Wow , great racing at Lincoln, Round two of the summer series gave us wall to wall sunshine a steady South Westerly around 10 knots, in fact not far off perfect conditions for racing off the East Bank.
12 skippers turned up OOD Mick C 46 explained the finishing process, and the new Windex Mod designed and modded by two top skippers at the club to help skippers lay a decent start line, and then we were racing. Mick C 46 took the first bullet, with the orange fast machine of Jen H 69 getting second place and Mike W 76 getting a well deserved third.
The Beat was perfect and with three beats full length, each race took some time, and you could not afford to stray to far from the rumb line, or else you were liable to get caught out, especially if you went to far on port, you just got sucked into a lift all the way and eventually had nothing to come back on, on starboard, good performances were being put in by Roger B 74, and it was great to see Gordon B 23 back after undergoing cataract surgery, only one eye for now, he explained because of a retina problem all straight lines appeared curved, ,,,, Start line nightmare, well done Gordon I know you enjoyed your day.
Dave R 180 always red hot, was doing his best to disrupt the sharp end, with some great racing ,Peter C110 admitted he was having a bad day, great to see Geoff S 580 back after his cruise, Pete W 26 started well but by race 6 he was down the road with problems. Ed W 31 despite Jens attention to his rig and Mouthy Micks advice with the transmitter ( gentle thumbs )was having a real bad day, Alan N 232 improved as the morning went on, Keith H 669 took four wins on the day, to Mick C 46 three, but consistency, finally gave the mornings win to Mick C 46 .so many congratulations to him, and in fact all skippers and helpers who made the mornings racing so enjoyable.
What finally made the morning was Peter H came along with his two grandchildren Charlotte and William aged around 7/8 I guess And Roger and Jen let them have a go with their boats, when there was a break in sailing , it made their day I am sure and they are welcome anytime , Start em young , and Lincoln are doing that for sure.
Another great morning at Lincoln, 15 skippers of all ages including two visitors from Manor Park, Tracy B 49 and Colin W 03 turned out on a beautiful May morning, wall to wall sunshine and a nice 5 to 10 knot breeze from the South East, OOD Dave R 57 had no hesitation in laying the course on the South bank with three great beats. The new sturdy Windex poles from Mick C 39 made laying the line correctly far easier and all starts got away clean.
Mick C 46 stormed away in the first race with his Venti and was never troubled, Darin B 98 with his Brit Pop took second and Pete W 65 took third Spot. A young chap called Tony did the finish line for us with Allan taking over from race 6. so many thanks to them.
Pete W 65 took the second race from local hero Tim H 44 and Darin B pulling third , there was to be a battle all morning between Darin B 98 and Pete W 65 with Dave R 57 getting some good results to stay in touch and it could have been a lot closer had Dave just had to concentrate on his racing without being OOD on the day. There were some great battles up and down the fleet and the two visitors were at the end tied on points with Tracy B 49 taking it on countback with her fabulous 2nd place in heat 5 .
Interesting to see three different designs in the top three, and I can see this battle going on to the very end of the series, This series at Lincoln is very well supported by the club skipper and today we were probably at least 4 skippers down and two at least who would have a shout in the top 5 positions, so long may that continue, The behaviour on the bank was exemplary, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
Many congratulations to Darin B for taking the top step and the other two guys on the podium .
Also many thanks to the OOD and the many helpers .
If you find yourself reading this post, and maybe are a dingy sailor, but are just a bit curios about radio sailing, maybe your knees are taking a bit of a hit , Pop along to Lincoln any Sunday morning and somebody will be sure to let you have a go. You never know it may just change your life.
Great weather for round two with 14 skippers starting out, battery problems took Peter H 60 out after 3 races, disappointing, Peter we can help just ask. A suits all round in the light South Easterly and Jen as OOD got plenty of help with the buoys and stuff were sorted as she set the stage for some great racing. Keith H 39 was once again off the mark with the first bullet, with Mick C 46, 2nd and Greg C 64 sailing out of his skin getting a well deserved 3 Place. The light South Easterly was very fluky and the beat was not easy, catching out the unwary, only too often.
Mick C 46 won the second race with Keith H 39 taking second spot , Kevin E 02 taking 3rd . In race three Jen H 69 took the winners spot before coffee, with Mike W 76 taking 3rd spot. Racing was close up and down the the fleet, we welcomed Colin T 431 in probably his first race at the club, well done Colin.
A disappointing return from the I.O.M Nationals in Scotland for Pete W 678 where he gained a 13th spot, he just did not seem to get going, but don’t panic there he will bounce back pretty quick,, Mick Coopers 53 steady improvement, moves on and he will be happy with his win in race 6, and a 2nd in race 7. The racing at the club has been very competitive, this year and that is fantastic for the club, but with that comes a keen ness to win and a little excitement , I have to say I saw at first hand a port and starboard and a boats sail touch the mark ( no turns were done ) I was also in the vicinity of another incident that started between 3 boats and escalated to 4 boats , This is what I saw ,, two boats were on starboard tack with 5 seconds to go 2 metres from the mark , one other boat was coming in to the mark at speed on port tack , clearly with no rights (port / Starboard ) the first starboard boat got through but in the same instant the Port tacker clipped the second boat and somehow spun him around onto Port tack That’s is all I saw , in that instant the first starboard tacker immediately tacked onto Port and was clear away, an incident then occurred, that may have caused some grumpiness and needs sorting Please.
Very well done to Micky Boy 46 for the win , and to all skippers for a great day of racing , also all the helpers,
, Sorry no report
Much depleted fleet due to I.O.M Nationals where 6 Lincoln Members attended