A great fleet of 8 turned up today. Unfortunately, the wind didn't get the memo about the earlier start due to the low tide in the afternoon.
This made sailing quite difficult in the circumstances, but everyone worked hard to get what they could out of the races. Some really close battles througout though, which really added to the enjoyment - including a fantastically close finish in the last race between myself and Andrew Wardrop, who got over the finish line by a bumper only.
After four races, and with mirror like conditions on the water, we called lunch and unfortunately did not get back on the water.
After most of the skippers left, a few hung around a bit longer and watched the MBYC sailors. What started as just watching the start for 5 minutes or so, ended up being around an hour, with some fantastic sailing by the guys out there. It was really enjoyable to watch.
This coming Wednesday is IOM Handicap, from 11am at MBYC, and next weekends sailing is Long Distance Round 3, starting at 11am.
Another great day of racing at Montrose today with a fantastic fleet of 17 IOM’s sailing in a mid A rig northerly breeze.
A mix of long and short courses, with boat handling and avoiding entanglements often being the deciding factor.
We had a Spanish guest sailing the club boat very well under Ray's careful guidance with the expectation that Romsey will be sailing with us for the next year.
John Murrell has purchased Darc’s Britpop, and he was also sailing. Also heard that a sister ship to JCC & Mat's Italian built IOM’s has been ordered, so the IOM fleet is expanding again.
Congrats this week, to Chris Wood, sailing his Corby 5 very well, winning the day on 27 points. Phil Jackman was just four points behind in second spot, with John Hall taking out third, just one point behind Phil. Ray also sailed very well to take out fourth, on 39 points, given he was also helping Romsey
As usual, thanks to John Short's PRO efforts - not easy running a fleet of 17. Hopefully John will be sailing his own boat shortly.
This Sunday, we have the return of scratch racing, with the RM Summer Scratch Series Round 3, starting at 1pm.
We will be holding our Annual AGM in early May. It is a good time now to have a think about whether you might like to join the committee in some way, shape or form. Many of our committee members ahve been in their positions for a number of years now, and it is always good to get some people with fresh eyes and ideas on to the committee. Some of the current members are looking at stepping back or changing roles, so any new interest is welcomed. Please contact any of the committee if you would like to get some information on what time commitments and responsibilities come with being on the committee. There could be some expansion of roles in order to share the loads more effectively. Your help will surely be very welcomed, and it would be a exciting thing, in my opinion, being part of shaping this club into the future.
A great turnout of ten sailors today.
A fantastic day for sailing, with everyone on A Rigs to start with, and progressing to B as the day wore on.
Sixteen races were completed, with John Cole-Cook sailing a fantastic day with his near new F6 (second or third time on the water), a deserved winner of the John Emms Memorial Shield with just 22 points from the 16 races.
Ray Joyce came in second, on 28 points, with Lisa Blackwood in third, on 34.
Thanks to Mike today, for taking on the PRO duties, as well as Les and Anne, who also helped Mike throughout the day with the scores.
Wednesday is our regular IOM Handicap, from 10am, with RM Scratch Series Round 2 on next Sunday.
A perfect days sailing today at Montrose, with a light to moderate A rig northerly staying in to the last race. Fifteen skippers fronted the starter with a handicap spread between - 40 secs to plus 40 secs. Jammy, with a generous starting handicap and a fast boat looked like the boat to beat and recorded 3 wins. Good to see Mat Grey & John CC giving their new boats a sail - both looked very fast. The ageing mariner Peter S was putting some good performances as well, with his V10.
Couldn’t really have asked for better conditions Third place today, belonged to peter Sylvester, with Kim Potter taking second spot, and Jammy Jones taking out the bragging rights this week.
Many thanks to John who did an excellent job as PRO. Hopefully we will see him with a new boat soon.
This Sunday, we have the John Emms Memorial for RM's. Racing starts at 1030, but registration etc starts at 0930. please get your entries in as soon as possible (closes on Friday afternoon) via the clubs website under "Club and Ranking Events".
Sounds like there was a bit of confusion over the handicap system in use for Wednesdays. I have explained the method below for anyone interested. It's not perfect, but from reports on Wednesdays, it is as good as we have had.
For every individual race, there are handicap penalties for the three place getters.
1st receives a 15 second penalty
2nd a 10 second penalty
3rd a 5 second penalty
This arrangement of starting handicap plus accumulated penalties is added up after each race – so three skippers get an adjusted handicap after each race.
At the end of the day, the accumulated handicap for each skipper is accounted for and an end of event handicap is recorded.
For the start of any week, the highest handicap is +40 seconds, and lowest is -40 seconds
So, at the end of a day, the highest handicap – if it is over +40 is adjusted back to +40
Example – John finishes on +80 as the highest handicap score, so the difference of 40 is applied to every skipper that attended on the day to bring John to the highest starting handicap of +40
Any skippers with less than -40 stays at -40 as that is an absolute minimum for the handicapping
This new handicap for the next event is recorded for the PRO at the next event
Should a skipper not have sailed, their handicap remains as it was. Adjusted handicaps occur for the ones that turned up only.
If there are still misunderstandings on the system, have a chat with Kyle, as he is pretty well all over the method.
A great turnout of fourteen sailors today.
A fantastic day, with a light breeze to start with, although it made it hard on Les to set a good start for the first few races.
We got nine races in, which was a good effort with the amount of yachts on the water. About half way through, the breeze stiffened a bit from the south, and a number of sailors elected to use a yacht recovery time to change to B rig.
Not really sure who won out of the rig change, as the A's and B's were well and truly mixed through the fleet.
Stu Dawes broke out of the blocks early, with a win with his home built Woodie Goth. Pretty impressive effort with the quality field today.
Today belonged to Mat Gray, sailing his Venti for the second time. Beautiful yacht and sailed exptremely well. Very impressive with a 4th being his worst counted score on his way to just 13 points from the nine races.
Lisa Blackwood took out second place, just two points behind Mat. Another very skilful and consistent day, given the numbers on the water.
Mike Hickman rounded out the top three, three points further behind, on 18. Just goes to show what happens with a good mix of talent and clean sailing.
Wednesday is our regular IOM Handicap, from 10am, with the John Emms Memorial (RM) next Sunday. We only have two entries in so far, so if you are intending on sailing, please get the entry in as soon as possible. Link to RBRYC Ranking Events page.
The committee have spoken about a rankings system within the club, for use with handicapping our scratch day races. It has come about with the intent on encouraging those skippers that aren't necessarily at the pointy end of the field as something to encourage their performance on the day. The basic premise is to rank the competitors on any particular day from 1 to however many competitors there are, and then their handicap score is the difference between their finishing place and their handicap rank on the day. We hope this will encourage those who don't realistically expect to be int he first few places on a sail day. I have a computer whiz sorting out a nice spreadsheet that will do all the rankings for us, and am happy to explain the method behind the rankings to anyone that wishes to know. This will be in place within a few weeks hopefully.
There has also been some interest in the changes to the Rules of Sailing this year, and some rules have been applied at club level already. Interestingly, I saw a post on Facebook from Glenn Dawson, a member of the World Sailing Appendix E Radio Sailing Racing Rules working party, which explains one of the rules that I completely welcomed - and misunderstood, in regards to taking a penalty and gaining an advantage. Glenn explains it very well over at the QRYA site. I encourage everyone to spend five minutes reading Glenn's words as it explains the rule very well, and can also correct those of us who had the same incorrect understanding that I had.
A good fleet of 11 IOM’s fronted the starter today in a very light breeze, which resulted in only three races prior to lunch.
At the end of lunch there was no breeze, so a 30 plus minute delay was called.
A couple of members left and missed some superb racing when the sea breeze kicked in.
Jammy suffered an electrical failure and the clown sailing 02 hooked the windward
mark and stayed there for the last three races.
John was sailing 77 well with his new sails.
Lisa sailed well for the first four races with Peter Turner was also sailing well.
Rod Jackman finished in third place today on 16 points, sailing very well when the wind came up.
Second, was John Hall on 12 points, a nice consistent day.
First place, and continuing his fantastic form in 2021, Was Ray Joyce, on seven points
Thanks to John Small for helping out. Good to see a few prospective members chatting to our skippers.
This Sunday, we have IOM Scratch, commencing at 1pm
Given this weekend is a long weekend, many decided to make use of it and travel about a bit. That said, we still had a good fleet of eight sailing today. Three major classes represented, with five IOM's, two RA and an RM sailing.
Sounds like the wind was a bit fickle today, with light A rig to Mid B rig conditions within a single race. Makes it very hard for the handicapper to get things right on the day. Les did quite well though, with the top six yachts within 9 points on the day.
John Hall was putting in a great day, with his Fuzzy Logic, until an issue sidelined him for a few races. Once back on the water though, he was right back up there with the leaders.
Lisa Blackwood took out third on the day, with the Sister Blister - with 18 points. Sailed quite well with the significant handicap, but suffered a minor demasting issue on the last race. Apparently there are steps in place to reconfigure the mast and install some jet thrusters just in time for the Herb Tyson Memorial in a bit over a months time.
Andrew Wardrop had a welcome return to the place winners dais, with 15 points. Sailing very consistently with the Trojan V.
Winning the round this week, was Ray Joyce. Three points further ahead, on 12. Continuing the form he had during the Australia Day weekend.
Wednesday is the regular IOM Handicap, starting at 11, followed by IOM Scratch next Sunday, from 1pm.
Kudo's to John Hall for winning this week. Handicap might hurt a bit for next months round.
Second to 5th really close, with just 5 points separating them. Wayne Behrens taking out 2nd, with Ray Joyce edging out Phil Turnbull for 3rd spot.
We were met with a wonderful day at MBYC today, with a nice southerly 10-15 knot breeze throughout.
Starting in A Rigs, most sailors got a start, but after the first race, many changed to B rigs, which was much better suited to the day.
Unfortunately, a fair rate of attrition occured for various reasons, which brought the great field of ten sailors down to six by the end of the day.
There was a fair spread of results today, but the final scores did not reflect the closeness of the racing throughout the day.
That said, Stuart Dawes thoroughly deserved his first place on the day, again showing that he is one of our best DF skippers, with just 16 points after 12 races. Of real note is that Stu only had one 3rd place counted as his worst score on the day.
Michael Hickman was 7 points adrift, and also sailed very consistently, with 3rd being the worst score as well on the day.
David Jones came in third today, just two behind Michael. With a slow start, he really turned it on, especially with that purple patch towards the end with four wins in a row!
Wednesday will see the second round of the DF95 Handicap Series, first race starting at 11am.
Next Sunday will be Long Distance Series Round 2, starting at 11am.
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