The Jack Sanday memorial race, 20th September.

September 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The day started cloudy but improved over the course of the day with hazy sunshine most of the time and winds that ranged from a gentle breeze to the occasional gust.
Our OOD for the day was Rob Vice, to whom we owe our thanks. Rob set a challenging course of a zigzag across the pond against the prevailing wind with a final run down the length of the pond to the finish line. The race was in the form of a series of Match races and, for those of our readers who are not familiar with this format, consisted of pairs of boats racing against each other over one lap of the course, each skipper racing in due course against every other skipper. The skipper winning the most races being declared the winner.
Rob had arranged the racing to be seven “boards” with three races in each “board”. There being seven skippers it was neccessary that one skipper in each “board” had a bye. With seven skippers it was required that there be twentyone races in order that every skipper raced against every other skipper. There being only six boats available it was neccessary that some skippers had to share a boat. To run twentyone races, each one starting when the previous one had finished would have taken a considerable time, therefore Rob arranged that the next pair of skippers would start when the previous pair were about half way down the course, in this manner the racing was almost continuous and skippers had little time to tune boats or fiddle with things.
Racing commenced more or less on time at 11am and went on till 12.30pm when we broke for lunch. By this time we had completed half the races and were on track to finish on time. Racing started again at 1.15pm and continued untill completion at about 3pm. Under Rob,s direction the racing was slick and continuous. Happily there were no upsets and no protests and, although the water was low, no problems with grounding with one exeption, either the boat having a deeper keel than the others or the skipper being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Most skippers sailed their own boat, but Rob shared Derek,s boat for most of his races and Hugh sailed Derek,s other boat. The boat shared by Rob and Derek seemed the most successfull on the day, winning ten out of the twentyone races sailed.
The Club had provided prizes for the meeting and there were sufficient for each skipper to receive one. The prizes were given out in the Clubhouse after racing and were graciously presented by Jim,s wife Ann.
The results were as follows.
1st. Derek with 16 points.
2nd. Rob with 16 points.
3rd. Alan with 12 points.
4th. Jim with 12 points.
5th. Ted with 10 points.
6th. Hugh with 10 points.
7th. John with 8 points.
Where two skippers were credited with the same number of points, the deciding factor was which skipper had come first in their head to head.
In all a very enjoyable day. Everyone seemed happy and went away with a small momento of the event. Once again, our thanks to our OOD,Rob who made it all seem so effortless. Might we make this an annual event? It would be nice to think we would continue to remember Jack Sanday and his long and valuable service to the Club. Derek.

Sailing at Clapham on 6th September.

September 7, 2009 at 11:09 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A bright and breezy day. We should have been sailing the 1M,s but the water level is too low so we opted to sail the 6M,s instead as additional practice for the race on the 20th September. We had a late start (as always) but had six boats on the water. Derek sailed his repaired boat after it being hit by a speedboat last week, it went OK but suffered from saggy standing rigging, the replaced wires having stretched. More repairs needed. We managed six races, half before lunch and half after, and it turned into another “Jim,s benefit” he coming in first in five of the six races.
One interesting point was that John T,s boat sailed very well. It is an old design by Littlejohn dated about 1922 and named “HELENE”. The Chairman built one over 10 years ago and found it sailed very well, coming in first in practically every race when sailed by another skipper in a 6Metre Owners race we hosted on the pond several years ago. It was very fast, as it weighed only 18 pounds or so as far as I remember, but was less successful in heavier winds as it tended to “crab” sideways. The boat is now in the Beale Park Museum on long term loan. Another copy of the was built by Jack and Phil a few years ago but has rarely been seen on the pond. It has now been aquired by John T and was sailed, successfully, today. Bearing in mind it has a makeshift mast and sails from another boat it should do even better when John fits the correct sail plan. We shall wait and see with interest.
The scores for the day were as follows, and they do seem to show that it is the skipper who is the dominant force rather than the design of the boat sailed.
Six races, placings in order 1,2and 3
Jim, Derek, Alan
Jim, Ted, Derek
Jim, John T, Derek
Jim, John T, Alan
Jim, Alan, Derek
Ted, Jim, Derek
The Memorial race it due to be sailed on the 20th September and will be for 6M,s and was to have been a Match Race series but we seen to have lost the match racing cards which determine the order in which the skippers race. I will make enquires to see if they can be replaced. Hope to see you all on the 20th. Derek.

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