Welcome to the 2019 Wednesday Evening Series. Joe’s blog is back!
24th April 2019
‘ Titled, don’t mention L’
Incredibly 48 turned out this week. F4 gusty and shifty conditions made this a challenge at times. Steve James and one or two others kept Peter Saxton busy in the rescue boat.
The race officer for the evening was Dave Philpott aka evil little monkey. Setting an M shaped course with Lambda as the top mark made life a trifle awkward. Within 30m of the buoy I had to tack 109 times! I think ^ should only be used for leeward marks in future. In all honesty despite ^ it was good to have a different shaped course and the reaches were terrific.
Young Alexander Maclay, gaining his first bullet of the series has become a very talented sailor and for sure will be in the final shake up.
1st Stuart Snell SPRINT 15
2nd Peter & James Curtis RS500
3rd Alistair Farman RS600
1st Les Rant & Susie Sontag FF
2nd Barry & Katy Wyatt FF
3rd Geoff Floyd & Gilbert FF
Slow Single Fleet
1st Alexander Maclay TOPPER
2nd Joel Walker D-ZERO
3rd Daniel Wigmore LASER
17th April 2019
This week was all about our development squad, ‘TEAM GRAFHAM’. This was their first experience of racing in the Wednesday evening series. The sun had his hat on and the wind strength was around F2.
Five took part and enjoyed some very close racing.
We must thank Mandy and her team for giving up many spare hours coaching most weekends and she must feel very proud of these young boys and girls.
This is exciting times for our junior members and it will be fascinating watching their progression over the coming months.
10th April 2019
The Wednesday evening series sprang into action with a NE F4. This certainly blew a few cobwebs away and exposed some rusty techniques. I noticed a couple of capsized chaps before the start and one numpty even let go of his tiller on the start line inducing minor chaos (sorry about that)!
As is now the customary tradition, Ann and her trusted team of Barry and Steve managed the first race of the series. They were a bit trigger happy with the hooter according to Robin. Personally I didn’t notice as I was too busy apologising to Dave Williams at the time.
Officially 45 boats made it in time which is a great effort.
Neil Klabe was first of the ten entries in the fast fleet which he won by the considerable margin of eleven minutes, quite impressive.
Five FF and a solo Lark entered the Slow Double fleet. Talking of Solos they seem to be the single handed Flying Fifteen as several ex FF sailors have moved over to give Ewan some serious competition amongst the Slow single fleet.
The long range forecast looks great for the next five months so we should see record turn outs this year!
1 Neil Klabe A CLASS CLASSIC
2 Stuart Snell SPRINT 15
3 John Reynolds & Dave Marchant 4000
1 Nigel Cady & Ken Norris FF
2 Jonathan & Trish Knight FF
3 Dave Philpott & ?? FF
1 Joel Walker D-ZERO
2 Dan Wigmore LASER
3 Dave Maclay LASER