The last races of the season have been sailed with 8 boats enjoying the October sun. The results for the entire year are here, subject to final checking by Ben Skull (HALsail tsar) and the Sailing Committee before prize giving.
We are compiling a list of championships and open events hosted by Herne Bay Sailing Club. Can you add to this list?
1957 National Firefly single-handed championships
1958 National Firefly single-handed championships
1960 Firefly National Championships
1965 National Firefly championships
1967 National Albacore championships.
1968 Fireball Open
1969 Fireball Open
1971 Hornet Worlds 11-17 September
1972 Albacore National Championships
1973 OK National Championships
1974 Mirror Southern Areas
1975 Hornet National Championships
1977 OK National Championships
1977 Albacore & Hornets Open Meeting
1979 Firefly National Championships
1981/2 Round table regatta
1982 Albacore National Championships
1985 Albacore World and National Championships (held over a fortnight)
1987 ish National Championships
1989 Lark Class National Championship 5-11 August
1993 Fireball Open
1999 Pacer Nationls
2001 Pacer Nationals
2001 Round Three of the popular European North Sea Cup Series of windsurfing 9-10 June
2001 Finn Nationals 29 August
2001 OK Nationals
2002 National Albacore Class National Championship 3-5 August
2002 International OK Dinghy Eastern Championship 3-4 August
2002 Man of Kent 22 September (and at least two others)
2002 Pacer Nationals 10 September
2003 Pacer Nationals
2004 Catamaran Open Festival 19-20 June
2004 Hobie 16 TT 19-20 June
2005 Laser 2000 Millenium Series and Asymmetric Dinghy Open 2-3 July
2006 ISO Open 24-25 June
2007 Boss, Spice, Buzz and Iso National Championship 25-27 August
2008 RS Vision Open 17 May
2009 RS All Comers Regatta for RS Visions, RS Teras, RS Qbas and RS Fevas 20-21 June
2009 Hornet Nationals 5-6 September
2009 Europe Nationals 5-6 September
2010 UK Laser Association Laser 4.7 Ladder 9-10 October
2010 Hornet Final Fling 9-10 October
2011 Hornet Open 2-3 July
2015 UK Windsurfing Association National Championships Round 3 4-5 July
2015 National 12 Burton Week 22-25 August
2016 UK Windsurfing Association Cup 2 11-12 June
2016 Hornet Europeans & UK National Championship 6-9 August
2017 UK Windsurfing Association Cup 4 15-16 July
2017 OK Dinghy National Championship 21-24 September
The weekend's activities in numbers.
Yachts and Yachting has an article about the OK Nationals at HBSC.
The SIs for the OK Nationals at Herne Bay Sailing Club may be found here.
5.1 The schedule of races:
Date Tide: BST Race/event Time/warning signal
Equipment inspection 17.30 –19.30
Thurs 21st 14.09 (6.00m)
Equipment Inspection 09:00 – 11.30
Registration 09.30 – 11.30
Competitor Briefing 12.00
Race 1 Warning 13.55
Race 2 ASAP after race 1
Friday 22nd 1445 (6.04m)
Race 3 Warning 10.55
Race 4 ASAP after race 3
Saturday 23rd 15.20 (6.00m)
Race 5 Warning 10.55
Race 6 ASAP after race 7
Sunday 24th 15.54 (5.86m
Race 7 Warning 09.55
Race 8 ASAP after race 7
Prize giving ASAP after racing
A record breaking Bank Holiday!!
24 boats took to the water. 8 from Hampton Pier YC and a great turnout of 16 boats from HBSC.
Ace Race Officer Golton set a testing course and the Northeasterly confounded the fleet by edging round to southeast (probably a sea breeze coming across from Broadstairs).
2 races were sailed back to back in beautiful sunny weather and a breeze of 8/12 knots.
Events on the start line showed that the competitive spirit was high and the variable winds gave opportunities for gaining and losing places especially on the beats.
The Vago of Mark and Elliot got the better of the Hampton Vago and the Albacore of Smithy made an appearance and did not disappoint even with Magda in the engine room and scored a bullet and a 4th. Richard’s Radial got the better of most of the Lasers with a 2nd and 6th whilst the Dyer boys improved on their 3rd in the first race with a bullet in the second. Laurie’s 2000 was also consistent at the top of the fleet and Allan McNeil’s Wayfarer did really well with a late crew change that catapulted William Hogben into the hot crewseat.
Overall we were much stronger than Hampton across the fleet but it was sailed in good spirit and lovely to see an old Dirror Minghy making a showing.
Hampton put on a lovely spread for us with delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches and their Commodore thanked our Race Officer for a good course and presented our Vice-Commodore, David Hogben, with the Trophy who in turn presented Hampton’s 14 year old Cadet, Harry Newton with the lovely silver Top Cadet Trophy for his efforts in his Topper. We hope that this Trophy award will encourage Cadets to participate in greater numbers in years to come.
Eleven boats took to the water in a freshening breeze which turned out to be a great leveller. That is, most crews enjoyed the swim as they brought their craft back to upright following some heavy gusts that defeated their resolve to stay upright.
Some did better than others with the King's School team of Laurie and Jo topping the charts in both races .
The Dyer boys flew round the course with abandon claiming a 2nd and a 3rd in the 29er. Well done to them the previous week in taking 2nd in their National Championships only being pipped by a single point.
Smithy took a 2nd in the first race and Graham Harbord a hard earned 3rd in the second race.
Gary deserves mention for completing both races as the conditions became very gusty and inconsistent as did Eddie Burnett our virgin Laser Racer so a big well done to him.
The original results posted on the board were incorrect and the revised ones are on the website now.
Finally congratulations to Gary for winning the series with some very consistent sailing throughout the series.
Change in the Sailing Programme
Please note that next week we begin the Autumn Series when we are trialling the 3 race format in place of the regular 2 races. This means we will run shorter timed races of about 30 minutes and reduce times between races. If you are less than half way round the course when the shorten signal sounds you are instructed to return to the starting area and not finish the lap. Your result will be based on the laps completed using average lap times.
Start time is 2pm . If you have a duty then you will have been given an earlier time so you need to arrive in good time for a 2pm start please.
The Programme has been altered to take account of the changes brought about by the rescheduling of the Memorial weekend and the OK Nationals so you may need to look at the website or the schedule posted in the clubhouse to bring you up to date.
You have a week to select your duties for the second half of the season now. We need people to sign up for 3 duties to cover all activities so please look at your diaries and get into dutyman to select your dates. If you are not bothered then we will randomly select dates for you. Thank you.
The training store has been misused and we have changed the door entry to the fob system with restricted entry only. The training equipment is for use for RYA Course and other Club training activities plus hired out boats and equipment. As such it needs to meet RYA standards. Thanks to hard work by our instructors we have set up and organised the store and it is upsetting to come and find equipment dumped in a pile and wet suits etc. not hung up correctly.
If you do use Training equipment it should be returned to the appropriate racks and hangers as labelled. Your wetsuits and buoyancy aids should be washed in the showers and returned to the store to hang and dry. The next user will thank you.
Race 3 and 4 were run on Sunday. The admirable Harvey Burwin had the unenviable task of setting a course with a fluky southerly and a forecast of wind strength weakening. He took the brave decision to set a seaward start with a beat towards shore to Heron North.
Before the start Harvey and Ben gave an excellent sailors' briefing to explain the course and a stern reminder to avoid the finish line after finishing so as not to confuse the recording of times especially as they would be having to use binoculars to see us!
The start was nicely angled to take account of the outgoing tide and there were lots of wind shifts to make life interesting. There were quite a few places lost and won on that leg. The 4th leg provided a fun broad reach with some keen tactical moves with Lasers trying to protect their wind from the larger rigs of the Wayfarer, sailed very competitively by Allan and David, and the ultra competitive 2000 of Laurie and Mags!
The wind stayed put but remained very changeable so we had fun sailing on a sunny day. The full results are on the HAL website, accessible via the club website racing page. Well done to Laurie, Colin and Richard for 1,2,3 in the first race and Gary, Richard and Colin in the second. It was all very close.
It was good to see Pete on the water in his Laser. Not so great when he returned to the slipway after a bash on the head from the boom. Fortunately Maria had recently renewed her RYA First Aid certificate and was on hand to administer first aid and use up the supplies recently-refreshed by Sue. A check-up at Estuary View and little bit of glue sorted Pete out and he is now fine.
Earlier the Humphries/ Allen Cups were fought out by Cadets Luke, Joe, Victoria, Doug and Scarlett in tricky conditions, Well done to all especially Scarlett who managed to keep going and get a result. Luke just pipped Joe by a few seconds and Victoria was close behind in her Topper when the handicaps had been calculated.
Next Sunday we have the Long Distance Race at 1400 so bring your thermos.
Dai, you are the man. Thank you and your esteemed college Tony Smith for running the race training evening. I was surprised to see people like Laurie there, but he gave it kudos, and the un asked questions he then asked were insightful. Thanks Laurie.
James, Sally, Colin Pope, Olaf, Glenn and Russ also attended and were taken through the procedures of how to run a race from start (walking into the club) and finish (drinking beer). Dai in his usual laid back manner gave all the relevant do's and dont's, which with his humour and charm he and his lovely assistant passed over their knowledge. I'm not going to do a verbatim account of the evening you will need to do the evening for that, but a couple of points to make people feel comfortable about volunteering. You are god for the day; nobody can supersede your decisions, unless you are being dangerous and/or stupid.
Hal is easy, everybody now (bar maybe 1 or 2) likes it and can use it. The sheet Richard De Lisle has made for instruction is idiot proof and even if you have never pushed start on a computer you will be able to follow this. Thanks Richard, this has made life easier. On a similar note Ben Skull, who spends hours putting the information in and doctoring when needed, with him we wouldn't have the Hal system now, thanks Ben you are a quiet hero.
We are struggling to find race officers to man the tower, so even if you fancy being the 3rd person just to watch please do. The race officer of the day will welcome it, and you get free tea. Also watch how to deal with pushy sailors wanting a course that suits their boats all can be revealed. Plus cadets also we need you so you can become an overbearing middle aged person with too much nose hair*.
Thanks also to Richard who ran race officer training for the cadet section on the May bank holiday weekend.
Cheers all, happy racing.
* Editor: I hope this doesn't include the ladies!
Laser Special Handicap
The Special Handicaps were calculated on personal performance using Colin Smith as the "scratch" boat and the slowest boats being given a 5 minute advantage over the course of a 45 minute race and the rest of the fleet on a graduated basis in between.
These figures were converted into PY numbers and differentiated according to the rig used.
The race was run as part of the Spring Series race 7 on Sunday 7th May.
There was a good turnout of 12 boats and the northwesterly wind was a moderating Force 3.
Colin led the way on the water but was unable to shake off Richard and Guy and the margin at the end was insufficient to overcome the personal handicaps they had been allocated.
It was a day for the Standard rigs and the Radials generally came off worse with Gary coming in as top Radial on the day.
Final Results are here.
Mid-day and Spring 7 and 8
Congratulations to Graham who did enough to secure the top spot in the Spring Series overall.
Smithy won the Mid-day series race that kicked off at mid-day in fresher winds and again in the Spring 8 when he got away from the fleet at the start and with the wind strength falling away was back in the clubhouse whilst half the fleet did not make it round the windward mark in time and ended up retiring and being towed home!
Michael and Sam were pipped in mid-day race but got the line honours over Smithy in Spring 7 and Luke and Doug claimed a great second place in Spring 8. The course did not favour the asymmetrics so they did a good job.
You can see all the results on the website.