4 december 2016 first sunday of month
conditions cold,sunny,wind easterly force 2-3
first ice of the winter on a scheduled racing day .at 11 am the pond was iced over with a very small area of open water the wind at first was north north east force 1-2 .by 12 pm the wind had veered to the east and increased to force 2-3 .the combination of the warming from the sun and the increased wind led to the thin ice clearing and melting from the clubhouse end of the pond .those present decided to race they were leslie,hugh,jim,and john someone with a small powerboat was helping the ice breakup .his boat battery eventualy died his boat was some distance from the shore .so leslie managed to bring it in under sail to much admiration of his skill by the powerboat owner.while racing the wind channeling along the main road was varying in force and direction unpredictably .this made bouy rounding tricky as was the choise of were to position the boat on the long beat back to the finish .hugh had decided just to keep the score .although leslie lent his his boat for for two races.we all decided to finish after race 8 terminated by a speedy whithdrawal to the warmth of the clubhouse accompanying our presence on the session was a colourful great ormond street hospital charity run of both sexes in father christmas outfits.
race 1 jim,leslie john
4 leslie jim,john
5 john leslie,jim
6 john jim hugh
8 leslie,john jim
20 november third sunday
conditions cloudy damp chilly wind westerly force 3-4
those racing from time to time included leslie hugh john and new member mike .richard also came and helped with keeping score,hugh sailed 3 races then lent his boat to mike .some members had not turned up in expectation of the high winds (i had family duties sunday jim) but this happened in the early morning .winds while racing were moderate
race 1:hugh leslie.john
posted by jim as derek ill
i received a call wed to say that derek had a bleed on the brain and has had an operation and is still in hospital .i am sure we all wish him a speedy recovery .i will post any news if i receive any updates on his condition.
6 November 2016 – First Sunday of the Month – One Metre Day
Sunny at first, clouding over, cold, wind North Westerly force 2 to 4.
The wind was coming over the clubhouse, shifting from across the pond to coming from the western end. The sun countered the cold wind, but as the clouds spread, it became colder, and in the end we decided to come in after 10 races were completed.
Those racing from time to time were, Grant, Leslie, John, Jim, Chris and Ted.
Race 1: Grant, Leslie, John
Race 2: John, Grant, Leslie
Race 3: Leslie, John, Grant
Race 4: John, Leslie, Jim
Race 5: Jim, Leslie, Ted
Race 6: John, Leslie, Chris
Race 7: Leslie, Jim, John
Race 8: Leslie, Ted, Jim
Race 9: John, Leslie, Jim
Race 10: Leslie, John, Jim
hello members its that time again agm planed for sunday 27 november .reminder letters to be sent to all members to avoid last years fiasco .membership fee will be posted on club site after agm .all fees to be received by club treasurer john dacey by 11th december in time to pay mya .any payments after this date will not be accepted and member deemed to be an ex member.
yours jim club sec
16 October 2016 – Third Sunday of the Month – Six Metre Day
Cloudy, mild, wind South South West force 2 to 4.
Those racing from time to time included: Odd, Jim, Leslie, Grant, John and new potential member Chris, who was lent a boat by Hugh.
The wind was changeable in strength with large gusts, moving over the sailing area, accelerating the boats they reached. There was a frequent change in lead from start to finish.
Race 1: Leslie, Chris, Grant
Race 2: Grant, Jim, Leslie
Race 3: Grant, Leslie, Odd
Race 4: Jim, Leslie, Odd
Race 5: Odd, Leslie, Chris
Race 6: Leslie, Grant, Jim
Race 7: Leslie, Jim, Odd
Race 8: Leslie, Jim, Chris
Race 9: Leslie, Odd, John
Race 10: Leslie, Odd, John
Race 11: John, Odd, Leslie
2 October 2016 – First Sunday of the Month – One Metre Day
Sunny, warm as the land heated up, wind generally North North West force
1 – 2.
Those racing from time to time included: Leslie, Grant, Jim, John, Hugh, and new potential member Chris who had previously raced in last month’s Six Metre Day. Jim lent him his current boat, and later a previous design.
The wind was coming over the continuous line of trees on the NNW side of the pond, then the club house. There was a good deal of variation in strength and direction of the wind on the pond, with shifting nearly becalmed areas where the gusts had not yet developed, as well as gusts elsewhere which altered rapidly, so that on the beat people had to frequently change tack.
Nobody can fail to notice that Leslie did very well in the results. His boat is professionally built and two factors seem to favour this design.
The construction saves weight in the ends of the boat, the skiff stern saves weight by bringing down the deck moulding to bond onto the hull.
This results in a low angular moment so that the boat can turn quickly in the shifting wind to get power from the light shifts when it is available.
The second factor is the lowered part deck for the mast which the rules allow to enable the mainsail boom to be close to the main deck on the reach or the beat, preventing wind leaking from the high pressure to the low pressure side of the sail to limit efficiency.
This last factor was missing from all the boats competing with Leslie.
Ted was not there, his boat has a lower deck for the mast, also Hugh’s Gadget was out of commission.
Odd was also missing, his boat is one of the new very competitive narrow midship beam designs also with a well deck for the mast. His boat would have been expected to win many races, he has to get a replacement winch.
This is not to take away from Leslie’s successes, nobody gets given a free ride to first place. John very kindly lent Hugh his boat for 2 races. This was well set up with the sail joystick exactly matching the sheeting range. John did well with a first, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds when he had this boat to sail. Jim did well considering he was giving support to Chris for some of the time.
Race 1: Leslie, John, Jim
Race 2: Leslie, John, Chris
Race 3: Leslie, John, Grant
Race 4: Leslie, Grant, John
Race 5: John, Leslie, Grant
Race 6: Leslie, Grant, Jim
Race 7: Leslie, Chris, Hugh
Race 8: Leslie, Jim, Grant
Race 9: Leslie, Jim, John
Race 10: Leslie, John, Jim
Remember the next Six Metre Race is on Sunday 16 October.
Thanks Hugh, some very interesting technical comments. It would be helpful to others perhaps to know the name of the design and designer of Leslies boat. Would it be possible to publish a photo of the boat?
18 September 2016 – Third Sunday of the Month – Six Metre Day
Cloudy, cool, North to North West force 1 to 2.
Wind on the pond was very light and variable in direction, making for some tricky sailing.
Mike was a visitor interested in becoming a member and was lent a boat for the day. Others racing from time to time included: Leslie, Hugh, Grant, Jim, Ted and Fred. Also at the club were Richard and John.
Race 1: Grant, Hugh, Leslie
Race 2: Mike, Grant, Hugh
Race 3: Leslie, Jim, Hugh
Race 4: Jim, Hugh, Grant
Race 5: Mile, Jim, Hugh
Race 6: Hugh, Jim, Mike
Race 7: Jim, Hugh, Mike
Race 8: Chris, Jim, Ted
4 September 2016 – First Sunday of the Month – One Metre Day
Mild, cloudy, wind Westerly force 4.
Those racing from time to time included: Odd, Grant, Leslie, Jim and John.
Odd had a seized servo on his boat so Hugh lent him his boat for most of the races.
Race 1: Leslie, Grant, Odd
Race 2: Leslie, Jim, Grant
Race 3: Odd, Grant, Jim
Race 4: Leslie, Jim, Odd
Race 5: Leslie, John, Jim
Race 6: Leslie, John, Jim
Race 7: John, Jim, Judith
Race 8: Leslie, Jim, John
Race 9: John, Odd, Jim
Race 10: Jim, John, Odd
21 August 2016 – Third Sunday of the Month – Six Metre Day
Cloudy, warm, wind South West force 4 to 5.
Those racing from time to time included: Grant, Hugh, Jim, Ted and John
The water was low, but enough for sailing the Sixes. The wind was deflected on the pond by the extensive hoardings that had been put up beyond the clubhouse.
Race 1: Grant, Hugh
Race 2: Hugh, Ted, Jim
Race 3: Grant, Jim, Hugh
Race 4: Grant, Hugh, John
Race 5: Hugh, John, Grand
Race 6: Grant, Jim, John
Race 7: Grant, Hugh, John
Race 8: Grant, Jim, Hugh
Race 9: Grant, Ted, Jim