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TOPIC: Pursuit Race - 26 nov 2016

Pursuit Race - 26 nov 2016 2 months 4 weeks ago #174

  • John Williams
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thanks Christian - I see from Facebook that you weren't backward in celebrating on Saturday night!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Pursuit Race - 26 nov 2016 2 months 4 weeks ago #173

  • Christian Hill
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great report john, if you forward it to Nick Pighills he may put it in clubline.
also bill took so photos
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Pursuit Race - 26 nov 2016 2 months 4 weeks ago #172

  • John Williams
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Early arrivals for the pursuit trophy race on Saturday were greeted with a windless, mist covered lake (you couldn’t see much past mark 12 from the clubhouse) and a chilly 3 degsC. The sun had burnt off the mist and some breeze had started to arrive by the 10.15 briefing where RO Lynne Rochat revealed the personal handicaps / start times that were to apply and explained how the event would be run. She had shown no “mercy” to her own recently adopted Solo class leaving a few competitors bemused that they were considered to be worthy of starting later than other boats with a faster RYA PY. There was some suspicion that Mo Allen’s Radial may have been “gifted” a bandit start time as he was starting alongside Christian Hill’s Solo but he was unable to capitalise on this. Fortunately by the 11.00hrs start time there was sufficient wind to race and the temperature was increasing so following a short postponement to allow the wind to settle the event began with the Cadet class, who would sail the full 70 minutes, starting first.

14 boats competed which perhaps should have been more as there were late arrivals who presumably didn’t check their sailing programme and don’t follow the club Facebook page!

With a beat to mark X in a 6 to 7mph northerly from a start line between the club flagpole and mark 12 not starting near 12 gave away precious time yet several boats didn’t seem to realise this. Lynne had set a course using much of the lake: X-P, 5-P, 6-P, 4-S, 7-P, 9-P, 11-P, X-P. the leading boats almost completing 3 laps when the race finished. Despite their delayed start time the Solos of John and Barry soon passed the plethora of Lasers and Radials that had started ahead of them but it took some time to eventually pass Matteo and Gabe’s Cadet at the beginning of the 3rd lap. Meanwhile Christian’s Solo, which had started later than John and Barry had been steadily progressing through the fleet eventually catching them up on the penultimate leg. These 3 formed a procession for some while before Christian passed the other 2 opening up a significant lead followed by Barry getting past John. For a while it seemed all the podium places would be taken by Solos but as the finish time approached the Phantom of Ken Daniels, who had been the last boat to start, came charging through to snatch second place.

So ended an enjoyable, well organised and run event with much praise being given to Lynne ably assisted by Peter Lappage by the competitors including Christian when presented with the trophy by Commodore Kevin. The Laser Radial Starboard Cup was won by Nathan Allen and the Cadet Class Cobweb Shield by Matteo Mancini and Gabriel Hill.

The icing on the cake (no pun intended) was Genevieve’s delicious cake available from the galley after racing.

Overall Results

1st Christian Hill – Solo

2nd Ken Daniels – Phantom

3rd Barry Lindsley – Solo

4th John Williams – Solo

5th Nathan Allen – Laser Radial
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