Spring Series C
Sunday 24th April 2016
With quite large seas leading up to the start of the afternoon racing, the start for race one was delayed for a while. Three boats were ready for the race, 2 Laser Radials and a Vago.
Due to a series of events before and during the start sequence, the early lead of Laser Radial 157435 went unobserved as the Vago of Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown experienced a few problems - one of them fell out of the boat and the other Laser Radial of Karl Royer had to return to shore as the Laser was taking in water due to no bung.
The Laser Radial 157435 had taken an early lead which it went on to extend. However the Vago managed to make up ground by raising its spinnaker and putting themselves back in contention. By the time the second Laser Radial got back into the race, the first Laser Radial had completed one lap was beginning the second lap.
The Vago took every opportunity to use the spinnaker where possible though wisely took it down before gybing around the mark. The second Laser Radial began its second leg as the first one was catching up with it.
A decision to shorten the Race was made as there was another race to run and the signal sounded as the lead boat rounded the Distance Mark.
1st Laser Radial 157435 Graham Harbord
2nd Laser Radial 34096 Karl Royer
3rd Vago 943 Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown
Before the second Race, a decision was made to change the course so the boats had to sail round SP1 and SP2.
The start of the second race went smoothly with none of the dramas at the start of the first race, in fact all three boats were there on the line together. After the start of the race, the three boats went their different ways. The Vago took an early lead ably assisted by the use of its spinnaker, whilst Laser Radial 157435 favoured sailing along the coast then tacking out to SP1, the other Laser Radial 34096 followed the course of the Vago and this paid off as it put him into second place. The Vago maintained its lead over the two Laser Radials throughout the race when once again the Race Officer took the decision to shorten the race.
1st Laser Radial 34096 Karl Royer
2nd Vago 9423 Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown
3rd Laser Radial 157435 Graham Harbord
Race report and photographs of the fun on the water by Liz Smith.
This years RYA Push The Boat Out is planned for 21st May 2pm - 5pm. This is a fantastic chance for us to promote the club and give people an introduction to sailing. In order to promote the event we are asking the club members, especially Cadets, to design a flyer for this event that can be taken to schools in the area. The flyer will need to include the following information:
Date - 21st May
Time - 2pm-5pm
Address - Herne Bay Sailing Club, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6BA
As well as the HBSC logo, RYA Push The Boat Out logo and RYA Training Centre logo which can be down loaded from the links.
Submit your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th May
The training team are offering two new training opportunities for HBSC members to improve their powerboat or safety boat skills: regular powerboat improvers and a practical day covering safety boat techniques/rescue. Click here for other powerboat training courses including cadet PB training.
Powerboat improvers, coordinated by Doug Whiteoak, is for any member who wants to improve his or her powerboat skills and knowledge. We will run through pre water checks, launch and recovery, boat handling skills and anything the participants would like to improve.
It will run alongside some Saturday dinghy improver sessions, subject to instructor availability. There will be a maximum of three participants per instructor.
Cost is £5 per person per session (50% reduction for cadets) to cover the running and upkeep of the boats (fuel, insurance, maintenance etc). To participate, email email@example.com indicating your availability.
Powerboat improvers will run independently of dinghy improvers and there will be separate boat providing safety cover for dinghy improvers.
Dinghy improvers coordinator Laurie Dengate is happy to hear from anyone who wants to put their powerboat and safety boat skills into action by providing safety boat cover during dinghy improvers; to volunteer email Laurie via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Practical Day on Safety Boat Techniques/Rescue
This one-day course for HBSC members provides an opportunity to discuss, learn and practice safety boat techniques in the club rescue craft. It is for PBL2 holders and experienced helms.
The course will cover aspects of safety cover relevant to HBSC including
Date: Either 7th May or 4th June.
Cost: Amount to be confirmed.
Interested? Then email Allan McNeil via email@example.com
Please Please can we have some volunteers to Run and assist with Saturday morning improvers as Laurie and myself both have to work on Saturdays and cannot commit, unless we can find some volunteers we will have to suspend these sessions.
We are looking for Instructors, Assistant Instructors and volunteers.
Please can you email Laurie on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help even 1 season a month would make a big difference .
The Training Team
Spring Series B
17th April 2016
On a sunny Sunday afternoon with light winds and a falling tide, 15 boats took to water for the Spring Series B which comprised of two races.
With low water at 15.19 p.m, the course was set further out to sea so that the two races could be run.
Upon the start of the first race, a number of Lasers favoured a course further out to sea; however, Laser 165710 began the race by sailing parallel to the shore line occasionally putting in a tack out towards the first mark SP1 which did pay off because after rounding SP1, Laser 165710 increased his lead on the fleet, followed by the Laser 8.1, the ISO caught up with the Laser 8.1 and sailed into second place, after rounding SP2 the ISO was catching up with the lead Laser. Amongst the rest of the fleet, the Laser 8.1 was doing battle with Laser 161576 and for a time managed to retain his third position.
After rounding the North mark and starting the second leg Laser 165710 again favoured an inshore course as did the Laser 8.1 whilst Laser 161756 and the ISO were to favour the course further out, this did pay for the ISO because he took the lead in the race.
Due to a falling tide and the breeze decreasing the Race Officer decided to shorten the race. In the meantime there were a number of retirements from this race.
1st Laser 165710 Colin Smith
2nd Laser 161756 Allan McNeil
3rd ISO 1158 Karl Royer and Matthew Bradfield
4th Laser 88 Harvey Burwin
Spring Series B
17th April 2016
With a much reduced fleet of boats, the starting sequence for the second race has yet to begin as the Race Officer is still finishing boats from the first race.
With the sea now almost flat calm with the occasional ripple visible across the water, the fleet is now 8 boats strong and the race sequence is now under way with the boats milling around the start line.
The boats are quite tightly bunched around the start line; however, two Lasers have broken away from the rest, Laser 161756 and Laser 42119. All the boats with the exception of the ISO appear to be favouring sailing out to sea, the ISO is sailing parallel along the shore line and at present it appears that he has the edge because there is pocket of wind inshore whilst further out it is quite calm.
The leading Laser, which is the 8.1,does appear to be pulling away from Laser 161756 and the rest of the fleet. The ISO has now tacked out to sea and has caught up with the Laser 8.1. The fleet are making slow but steady progress up to SP1 and at present the ISO appears to be the lead boat, the fleet is now quite spread out and with a decreasing breeze actually making it up to SP1 is proving to be painfully slow and unfortunately for the boats the breeze is very definitely inshore.
Three boats are at last approaching SP1, Laser 8.1 has rounded the mark first and is edging away from the ISO who has now raised the spinnaker and whilst it is not filling in these flukey winds, they are gradually whittling down the Laser 8.1's lead. The Aero of Phil Rees is on it's maiden voyage in Herne Bay waters and is doing quite well in these light airs. The lead Laser is holding on to his lead and the ISO is currently in 2nd place but the rest of the fleet are gradually catching up, upon rounding SP1 the Comet Zero has raised its blue spinnaker and having clear wind is slowly catching up with the fleet.
Laser 8.1 has rounded SP2 and is now sailing into calmer waters, the ISO has managed to get round the mark ahead of the rest of the Lasers who appear to be have come round the mark almost together. The leading Laser is being chased down by the ISO and two other Lasers, in fact the Laser 42119 has taken the lead and pulled away from the Laser 8.1 and Laser 161756.
Once again the Race Officer has taken the decision to shorten the race as Laser 42119 rounds SP3 and heads for the finish line, three boats are approaching the finish line and it could almost be a photo finish.
As this is a handicap race the results are worked out on the lap times of each individual boat
1st Comet Zero 128 John Sinclair
2nd Laser 42119 Andy Ekins
3rd Laser 17884 Peter Bowell
4th Laser 161756 Allan McNeil
Race report and photographs by Liz Smith
Sunday 10th April 2016
In completely different conditions from the morning race, the wind was increasing and the sea was to be come more choppy throughout the afternoon.
Being a Pursuit Race, there was a briefing before sailing and the RS Feva of Michael and Samuel Dyer would be starting first, then the Laser Radial and Lasers and finally the Contender.
The RS Feva went off quickly and steadily sailed around the Course, raising the Spinnaker between marks SP2 and SP3 and increasing their lead all the time, as they approached SP4, the Lasers started their race, as the Lasers rounded SP1, the RS Feva lapped the Lasers.
The Contender upon starting went in pursuit of the Laser Fleet and eventually caught up with them and sailed past them and then in turn went on to catch the RS Feva who was having an amazing race. In the strengthening wind, there were a number of capsizes and retirements.
The Race Officer took the decision to shorten the race due to increase in wind speed.
1st RS Feva 4530 Michael Dyer and Samuel Dyer
2nd Laser 208321 Graham Harbord.
Report by Liz Smith.
Morning Series A
Sunday 10th April 2016
On a lovely sunny morning, 6 boats turned out for the first of the Sunday Morning Series, however, the start had to be delayed due a lack of water.
After this delay, the Race finally got underway, with some of the boats being a wee bit line shy. The Laser 208321 of Graham Harbord and the Feva of Luke Herhily and Douglas Oliver took advantage of this and moved away from the rest. Having rounded SP1, Laser 208321 went into an early lead followed by the Feva. The rest of the fleet having crossed the start line, pursuing the lead two boats, Laser 85058 went into third place and upon rounding SP2 went ahead of the Feva.
There were some retirements from the Race, Laser 42119 and RS Feva, the morning may have been very sunny but it was a cold easterly wind blowing and steadily increased as the morning progressed. The Race Officer did shorten the race.
1st Laser 208321 Graham Harbord
2nd Laser 155886 Charlie Mount
Report by Liz Smith.
The first RYA powerboat level 2 training course of the season begins on the 24th April with the second day on the 30th April. Click here to find out more including how to sign up. The course is open to members and non-members.
There are two reports on Spring A, one from the water and one from the shore.
On the water
The course was a big triangle with a southerly oscillating to SE so there was a big premium for picking the shifts. We had a long dead run that did not favour the Contender and Steve Owen was praying for another 5mph of wind to get him on the wire.
Of the nine boats out, seven were standard Lasers and one Radial (Clare). Colin Smith showed us the way home in both races and there was some close racing in the rest of the fleet with the order finishing with Richard, Olaf, Andy, Harvey, Allan, James, Steve and Clare in the first race.
In the second race Allan improved to third position and Andy Ekins dropped back to 7th.
It was a long haul up the slip as the tide was low at the end so I’ll be much relieved when the the new gearbox has been fitted to the winch.
Thanks to Phil Rees and David Condor for running a smooth race.
From the shore
Sunday 3rd April 2016
On this fine sunny day with quite fluky winds, 10 boats took to the water for the Spring Series A which comprised of two races. At the start of the first race, the boats were all massing near the start line for the off.
With a clean start, the Contender and two Lasers were vying for the top slot as they sailed towards SP1 which was the first mark of the course. On rounding the first mark, a Laser had gone into first place and was closely followed by the second Laser and the Contender. Within the rest of the fleet, the boats were always changing position with the race.
As the boats were heading towards SP3, it was a case of follow my leader which was Laser 165710 who had the Contender hot on his heels and Laser 161766, then Laser 143583. Having gone through the line for the first time, it was still Laser 165710 in the lead. Upon rounding SP2, Laser 167510 increased his lead and the Contender dropped back to 4th.
The Race Officer decided to shorten the Race as there was another race to be sailed and it was a falling tide. First across the line was Laser 165710.
1st 165710 Colin Smith
2nd 143583 Richard De Lisle
3rd 42839 Olaf Throndsen
After the finish of Race One, the starting sequence for the Second Race got underway, the course remained the same, the winds were fluky and light and now the tide was also going out.
Once again, all the boats massed around the start line and it was the Contender who took the early lead but Laser 165710 was close behind and as they headed towards SP1 sailed passed the Contender, at SP2, three Lasers and the Contender are vying with each other for the top slot, as they round SP2, Laser 165710 is in pole position, then it is the Contender, but this is short lived as the Contender goes past the Laser and he is relegated to third place as another Laser sails by him but not for long as he edges back into second place.
Laser 143583 takes the lead and sailing away from the second Laser 165710, there appears to be a tussle for third place, as the lead Laser approaches SP3, the Laser in second places roll tacks around the mark and this gives him the edge and once again Laser 165710 goes into the lead.
1st Laser 165710 Colin Smith
2nd Laser 143583 Richard De Lisle
3rd Laser 161786 Harvey Burwin
Report and photographs of those racing and sailing by Liz Smith.