17:06 on 28 Jul 2021
The Harbour Challenge Week End
Well, it all worked out in the end! The weather forecast, even as late as Saturday morning, was looking shocking with thunder & lightening forecast to wipe out Sunday's on the water activities.... but fortune smiled upon us and we escaped all of the grim forecasts.
On Saturday only one of the three planned races could be run. The wind was light and incredibly fluky making the setting of a sensible start line a serious challenge. A decent race was had though (albeit rather slow!) and at the end of our curtailed Day 1 the lead was held by Richard Phillips in his Finn.
Having wolfed down her Hog Roast, Claire VW together with the RO team set about scoring the race - not an easy job with time pressure applied and helped along by some rather excited youngsters eager to know how they had done!
And so to the results & prizes ...
Winner overall - John Challener - Laser
Second overall - Richard Phillips - Finn
Third overall - Alex Atkins - Finn
1st Class 4 - John Challener - Laser
1st Class 5 - Harry Dendle
1st Scow - Stuart Percival
1st Junior - Maddie Fry - Laser
1st Class 4 Junior - Maddie Fry
1st Class 5 Junior - Harry Dendle
Following a little introductory speech and some very important thank you's by the Hon Sailing Sec, Keith Mitchell, the prizes were presented at around 3.15pm by our Commodore Bridget Allen.
All in all - a superb weekend of CSC Club activity - as things should be!
Register of thanks..
The RO Team (Rory & Jenny Barnes and Sue Fillery)
All the escort crews - especially those who stood in at short notice (Mark VW)
The Assistant Sailing Sec (Claire VW) for patiently and carefully scoring the races.
The Bar Staff Team and in particular Brenda Barkway for fixing up top post sailing grub!
All 32 competitors for making the event such fun!
Races two and three of the Cruiser Summer Evening Series took place on Wednesday and Thursday night's. The low forecast wind and slightly iffy tides probably kept attendance down but around eight boats took part on both nights and eleven overall.
On Wednesday it was always going to be a struggle getting a race completed as the wind was forecast to drop and it did! Owen Kerr set a start line at the finish mark and set a course with optimistically one turning mark and then finish. It was generally a driftathon but patches of wind were around, most of which centered on Imagication an Evolution who did a horizon job finishing before some had reached the windward mark. She was followed by Extrovert, another Evo, and then Phoebe, a Sonata, who despite giving everyone else a head start having started the race sailed through much of the fleet to finish third. Not surprisingly some competitors retired so as to have more fun at home watching paint dry and Dan Worsley in Enigma was unable to finish in time.
Thursday was looking much better and there was a good breeze in the harbour as the boats got ready. Unfortunately by the start it was mimicking the night before and unknowingly Race Officer David Yeabsley set the same course as the night before. Like the previous night some boats went left, some right and some up the middle and all routes at times looked good. Eventually Team go right won out on the beat to the ODM, led by Nick Wooley on his Evolution Wooley Knickers followed by those who went up the middle led by Team "Ex Highcliffe" on Gannet the Beneteau 25.7 who held on to the tails of both the Evolutions and hard charging Richard Stewart on Kissy Wissy the Beneteau 27 down the still flukey downwind run to take the win on handicap. Phoebe having been caught port/starboard with no wind to tack on with seconds to go almost started at the same time as the rest of the fleet and was second and family Team Hickman were third on their Hawk Hobbyhawk.
All to play for in this series as over half way through it is tight at the top.
Sunday saw the second of the Summer Series with 6 boats competing, a stronger northerly wind meant the boars starting with a beat to the FM mark and a run out to ledge buoy vie Mid Bay and a long beat back to finish, Woolley Knickers held the competition off to cross the line first on the water and handicap. There was a close finish between the two hawks Riva and Tomahawk with Riva triumphing by 22 seconds. Good also to see Resolution back out racing, we missed you.
Full results here>
Photos from this year's cruising racing are now online.....
Last updated 17:06 on 28 July 2021