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 .
Nine boats registered for the last in this series for the Summer Season.
An unpromising start to the day of very light winds and overcast skies, slowly improved and by the start of Race 1 the breeze was starting to fill in from the South, so the East Bank was set up for the race course. The breeze continued to build so that by the last race it had reached the top end of A+ rigs! A sensible course set by PRO Gordon Bennett meant that racing was fairly close and consistent through the 10 races, although the filling breeze and flucky gusts caught everyone out at one time or another.
A comment of “no weed today” for the first few races, meant that from then on someone was the unlucky one to pick up an unwelcome passenger.
Dave Rigby , 180 dominated the day with only Mike Williams, 76 and visitor Simon Fairman, 666 getting the better of him in a couple of races. Peter Hellen, 79 had one of his best races of the series in Race 8 and decided to then call it a day, leaving on a high! Everyone fell victim to the gusts that on occasions stopped the boat in its tracks, though Ed Whittaker, 31 seemed unluckier than most.
A good mornings sail was had by all, there was a nice friendly atmosphere throughout on what turned out to be a warm sunny day.
19th September 2021
A quiet morning weather wise greeted the 11 skippers for round 12 and the last round in the summer series, rain was forecast, but not too many are believing the technolagy these days,, in fact flooding was forecast !!!! Racing was done on the south bank, and was probably around 2/4 knots if you were lucky from the North West, if you were unlucky you may well get a little bit of the green stuff, but that was very rare.
Rob W 97 once again showed real class taking the first three bullets with Tim H 44 and Pete W 65 doing their best to minimize damage, Chris G 11 with a nice polished B/P sailed a very conservative and consistant set of races finishing off with a fine win. Pete W 65 was sailing for the first time his new Venti and we will see much more of this design in the coming weeks at Lincoln, Brit Pops however still have the upper hand and have been around for quite a while now.
We had a small shower around 1130 but it bothered us not and soon cleared up , one or two skippers needed to leave early and racing was curtailed at 1pm and because of the long courses we only managed 7 races, we could have done with a few more knots of breeze but it is what it is, Many thanks to the OOD’s Mick and Graham and many thanks to all the helpers. Well done to Rob W for another fine win .
The Winter series Starts in October , Diary is up on the website for the first three months , Check it out