6Metre sailing at Clapham on the 17th August.

August 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

We started later than usual as we spent some time talking to a prospective member who had seen our web site and decided to come along and see what it was all about. When we did start it was on a day of brisk winds, ideal for the 6 metres. The usual faithful four turned up and racing got under way about 12noon. The racing was close and exciting, the sixes making a brave sight, lying over, but still ( more or less ) under control. It did mean that skippers had to be careful when rounding the buoys in close company as masts and booms could get entangled, and at a distance over the other side of the pond it became difficult to judge how close the boats were. We started with our usual fleet racing and of the five races we got in before lunch the results were, Race 1. Jim, Ted, Alan. Race 2. Jim, Derek, Alan. Race 3. Derek,Ted, Jim. Race 4. Derek, Ted, Alan. Race 5. Ted, Derek, No other boats finished in that last race. You can see that racing was pretty even with everone having some success. We then broke for lunch when we had a chance to talk to another prospective member and discuss what type of boat he might choose and the alternatives available. He ( John ) seems keen to join us. Good news, as he is a regular at the pond on most Sundays. It was a bit late when we got out on the pond again after lunch and some of the skippers had decided to pack up for the day so Ted and Derek had a very enjoyable series of Match races. This type of racing is always closely fought but it does have a disadvantage in that if your opponent gets away from you it is very difficult to get back. With fleet racing there are several boats that you might overtake, but with match racing if you make a wrong decision on tactics, make a tack at the wrong time or your opponent makes a right pigs ear of it , thats it. You lose. Between Ted and Derek the results were close, with Ted having the edge. A good days racing in ideal conditions for the 6Metres.

As I sit here writing these notes I have been reflecting on the ethos of the Club as it is at present. We are a racing club and our individual aim is to win the race if we can, but not at any price. The abilities of members are varied and I believe that some allowance has to be made for those variations. While it is upsetting if a skippers race is ruined by an incident, we are not racing in  National or interclub races and I believe we can be more tolerant of mistakes in our Club races, especially as our pool of regular skippers so small. When talking to prospective members I always make a point of highlighting this aspect of our Club racing. Long may it continue………….   The Chairman.

1 Metre sailing at Clapham on the 3rd August

August 4, 2008 at 12:21 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A bad day for sailing. The wind was strong in the gusts and there was rain in the air on and off. Five of us turned up and sailing started late because we had to get the buoys out. Our “buoymaster”, Jim, is getting a bit stressed out replacing buoys that disappear from one week to the next, why they do is a bit of a mystery but we think owners send their dogs in to retrieve them and they then get thrown away, or perhaps the wind tugs at them and drives them to the bank where small boys drag them out. Whatever the reason it is a real nuisance, but I think Jim has a cunning plan to make it more difficult for them to be removed in future. Because of the delay in having to replace the buoys, and the fact that the weather was not too good, we did not start racing until about 12noon. Some skippers had tried the 1m,s with a top suit and found the boats were being overpowered in the gusts,  those that had them decided to rig the second suit instead. That this was a prudent decision became evident when the top suit boats did make heavy weather of it in the strong gusts whereas the second suit boats romped along. The problem was that when the wind dropped between the gusts the top suit boats rapidly caught up, but overall I thought the second suit boats had the edge.  Because of the late start we only got three races in before rain drove us inside the Clubhouse and we stopped for lunch. We were joined in the mornig by a prospective new member, Dan, who was offered a boat to sail, one of Alan,s I believe, and while he was not up among the leaders he did sail quite well and will certainly get better with practice. Of the few races we had the results were, Race 1. Derek,Alan,Hugh. Race 2. Alan, Derek, Ted. Race 3. Hugh, Ted, Jim.  We broke for an extended lunch period and Hugh had to leave earty, the rest of us did not seem too keen to continue so we called it a day, although by this time the wind had dropped and all the boats would have been able to sail in top suits comfortably. Thats life!. While our racing was minimal I think we all had a good time and enjoyed the morning and Dan said he had become hooked, although whether he would chose to build, or aquire, a Soling or a 1metre he had not made up his mind. We left about 2pm after some exciting sailing during the mornig. Next scheduled meeting is for 6metre,s on the 17th August. See you all then. Derek.

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