RESULTS: Easter Egg Cup 2019

Congratulations go to Derek, who just pipped Tim to because this year’s winner of the Easter Egg Cup!

With winds of force 2-3, gusting 4, the first race was won by Derek (Comet), closely followed by Tim (Comet).

Tim came close to reversing that result in the second, leading the race for 6 laps until Derek took advantage of a change in wind direction as they neared the finishing line and, in what was very nearly a photo finish, took first place by less than half a boat length.

So the results were as follows:

  1. Derek
  2. Tim
  3. Geoff == Phil
  4. Andy
  5. Denis
  6. Jackie

RESULTS: Pico Match Racing 2019

After being delayed for several weeks due to extreme weather conditions, our annual Pico Match Racing event, which celebrates the first race meeting of the year that wetsuits are no longer compulsory with a series of 1-on-1 races in a round-robin format, finally took place on 17 March, and despite the chilly and rather gusty conditions, 13 members turned out to take part.

With DO Stephen in charge, racing got underway at 10:30 around a triangular course, with each race made up of just a single lap starting between Jetty mark and the pontoon, around Island and Hermit markers and back again.

By the time racing paused for a well earned tea break, all participants had completed 3 races, but just 2 had managed to keep a clean sheet, John M and Neil, who were lined up for a final race off, which couldn’t have been closer.

John got a fantastic start, leading as they rounded the first mark, but it was almost neck-and-neck by the time they reached Hermit, where John turned decisively towards Centre on a single tack strategy and Neil decided to head close hauled straight for the finish line, but whose tactics would pay off?

Half way to the finish, Neil had pulled slightly ahead, but John’s decision was clearly paying off, rapidly picking up speed as he turned towards the line… and if the course had been just a metre longer it might have worked, but Neil held on by a nose to clinch victory and become our Pico Match Racing winner for 2019!

So, after a 4 way race off between members with 2 wins, the final results were:

  1. Neil
  2. John M
  3. Richard

REMINDER: Pico Match Racing – 3 March 2019

To mark the end of wetsuit season, it’s time for our annual Pico Match Racing event! For those of you who haven’t taken part before, here’s an introduction from DO John:

Next Sunday (3rd March) is the annual Pico Match Racing trophy for which I’m DO. The normal race format is suspended for the day and only the four Picos being used for the races (2 racing and 2 getting ready for the next race) will be allowed on the lake.

Pico Match Racing will ideally be a round robin tournament (everyone races everyone else once) but if turnout is too high then the default will be that everyone has the same number of races.

The winner of the trophy will be the member who wins the most races — if it’s a tie, the overall winner is the person who won when they raced each other; if they haven’t raced, there will be a final race off.

The course will be short, with just 2 or 3 buoys and a single lap. There will be a one minute start (three short blows will warn of the imminent one minute start whistle so that you can set your stop watches and the next whistle will be the start).

After the race is over, please get the boats back to the jetty ASAP for handover so the next race can be started without delay.

In order to fit in as many races as possible I hope to start the first race by 10:30am, so please can participants turn up by 10am and rig up 4 Picos – just main sails, no jibs.

See you on Sunday!

Charity Pursuit this Sunday, 17 June 2018

It’s that time of year again when we ask members to put there hand in their pocket and pull out a fiver to enter our annual Charity Pursuit cup race, with all proceeds from this year’s race will go to the King’s Health Partners, in honour of former member John Moxom, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

There’s no excuses now that five pound notes are waterproof, so why not put one in your buoyancy aid pocket today so you don’t forget?

See you on Sunday!

Commodore’s Cup 2018 – Race Report

The Commodore’s Cup is our annual cup race in which the Commodore (or most senior committee member taking part) gets a 60 second head start over the rest of the fleet, who try to catch the Commodore and deprive them of their namesake prize.

This year, Janice (Club Secretary) gallantly stood in as honorary commodore, giving her a 1 minute head start in each of the two (roughly) 35min cup races.

Taking maximum advantage of her head start, Janice appeared to have an unassailable lead as the race reached the half way mark, but with the wind dropping, Steve stormed through in his Byte CII to win the first race comfortably from Ray, who lead home the fleet of Comets, despite going the wrong way, hitting Tim and capsizing. Tim was third, John fourth, Neil fifth in the Laser, losing out on handicap, Janice sixth and Richard seventh, with Jackie (Pico) and Dennis (Heron) bringing up the rear.

The second race, which took place in increasingly blustery conditions, saw Richard pull away from the pack to obliterate Janice’s lead within just a few short laps, taking the win from Steve, Ray, Neil and Tim. As the race came to a close, however, Janice’s biggest opponent turned out not to be the rest of the fleet, as she was finally defeated by an enormous gust, meaning she had to climb out of the lake having found it impossible to return to the jetty upright. It was a baptism of fire for new member Will who launched his new comet in fluky winds with all points of sail available on each beat.

When the overall points were totalled, Richard finished third (7th and 1st), Ray second (2nd and 3rd), and the Commodore’s Cup 2018 was won by Steve (1st and 2nd).

Big thanks to Rob for DO’ing and Phil and Arthur for assisting. Better luck to the Commodore next year.

Pond Pounders Pot 2018: The Results

With strong winds, 40mph gusts and near freezing temperatures, the Pond Pounders Pot took on an extra “P” this year to become the Pond Pounders Pot in Picos, with 4 brave members taking on mother nature to battle it out in the opening race of 2018.

Having had a great start, Ray looked to have taken an early lead, only to misread the course and briefly head off in the wrong direction, leaving Richard to take first place, closely followed by Neil and Janice.

Over the next few laps, Richard’s decision to reef his sail appeared to have paid off, giving him greater control as the powerful gusts swept the lake, but as the race entered the final quarter, the extra power of Neil’s unreefed sail proved decisive, as he overtook Richard on the way to Jetty and never looked back.

So, congratulations to Neil, winner of Pond Pounders Pot 2018!

Results

# Name
1 Neil
2 Richard
3 Ray
4 Janice

Comet Cup 2017 Race Report

We’ve just received the race report from Richard, DO for our inaugural Comet Cup race:

Nine racers joined us for today’s hotly contested Comet Cup in cold, sunny and blustery conditions.

After three hard fought laps, Ray won the first heat, with Rob overtaking Tony at the last possible moment to beat him by a nose and secure the second slot in the final.

In the second heat, John managed to go from first to last and then back to first, with Janice pipping Luke to second after a nip and tuck battle to secure her place in the final.

Five racers who hadn’t finished in the first two in either heat then raced again over two laps, with the top two making the final. This time Luke won, with a fast finishing Geoff beating Tony, Tim and Neil to the line.

With the northerly wind dropping, but still remaining blustery, the course was changed and lengthened. After a very congested start Ray and Rob got away to what looked like an insurmountable lead, ahead by the length of a mark after the first lap. Unfortunately they both went round Island the wrong way. By the time they had corrected their mistake the fleet had caught up and five boats in a line arrived at Island, Hermit and shortly afterwards at Bog all together. Eventually, Rob managed to pull away to win from Luke, John and Geoff with Janice beating Ray on the line.

So congratulations to Rob: Croydon Sailing Club’s for winner of the Comet Cup!

Thank you to everyone for arriving promptly and helping out especially Peter and Phil.

REMINDER: Golden Shackle Cup Race 1st and 15th October 2017

With the AGM moving to 19 November, this year’s Golden Shackle will now consist of 4 races on the 2 Sundays either side of our RYA Level 2 course: 1st & 15th October 2017.

The winner will be decided using the best 3 of 4 results, using our usual Cup Race scoring system (0, 3, 5.7, 8, etc), with the additional race result used as a tie breaker, if needed.

As always, the winner will take home the much coveted Golden Shackle trophy and mug!

 

Charity Pursuit: Race report

Hot off the press, we’ve just received a race report for today’s Charity Pursuit from Richard (DO):

A gusty charity pursuit race over 90 mins with the wind dropping away resulted in a closely contested battle and a tight finish.

Arthur and Milo in a Pico led after the first lap before concentrating on the capsize drill. The lead was held for three laps by David and Paul in the Comet Duo before the faltering wind damaged their chances.

Tim in the first of the Comets looked to have the race in the bag and led for the next five laps, but after swapping the lead with Ray several times, it was Ray who eventually prevailed and held on to win.

Dirk was third for eight laps of the twelve lap race before being reeled in by Neil’s Laser after hitting the last windward mark. Tony and Steven, in Byte CIIs, had their own titanic battle, with Steven leading throughout before being overtaken by Tony in the last minute to finish fifth and sixth respectively. 

Honourable mentions to Geoff, Richard and Patrick who made up the rest of the fleet.

REMINDER: Charity Pursuit this Sunday, 25/06/2017

That’s right, this Sunday, 25 June 2017, is our annual Charity Pursuit race.

The race will start at 10:30 and entry to the 90 minute pursuit is via a £5 per dinghy donation, so don’t forget to bring those shiny new waterproof fivers with you on the day to give to DO Richard or Phil.

Conditions are expected to be good, with temperatures in the low 20s and wind speeds of around 7mph, gusting to 12. As always, we’re limited to 14 dinghies on the lake, so be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment.

All proceeds from the race will go to RYA Sailability and/or other local sailing-related charities.

Good luck!