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.
Gavin Watson wins the first of the SWD Summer Series sailed @ Longham Lakes
Photo courtesy of Mike Millard
Read the report below submitted by Andrew Cherrett and then view some of Mike Millards brilliant photos by viewing on the link:
Sunday morning presented a challenge for the race team at PRYC – with winds gusting in excess of 50mph, large waves and a WNW forecast for winds to remain around this strength for most of the day – it was difficult to move racing marks in these conditions. Fortunately a test sail found the pre-set course was just about sailable on storm rigs. A few helms cancelled due to weather and other reasons, and the usual 2 fleet entry was reduced to 12 boats.
All helms wisely opted for storm rigs and no one changed up all day. The mornings racing was occasionally suspended as strong gusts came through but my lunch 7 races had been completed on a WNW course with the only change being to move the leeward mark away from the lee shore. Racing was very sporting with all helms coping well in the conditions and remarkably few gear failures in such testing conditions. One of the days favourites, Josh King, unfortunately suffered a hull crack in a racing incident at the leeward mark forcing him to retire after only one race. Bob Conner lost his jib following an incident with the blue mark taking him out for a couple of races. Nigel Clark also joined him on the same mark but suffered no damage.
Craig Richard, 21, won the first race with his own design Greyhound and despite being pressed by Tony Edwards, sailing 88, and Gavin Watson, 44, Craig held onto first place at the lunch break with a series of consistent top 3 places. Tony sailing an unfamiliar Britpop and contending with a winch that occasionally decided to misbehave did well to hold second place and Gavin after a slightly poor start began to put in some good results and lay in 3rd place. The beat to the windward mark from the start seemed to favour a port approach as starboard approaching boats struggled to make the rounding without having to put in another tack. This led to some incidents as port boats took avoiding action and boats stalled or missed the mark. The second beat gave more opportunity to try different tactics although there did not appear to be any clear advantage to any particular approach.
After lunch the winds reduced very slightly and the hailstorm was replaced with weak sunshine. The fleet was reduced to 9 and the battle between 21, 88 and 44 with Bob Conner joining in restarted. Gavin Watson had the most consistent afternoon winning 3 of the last 4 races. Tony Edwards also had 3 wins in the afternoon. The final results had Gavin Watson in first place, Tony Edwards second, Craig Richards third and Bob Conner fourth. Poole’s Jim McGregor did well to secure 6th place having just arrived back in the UK off a long-haul flight and thinking he was there for a morning club racing!
Thanks to the PRYC team for first class race management and providing hot drinks and food which were most welcome and needed throughout the day. From a initial forecast that suggested that little or no racing would be possible, 16 races were completed so a good outcome especially for those who had driven some distance to compete.
Thanks to Peter Wiles for going out in the safety boat to rescue boats in the most arduous conditions. Finally congratulations to Garwin Watson for winning the day and making the long trip from West Cornwall worthwhile.
Andy Cherrett – PRO”
Photos – courtesy of Mike Cooke. Race Report – courtesy of Tony Edwards.
A lovely day for IOMs at Sutton Bingham Y&DMBC
Yeovil Model Boat Club aroused from hibernation to host the last of the One Metre South West winter series events. A hazy start blossomed into a glorious ‘spring’ day and after a short delay for the mist to clear a light and variable wind from the ESE sector gently arrived presenting the race team and competitors a constant challenge. A simple windward/leeward course was set with the pre-start side of the line initially limited by a couple of fly casting fishermen who could not be convinced that the trout were actually elsewhere! Relations remained cordial.
The 14 skippers sailed as one fleet and the 2 lap plus beat to the finish course produced 5 different individual race winners during the day. The wind varied in direction and pressure sufficient that no one place on the start line gave consistent results but during the morning Richard Aucott benefitted most from good starts to the extent that by lunch he had won 6 of the 7 races sailed. At this stage Bob Conner was the only person to break Richards’s winning streak although several; others came close.
After the lunch break Richard’s consistency wavered a little. Shaun Priestley left for other duties as did Trevor Annels (Topper duty) after race 10. Rupert Preston won race 8 after returning at the start, sailing hard right to the previously unpopular starboard side of the first beat and found a zephyr to hit the front for a moment of glory. Craig Richards, recently transferred from SA and sailing his own design Greyhound managed a couple of wins during the afternoon and James Edwards also added 2 wins to a string of 2s and 3s.
Richard Aucott of Sedgemoor also managed a couple more wins during the afternoon to seal a deserved overall victory counting only 17 points from the 14 races sailed. James Edwards, Yeovil, was a clear and consistent second on 29 points and Bob Conner, Woodspring, completing the BritPOP trio on 42 points. John White, Bideford managed an excellent 4th showing some good windward speed in the later races and just 1 point ahead of Craig Richards in fifth.