By popular demand the Thursday Finale was held allowing one more evening sailing session. It was overcast but warm with a NE F2-3 breeze making for a pleasant evenings sailing.
All seven boats were singlehanders with the Lasers being the biggest fleet.
After the first lap in race one the first four rounded the leeward gate only a few seconds apart with Joe leading the pack. After the second and final lap Joe and Richard led across the line making it a Solution one, two finish for the Solutions however the Lasers were only a few seconds behind with Mark beating Richard by 2 seconds on corrected time.
Race two saw the Solutions in the lead after the first lap with Richard just ahead of Joe. Rob, sailing the club Phantom was also in the mix having realised he hadn’t put any rig tension on in the first race. In the final lap Joe sneaked past Richard to take line honours and another win, with Richard in second beating Mark by 8 seconds. As they say, every second counts.
Back onshore the evening was drawing in and Richard had come prepared with his late night boat packing tool, his son’s headlight which proved extremely useful.
With the temperature still in the high teens we decided to finish the night testing Phil’s new lighting system by having supper and beer on the prom. Many thanks to Phil and Des for arranging the nights racing, a great way to finish the seasons Thursday evening sessions. Good luck to our Solution Team of David, Joe & Richard as we welcome the Solution fleet to our club for their National Championship this coming weekend.
We arrived about 5.30 and it was still a bit windy, the forecast was for it to drop so we got the boats round once we had enough people , by the time we were on the beach and ready to launch the wind dropped off (a bit too much) but still a lovely sail, it was a lovely warm evening, young Angus done well again, Joe was on form again making the club solution fly again First over the water in both races
Thank race team as per the forecast the wind dropped, it dropped a bit to much but still a lovely sail. Thanks Phil Alison helping us launch and waiting for us to come in !
The Racing got underway at around 1:30pm slightly later than planned but its always good form to wait for the boat that helped everyone else launch!. With the wind a NE F2, the locals headed along the beach to avoid the tide, Jonathan (Laser) heading more out to sea. Richard / Robyn (Rs400) completed the first lap closely followed by Don (D-one) Jonathan a couple of minutes behind, Nick Nick (Vareo) Richard (Laser) then Mark & Phil (Lasers) having misjudged the tide a way behind. Richard stretched the lead enough by lap 3 to take the Win from Jonathan and Nick.
Phil Highfield had arrived to late for race 1 to join Curtis as the 2nd RS700 in race 2.
Race2 with the wind probably a F3 soon got underway with everyone now keeping inshore for the start of the beat, Phil leading the asymmetrics to complete lap 1, Jonathan again leading the lasers but in much closer formation. Curtis was going well in his 700 until Phil Harlow mentioned the same on 2 occasions, both resulting in a quick swim for Curtis followed by a swift recovery. Phil pulled clear to earn the extra lap, but would finish 4th behind both guests Jonathan, Nick and Richard.
Race 3 – The wind swung a little more Easterly and the boats got underway at the top of the tide, All the asymmetric were going well, Nick Vareo had the lead on corrected time at lap 1, Jonathan closest on corrected, Phil also going well in the 700 and again had a extra lap. After 4 Laps it was Nick who took the win and Jonathan just pipping Phil to 2nd by 2 seconds.
One of the closest battles of the day would be between Mark and Richard in the Lasers, today was to be Richards in all 3 encounters.
So after day one, Jonathan has the lead by just one point from Nick then Richard 2 points adrift. Good luck to everyone tomorrow and thanks to todays Race team of Nick, Phil and Keith
It was a small group of regulars and a guest who were able to make the clubs Thursday Regatta. The wind (F3) from the north and tide ebbing with the course set a little offshore. As the race 1 got underway for some, 3 craft had misjudged the tide strength and rafted up on the pin mark. Daniel (Solution) and Phil / Lorna (Rs400) recovered well and at the end of the first lap The RS400 was in front on the water, Richard F (laser), Mark Laser and Dan (Solution) in a tight group about 30 seconds behind. At the end of the 3rd lap It would be Richard would take the win by just 7 seconds from Mark.
Race 2 the wind had increased in strength and it wall a cleaner start for all. At the 1st mark Phil was leading in the RS400, followed by Mark, Daniel and Keith, Richard was however paying more attention and decided sail to the next mark rather than just follow the others!. Tom was finding the extra wind a bit of handful, not surprising as it was he first trip out in a laser and after 1 capsize his tiller parted company with the rudder. With most helms spending some time on the centre board some more than others, it would be a close finish for 3 of the lasers and solution. Mark ahead of Richard followed by Dan and Keith, Phil finishing 5th on corrected time.
The wind then swung further to east and required Nick to move the start line further offshore. giving everyone time for a quick blast. The race soon got underway Phil opening up a commanding lead everyone else closely bunched with Rob (Phantom) in the mix. It was quite surfy downwind and in lap 2 Keith took and downwind swim, he was not he only one!!. Dan thought he saw a blue flag and stopped racing and by the time he was away again it was between Richard and Mark for the Race and Regatta honours. By the end of lap 3 Richard had established a 30 second lead, Mark had a further 2 laps to make up the deficit and manged to cut it to 20 seconds at the line. Phil and Lorna had done enough to make it a third on corrected time.
So the Regatta honours when to Richard Foster after 2 well deserved wins, and 1 of only 2 boats to stay upright!. Mark Second and Phil and Lorna Third. It was great conditions and dam good fun with launching and recovery a breeze.
A Big thanks Nick OOD and everyone for a great evening’s sailing.
Following on from a hot week it seemed like everyone was heading to the beach, Gorleston was having one of the busiest days of the year as it would be for the Gorleston members. As the ribs were pulled on to the beach disaster struck as wheel failed on the orange rib which would have to join the public and spend the day on the beach. With a lets go sailing attitude, a brief consultation, some rearranging of safety boats and a call to Hugh GYGSC’s 4th Emergency service, we were ready to go. sailing. It was decided to abandon the planed passage race to Hopton and sail a more local course.
Race 1 – Finally got under way at 12:30 in fairly slack tide with a Light breeze and coming from the east. Phil in his 700 leading from Richard and Ed Brown Rs400 then Don in his D1 out for the first time this year. The Single handers and the rest of the fleet closely bunched a couple of minutes behind. As the Race continued Phil pulled away enough to earn an extra lap but would be pipped on corrected time by Carl in the Laser then David Solution just ahead of Nick Phantom and Richard and Ed in 5th.
Race 2 – The wind was just picking up and had swung a tad more to the south, Roger guest helm in the RS500 was keen to start, so keen he got to do it twice in the one race. Phil 700 was just managing to wire both up and down the course with the rest of the asymmetric still soaking downwind The extra wind meant it was 4 laps for the fleet with Phil managing to Lap about half the boats on his 5th lap. It was enough for Phil to take the win from Carl in his laser and with David missing Race 2 it was Nick thenthe Browns in 3rd and 4th.
Race 3 – Required a mark move as the wind swung further south and with the tide now Ebbing the Sea was getting a little lumpy. The hoped for the Sea breeze never arrived and the wind strength drop a notch. The order over the course was pretty much the same but the Laser and Solution finding the conditions less favourable. I the middle of the pack Don and Roger were having a close battle until Don hooked a spinnaker sheet on his kicker fitting and when for an untimely swim. Richard Foster and guest crew Daniel would have there best race of the day and after 3 laps would finish on 3rd behind Phil, the Browns then Nick and Carl.
Phil took the honours for the Day, followed by Carl and Richard and Ed. The Fleet headed back in to address the boat on the beach. Another call to Hugh and some boat and trailer swapping and everything was soon back in the dinghy park, and it was time for Pie.
So after a great day on the water, it’s thanks the race team Steve and Darrel and with a massive thankyou to Hugh’s recovery service and a pre thank you to Phil in fabrication, it was just the traffic to deal with especially for those heading back down the acle straight and beyond. (I suspect Phil did not be take the win in that race.)
It was the first instalment of the 2021 Triad series. With many members otherwise engaged in either Half term, Open meetings or the 3 Rivers Race and with a less than ideal forecast it was great to see Ribs ready to go (thanks Steve) and the a few members already out paddling when the rest of the race team rolled up at 9:20. The Sun was out, a flat sea and not great deal of wind. Not that much later the Becketts pulled up with 2 lasers and some breeze. With everyone soon changed and boats on the water a F2 form the SW the race ream set the triangle course with the wing mark slightly further offshore than the windward one.
Race 1 – got underway just after eleven, with the bulk of the fleet heading along the coast to avoid the ebbing tide. Carl in the club Solution heading offshore, the RS400 of Richard/ Mark soon eased away from the fleet. The 2 Phil’s next round and Simon in the Laser ahead of the rest. Carl then suffered gear breakage and had to retire, but with some quick on water repairs would be back for Race 2&3. At the end of Lap 3 Richard was now well in lead an earned himself a bonus lap.
With everyone quite spaced out the Win went to Richard, with Guests Simon and Bruce in 2nd and 3rd. (1 up for Dad)
Race 2 – Got underway with and with a slight increase in wind to maybe F3, it was all going to be a much tighter affair. Mark at the helm of the 400, still out ahead on the water, the rest of the fleet bunched up to complete lap one This Time Bruce 20 seconds ahead of Dad. After 3 laps Mark crossed first (Would it be enough for the win) Phil H and Christine in 2nd and Phil A 3rd, Bruce crossed 21 seconds ahead of Simon the rest not far behind. After Correction 1 min separated the top 5 with Steve just 1 seconds ahead of Bruce and Simon 3rd and Mark talking a worthy 4th
Race 3 got under way with the wind still building a after lap one shifting slightly further south, this meant it was easier to fly the kite on the 2nd legs, The race would be a very tight affair, Bruce hold a 20 second lead on Simon after both lap 1 and 2, At the finish that gap had closed to just 7 seconds but Bruce had the family bragging rights for the day. It was Just 30 seconds separating the top 4 Steve in his Europe 3 seconds ahead of Richard and Bruce the Simon in the Lasers.
All back safely ashore for Fish, Chips and a little Fiz and to admire Lorna’s new ring. A great day on the water and hope to see Bruce and Simon back soon.
Members past and present had a lovely evening on Saturday at the Pier Hotel to celebrate our 70th Anniversary. Guests enjoyed a great meal followed by the season prize giving. Members also had a opportunity to view a selection of the club archive dating back to 1949 whilst catching up with friends.