The comic strip presents…Thursday Evening sailing !

Racing starts

The 400 cannot shake off those pesky Lasers !

Phil uses the worlds longest selfie stick to get a different angle

Countdown to race two

And they’re off

Where’s the next mark ?
Welcome back Chris

Back ashore…and ready for a beer and pie

Full results – Sailwave results for Thursday Series 2022 at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club 2022 (gygsc.org.uk)

Spring Series Act 4

It was a lovely sunny day at Gorleston for Act 4 of the Spring Series. The onshore wind was surprisingly shifty resulting in several position changes throughout the day.

Steve continues to build up his Europe fleet, today revealing his latest addition, a 1970’s vintage boat which he had recently refurbished.

Race preparation commences

On the water Richard & Rosie (400) were the start line masters, leading off the line in every race.

Race one saw a three way battle between Richard & Rosie, Dave & John (400) and Phil, sailing his 700 for the first time this year and claiming line honours. However, on corrected time it was a 400 1,2,3 with Richard & Robyn putting is a quick final lap to claim third just ahead of the vintage Europe.

The wind eased a bit during race two. After lap one the fleet was led by three 400’s and the start of a race long battle between the three with some very close racing with positions changing every lap. Dave & John led at the line, closely followed by Richard & Rosie then Richard & Robyn for another 400 1,2,3 on corrected time. Keith, swapping 500 for his Laser had gained a good lead on the Europe to get fourth by one second.

The battle of the 400’s continued in race three. Richard & Rosie had a good first lap leading by 30 seconds with the other two rounding together. After lap two only 10 seconds separated the three, lap four saw a lead change with Dave & John just ahead and incorrectly thinking it was the finish, promptly headed for shore. Unfortunately Richard & Robyn also headed for shore leaving Richard & Rosie to complete a fifth lap alone. Meanwhile ‘One second’ Keith had put in some quick laps to snatch the race win from Richard & Rosie by one second on corrected time. His new ‘super-duper’ mainsheet block was obviously working. David, sailing his Solution and using his lovely new sail for the first time taking third position.

Off water activities resume

Many thanks to the race team for an excellent days racing, good start line and course which is never easy to set with an Easterly wind.

Full results – http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2022/2022Spring.htm

Spring Series

It was a cold day on the water for the Spring series racing. A small but hardy few braved the conditions and ventured out to the start line. Racing started at high water with a F2 wind from the SSE. Richard & Rosie (RS400) quickly headed the fleet and built up a considerable lead by the finish. Both Richard & Robyn (RS400) and Nick (D-One) had teething problems forcing retirement in order to sort the problems out. Keith, opting for the club Solution sailed a lonely race but picked up second on corrected time with Phil & Lorna (RS400) third.

Race One starts

The wind and sea state picked up a little for race two and at moments there was a welcome sight of the sun, unfortunately that didn’t last long!   Richard & Rosie were a little too keen at the start resulting in a bear away and gybe behind the fleet. However, they had recovered by the time the fleet arrived at the windward mark just leading Richard & Robyn and Nick.  At the finish Richard & Rosie had built up a two minute lead and Nick managed to pass Richard & Robyn to claim second.

Race two starts

By the time race three got underway the flood was ebbing, the wind had shifted a little to the east and increased a tad, and the sea state had become noticeably bigger with a confused wave pattern….and the race team were cold !  Richard & Rosie led round the windward with Richard & Robyn just a few seconds behind then proceeded to build up a good lead at the finish. Nick was flying downwind and managed to overtake Richard & Robyn to claim another second.

Heading for the leeward mark

The cold had got to everyone and we were glad to get back to shore, Chef Brown’s pies were a welcome treat.  Thankfully the forecast for next week is warmer with the bonus of some sunshine.

Full results – http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2022/2022Spring.htm

Yeeha…. It’s the Start of the Season!

Apart from a chill in the S-SSE breeze everything else was just about perfect for the Start of Season racing. Blue skies all day, slick race team, F2-4 winds and a small swell to make the off-wind legs fun.

And the season commences

After a rather casual boat rigging session on the beach, racing got underway a few minutes late! The race team set a good sized Windward–Leeward course with the wind F2-3. The beat was assisted by the last remains of the flood tide. There was some close racing, particularly mid fleet with Richard & Ed, in their newly acquired RS400, Nick C (Phantom) and Phil & Lorna (RS400), separated by just six seconds after lap one. Dave & John (RS400) took line honours, with Nick F, sailing his lovely new D-One in second. However, Steve, sailing his pocket-rocket Europe took the race win on corrected time with Phil A, sailing his Contender and powering his way up the beats taking fourth place.

Rounding the windward mark

The wind increased a tad and edged a little to the East for race two. The tide was slack for the start of the race but just turning by the time the race finished. A couple of crews decided to test the water during the race…… think the opinion was it’s still very cold !  The increased wind made for some great off-wind legs for the asymmetrics. Dave & John took line honours, with Nick F close behind.  On corrected time Steve just pipped Nick for second, with Phil taking another fourth place.

Lovely conditions for the asymmetrics

The final race of the day was a two lap sprint, which suited everyone as now the ebb tide was flowing, the wind now F3-4 and legs were aching!  Dave & John were having a close battle for the lead with Nick F until a mis-timed spinny drop slowed Nick down. Steve was expertly working the downwind legs and took another race win, Dave & John second, with Richard & Ed just pipping David (Solution) for third.

It was a good day for Steve who just beat Dave & John to win the Start of Season trophy.

Nick in his nice new D-One

Many thanks to the race team for a great start to the season, we were certainly lucky with the weather. The race team took several pictures which are now on the club Flickr site. Apologies for the photo quality, water on the lens !

 By the time we had the boats back up in the dinghy park there were plenty of tired bodies. Once the boats were de-rigged and packed we enjoyed lunch on the prom, Chef Brown’s tasty pies certainly went down a treat.

Full results – http://www.gygsc.org.uk/Results/2022/2022SOS.htm

Pictures on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gygsc/albums

Steve, winner of the SOS Trophy