The members of CMYC were greatly saddened to hear of the recent death of Jill Sallis, a founder member of Ely Sailing Club and the Model Fleet Captain. Our condolences to friends and family at this difficult time.
After a long run of non-sailing Sundays due to weed, lack of wind, ice and ‘other-commitments’, we were finally racing again on the lake at Milton Country Park. We were joined for a relaxed and enjoyable morning’s sailing by Stuart’s brother-in-law, David, who kept up well with the rest of the fleet even though this was his first experience of model yachting (he is an experienced dinghy sailor).
A great days sailing at Rectory Farm saw David (71), 8 points, fend off some stiff competition from Vinnie (17) with 13 points, Peter (95) with 15 points and Nick (20) with 18 points. Andy (46) wasn’t able to continue his recent good form and bought up the rear with 30 points.
That leaves four sailors tied for second place in the summer series:
Back to the reservoir at Rectory Farm Milton today as the Milton Maze is now open for the summer. This meant that Nick was saved his usual rowing expedition to put out the buoys as here they can be thrown out from the bank.
The revelation today was Rick (120), who achieved second place overall with 22 points, behind David (71) with 9 points. Which just goes to show that a well-sorted wooden boat can be competitive at club level. Behind Rick were Andy (46) with 24 points, Nick (20) with 26 points and Stuart (66) with 30 points.
This was the first race of the summer series, so standings so far are:
David receives the Spring Series Cup from Commodore Nick. David struggled to contain his emotions on achieving the pinnacle of his sailing career so far, but he coped after promising to keep this hideous piece of plastic from Nick’s loft on his mantlepiece for all to admire!
It wasn’t possible to sail the last leg of the spring series last week due to flat calm conditions on the lake, which was ironic as we had a good turnout of sailors ready to go. However we successfully dealt with our disappointment by drinking coffee all morning instead.
It was agreed to carry over the finale of the Spring Series, this will now happen on Sunday 2 July as the lake is being used for a paddle boarding event this Sunday.
Many thanks to Chris and Mike from the Harwich and Dovercourt Model Boat Club for hosting us at a very successful’awayday’ last Sunday.
This Sunday it was back to Milton Country Park where the trees sheltered us from the blustery wind, but at the same time made for some very fickle and turbulent air. Nick (20) handled the conditions best with 7 points, Stuart (66) had 11 points, while Andy (46) specialised in weed collection, ending with 15 points.
With the results from last Sunday still to come in, there are just three points separating the top three sailors after two discards. So everything to play for in the last race of the Spring Series next Sunday.
With David away this week was a chance for the rest of the fleet to close the gap. Sailing was in the middle of the lake to avoid weed.
Unfortunately Nick’s chances were blown by a dodgy transmitter aerial and failed servo, while Stuart blew his by attempting to tow both weed and a buoy round the course. That left Rick and Andy to fight it out, the end result being Andy (46) 8 points, Rick (120) 13 points Stuart (66) 18 points, Nick (20) 30 points.
Andy’s win lifts him to second in the table.
Only two at the lake this week, with very fickle winds. Andy (46) 5 points , Nick (20) 2 points. The Series table now incorporates one discard and Sunday’s result puts Nick within 5 points of David, with Andy just 1 point behind.
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: