Race Reports 2007

Epilogue

The pursuit race on September 1st was well won by 1st Place, living up to her name for the 1st time this year! The strong Northerly wind prevented the later starters from getting on terms and cost Fine Cut their mainsail. Cleo, Pattie B Too and 1st Place had a rare old battle and it looked like any of them could have won on the last beat back to the finish line at HoJo but 1st Place kept their cool and nailed it. Tarka showed the Flying Scot and Fine Cut a clean pair of heels in the second flight in spite of the hired guns aboard FS. Next year will see some new boats in the races and word from the depths is that the Lightnings may not have it all their own way. Watch this space! Nick

Series now over, Sunday 26th August

Humble Pie finally Triumphs! 

The last official race of 2007 had a sting in the beak and the playing field was levelled at the start when the wind dropped as 2pm arrived and the boats were still bunched at 13.55, 14.00 and 14.05. Young guns Schwabe and Kidger in Humble Pie were serendipitous or perhaps wise in heading West from the start line, albeit slowly and when the wind filled in from the West North West it got to them first and they streaked off towards the Sheep Island buoy while the rest of us were still sitting near the line. Rounding Sheep ahead of the Pattie B Lightning; grizzled veterans Charlie & Harris Whitehead offered formidable experience in that boat.  Hours Too with Scott Kidger crewing was an unfamiliar 3rd as the boats made it back to HoJo just ahead of Tarka, (Jim Loney sporting a motley crew of Bert, Lael, Nina, Geoff & Greg Kidger) and Moonshine (Helmed by the shining Lori Kidger with Alyssa & Nick as ballast) but worse was to come. The thorny problem of which course to take to Rich Manís then presented itself to the crews and as usual different choices were made. Humble Pie extended their lead from Pattie B slightly but Hours Too lost ground badly. Moonshine overtook Tarka on the beat and Hours Too on the run back to HoJo but was to lose out again on the next tight reach to Sheep.

Back in the second pack, Spindrift, (another motley crew) was holding off Rosamund and 1st Place (Rink, Eric & Susy) with Cleo (almost as motley) a little way back. Sylkie with Tom & Connor Kelly were keeping out of the thick of things while Kai in Gypsy had lost all his advantage at the windless start. After the next leg to Sheep, Humble Pie was still leading but Pattie B had closed the gap a bit while Moonshine had dropped to 5th. There was then a big gap to Spindrift who still had Rosamund and 1st Place on their tail. Cleo was 5 minutes adrift of 1st Place but itís never over till itís over! Sylkie was still cruising and Kai was praying for more wind.

On the last leg to Rich Manís, Pattie B was again quicker than Humble Pie by 48 seconds but it wasnít enough. Hours Too came through to take 3rd on the water from Moonshine while Tarka had to be content with 5th after tacking too early on the way to Rich Manís. In the second group the big shock was Spindrift who lost their way entirely, dropping from 6th to 9th so Rosamund finished 6th, 1st Place finished 7th but Cleo made up a load of ground to close the gap by over 4 minutes and steal the place on handicap. Sylkie showed a taste of their true mettle, being faster than Rosamund, 1st Place and Spindrift.  

On handicap Humble Pie and Pattie B were comfortably in 1st and 2nd, Tarka taking advantage of the lack of wind at the start to take 3rd while Kai  recovered strongly to take 4th on Handicap from Moonshine by 27 seconds. Hours Too dropped from 3rd on the water to 6th on handicap just ahead of Cleo who pipped 1st Place by nearly 2 minutes after the sterling last leg. Rosamund struggled under her new handicap dropping behind the aforementioned two boats on handicap. Sylkie can do better and must try harder!

 Looking at the whole series, no boat won more than 1 race but Humble Pie had 3 seconds, no other boat having more than 1. All in all a very well deserved win for Chris & Chris, many times unbeatable but occasionally all too human. Last yearís champion, Tarka had a strong run of results without ever showing the brilliance of last year. Is Jim too old?

We had 21 different boats out from Brightwater & Wynburg with a few welcome visitors from Brighams Cove from time to time.

 Thanks again are due to Eleanor, Rollie, Carla & Wendy on the horns/watches. We owe them a great deal.

Boat July 1st July 22nd July 29th Aug 5th Aug 12th Aug 19th Aug-26 Total
Humble Pie 49 49   49 39 46 51 198
Hours Too   48 43 51 38 49 45 193
Pattie B Too 47 40 49 37 44 51   191
Gypsy 44 51 44 44 49 40 47 191
Cotton Sox   44 51 37 45 48 46 190
Tarka 46 45 47 45 46 42 48 187
First Place 48 42 45 46 47 44 43 186
Cleo 51 47 41 39 37 43 44 185
Spindrift 45 46   43 43 47 42 181
Lightning     46 40 42   49 177
Melody     48 42 40 45   175
Shearwater 43 38 42 41 36     164
Harmony       48 48     96
Sylkie   41         41 82
Sage       37 41     78
Sweet Pea   43     35     78
Union Maid       37 33     70
Wynwater         51     51
Sunfish       47       47
Second Chance           41   41
Fine Cut   39           39
Aug 19th Start 1st 1/2 lap 3rd leg finish elapsed H'Cap Corrected Place Points Total Points 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg el 1st lap elap 2nd lap
Pattie B Too 14:00:00 14:20:57 14:41:44 15:01:20 15:22:21 01:22:21 106.7 01:17:11 1 51   00:20:57 00:20:47 00:19:36 00:21:01 00:41:44 00:40:37
Hours Too 14:00:00 14:16:27 14:32:48 14:50:23 15:08:03 01:08:03 87.7 01:17:36 2 49   00:16:27 00:16:21 00:17:35 00:17:40 00:32:48 00:35:15
Moonshine 14:00:00 14:19:46 14:38:56 14:58:27 15:16:07 01:16:07 91.1 01:23:33 3 48   00:19:46 00:19:10 00:19:31 00:17:40 00:38:56 00:37:11
Spindrift 14:00:00 14:20:08 14:39:51 15:00:58 15:19:28 01:19:28 95 01:23:39 4 47   00:20:08 00:19:43 00:21:07 00:18:30 00:39:51 00:39:37
Humble Pie 14:00:00 14:19:29 14:37:52 14:55:30 15:13:59 01:13:59 87.7 01:24:22 5 46   00:19:29 00:18:23 00:17:38 00:18:29 00:37:52 00:36:07
Melody 14:03:00 14:25:21 14:42:53 15:02:11 15:19:33 01:16:33 90.6 01:24:30 6 45   00:22:21 00:17:32 00:19:18 00:17:22 00:39:53 00:36:40
1st Place 14:00:00 14:24:46 14:47:43 15:09:40 15:30:12 01:30:12 106.7 01:24:32 7 44   00:24:46 00:22:57 00:21:57 00:20:32 00:47:43 00:42:29
Cleo 13:58:00 14:25:00 14:47:31 15:08:19 15:31:01 01:33:01 109.5 01:24:57 8 43   00:27:00 00:22:31 00:20:48 00:22:42 00:49:31 00:43:30
Tarka 14:05:00 14:26:55 14:46:10 15:05:07 15:22:00 01:17:00 90.6 01:24:59 9 42   00:21:55 00:19:15 00:18:57 00:16:53 00:41:10 00:35:50
2nd Chance 14:05:00 14:27:06 14:46:47 15:05:20 15:22:49 01:17:49 91.5 01:25:03 10 41   00:22:06 00:19:41 00:18:33 00:17:29 00:41:47 00:36:02
Gypsy 13:55:00 14:25:00 14:49:40 15:15:45 15:37:42 01:42:42 120.5 01:25:14 11 40   00:30:00 00:24:40 00:26:05 00:21:57 00:54:40 00:48:02
                                 
Aug 26th Start 1st 1/2 lap 3rd leg finish elapsed H'Cap Corrected Place                
Humble Pie 14:00:00 14:28:06 14:48:34 15:06:44 15:32:34 01:32:34 87.7 01:45:33 1 51   00:28:06 00:20:28 00:18:10 00:25:50 00:48:34 00:44:00
Pattie B II 14:00:00 14:29:40 14:52:18 15:10:07 15:35:09 01:35:09 87.7 01:48:30 2 49   00:29:40 00:22:38 00:17:49 00:25:02 00:52:18 00:42:51
Tarka 14:05:00 14:30:25 14:55:25 15:14:52 15:47:33 01:42:33 90.6 01:53:11 3 48   00:25:25 00:25:00 00:19:27 00:32:41 00:50:25 00:52:08
Gypsy 14:00:00 14:37:58 15:20:16 15:56:14 16:22:51 02:22:51 125 01:54:17 4 47   00:37:58 00:42:18 00:35:58 00:26:37 01:20:16 01:02:35
Moonshine 14:00:00 14:30:54 14:54:55 15:15:38 15:44:31 01:44:31 91.1 01:54:44 5 46   00:30:54 00:24:01 00:20:43 00:28:53 00:54:55 00:49:36
Hours Too 14:00:00 14:30:08 14:55:27 15:14:29 15:41:48 01:41:48 87.7 01:56:05 6 45   00:30:08 00:25:19 00:19:02 00:27:19 00:55:27 00:46:21
Cleo 14:00:00 14:39:15 15:06:44 15:33:33 16:07:43 02:07:43 109.5 01:56:38 7 44   00:39:15 00:27:29 00:26:49 00:34:10 01:06:44 01:00:59
1st Place 14:00:00 14:34:23 15:03:13 15:28:18 16:06:57 02:06:57 106.7 01:58:59 8 43   00:34:23 00:28:50 00:25:05 00:38:39 01:03:13 01:03:44
Rosamund 14:00:00 14:34:04 15:02:24 15:27:21 16:05:24 02:05:24 97.4 02:08:45 9 42   00:34:04 00:28:20 00:24:57 00:38:03 01:02:24 01:03:00
Spindrift 14:00:00 14:32:59 15:01:54 15:27:04 16:09:00 02:09:00 95 02:15:47 10 41   00:32:59 00:28:55 00:25:10 00:41:56 01:01:54 01:07:06
Sylkie 14:00:00 14:34:39 15:09:55 15:37:47 16:14:35 02:14:35 95.8 02:20:29 11 40   00:34:39 00:35:16 00:27:52 00:36:48 01:09:55 01:04:40

Pattie B is back!

 A West wind greeted sailors as they rose on August 19th, but the questions were whether it would last and how hard would it blow? As 2pm rolled up the wind was still holding but a little shifty and gusty and it was obvious that good judgement and luck were going to play a part.
Just 11 boats made it to the start and Kai  led the race off at 13.55 after a close encounter with Melody and then getting swamped when a gust hit. He also suffered from cramp while sailing so was lucky to finish. Fortunately he had a bailer with him!
The Wilburís in Hours Too showed they meant business right from the start as they sailed off to the Sheep Island Buoy pointing higher than almost everyone else and going faster to boot.  The wind seemed to head most boats as they approached that mark and only those that had gone as high as they could would lay the mark without tacking. At the end of the first leg, Humble Pie in second place had already dropped three minutes to Hours Too.
Close behind Humble Pie were Moonshine and Spindrift with Pattie B Too also not far away. Cleo had a narrow lead over 1st Place, 4 minutes back from that group while the late starters were already closing up. Looking ahead to the boats sailing to Rich Manís it was hard to know which course to take with boats on the same tack pointing as much as 45 degrees different to each other depending on where they were on the river. Hours Too was again quickest by a minute from Melody with Humble Pie another minute behind that. Moonshine, Tarka, Second Chance and Spindrift were within 33 seconds of each other in elapsed time on that leg, Cleo and 1st Place still separated by seconds. Having bailed the boat, Kai was now running last but improved his lap time on the second lap by nearly 7 minutes! Biggest improvement of any boat in the race.
Second time up to Sheep saw the flying Wilburís again fastest beating Humble Pie by just 3 seconds but it was too little to late for the Pie men. Melody struggled while Moonshine pushed Tarka and Second Chance into 4rd and 5th quickest.
On the 4th and final leg over to Rich Manís, Hours too showed a little weakness being beaten on elapsed time by Tarka, Melody and Second Chance and equalled by Moonshine, Humble Pie just pipping Spindrift by 1 second. Gypsy also moved off the bottom of the deck with a time quicker than Cleo.
Threatened law suits failed to materialise, the cost of unsuccessful litigation obviously being prohibitive. Bribes are far more effective and cheaper in the long run. 

When two boats are on the same tack, the leeward boat has right of way and can luff up, (no further than head to wind) as long as they give the windward boat time to keep clear. If the leeward boat tacks however, they must make sure they do not hit the windward boat and, if tacking from port to starboard do not become the right of way boat until they are on the new tack and even then must give the other boat room to avoid them. If tacking from starboard to port they must keep clear at all times. If you feel you have been in the wrong you may accept a penalty by completing a 720 degree turn after the incident, keeping clear of all other boats while doing the two full turns. In proper racing, failure to do this would normally result in a protest with the offending boat disqualified from that race, but we have penalised the odd boat by 2 minutes for offenses.

 

Boat

July 1st

July 22nd

July 29th

Aug 5th

Aug 12th

Aug 19th

Aug-26

Total

Humble Pie

49

49

 

49

39

46

 

193

Pattie B Too

47

40

49

37

44

51

 

191

Hours Too

 

48

43

51

38

49

 

191

Gypsy

44

51

44

44

49

40

 

188

Cotton Sox

 

44

51

37

45

48

 

188

First Place

48

42

45

46

47

44

 

186

Tarka

46

45

47

45

46

42

 

184

Cleo

51

47

41

39

37

43

 

182

Spindrift

45

46

 

43

43

47

 

181

Melody

   

48

42

40

45

 

175

Shearwater

43

38

42

41

36

   

164

Lightning

   

46

40

42

   

128

Harmony

     

48

48

   

96

Sage

     

37

41

   

78

Union Maid

     

37

33

   

70

Wynwater

       

51

   

51

Sunfish

     

47

     

47

Sweet Pea

 

43

         

43

Sylkie

 

41

         

41

Second Chance

         

41

 

41

Fine Cut

 

39

         

39

 Humble Pie now leads with her best 4 results on 193 points after 5 races with Pattie B Too and Hours Too equal 2nd on 191. Itís all about discards folks!

Thanks are due to Eleanor, Rollie, Carla & Wendy were on the horns/watches with impeccable  results. With one more race to go, 11 boats have sailed 4 races and will be dropping their worst score in future races.

Race results & times are available on the web at www.brightwaterclub.org 

1st Pattie B Too, Nick & Catherine Price
2nd Hours Too, Bob Wilbur & daughters
3rd Moonshine, Lori Kidger, Harris Whitehead
4th Spindrift, Celia & Dee Whitehead, Les Hinsman

 


Lightnings on the water but Wynwater shades Gypsy!

Another beautiful day with a strong but fairly steady wind saw 17 Brightwater & Wynburg boats make the start and with 4 visitors who sailed all or part of the race, there were a record 21 boats out. Another record that was nearly beaten was for fastest elapsed time but Humble Pie failed by a minute to beat the record of last year when their elapsed time was 59:40, taking just 1:00:58 on this day. Second on the water with another fine showing was Hours Too with Scott Kidger as guest crew this week. Another strong performance from Harmony saw them 3rd on the water and 3rd on handicap, solid evidence that the cut in their handicap from last week, wasnít enough. There is a lot of talk about bribes but so far nothing has appeared, so quit grousing! Luke & Alex did well to finish 6th in the Whitehead Lightning when more weight must have been useful. Stars of the day however were two of the little guys who did well in the conditions to spoil the fun of the big boys, Gypsy just falling to the Wynwater on handicap after a fine performance on the water. Gypsy now has a first and a 2nd to their credit this and both these boats have been seriously cut before next week. Apart from the first 3 places the field was pretty well bunched on the original handicaps with 1st Place in 4th place just 4 minutes ahead of the lightning, Hours Too, 9 places behind in 13th place. If Humble Pie had been 60 seconds quicker over the course they could have finished 6th instead of 12th. Tarkaís handicap has also been cut out of respect for a fine 5th place and it is now equal with Melody. These two have each beaten the other 2 times out of 4 encounters so an even handicap seems fair. Shearwater seems to be struggling this year and although they are still putting in leg times that match the other Typhoons the consistency is lacking, particularly upwind. Spindrift is also struggling to break out of the middle of the fleet, 13 seconds quicker would have seen them move up 2 places. Sage is another who could have moved up with a small improvement, 35 seconds would be good for 4 places gained. Cleo after winning the first race this year has also struggled and had her handicap boosted a small amount. The times at the end of this report reflect the new handicaps but no places have been changed except that when the number crunching was done it transpired that the post race results had put Pattie B Too 6th when they should have been 7th, 4 seconds behind the Flying Scot, Moonshine. If you want to see how/if your handicap has changed look at the previous weekís results on the web page reports.

A couple of questions arose after the race. If an overlap is established when the bow of the leading boat is 2 of their boat lengths from a mark then the inside boat has right of way at that mark, regardless of whether it is the overtaking boat or not. The critical thing is whether any part of the rear boat is overlapped with any part of the leading boat at the 2 boat length time. Also, at the start mark by HoJo,  in a typical South wind, the boat coming across from Rich Manís has right of way over a boat coming down from Sheep even if both are on Starboard tack as the former are the leeward boat. Right of way boat should make a point of turning at the mark and not continuing on to the shore so the windward boat can get round the mark as well. Just a courtesy.

Nearly all boats were quicker on the second lap but no one managed a lap under 30 minutes. Gypsy now leads with her best 4 results on 188 points after 5 races with Humble Pie and 1st Place equal 2nd on 186. Eleanor, Rollie, Gary, Jacquie & Wendy were on the horns/watches and delivered another fine set of results. With two more races to go, 10 boats have sailed 4 races and will be dropping their worst score in future races. 5 more boats could still qualify if they sail the remaining races.


1st Wynwater, Nick & Catherine Price
2nd Gypsy, Kai Whitehead
3rd Harmony, Steve & Chris Soderling
4th 1st Place, Eric Maslen & Dick Giberson

 

 

Aug 12th Start 1st 1/2 lap 3rd leg finish elapsed H'Cap Corrected Place Points Total Points 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg el 1st lap elap 2nd lap
Rosamund - Anne 14:00:00 14:22:27 14:35:46 14:57:45 15:10:55 01:10:55 97.4 01:12:49 (3)     00:22:27 00:13:19 00:21:59 00:13:10 00:35:46 00:35:09
Blueberry (Wynwater 3) - Catherine & Nick 13:55:00 14:24:40 14:42:02 15:09:37 15:25:02 01:30:02 125.0 01:12:02 1 51 51 00:29:40 00:17:22 00:27:35 00:15:25 00:47:02 00:43:00
Gypsy - Kai 13:55:00 14:23:30 14:38:34 15:05:42 15:21:10 01:26:10 118.5 01:12:43 2 49 188 00:28:30 00:15:04 00:27:08 00:15:28 00:43:34 00:42:36
Harmony - Steve & Chris 14:00:00 14:19:45 14:32:01 14:52:48 15:04:31 01:04:31 88.5 01:12:54 3 48 96 00:19:45 00:12:16 00:20:47 00:11:43 00:32:01 00:32:30
1st Place - Eric & Dick 14:00:00 14:24:58 14:39:53 15:03:52 15:18:03 01:18:03 106.7 01:13:09 4 47 186 00:24:58 00:14:55 00:23:59 00:14:11 00:39:53 00:38:10
Tarka - Jim, Bert & Kat 14:05:00 14:27:46 14:40:01 15:01:07 15:12:42 01:07:42 90.6 01:14:43 5 46 184 00:22:46 00:12:15 00:21:06 00:11:35 00:35:01 00:32:41
Moonshine -Lori, Lael, Carla & Greg 14:00:00 14:22:18 14:34:31 14:55:08 15:06:46 01:06:46 89.0 01:15:01 6 45 177 00:22:18 00:12:13 00:20:37 00:11:38 00:34:31 00:32:15
Pattie B Too Jim & Ben 14:00:00 14:25:50 14:40:17 15:05:59 15:20:07 01:20:07 106.7 01:15:05 7 44 177 00:25:50 00:14:27 00:25:42 00:14:08 00:40:17 00:39:50
Spindrift -Tom, Harris, Camilla, Bevan, Lionel 14:00:00 14:22:54 14:36:08 14:58:32 15:11:27 01:11:27 95.0 01:15:13 8 43 177 00:22:54 00:13:14 00:22:24 00:12:55 00:36:08 00:35:19
Lightning - Luke, Alex 14:00:00 14:20:29 14:33:20 14:53:57 15:06:09 01:06:09 87.7 01:15:26 9 42 128 00:20:29 00:12:51 00:20:37 00:12:12 00:33:20 00:32:49
Sage - Phil & Bonnie 14:05:00 14:30:35 14:44:06 15:07:45 15:20:35 01:15:35 100.0 01:15:35 10 41 75 00:25:35 00:13:31 00:23:39 00:12:50 00:39:06 00:36:29
Melody - Peter, Alex 14:05:00 14:27:42 14:40:10 15:00:50 15:13:32 01:08:32 90.6 01:15:39 11 40 130 00:22:42 00:12:28 00:20:40 00:12:42 00:35:10 00:33:22
Humble Pie, Chris & Chris 14:00:00 14:18:57 14:30:22 14:49:53 15:00:58 01:00:58 80.5 01:15:44 12 39 186 00:18:57 00:11:25 00:19:31 00:11:05 00:30:22 00:30:36
Hours Too, Bob & Scott 14:00:00 14:19:02 14:30:55 14:50:14 15:01:42 01:01:42 80.5 01:16:39 13 38 180 00:19:02 00:11:53 00:19:19 00:11:28 00:30:55 00:30:47
Cleo - Macy & GeeGee 14:00:00 14:28:56 14:44:49 15:09:27 15:24:15 01:24:15 109.5 01:16:56 14 37 178 00:28:56 00:15:53 00:24:38 00:14:48 00:44:49 00:39:26
Shearwater - Vicki & Rich 14:00:00 14:30:20 14:45:09 15:14:07 15:28:15 01:28:15 111.0 01:19:30 15 36 164 00:30:20 00:14:49 00:28:58 00:14:08 00:45:09 00:43:06
Sweet Pea - Emma 13:55:00 14:26:13 14:41:54 15:11:51 15:25:14 01:30:14 91.1 01:39:03 16 35 78 00:31:13 00:15:41 00:29:57 00:13:23 00:46:54 00:43:20
Union Maid - Proutys 14:05:00 14:54:59 15:21:42   rtd       17 33 70 00:49:59 00:26:43     01:16:42  

 

Lightnings hit back as half the field is becalmed!

A record turn out, for 2007, of 16 boats took to the water on a clear day with a fresh Northerly wind blowing across the New Meadows. Wise heads predicted a change of direction as the sea breeze took over but by the end of the first lap, it still hadnít happened and the 2 Lightnings of Bob Wilbur and Chris Schwabe had  romped off  into the distance. Their handicaps had been cut drastically after last weeks race but was it going to be enough?

Some boats had trouble getting to the line, Moonshine , formerly known as Cotton Sox got the dock lines caught in her centreboard and Lori was blue in the face trying to free them, in fact her whole body was blue! (So Iíve been told). Cleo had a traditional Whitehead start as did Luke in the Sunfish. Humble Pie, Melody, Tarka and Union Maid were also a little slow getting off the mark.
After the first leg to Sheep, Spindrift rounded HoJo in 3rd just ahead of the Whitehead lightning. Luke in the Sunfish, 1st Place and Harmony with Chris Soderling at the helm followed. The next leg over to Rich Manís saw many place changes as is often the case with a northerly wind, Cleo and 1st Place notably looking for wind in the wrong places.
Harmony, after  hitting the start mark and re-rounding, edged ahead of Spindrift and the Whitehead lightning by the time they got back to HoJo. Pattie B Too retired after the first lap while well placed, was it?

a)  Catherine looked at the clouds and knew the wind was going to drop.
b) Nick needed to answer a call of nature.
c) Nick saw Lori was in difficulties and swam in to try and help.
In any event the 3rd leg to Sheep was a shocker with elapsed times varying between just over 20 minutes for Hours Too to over an hour for one boat which shall remain nameless,  most taking at least twice as long as the Lightning. The last leg over to Rich Manís favoured the later runners with the two Typhoons that were still in the race faster than Spindrift and Harmony but Tarka was fastest of all, beating both the leading Lightnings. Melody was also quick but over 3 minutes behind Tarka on that leg alone. Several boats gave up the challenge while becalmed on the 3rd leg but the race keeping crews were stalwart and stuck to their posts till the last boat finished. Eleanor, Rollie, Carla, & Wendy did their usual impeccable job on the watches.
We have now had 4 races from 6 possible weekends and just a few boats have sailed in all 4. Leading the series are Gypsy and Tarka on 183 points followed by 1st Place on 181. The plan was to have the last race of the series on August 19th which would give us just 2 more races. 10 boats have sailed at least 3 races, Melody and the Whitehead Lightning have sailed 2 each and could still qualify. The Lightnings of Chris Schwabe and Bob Wolber have had their handicaps cut still further as well as Harmony who put in a strong performance in their first race.  

 1st Hours Too, Bob & Alwyn Wilbur
2nd Humble Pie, Chris & Lael Schwabe
3rd Harmony, Chris Soderling & Tom Bull
4th Sunfish, Luke

Aug 5th Start 1st 1/2 lap 3rd leg finish elapsed H'Cap Corrected Place Points Total Points
Humble Pie 14:00:00 14:20:56 14:39:56 15:01:02 15:19:48 01:19:48 80.0 01:39:45 2 49 147
Pattie B Too 14:00:00 14:27:12 14:50:18 rtd           37 170
Cotton Sox 14:00:00 DNF               37 132
Hours Too 14:00:00 14:19:54 14:39:43 15:00:08 15:17:33 01:17:33 80.0 01:36:56 1 51 142
Spindrift 14:00:00 14:24:48 14:47:48 15:29:48 16:00:44 02:00:44 95.0 02:07:05 8 43 134
Cleo 14:00:00 14:27:00 14:54:35 15:53:46 16:25:40 02:25:40 107.0 02:16:08 12 39 178
Gypsy 13:55:00 14:27:01 15:03:53   16:39:46 02:44:46 130.0 02:06:45 7 44 183
Melody 14:05:00 14:28:36 14:51:14 15:39:28 16:00:16 01:55:16 90.6 02:07:14 9 42 90
First Place 14:00:00 14:26:28 14:59:20 15:46:42 16:11:46 02:11:46 106.7 02:03:30 5 46 181
Sage 14:05:00 14:34:07 14:58:32 16:09:23 rtd   100.0     37 37
Lightning 14:00:00 14:24:58 14:48:37 15:31:10 15:58:48 01:58:48 87.7 02:15:28 11 40 86
Sunfish 13:55:00 14:25:59 14:52:37 15:49:16 16:15:18 02:20:18 125.0 01:52:14 4 47 47
Shearwater 14:00:00 14:31:07 14:56:39 15:52:46 16:18:33 02:18:33 106.7 02:09:51 10 41 164
Tarka 14:05:00 14:31:00 14:51:35 15:44:00 16:01:02 01:56:02 92.0 02:06:07 6 45 183
Union Maid 14:05:00 14:45:00 15:13:59   rtd   129.0     37 37
Harmony 14:00:00 14:26:28 14:47:22 15:14:31 15:44:12 01:44:12 93.0 01:52:03 3 48 48

 

With thunderstorms promised for 2pm hopes were not high in the morning, especially after this years poor offerings so far. As race time approached however the wind was holding and 10 Brightwater & Wynburg boats came out to do battle. Most of the battling seemed to be with two visiting Cat Boats who showed their colours as early as the start line when a number of boats had to take evasive action as one sat in irons on the start line. There were other incidents as well during the course of the race.
As expected the Whitehead Lightning and Bob Wolber in Hours Too made the running  with young Lori Kidger, crewed by Harris, a strong 3rd on the water. Pattie B Too rounded HoJo 4th after the first lap, hotly pursued by 1st Place and the two Cat Boats.  Melody was already up to 8th place ahead of Tom, Camilla, Bevan and birthday boy Lionel in Cleo. Gypsy was having itís regular run in with Tarka who just managed to squeeze by at the mark, Shearwater rounding in last place.
As the boats got back from Rich Manís on the 1st lap there were a few surprises. Fastest was Tarka, just 12 seconds quicker than Cotton Sox with the 2 Lightnings in 3rd and 4th place separated by just 9 seconds, elapsed time on that leg. The Cat Boats had a slight edge on the Typhoons on this leg. Cotton Sox overtook the Whitehead Lightning and Shearwater passed Gypsy. Melody and Tarka were right among the main fleet and making inroads on the few smaller boats still ahead of them.
As boats rounded HoJo for the start of the 2nd lap, there was some indecision about whether it was better to harden up and sail along the Brightwater shore, or tack at the mark to stay in the stream of the outgoing tide. The first had seemed to pay dividends on the first lap it wasnít noticeable second time around. The Whitehead Lightning was quickest on this leg, ( re-passsing Cotton Sox),  just 11 second quicker than Hours Too with the Flying Scot a strong 3rd. Melody, 4th quickest, extended her lead over Tarka by 24 seconds while 1st Place closed up on Pattie B Too by 22 seconds. Cleo was maintaining her lead over Shearwater but couldnít catch the other Typhoons this week.
On the final  leg over to Rich Manís and back, Cotton Sox again showed great speed regaining 2nd place and setting an elapsed time quicker than even the leading Lightning of Bob Wilbur who nevertheless held on to finish first on the water with the lowest elapsed time of the race, 1 minute ahead of the Flying Scot. Pattie B Too finished 2nd on handicap, 24 seconds ahead of Melody who in turn was just 1 second ahead of Tarka who was also just 1 second ahead of the Whitehead Lightning with Josh & Luke at the controls.
Another good race and the race officers were too numerous to mention but Eleanor, Rollie, Carla, & Wendy did a great job.
After three counting races there is a tie in the overall standings between Cleo and Gypsy, both on 139 points, Tarka in 3rd place on 138. Until everyone has done 4 races however the series is wide open. Watch this space for further news.  

1st Cotton Sox, Lori Kidger/Harris Whitehead
2nd Pattie B Too, Jim & Nick Price
3rd Melody, Peter Blachly
4th Tarka, Jim Loney/Norman/Bert & CAT

July 29th Start 1st 1/2 lap 3rd leg finish elapsed H'Cap Corrected Place Points Total Points
Hours Too Bob & Gus 14:00:00 14:22:51 14:36:41 14:57:14 15:09:48 01:09:48 83 01:24:06 8 43 91
Pattie B Too / Jim & Nick 14:00:00 14:27:33 14:43:01 15:10:16 15:26:46 01:26:46 106.7 01:21:19 2 49 133
Cotton Sox / Lori /Harris 14:00:00 14:24:39 14:37:29 14:58:23 15:10:47 01:10:47 89 01:19:32 1 51 95
Ist Place / Eric - Brendan & girls 14:00:00 14:27:54 14:43:50 15:10:43 15:28:40 01:28:40 106.7 01:23:06 6 45 135
Cleo / Tom- Camila & boys 14:00:00 14:30:16 14:46:23 15:13:52 15:31:19 01:31:19 107 01:25:21 10 41 139
Lightning / Luke - Josh 14:00:00 14:24:00 14:37:59 14:58:21 15:11:42 01:11:42 87.7 01:21:45 5 46 46
Gypsy / Kai Whitehead 13:55:00 14:31:33 14:49:11 15:25:25   01:48:22 130 01:23:22 7 44 139
Shearwater / Vicki 14:00:00 14:32:54 14:48:23 15:18:30 15:35:10 01:35:10 112 01:24:58 9 42 123
Melody / Peter Blachly 14:05:00 14:29:26 14:43:16 15:05:26 15:19:02 01:14:02 90.6 01:21:43 3 48 48
Tarka / Jim / Cat 14:05:00 14:31:32 14:44:10 15:06:44 15:20:12 01:15:12 92 01:21:44 4 47 138
Lily Cat Boat 14:00:00 14:28:14 14:43:32 15:09:05 15:26:49 01:26:49 104.5 01:23:05 (6)    
48 Cat Boat 14:00:00 14:28:43 14:44:05 15:08:57 15:24:46 01:24:46 104.5 01:21:07 (2)    

 

Lightning in control for 2nd week running!

 A beautiful morning made a pleasant change from the previous two weeks and 13 fine boats came out to do battle. Small boats were away at 13:55 with the main body of the fleet at 14:00 and the large boats should have started at 14:05 but in fact started at 14:10.
What looked like an advantage for the early starters turned out to be bad news as the wind dropped and then shifted to the South at about 13:57! Not all the main group were able to take advantage as they were too far from the line when the horn went.
Sweet Pea was the early leader but by the time Sheep Island Buoy was reached the two Lightnings of Chris Schwabe  & Bob Wolber were snapping at her heels and passed her on the run to HoJo. Hours Too made a clumsy rounding and lost 1st place to Humble Pie but both were passed by Sweet Pea on a planning reach to Rich Manís. A tighter reach back saw both the larger boats pull away again and they extended their lead on the 2nd beat up to Sheep.
Back in the fleet, the Flying Scot, (now called Cotton Sox after Ruby Maslenís saying, God bless you and your little cotton socks), rounded HoJo 6th but passed Spindrift & Cleo on the reach to Rich Manís and back. Silkie was holding a comfortable 7th ahead of the Typhoons, 1st Place and Pattie B Too. Shearwater was losing ground on the windward legs and Tarka was holding a slender lead from Fine Cut after just trailing her on the first leg.
The wind dropped a bit on the second lap, particularly the last leg and most boats were between 2 and 3 minutes slower the second time around. The moon was out early and could be seen mid fleet. Some saw a full moon and some saw it obscured by y-fronts!
Handicaps have been drastically cut before the next race as it seems to be the only way to stop the Lightnings although the biggest cut was made to Kai & Gypsy who did brilliantly to win from a strong field. On the second leg to Rich Manís and back, Gypsy was quicker than all the Typhoons and only 13 seconds slower than Fine Cut!
Cotton Sox, struggling on the upwind legs, was 3rd quickest round the course in elapsed time behind the two Lightnings. Due to a misunderstanding, Tarka and Fine cut were awarded incorect placings at the excuses tea and both have had their elapsed times cut by 5 minutes which gives them 6th & 8th places respectively.
After two counting races there is a tie in the overall standings between Cleo and Humble Pie, both on 98 points, Gypsy in 3rd place on 95.
Eleanor and Rollie were ably assisted by Carla and Wendy, the new horn was welcomed by all for the starting sequence.

July 22nd

Start

1st 1/2

lap

3rd leg

finish

elapsed

H'Cap

Corrected

Place

Points

Total Points

SweetPea / Nick Price

13:55:00

14:18:32

14:31:39

14:56:54

15:11:03

01:16:03

91.1

01:23:29

9

43

 

Gypsy / Kai Whitehead

13:55:00

14:26:27

14:42:33

15:19:33

15:37:16

01:42:16

130

01:18:40

1

51

95

Humble Pie / Chris/Chris

14:00:00

14:18:23

14:31:12

14:53:15

15:04:54

01:04:54

81

01:20:07

2

49

98

Hour Too Bob & Diane Wilbur

14:00:00

14:18:18

14:31:27

14:53:16

15:05:18

01:05:18

81

01:20:37

3

48

 

Cotton Sox / Lori / Lael

14:00:00

14:24:13

14:36:49

15:02:40

15:14:56

01:14:56

91

01:22:21

7

44

 

Spindrift / Harris

14:00:00

14:23:09

14:37:16

15:03:56

15:17:56

01:17:56

95

01:22:02

5

46

91

Cleo / Celia

14:00:00

14:23:28

14:38:49

15:07:31

15:23:20

01:23:20

102

01:21:42

4

47

98

1st Place / Eric/Tamara

14:00:00

14:27:12

14:43:30

15:14:16

15:29:56

01:29:56

106.7

01:24:17

10

42

90

Silky / Tom Kelly, Connor

14:00:00

14:25:06

14:39:33

15:08:33

15:22:53

01:22:53

95.8

01:26:31

11

41

 

Pattie B Too / Jim & Jacquie

14:00:00

14:29:12

14:45:41

15:16:16

15:32:33

01:32:33

106.7

01:26:44

12

40

87

Shearwater / Debbie

14:00:00

14:32:13

14:48:53

15:24:37

15:41:05

01:41:05

106.7

01:34:44

13

38

81

Tarka / Jim /Bert

14:10:00

14:32:14

14:46:19

15:13:00

15:25:35

01:15:35

92

01:22:09

6

45

91

Fine Cut / Geoff Leighton

14:10:00

14:32:00

14:47:43

15:13:38

15:25:50

01:15:50

92

01:22:26

8

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Triumphs July 15th!!

Record broken in 2nd race of series! July 8th

 A clear sunny day with the promise of steady winds Rain, grey skies and no wind had local sailors chomping at the bit and eager made most reluctant to get out on the water to test their mettle with new crews in old boats. Dick Giberson, who knows these waters better than anyone was out with Eric in 1st Place, Bevan Whithead was trying his luck at the helm of Spindrift with Tom as crew, Harris was out in Cleo with Kai & Lionel while Chris Schwabe was auditioning Tom Kelly as crew and the author was out with young Lori Kidger in Cotton Sox (Flying Scot).

As the crews jockeyed for position prior to the start, different methods were used. There was the hanging on a nearby boat method, the stay on the dock till the last minute method and the donít leave the mooring till after the start method, traditionally favoured by the Whiteheads. At the horn Humble Pie and Cotton Sox sped floated off towards the Sheep Island mark and when Humble Pie failed to keep clear of the leeward Cotton Sox when overtaking she should have been disqualified after the inevitable collision. Bevan Whitehead decided the quickest way to Sheep was via the narrows.  After 1 hour places seemed pretty much the same and the two leading boats had nearly made it half way to the mark but were actually going backwards as the wind air shifted from the West to the North East and then to the South. At this point 1st Place decided the competition was too stiff and retired. 30 minutes later with no discernable progress made, the rest of the fleet recognised the wisdom of these two old salts and followed suit.

At the debriefing later there was much discussion about how many points should be awarded for turning out but as everyone had  retired it was decided that no one deserved anything and all should know better. Moose Schwabe was the main culprit however and his points from last week were deducted from his season tally.

In fact the race could possibly be justified as a way of getting cookies and brownies on a dull Sunday afternoon but that was about the most redeeming feature.

This was certainly the slowest race ever on the New Meadows.

Nick Price 8th July 2007

(It was remiss of me not to thank Mary & Wendy for sitting and watching this fiasco for the whole 90 minutes ready to time us to the nearest second. Eleanor & Rollie had also offered to help but were told there would be no racing as there was no wind. Laelís exhortations could be heard across the river which must have been a great comfort to Humble Pie even if the wind didnít reach that far!)

Humble beginnings as Cleo gets the Pie! July 1st


1st home but not winners, Chris Schwabe and Chris kidger

First race of the 2007 series got under way July 1st in a stiff and variable West wind, varied in strength and direction. Last yearís runners-up in Humble Pie got off to a strong start with the two Chrisís, Schwabe & Kidger leaving the 2pm starters in their wake and soon overhauling the luckless Kai who had quite bit of water on board and was begging bailers from the passing boats. It wasnít clear if the water was coming through or over the boat but it was there in some quantity! Following at a distance were Spindrift, being sailed by Celia with Lori as crew, Eric & Greg in 1st Place, the widest boat on the river, Nick & Wendy in Pattie-B Too, Macy & Harris in Cleo, and Debbie and numerous crew in Shearwater. Just 90 seconds separated these 5 boats as they rounded the Hojo mark before heading over to Rich Manís. This was always going to be the critical leg of the race and opinions varied, from boat to boat. Humble Pie kept heading up the river as did Spindrift and 1st Place. Pattie B Too took the mid choice, Cleo and Shearwater tacking close to the mark. The mid way route proved best on this lap, Pattie-B Too moving up to a narrow lead for 2nd at Rich Manís which they were quickly to lose to Spindrift on the run back to Hojo. 1st Place dropped from 3rd to 5th on this leg, Cleo moving from 6th to 4th.


Tarka overhauls Gypsy, no contact!

Humble Pie still led with places through the fleet being maintained on the second reach to Sheep island & back but more drama was yet to come and the beat over to Rich Manís for the second time stood half the fleet on itís head! 1st Place, rounding Hojo in 5th Place, 3 minutes behind Spindrift and Pattie-B Too, rounded Rich Manís in second place on the water and held that comfortably on the run back to the finish only to be edged down to 3rd place on handicap. Confused? I am.

Humble Pie was still pulling out a lead, taking virtually the same time on each of the two laps. In contrast, Tarka was 8 minutes quicker on the second lap! 1st Place was 3 minutes quicker second time around, as was Cleo.

All in all a great start to the year with 8 boats turning out and some nail biting racing in middle of the fleet. Handicaps have already been adjusted and it has been decided to award 10 points for a win this year, regardless of how many are sailing. 9 for 2nd place etc. Best 4 results to count with the finish and presentation on August 19th. Ties will be decided in favour of most 1st places, then 2nd places etc. If still undecided, discarded scores will also be taken into account.

There was much banter at the excuses tea party with a broken boom vang being offered as a reason for losing even though not all boats had one to start with. Shearwater had too many excuses to list having lost their way badly on the second lap. Pattie-B Too lost valuable seconds bailing out Kai while Tarka seemed to be more concerned with speed over the ground than direction! Thanks to Eleanor and her time keepers who were trying out a sun dial or perhaps several sun dials. Times have been rounded up to the nearest second!


Winners of the 1st race of 2007, Macy & Harris Whitehead

July 1st

Start

1st 1/2

lap

3rd leg

finish

elapsed

H'Cap

Corrected

Place

Points

1st Place / Eric/Greg

14:00:00

14:18:07

14:46:19

15:04:43

15:27:00

01:27:00

106.7

01:21:32

3rd

8

Pattie B Too / Nick/Wendy

14:00:00

14:18:29

14:44:04

15:01:48

15:27:25

01:27:25

106.7

01:21:56

4th

7

Tarka / Jim /Bert

14:10:00

14:25:46

14:53:05

15:07:26

15:28:45

01:18:45

93

01:24:41

5th

6

Shearwater / Debbie

14:00:00

14:19:05

15:00:21

15:14:55

15:38:00

01:38:00

106.7

01:31:51

8th

3

Humble Pie / Chris/Chris

14:00:00

14:15:00

14:35:01

14:50:19

15:10:19

01:10:19

87.7

01:20:11

2nd

9

Spindrift / Celia / Lori

14:00:00

14:17:36

14:43:39

15:01:12

15:27:10

01:27:10

102

01:25:27

6th

5

Kai / Gypsy

13:55:00

14:25:11

14:58:18

01:03:18

 

02:06:36

145

01:27:19

7th

4

Cleo / Macy/Harris

14:00:00

14:19:29

14:45:57

15:04:16

15:27:29

01:27:29

109.5

01:19:54

1st

10

 

Boat July 1st July 22nd July 29th Aug 5th Aug 12th Aug 19th Aug-26 Total
Humble Pie 49 49   49 39     186
Pattie B Too 47 40 49 37 44     180
Cotton Sox   44 51 37 45     177
Hours Too   48 43 51 38     180
Spindrift 45 46   43 43     177
Cleo 51 47 41 39 37     178
Gypsy 44 51 44 44 49     188
Melody     48 42 40     130
First Place 48 42 45 46 47     186
Sage       37 41     78
Lightning     46 40 42     128
Sunfish       47       47
Shearwater 43 38 42 41 36     164
Tarka 46 45 47 45 46     184
Union Maid       37 33     70
Harmony       48 48     96
Wynwater         51     51
Sweet Pea   43           43
Fine Cut   39           39
Sylkie   41           41