Finally the weathermen and women got the prediction right, it was a miserable day,with drizzle all morning, but the racing was yet again second to none. Everybody mucked in to get the course sorted and bouys moved so we could race on the favored East Bank and with the South westerly around 8 knots it was perfect.Mick Ch 46 having changed just about everything at the recent Nationals, except the winch, had a winch problem and missed the first two races changing it.
Dave D 32 got off to a flyer in the first race and it was clear he was going to give Keith H 39 a run for his money, Keith got the second place, and in the following race the fortunes were reversed, Mick C 53 showed well in race one with a third, both hands on the tranny in this one, Mike W 76 got the third in race two.
It really was a battle up front but but Jen H 69 was pushing the boys hard and kept in touch with a couple of thirds, also showing well was Peter C 110 who had some great results over the middle part of the session, Mick C 46 thought the tide had turned in race 5 when he got the win, and another in race 8 but on the day he was just not consistant enough to feature in the final standing , unlike Keith and Dave who continued to put down great results apart from race 6 and 7 when Dave D also appeard to have problems.
Billy Mac 452 on a rare visit ( he moved to Cambridge ) showed well , but we all need just a bit more consistancy to get anywhere near the top three, it could have been closer, but at the end of the day Keith took the honours, and with the win last week in the IOM’s he is the boy to beat at Lincoln
Congratulations to Keith , for the win and all the skippers for keeping going to the end, the drizzle never for once dampened our spirit, and we all vowed to do better next time , Thanks also to all the helpers getting board out and dingy in and out, and also to ED who turned out wityh the dog to help with the scoring .
Wow what a start to the Winter series , great breeze ( wrong direction) 16 to 20 C and a good dollop of sunshine, it all greeted 14 skippers including two very welcome visitors to the South Bank at Lincoln.
First race and Chis E 74 was hot off the line as he was for race two , and everybody thought ” its all over ” but it wasnt ,, Keith H 88 was second in the first race and Chris G 11 with his very shiny good looking B/P was second in race two. Dave Rigby 57 and OOD set a great long course along the South Bank and kept a good eye on the start line, he got the bullitt in race three, and was on a charge after a slow start, Chris E 74 got a second in that race and kept a good set of three races, two firsts and a second cannot be bad.
Keith H 88 got the result he wanted in race 4 followed home by that nice BP number 11 who was also well in the hunt, The three long beats were taking there toll on the olduns I could tell because I was one of them, the uneven ground was also not to good for the feet, After Coffee Chris E 74 picked up another bullitt but the seemed to just go off the boil a little getting a 7th in the next race, while Pete W 65 was just starting to get the hang of his very new Venti and claimed the next two races , and if it had not been for some poor battery management issues would almost certainly have won the last race,, well actually Mick C 46 with a borrowed Sedici ( from Pete) was crawling all over his transom, and they are still arguing on Whats App who might have won !!!!!! but it was Keith with a great set of results and two seconds at the end who probably surprised everyone except himself with a fine win on the day by three points, It was close racing as it always is, and you may all look at these results and see where you could have done just a bit better, for me Mick C 46 I was very dissapointed that Chris G 11 got too close to me at times insisting he was just having a look at my boat and trim , HA HA HA , it was a great morning with good humour and good manners and a delight to be out on an October morning racing with your mates.
All credit goes to the OOD’s and especially to ED who stayed in his chair scoring , he loves it really.
Look forward to more members out in two weeks time for round two of this fantastic series .
Congratulations to Keith on his fine win with the Sedici .
If you want to pay a visit to Lincoln feel free it is some of the best racing in the Midlands
Held on 3rd October 2021
A fantastic day dawned for the 19 skippers who turned out for this great event,
Despite the gloom of Civid 19, despite the gloom of the no fuel scare mongering , and despite the gloom of the weather forecasters, who it seems do not know what button to press to guess at the weather, the event was a huge success for the skippers with great racing conditions, great camaraderie, a bit of rivalry, and a result the family could only have wished for .
Fast out of the blocks was John Smith from Manor Park with his Brit Pop and he won in style, from Tim Hand 2nd V 10 and Dorian Crease, Cheinze. Racing was conducted on the East bank all day and started light 5 to 7 knots but grqadually increased as the day wore on , as did the sunshine ( Mr weatherman ) . Skippers has come from far and wide to enter the event which was held at Scotland farm home of the Lincoln club, and if somebody were to say the conditions and with wind speed and direction were perfect they would not be far wrong.
It was not untill race 5 that Tim H got his first bullitt, from Derek Priestly from Fleetwood in 2nd and Colin Walton from the Manor Park club in 3rd. A welcome lunch break followed and all skippers had changed down to B rig with the wind anything from 12 to 20 knots and gusting , the following race was to be the end of Dereks day and he had to retire with electrical problems. Dorian Crease from Two Islands in Milton Keynes was putting in some great results with his Cheinze, and secured his second bullitt in race 7 with Tim again chalking up a second place, before getting another bullitt in race 8, what happened in race 9 no one knows but Tim ended up 20th. a race that David Darwell gained his only first place,
Mick Cooper a local lad ( 75 years old ) 6 weeks out of having a new knee was determined to race with his new Venti and did very well and must be very pleased with his performance ending up tenth and I am sure the best is yet to come. Greg Codling another local was sailing in his first regatta and had some rig issues which he will learn from, Seven skippers from the Lincoln club sailed in the event, but the winner by a good margin and some great sailing was Tim Hand, who finished the job off with two fine wins at the end.
It is even more fitting as Tim is the son of the late Clive Hand, who this memorial trophy is raced for each year, and it was quite emotional at the prize giving at the end, very well done Tim.
Dorian Crease was 2nd and David Rigby 3rd in what was a great day of racing, I forgot to mention the weather gods had their way, as at the prize giving the heavens opened and most got very wet before the drive home, A big thanks you to all the helpers for this event, scorers / starters / finishers / and OOD,s and those in the background, we all know who you are so many thanks , we look forward to welcoming you all back to the club next year .
Just one last thing the event raises money for the RNLI and this year with all your kind generosity we raised a whopping £ 180.00 for this great cause .
There will eventually be more pics on the website under the Clive Hand Tab , check back often .