Racing at Clapham on the 18th October.

October 19, 2009 at 11:14 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Scheduled as a 6M racing day, the weather was fine but with only a light breeze which at times died to almost nothing. It was a good turnout with seven skippers sharing six boats, Hugh and Leslie sharing Hugh,s new boat, a 6M Rococco designed by Bantock, and was lightweight carbon fibre everwhere. It sailed very well but was not unbeatable as will be seen from the results.
Racing was hardly brisk in the light breeze and once or twice turned into a drifting match, but such moments were rare and racing was generally good. We got in four races before breaking for lunch and three after with the following results-,
Race 1. Jim, Leslie, Derek.
Race 2. Leslie, Derek, Jim.
Race 3. Leslie, Jim, Alan.
Race 4. Hugh, Jim, John S.
Race 5. John S, Alan, Derek.
Race 6. Leslie, Jim, Derek.
Race 7. Derek, Leslie, Alan.
It was good to see John S getting among the leaders. He did not start so well but after a little help from Jim in tuning the boat the performance inproved dramatically. It goes to show that most 6M,s are very competitive provided they are set up properly, and even the very expensive Rococco proved not to be supreme.
Overall, a good day,s sailing and a good fleet on the pond. The water is still very low and the Chairman is trying to get a date from the Council as to when the repairs will be carried out on the cracks which we think are the cause of the leakage problems.
NOTE. the next Sunday, the 25th October, is a Vintage Group meeting which we should try to support. Derek.

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