Sailing: West Briton round-up July 18
SW Optimist Championships
RESTRONGUET'S ZACK TOPS REGATTA FLEET:
Restronguet Sailing Club hosted the 2013 IOCA Optimist South West Championships at the weekend.
Some 24 sailors entered the event from as far afield as Reading. The event was over two days, consisting of 11 regatta fleet and 13 main fleet sailors ranging in age from 9-15 years.
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Saturday started off for the main fleet with two races before lunch in a steady breeze. The wind had filled in enough for an afternoon consisting of eight races between the two fleets.
Sunday started off pretty much the same but with the sea breeze coming in from the north much earlier, a further three races were sailed for the main fleet and five races for the regatta fleet owing to their shorter course.
For the main fleet, 19 points separated the top five sailors with Ryan Bush from Bristol Corinthian winning with 12 points, followed Rosie Williamson from Bowmoor and Jamie Harris also from Bristol Corinthian.
For the regatta fleet, 38 points separated the top five sailors with Zack Amos from Restronguet Sailing Club winning with 23 points, followed by Harvey Martin and Lola Cockwell also from Restronguet.
Prizes were donated by Henri Lloyd, Versatile Marine, Pendennis Superyachts, Bosuns Locker, Mylor Chandlery and Optiparts.
IOCA provided a grant for entertainment at the club followed by some excellent food for the sailors on the Saturday evening that was catered for by Cafe Mylor.
The organiser, Sarah Elsby-Hartman would like to thank RSC, volunteers and all of our sponsors for making this event possible.
Any children who would like to try sailing, and you are aged between eight and 16, please get in contact with RSC for some free taster session by emailing Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ajax SW Championships
ST MAWES HOST BIG EVENT:
Tomorrow sees the start of the 2013 Ajax South West Championships which is being hosted by St Mawes Sailing Club (SMSC).
The Ajax is a 23ft open keelboat, first designed by Oliver Lee in 1966 as an Olympic contender and constructed in GRP by Halmatic.
The class was introduced to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in the 1960's and soon a large racing fleet was founded. Michael Dover brought the first Ajax down to St. Mawes in the early 70's where again, within a short space of time a second racing fleet was formed.
The Ajax is now the largest one design class actively racing in the Carrick Roads with approximately 30 boats based in the Percuil River.
The East Coast fleet which is still based at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club (RHYC) boasts a similar number of boats and again is still a very active racing fleet.
The National Championships are hosted by each club in alternate years with the South West Championships being held on non-Nationals years.
As a one-design fleet, the standard of racing is superb and the South West Championships, National Championships and Falmouth Week see turnouts of between twenty to thirty boats which has made the class the largest local one-design class now competing in Falmouth Regatta Week.
This year it really is very hard to predict who will lift the Cup at the end of the weekend.
Current South West Championship holders Roger & Claire Wood in Amalthea will have to sail to the top of their game to fight off competition from David Liddington in Athena who recently came second in the Ajax National Championships held in Harwich in June and David Mathewson who came third in the National Championships. Other boats to keep an eye on will be Paul Scullion in Persephone and John Howard in Aeolus. It should be a very close weekend of racing.
Racing will take place in Falmouth Bay, weather permitting, with three back to back races on the Friday & Saturday and two on Sunday morning. Race Officer for the sixth year is Neil Andrew.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about the class, please contact Class Captain Lindsey Thomas on 01872 580 693.
St Mawes SC
Conditions were ideal for a beautiful evening sail sunny with light breeze from North East in the Thursday points series with 33 boats out including a fleet of 7 Working boats, here David Carne in Victory took line honours.
The Ajax fleet (nine boats) had a closely fought contest with five different boats leading at various stages. In the PY's Jambo took line honours and second but Tringa's one second advantage was not a sufficient to beat off Gorra Knack who was overall winner.
In the shrimpers Mark Osborn bettered John Hindmarsh.This week in a curtain raiser for the 18 footer championship Myrtle was successful in beating Magpie.
Results: A Class:PY 1 Gorra Knack (S Kendle). 2 Jambo (B Wheeldon); 3 Tringa (C Warren) W Class: Ajaxes: 1 Amalthea (R Woods); 2 Ajax (D Mathieson); 3 Troy (C Thomas). H class: Shrimpers 1 Boyers Shrimper (M. Osborn) 2 Salamanda (J Hindmarsh); 3 Vagabond (S. Sugrue). F class: 18 ft Magpie (R Edwards); 2 Myrtle (R Collins); T/R class: 1 Vesper (M Humphrey) V class Sunbeam: 1 Mary (I Winzar B Class Working Boats 1. Victory (D Carne) 2 Evelyn (R Sharp) 3 Demelza (J Andrew). C Class 1. Deliverance.
On Saturday a race, followed by barbecue at Freshwater Boat yard, thanks to Jon Leach,Mark Humphrey and their support team, was held to celebrate the 90th Birthday of the St Mawes One Design.
The first boat Aileen was built by Frankie Peters in 1923 the last was built by Jon Leach in 1995 the 47th. Eleven SMODs (out of total 41 thought to be still afloat ) took part in light airs on Saturday afternoon.
A drifting match with 180° windshift brought back markers to the front, and despite minor "skull-duggery", Cornish Reiver was unable to secure a prize winning result. The race was won after an almighty tussle by Nick Leach.
Results: 1, Buccaneer (N Leach) 2, Cheerio G Bysouth (M Humphrey). 3, Merlin (G Litherland).
After a beautiful summer's day, an ambitious course was set with the start line just east of the Vilt, writes Harold Martin.
The turning mark was dropped a little south of Pendennis Point on the western side of the mouth of the Roads.
All the competitors had to beat into a gentle and fitful southerly force two against a strong incoming tide and they found a surprising incoming swell as they neared the mark.
When the IRC 1 fleet started most of them beat over to the St Mawes shore to escape the full power of the tide and profit from a very good lifter which improved as they neared the eastern shore.
Miss Whiplash went a little too close, as many of us have done, and ground the bottom of the keel against the sand and gravel but happily they got away without losing too much time and suffering no damage.
She and the other two leaders Daring and Vindscreen Viper were overtaken on the first leg by Black Dog.
As they came to the mark the wind seemed to weaken and the foul tidal stream pouring round Pendennis Head made it difficult to judge the tack to approach the buoy closely.
Immediately after turning the buoy reaching spinnakers were hoisted for the downwind leg and many chose to point just north of St Mawes Castle to gain the bonus power of the tide as they diagonally crossed the deep water channel.
Later on in the race Vindscreen Viper and Daring, the biggest and the smallest boats in the fleet nearly collided, an event to be avoided at all costs particularly when they are so different in size.
In the IRC 2 fleet a close group of three came to the windward mark with Encore just in the lead closely followed by Temeraire and Excelle. After rounding the buoy they too hoisted their reachers and sailed a north easterly course for the second leg.
In both E and U classes some boats tacked over to the docks to ride the southern eddy which is supposed to run all the time but they also ran into a wind shadow so that it was doubtful tactic.
At the Pendennis buoy V 34 and V 8 Clary had got away from Saucy Sally and they held these positions to the clubhouse finish.
In E class Jitterbug lead at Pendennis, the first mark, but in trying to pass as close as possible they were swept onto it by the tidal flow and in doing their penalty turn Shenanigan passed them and stayed in the lead to the finish.
After the race the clubhouse was full of racers who had enjoyed a Mediterranean-like summer evening and the friendly atmosphere was enjoyed by guests from Northern Ireland.
RESULTS: IRC 1 class: 1st. Miss Whiplash. N. Hirst & P. Pullen; 2 Daring. D & C. Bloor; 3 Black Dog. S. Sawyer. M class. 1st. Firefly. C. Gladwell; 2 Cornish Meadow. S. Hutt. I.R.C. 2 class. (Provisional): 1st. Encore. D. Cunliffe; 2 Temeraire. M. Eddy; 3 Wxcelle. J. Fox & T. Claridge. E class: 1st. Shenanigan. C. Mulcahy; 2 Jitterbug. J. Hicks. U class. 1st. Wild Child. N. Chamberlain; 2nd. Moonlighter. P. Collins; 3 Jemalda. D. Muirhead & J. Hopkins. V class: 1st. Vanity. V 34 2 Clary V 8 P. Collett; 3 Saucy Sally. V '10. J. Martin.
Thirty boats competed in the sixth and final race of the Mylor Chandlery and Rigging Series took place on Friday, in halcyon conditions – cerulean skies, light winds, perfect – although sailors are never totally happy with the wind strength and the unanswered call was for just a touch more wind, writes Chris Davis.
No matter. Race Officer John Bailey got everybody away on time in a steady southerly, although it was always plain that the wind would die away as the evening progressed and so the course was shortened after one round. Beating to windward in a dying breeze against a strong flood tide has no great allure.
In E fleet, the First Class 8 4Play (Jon Kulpa) and the GK 33 General Khaos (Ian and Jennie Jakeways) had a good tussle around the course, with General Khaos taking line honours by about 90 seconds. However, handicapping is a cruel sport and these positions were reversed on corrected time, 4Play winning by some 300 seconds.
In third place came the Albin Nova Aura (Euan Beattie), but this did not alter her series position: she won the series with eight points, with 4Play second on 12 points and the First 285 Rusalka (Alan Street), who came sixth in this race, taking third place in the series with 15 points.
Light conditions always favour the lighter boats and, in U fleet, the Micro Gem Nibbler (Owen Taylor) picked out a huge lead over the heavier boats trailing in her wake, winning by some 20 minutes on the water, although this lead was reduced considerably on handicap.
However, the real battle was for second place between the Sadler 25 Tomary (Jon Myers) and the Contessa 26 Mary Boon (John Cruise).
Both boats had their moments as they crossed tacks around the course but at the finish Tomary took second place by about a minute, with Mary Boon third. Tomary's result made all the difference in the series.
Mary Boon took first place in the series with 10 points and Tomary and Splinter (Peter Jones) were tied on 17 points, but Tomary took second place on best scores.
In Q class, the two lead boats had a close race throughout, the Hunter Europa Rococo (Clive Hoyle) just taking line honours over the Sadler 26 Souchong (Colin Sadler), with Odyssey (Malcolm Wakeley) taking third place.
Rococo won the series easily, with seven points. Second place went to Chalonnaise (Steve Pendray and Fiona Pascoe) and third went to Souchong.
Finally, in G/H class, the Shrimper Grace of St Just (John Benge) sailed an excellent race and won convincing over fellow Shrimper Henrietta (Michael Wilson), with the vintage gaffer Ark Royal (Chris Gill) taking third place. However, Ark Royal took the series, with 10 points, proving that there is little correlation between age of boat and sailing performance.
Grace of St Just took second place in the series with 18 points, and the Shrimper Dawn of Polruan (Steve Przybylski) came third with 19 points.
Race results: E class. 1st: 4Play (Jon Kulpa); 2nd: General Khaos (Ian and Jenny Jakeways); 3rd: Aura (Euan Beattie). U class. 1st: Nibbler (Owen Taylor); 2nd: Tomary (Jon Myers); 3rd: Mary Boon (John Cruise). Q class. 1st: Rococo (Clive Hoyle); 2nd: Souchong (Colin Sadler); 3rd: Odyssey (Malcolm Wakeley). G/H class. 1st: Grace of St Just (John Benge); 2nd: Henrietta (Michael Wilson); 3rd: Ark Royal (Chris Gill).
Mylor Chandlery and Rigging Series results: E class. 1st: Aura (Euan Beattie); 2nd: 4Play (Jon Kulpa) ; 3rd: Rusalka (Alan Street). U class. 1st: Mary Boon (John Cruise); 2nd: Tomary (Jon Myers); 3rd: Splinter (Peter Jones). Q class. 1st: Rococo (Clive Hoyle); 2nd: Chalonnaise (Steve Pendray and Fiona Pascoe); 3rd: Souchong (Colin Sadler). G/H class. 1st: Ark Royal (Chris Gill); 2nd: Grace of St Just (John Benge); 3rd: Dawn of Polruan (Steve Przybylski).
WINES BAY SERIES:
The third race in the Ellis Wharton Wines Bay series took place the following morning, in even lighter conditions.
The Race Officer very sensibly postponed the race for about 30 minutes, while waiting for a very fickle sea breeze to develop. The race was effectively decided on the first beat to Black Rock, with those boats making best use of the ebb tide making most ground before turning to starboard to follow the coast past Gyllyngvase and Maenporth to Rosemullion.
The wind steadily died close inshore and the two back markers retired as they were completely becalmed, by about 1pm, off Maenporth.
The lead group of four just escaped this fate, though not without some considerable hard work in a very difficult breeze, and managed a spinnaker run back to the finish off Pendennis, as the sea breeze had held up further out in the middle of the Bay.
Line honours went to General Khaos (Ian and Jennie Jakeways) but Aura (Euan Beattie) prevailed on handicap, and third place went to Rusalka (Alan Street).
One more race, on August 4, remains to be sailed in this series, which is delicately poised with Aura and Rusalka tied in first place on four points and Xanadu IV lying third with eight points; the placings in the final race will be critical.
Results: 1st: Aura (Euan Beattie); 2nd: General Khaos (Ian and Jennie Jakeways); 3rd: Rusalka (Alan Street).