fleet.
The standard for the day was set by Peter Wiles of Poole who demonstrated the art of ‘A’ class sailing by winning 15 of the 21 races with his lowest place being 3rd. (final score of 21pts) This resulted, as the day progressed, in the competition being about 2nd place.
The morning session saw some close sailing amongst the rest of the fleet with no clear contender for 2nd place. At the lunch break the competition for 2nd position saw John White (Bideford), Nigel Clarke (Sedgemoor), Richard Aucott (Sedgemoor) and Bob Iles (Poole) all within a few points of each other.
The afternoon session started with the wind being a bit tricky at the windward mark but this improved later in the session. John White strengthened his position to take 2nd place with 53pts. Nigel Clark just edged into 3rd place by one point ahead of Richard Aucott, (66pts to 67pts).A good enjoyable day’s sailing for all concerned.
(Sedgemoor Model Boat Club)
Unlike the 2017 /2018 Winter Series, this year the weather was good to us allowing all 4 events to be sailed.
33 Skippers from the South West District entered the series with 19 traveling away for the events. Skippers from outside the District also attended and were most welcome.
As always, thanks must go to those who took time out to run these events in all weathers.