6 metre race

August 30, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

20 august 2017-third sunday of the month


sunny warmwind generally.south west force 2-3

there was a temporary.hording extending south west from near the clubhouse about 50 yds.this exaggerated the conditions on the pond .at times channelling the wind .increasing the speed .while if the wind veeredto the west .the pond was blanketed sometimes almost to a calm .on the beat to the first mark .choosing witch wind shift to tack was critical.places were tightly contested .racing was enjoyable .12 races were held altogether

those racing from time to time included leslie,grant,hugh,richard .jim was away on holiday .odd was in norway .grant had to leave early .richard sailed the last 4 races.

we had a distinguished sailing visitor who was watching the sailing for some time .after asking if he sailedhe said he did .on further conversation it turned out to be chris steel .helm of new zealand gc32 class 32 footer foiling catamaran in the uk for the extreme sailing series event in cardiff  on the 25 to 28 august .there are some photos on the extreme racing website of the team preparing at cardiff .chris says will be live on you tube .chris had beenpart of the reporting team at the america’s cup .and was able to give insight on new zealand win  .main factor was sophisticated foil control system handeled by a dedicated crew member .all otherboats had foil controls as manual add on to the helm the forward keel foil .only one kept immersed at the time had controls for pitch angle and cant .the stern rudder foils wich were immersed all the time were controlledfor pitch independently .to counter the wind’s heeling force .the windward rudder foil could be pitched to lift downward relative to the leeward rudder foil.the helm needs global management of the boat throughout the race .trying to combine this withthe demanding task of controlling the foils to fly the boat most effectively at maximum speed was a distraction .watching the races you can see the other boats dipping there bows  in the water periodically .losing speed and at all other times genereally lacking co-ordination.the new zealand boat sailed smoothly with top performance throughout .

the next class of boat for the americas cup will be decided by new zealand they may choose a monohull .wich chris favours .he has raced a lot of monohulls over the years.including the 33 foot international one design.based on a successful six metre in the 1930s. if they choose  a monohull .it will be a high performance design.this would be close to the basis of the cup for competition between seaworthy boats .watch out for interesting developments .


race 1 hugh,lelie,grant

2 hugh,leslie,grant

3 hugh.leslie,grant

4 leslie,hugh,grant

5 leslie,grant,hugh

6 hugh,grant.leslie

7 leslie,hugh

8 hugh,leslie

9 richard,hugh

10 leslie,richard

11 leslie,richard

12 richard,leslie

see you at the next first sunday in september





1 metre race

August 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

sunday 13 august 2017 -one metre race


sunny hot wind force 1-2 variable from leg to leg with little indication of direction .as soon as the wind direction was realised  and the sails sheeted at optimum .a boat would get moving but the wind would shift without warning .there were frequent changes in lead over the course

those racing from time to time were leslie,odd,grant,ted,jim,john


race 1 odd ,leslie

2 odd,ted,leslie

3 odd grant,leslie

4 odd leslie,jim

5 odd grant,jim

6 odd,leslie,grant

7 odd,jim.grant

8 odd,grant.john

9 grant,leslie ,odd

10 odd,leslie.ted

11 odd,leslie,jim

six metre race as usual next sunday third sunday of the month



6 metre race

July 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

16.july 2017 third sunday of the month six metre day


warm.wind,westerly force 2 to 3

those racing from time to time included ,leslie,odd,hugh,grant ,jim,ted,john.the wind was slightly variable in strength ,and direction,and there were some tightly contested finishes ,odd and leslie tied exactly for third place in race 7


race 1 grant,hugh odd

2 hugh,odd,leslie

3 hugh,leslie,ted

4 grant,jim.ted

5 ted,hugh,leslie

6 hugh,jim,odd

7 hugh,ted,tied third odd,leslie

8 grant.hugh,leslie

9 grant,jim,john

10 jim,john,ted

11 jim,leslie,ted


next regular race day in august is replaced by vintage day on first sunday 6 august .so one metre day ( probably soling ) will be the next week on 13 august


soling race

July 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

2 july 2017 -first sunday of the month one metre day because of shallow water, we continue to sail the solings


sunny warm .wind northwesterly force 2 to 4

those racing from time to time included odd,leslie,hugh,grant,john,jim,ted,


race 1 leslie,grant,john

2 leslie,john,odd

3 john,leslie, jim

4 leslie,john.jim

5 odd,leslie.jim

6 leslie,jim.hugh

7 ted,jim,hugh

8 jim, leslie,john

9 ted,odd,john

10 john,jim,odd


6 metre race

June 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

18 june 2017-third sunday of the month -6 metre day


sunny.hot,wind force 1-2 sou. sou .west those racing from time to time included leslie ,hugh,grant,jim,ted.


race 1 leslie,grant,ted,

2 leslie ,ted,grant,

3 grant ,hugh,jim.

4 jim,ted,leslie.

5 ted,leslie,hugh,

6 jim,ted,hugh,

7 jim,hugh,ted,


teds boat a tony abell dolphin .suprised all . not noted for its light wind performance .but did well in the fluky conditions, the results do not convey how tight the racing was with some races won by boats that made bad starts and with many  position changes .it was so engrossing one skipper tried to sail an extra lap whilst in the lead .no names but i finished last i blame it on the heat


1 metre -soling race

June 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

4 june 2017 first sunday of the month -one metre day


warm sunny .wind south south west  force 2-3

the pond remains shallow due to the long dry spell wich seems  likely to continue .because of the shallow water .instead of one metres we are now sailing solings and these are at last being bought back into commission after being laid up for years .hughs boat had been leaking at the keel .but this was due to the wood of the keel case drying out and shrinking .after being used for the whole day .the wood took up and the  leak was cured . hopefully all the solings will be in working trim so we have an ample fleet to replace the one metres .there will be boats to borrow for those without there own solings .

allthough  it took some time to get all the boats ready and on the water we had a good days sailing with 11 races completed those racing from time to time included .leslie,hugh,grant,john,richard,ted,fred.and jose


race 1 leslie,grant,john

2 leslie ,ted,john

3 ted,hugh,fred,

4 hugh,ted,john.

5 leslie,ted,richard.

6 leslie,richard,john.

7 richard.john,grant.

8 john,richard,jose.

9 john,richard,jose.

10 ted,john,jose.

11 ted,john,jose.


6 metre race

May 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

21 may 2017-third sunday of the month-6 metre day


warm.sunny.with some clouds.wind south.south.west force 2 to 3

the wind was generally across the pond towards the clubhouse .but the shifts in direction and strengh meant at times the wind would change from a run to a beat on the leg from the start line bouy to the first mark.the wing mark was also affected by the changing conditions all this meant that continuous concentration was needed.wich made for interesting racing.

those racing from time to time were leslie,grant,hugh,jim,johna and   fred.we were joined by potential new member jose.who had visited before to watch our racing hugh lent him his boat for several races.fred also borrowed this boat .and at times johns boat


race 1 hugh,leslie,john

2 hugh.jim,john

3 grant.jim, fred

4 leslie,grant.jim

5 leslie,jim,grant

6 leslie,jim,fred

7 john,jim,jose

8 jim.fred,john


1 metre race

May 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

7 may 2017 -first sunday of the month -one metre day


cool,wind north-westerly 2-3

the prolonged drought had led to the pond drying up.the low water level was insufficient to race one metres it was decided to race solings .however the solings had not been used for a long time .jims boat turned out to be half full of water because of a roof leak .the electrics were ruined winch ,rudder servo and switch .hughs soling appeared ok until it was launched but had developed a leak around the keel .so it soon flooded .other sailors hadn’t brought compatible radio equipment .so weren’t able to use this with the solings .after juggling existing equipment with the available fleet of solings .four working boats were got into racing trim .this had taken some hours so we were late in starting the racing .five races were held in the rather light and fluky conditions .those racing were jim.john.richard,and fred

race 1 jim.john,richard

2 jim,john.fred,

3 jim.fred,richard

4 jim,fred,john

5 jim.john.fred


6 metre race

April 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

16 april 2017-third sunday of the month-six metre day


cloudy cool wind westerly force 3 to4

those racing from time to time included grant,leslie,odd,hugh.jim,,john and richard

we managed to get 12 races in  during the fresh conditions


race 1 grant,odd leslie

2 hugh,leslie odd

3 hugh,jim,leslie

4 leslie,john,jim

5 grant,richard,odd

6 leslie,grant,john

7 grant,jim,richard

8 odd,jim,richard

9 odd,jim,leslie

10 leslie ,odd,hugh

11 jim,leslie,odd

12 john,odd,leslie


1 metre race

April 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm | Posted in News | 1 Comment

2nd april 2017 -first sunday of the month


sunny.warm.wind north westerly force 2-3

those racing from time to time included leslie,grant,hugh,ted,john,jim,richard

wind on the pond was light and shifting frequently .9 races were completed in the changeable conditions


race 1 leslie,ted.john

2 hugh,leslie,grant

3 grant,leslie,ted

4 leslie,richard,ted

5 leslie,richard,grant

6 john,leslie,richard

7 john,leslie jim

8 jim,john,leslie

9 leslie,richard,jim


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