Paul Smith Pursuit Race
Saturday 16th July 2016
For the first race of the day, the Race Officer has chosen a figure of eight course for the Pursuit Race, the Race has a staggered start with the slowest boat starting first to the fastest boat on the water starting last.
To begin with the leading boat is an RS Feva, then a number of Lasers then the RS Vision and in pursuit of them are the two Wayfarers and yet more Lasers. The Albacore having started the race is making its way up the fleet, in the meantime there are still five more boats waiting to start the Race.
Leading the fleet up to Pillar Mark 1 is the RS Feva, then a group of Lasers, in amongst the Lasers are the two Wayfarers and then the RS Vision. In this staggered start, the two Hornets, ISO and 59er have now started and making their way along the course to catch up with the remaining fleet.
Upon rounding the first Pillar Mark the RS Feva has raised its distinct yellow kite and pulled away from the Laser 4.7 who has the Wayfarer with the purple and white kite in pursuit, then the second Wayfarer, a Laser and the RS Vision with the blue kite. Whilst the RS Feva is still maintaining its lead, Laser 165710 has moved up into second place and is challenging for top spot. This is soon achieved leaving the RS Feva in second by there are a number of boats who are moving up the fleet to challenge for the second place, the Laser 4.7, Albacore 7155, 59er, one of the two Hornets.
Once again the lead boat has changed and now it is the 59er, in second place is the Albacore, then Hornet 2126, Laser 165710. The 59er has increased its considerable lead, leaving the Albacore far behind in its wake.
Pursuit Races are run over a certain time period and once that time has elapsed, the Race Officer finishes the boats nearest to the Committee Boat at the time. The handicap of each individual boat is applied to work out its start time.
Colin Sproxton Memorial Race
Saturday 16th July 2016
For the second race of the day, there is a course change and all the boats are now amassing for the start, there is no staggered start with this race. On the start of the race the Hornet goes into an early lead, closely followed by the 59er, the Albacore and Laser 165710, then comes Wayfarer 10077, and another Hornet.
As the race progresses the wind appears to be dropping all the time but there are a few changes with the lead, it is now the 59er which has taken the lead and pursuing them are the Hornet, Albacore, Laser 165710, Wayfarer and ISO.
Since the wind is still dropping the Race Officer has shortened the Race.
1st Hornet 2176 Chris Brealy and Gary Danielwicz
2nd Albacore 7155 Barrie Smith and Nathan Hudson
3rd 59er 095 John and James Bennett
Report and photographs by Liz Smith