Spring Series Race 4: 30 April

It looks like there is no stopping No 71! After 9 races the result was (71) David 14 points,(20) Nick 19 points (120) Rick 21 Points.

With an easterly wind the course was set at the southern end of the lake, but after five races it veered southeast and then was all over the place, providing some challenging conditions.

The series standings are now:

Spring Series Race 3: 23 April

With the recent warm warmer weather weed patches have started to appear on the lake. However we were able to sort out a largely weed free course once Nick in the dinghy had finished recovering the yachts of inattentive helms from weed patches and tree branches.

We welcomed Pete for a few races, but he did not get settled in enough to start threatening David. And neither nor Nick and Stuart could match David’s consistency.

Scores from eight races with one discard were: David (71) 10 points, Stuart (66) 14 points, Nick (20) 18 points, Pete (95) 30 points.

So the overall Spring Series positions so far are:

Spring Series Race 2: 16 April

Milton Country Park have now put buoys down the centre of the lake in readiness for triathlon events, which means that Nick doesn’t have to do a tour of the lake in the dinghy beforehand, laying out buoys.  (Although we suspect he quite enjoys his little cruise, especially now he has electric outboard power!)

The northwesterly wind, meant sailing from the east side of the lake, using a couple of the triathlon buoys to give a triangle and a sausage course.  Once again David was on top of his game to come first, but Andy’s excellent form continued with a very close second.

Scores from nine races with two discards were: David (71) 11 points, Andy (46) 12 points, Nick (20) 15 points, Rick (120) 22 points

So the overall Spring Series positions so far are:

Spring Series Race 1: 9 April

The 2017 Spring Series will consist of 11 race days, with 9 to count. Last Sunday was the first of the Series. For the light southerly wind Nick and David wisely moved the course further down the lake, out of the windshadow of the trees, which resulted in good race conditions. Nine races were sailed, with two discards available.

David’s extra hours of practice compared to the rest of us told again, with a best possible score of 7 points, followed by Andy on 14, Nick on 18 and Stuart bringing up the rear on 25, just three points shy of the worst possible score! (In his defence his mainsail wasn’t sheeting in properly.)

So the overall Spring Series positions so far are:

David (71) 1 point
Andy (46) 2 points
Nick (20) 3 points
Stuart (66) 4 points
Others 5 points

Race Report 19 March 2017

Despite skippers getting used to the rather flukey wind patterns on the lake at Milton Country Park, David came out on top again today.  Full marks for consistency go to Chris, who was second in every race he started, but couldn’t quite get the better of David, despite David having some winch issues.  

Unfortunately Rick had more than issues with his winch, which failed after just one race. However he is on the case with repairs and hopes to be back on the water very soon.


Our new rescue service in action!

Milton Country Park lake is bordered with overhanging trees and bushes, which are great for trapping wayward yachts.

Fortunately the ranger has a great little aluminium dinghy which we are able to use as a rescue launch.  Here Rick and Stuart return from a voyage to retrieve Rick’s yacht from a buoy and Stuart’s from a tree!


Sailx online racing

From time to time I race online using the Sailx racing simulator.  In Sailx you race against other sailors and it simulates the effect of many real-world factors including windshifts, windshadows, wakes, etc.  But most usefully it applies the rules automatically so you instantly know whether you were in the right or wrong.  It is also great for tactics – some of the guys on there are really on the ball – and just like the real thing I often end up behind everyone else without knowing exactly how I got there.  But with Sailx you can’t blame it on the boat as they are all identical.  Give it a try here.


Rules Practice

From time to time we will be taking a break from racing while Nick arranges for us to practice different scenarios under the sailing rules actually out on the water.  For most of us this is much a much easier way to remember the rules than trying to visualise diagrams or descriptions in a book.