6 Metre sailing at Clapham on the 19th January.

January 20, 2014 at 11:29 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Sunday 19 January – Six Meter Day – 3rd Sunday of the month

Conditions: Cool, sun and clouds – wind SSW – WSW force 1-3.

Prospective member Matt joined us with his One Meter ‘Red Wine’ which wasn’t in class, but raced along with us anyway. He won most races, as to be expected with a faster, lighter class, but when the wind dropped, and he was worsted by boat to boat circumstances, he came second twice, and third once. It was an opportunity for him to test out hisĀ  boat, which couldn’t be raced before because of rudder problems. All was OK, the design seems competitive, Matt will be racing on One Meter Days.

We didn’t have a lot of Six Meters racing at any time, Leslie’s boat had sail winch problems, others delayed racing to help, Grant fixed the problem, having lent Leslie his own boat. Nevertheless, we had a few stimulating races, finally being petitioned by a fashion phographer and his ladies to please keep sailing so our beautiful boats could complete the background to his shots. Our ‘models’ not being trained for photo-shoots, we don’t know what the result will be.

Race 1: (Matt), Grant, John
Race 2: (Matt), Grant, John
Race 3: (Matt), Leslie, John
Race: 4: (Matt), Jim, Leslie
Race: 5: Jim, (Matt), Leslie
Race 6: Jim, (Matt), Leslie
Race 7: Leslie, John, (Matt)

As you can see, Hugh has got his computer up and running again and has submitted his report so I have been able to post the blog straight away, and using his method I do not have to type anything apart from any comments I care to add. Life just gets easier!. Derek.

One Metre sailing at Clapham on the 5th January.

January 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Hello everyone, I apologise for the delay in posting the blog but we have had computer problems. Hugh has been unable to Email me with his usual report so we have had to rely on snail mail. Under Hugh,s guidance I had hoped to scan the letter but unfortunately my printer does not have that facility so I have had to write it all out again. Here goes.

Conditions were cold and sunny initially, but gradually glazed over with approaching warm front. Wind force 1-3 in various parts of the pond, variable in direction SSW to SW,but in places eddies reversed the flow. Weather for thinking sailors, on constant watch.

Leslie ,Odd and John were first racing, joined as the day went on by Jim and Grant. Phil joined later but due to equipment problems was only able to start later, and was not able to set up competitively for the conditions so does not figure in the first 3 places, he will be coming to races during the season. Hugh had one race.

A good day,s racing, enjoyed by all. Leslies,s Isis design, a narrow skiff, was fast and did not bury its bow in the gusts. Odd did very well with his modified Nimbus, which was not the fastest, but sailed artfully. Jim did not sail every race and had to get away before the last one. Grant had made a modification to his rudder, but this did not solve his problem so he was slow. John,s rudder arm was slipping on its shaft so he had to drop out of some races.

A passing interested member of the public was encouraged and told to look on our website

The results are as follows-,

Race 1. Odd, Leslie, John

Race 2. Odd, Leslie, John

Race 3. Leslie, John, Odd

Race 4. Leslie, John, Odd

Race 5. Leslie, Jim, Grant

Race 6. John, Leslie, Odd

Race 7. Odd, Leslie, John

Race 8. Odd, Jim, Hugh

Race 9. Odd, Jim, Leslie

Race 10. Leslie, Jim, Odd

Race 11. Odd, Leslie, John

Race 12. Leslie, Odd, Jim

Race 13. Leslie, John, Odd

Sounds like a good turnout for the first meeting in 2014 and quite a goodly number of races run. Long may it continue for the rest of the year. It will be a fair number of months before I can get to the pond again, but my eye is making progress and I hope I can get back to normal without any further operations having to be carried out.

Hope to see you all fairly soon, Derek.

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