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.

Firebug Pursuit 2016 – we have a winner!

Congratulations to Richard, who took on 6 other members (and Storm Angus) to take first place and the prestigious title of Firebug Pursuit champion for 2016!

It was a close race, and with just 20 minutes to go, it looked like Richard had thrown it all away, having finally managed to catch Will, who had retained the lead for almost the entire race to that point, only to capsize not just once but 4 times in as many minutes as he made his way from Hermit to Centre, falling behind Will (Pico) and Tim (Comet) in the process. But he was able to pick himself back up again and little by little he realed them back in, retaking first place on the final lap and winning the race by just a few short boat lengths.

And a special mention to Arthur, who would have won the race… if the winner was based on points awarded for acrobatics 😉

Check out the race on PaulCam:

 

Charity Pursuit

It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for our annual Charity Pursuit today.

Despite limited wind (force 1-2) at the beginning, first time racers Maria and Declan (club Picos) made excellent starts, putting themselves nearly a lap ahead by the time the Comets joined the race several minutes later, and managed to maintain their lead for several laps before finally being caught and overtaken by a breakaway group.

Tony (Byte CII) and Neil (Laser) joined a little later, but despite their valiant effort, just couldn’t close the gap on Geoff (Comet) and Phil (Comet), who were in a battle all of their own for first place.

Barely separated by more than a boat length the entire race, the dual between Geoff and Phil ran from start to finish with the lead changing hands again and again, but the defining moment came just a lap from the end when Geoff made what looked like an inspired manoeuvre to sneak past Phil on the inside at Island… only to hit the buoy! Phil took full advantage of Geoff’s 360 to win the race.

Congratulations Phil!

Have you made your donation?

This year’s charity is RNLI, who rely on donations to keep up their amazing work saving lives every day. So if you weren’t able to give your £5 donation to Phil (treasurer) today, don’t forget to give bring it with you next week, transfer it to the club’s bank account or click here to pay it now using PayPal (or a credit/debit card).

Introducing the Croydon Yardstick

The start of the new Summer season on 12 April also sees the start of new innovation: the Croydon Yardstick (CY).

Why are Croydon Sailing Club (CSC) introducing CY?

Anyone that’s sailed at South Norwood Lake would probably agree that it is a unique sailing experience, so while the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) has served us well for many years, it was felt that, like many other sailing clubs across the country, CSC’s yardstick should be more representative of the particular features and circumstances of our club and its location.

What is CY intended to do?

Much like a golf handicap, but calculated using classes of dinghy not individuals, CY is as an evolution of PY that will make it slightly more challenging for classes of dinghy that have performed above reasonable expectation over recent seasons and open up opportunities for classes of dinghy that have consistently underperformed over an extended period.

CY is purely intended to ensure a more level playing field for all CSC members and is not designed in any way to penalise or benefit any individual or individuals over any other.

How was it calculated?

CY is based on two of the 3 methods recommended by the RYA: manual calculations, based on recent race results, plus common sense.

In the future, we hope to bring in additional data from the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Race Analysis Website, the third method suggested by RYA, which was not available to us this time around due to an RYA system upgrade.

How do the changes affect me?

With each class of dinghy sailed at CSC now allocated a Croydon Number (CN) rather than a Portsmouth Number (PN), the exact effect will depend on the class on dinghy you sail at CSC.

Here’s how PNs compare to CNs for the most popular dinghy classes at CSC:

Class PN CN
Byte 1190 1190
Byte C2 1146 1129
Comet 1190 1190
Enterprise 1097 1097
Firebird 1256 1256
Heron 1345 1365
Laser 1087 1103
Mirror 1385 1390
Pico 1300 1300
Topper 1313 1313

In a typical race, this means that a Byte C2 will have to gain an additional 20-30 second advantage over a Comet to win during the Summer season, and that the rest of the fleet will have to make up an additional minute on a Heron in a pursuit.

Will CY ever change?

Yes: to ensure that it remains fair to all members and dinghy classes, CY will be reviewed at the end of each season to take into account the most recent race results and changes in the make up of the CSC fleet.

CY will not change mid-season unless their are exceptional circumstances.

Vive Le Pursuit!

To celebrate the arrival of Summer at Croydon Sailing Club (for one weekend at least), we decided to give a new form of pursuit race a try: Le Pursuit.

Inspired by Le Mans, it’s a standing start on the pontoon and when the horn blows and your dinghy class is called, run to your boat, jump in a go, go, go!

A few impressive running-diving-pushing-off starts, a few not so good. A few clearly can’t tie a highway man’s hitch as well as they thought and few got it just right. All in all a fantastic day in the Sun, and congratulations to Neil (first race) and Tony (second race), winners of the first of what we hope will be many Le Pursuits.

(A big thanks to Susy for the photos!)