6 Metre racing at Clapham on the 17th November.

November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

3rd Sunday 17 November – Six Metre day

Conditions
Wind force 1-2 easterly variable on the pond winding ways round trees and buildings. The mark on the far side of the pond was in wind shadow, critical to outcome rankings. Having to tack again near the mark and get moving in one mile an hour of wind put that boat well behind others who rounded relatively smoothly.

To speed up the course the start mark buoy was moved west away from the clubhouse. Those racing from time to time were: Leslie, Grant, Jim, John, Ted and Hugh. Also attending were: Fred, who did not realise 3rd Sunday was six metre day, otherwise would be prepared to sail his six; and Richard who has continued to come, as on one metre day, for building work on his one metre.

Results
Race 1: Grant. Leslie, Jim
Race 2: Jim, John, Leslie
Race 3: Jim, Grant, Leslie
Race 4: Leslie, Ted, John
Race 5: Jim, John, Hugh
Race 6: Leslie, Ted, John

False conclusions should not be drawn from the results, Ted was late onto the water, and the boat he was sailing, Flipper, is an old design (Dolphin), not optimised for the metre rule in light conditions. A replacement suit of slippery scrim sandwich sails might help. Nevertheless, having a slow boat for the conditions he managed to sail well, and in the last race Leslie only scraped past him to first place by about a boat length.

The racing overall was tightly contested with close spacing at marks and finish. A good days racing, which can be exiting even on a light wind day.

The date for the AGM is rapidly approaching and is likely to be the 1st December at 11am and I urge all members to make every effort to attend.
Derek.

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