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The Twisted TUBE 2016
Random Pairs, Bring Your Own Boat Team Racing
Saturday 12th November 2016
Saturday the 12th November marks the start of the Team Racing Season at Spinnaker Club with the annual Twisted Tube team racing event. This is a fantastic competition that combines a friendly and informal ethos with competitive, good run team racing.
The format is two boat team racing event with a twist; instead of entering as a team, competitors enter as a boat and then get randomly allocated a different team mate and opposition for each race. This means your team mate in one race could be your opponent in another, it is a great way to get to know other sailors and to improve your team racing skills as you must quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of the races.
Traditionally the event forms day one of the Spinnaker Firefly Weekend, with the Firefly Open Meeting being held the day after the Twisted Tube. This year however, Spinnaker was honored to host the Firefly Inland Championships on the 29th-30th October, this served as the clubs Firefly Open, meaning that the Twisted Tube will run on its own, with normal club racing being held on Sunday 13th November. As a bonus, competitors at the Firefly Inlands can participate in the Twisted Tube at no extra cost! The entry fee for all others is 15 pounds, which includes your lunch!
The event kicks off at 1100 hours on Saturday 12th November. Competitors should enter & register between 0930 & 1015. This will allow the Race Committee to compile the race schedule in time for the 1040 briefing. Already confirmed to be racing are Olympic sailor Ben Saxton, multiple Wilson Champion Hamish Walker & the all-conquering and Endeavour Trophy legend Toby Lewis. Race documents can be found on the Spinnaker Club Website (in the Open Events Page) and if anyone would like any further information, please contact Ed Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spinnaker Club Firefly Open Meeting 2016
Incorporating the National Firefly Association Inland Championships
Hudson & Bowden dominant in a light winds regatta
36 Fireflies converged on Spinnaker Club at Blashford Lake, over the weekend of the 29th-30th October for the Firefly Inland Championships. The fleet was made up of sailors from clubs across the country stretching from North Wales to Falmouth. Light winds prevailed throughout the regatta which curtailed the schedule, allowing only 4 races of the scheduled 7 to be completed.
The fleet and race committee were ready for an 11 o’clock start on Saturday, but unfortunately the wind was not. Despite everyone’s eagerness to go sailing the wind failed to materialise and by 1415 race officer, Peter May, cancelled sailing for the day. This gave everyone chance to get ready for the evening social, which was a 70th Anniversary Dinner held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, which included the raffle for F4270 Platinum Pam; a brand new Rondar Firefly. In the end the Firefly was won by Nick Whelan of Budworth Sailing Club. Sunday dawned with light, fickle north easterly breezes and a few sore heads from the competitors who had thoroughly enjoyed the Anniversary Dinner, thankfully the 1130 start coupled with the extra hour from the clocks rolling back, meant that the full fleet were on the start line for the start of Race 1.
Race 1 eventually got away under U-Flag after two general recalls with the boats at the Committee Boat end getting the best starts. Rob & Mel Sherrington (Spinnaker) lead at Mark 1 closely followed by Fred Mainwaring & Jenn Bennett (Red Wharf) and Maria & Hermione Stanley (Itchenor) sailing their father’s newly and beautifully restored Mark 1 boat. The downwind leg from saw Ed Morris & Eleanor Assinder (Spinnaker) and Stuart Hudson & Amy Bowden (Spinnaker) use their local knowledge to gybe out early and avoid the wind shadows, thus sailing around the fleet and into first and second respectively. After 3 laps Stuart & Amy had reeled in Ed & Ellie to take the bullet. Ed & Ellie finished within 10 seconds of the leader and 5 seconds in front of Rob & Mel. Fred & Jenn had a comfortable 4th place with hot shot youth sailors Miles Jones and TX Finney, who train regularly at Spinnaker as part of the Winchester College Sailing Team, leading the chasing pack home in 5th place.
Race 2 saw the race committee quickly rearrange the course to reflect the shifting winds, and racing was quickly underway with the start away first time, under U Flag. Unfortunately, Ben Ainsworth & Isobel Walker (Itchenor) fell victim to the U Flag and had to sit out the race. Rob & Mel had the best start of the fleet by starting in the middle of line, away from the congestion at the committee boat, they were able to get into the pressure first and led the fleet around lap one. They were followed closely by Stuart & Amy and Ben Vines & his young daughter Annabelle (Imperial Poona YC). By the end of the third lap Stuart & Amy had done what seems to come so easily, and had taken the lead, and were rapidly running way with the title. Further behind them Rob & Mel held onto second with Ben & Annabelle taking third. Nigel Wakefield & Emily Saunderson (St Denys Sailing & Rowing) had now found their form and sailed a consistent race to finish 4th ahead of Angus Cook & Jane Hudson (North Devon YC) in 5th.
By Race 3 the wind had stabilised considerably which had allowed the race committee to set a much squarer line. The battle was now at the starboard end and predictably there was a hotly contested battle between many of the highly skilled team racers in the fleet. A starboard lay line tussle between Rob & Mel Sherrington and Hamish Walker & Toby Lewis (Royal Navy Sailing Association) lead to Hamish & Toby being called over under a U Flag start, and yet again Rob & Mel showed the fleet a master class in starting and powered away from the pack to lead at mark one. In the final lap Mel & Rob allowed the chasing pack of Stuart & Amy and Angus Cook & Jane Hudson to split from them up the final beat. This proved decisive, and by the finish Stuart & Amy had again regained the lead to take their third race win closely followed by Angus & Jane, with Rob & Mel holding off a late charge by Nigel Wakefield & Emily Saunderson. Will Henderson & Liz Teaque (Hayling Island) led home the pursuing fleet in 5th.With the Sailing Instructions prohibiting a start after the 1500, the race committee turned around the final race in double quick time. With no time for a recall, race officer Mike Greenland started under U Flag which unfortunately saw Angus Cook & Jane Hudson caught On Course Side, which meant their late surge up the leader board was cut short. Again, the battle at the start was for the pin end, which was won expertly by Roger Morris & son Finian (Papercourt) with a superbly judged the approach just below the Starboard lay line. Roger & Finian consolidated their start to lead the fleet around lap 1. They were closely followed by Stuart & Amy who again showed their utter dominance by comfortably taking the lead in lap 2 and accelerating away from the fleet to win the championship with a clean sweep of bullets! Roger & Finian finished the race in second ahead of the ever-consistent Nigel & Emily. Ben Ainsworth & Isobel Walker were 4th ahead of John Greenland & Katie Restall (Imperial Poona YC) sailing the beautifully restored Falken. A special mention should go to John who travelled from New York to compete in this championship!
Despite being unable to sail the final race Rob & Mel Sherrington had done enough to take second overall ahead of Nigel & Emily, whose consistency in the final three races had ensured a podium finish. Ben & Annabelle Vines were fourth overall; with Annabelle taking the Young Crew Title ahead of Finian Morris (9th Overall) and Sophie Smith (Papercourt) who was 14th overall sailing with her Dad and Class Chairman Ed Smith. The Ladies Trophy went to Maria & Hermione Stanley, who finished 15th Overall, and the Youth Trophy to Miles Jones & TX Finney representing Royal Dart, Spinnaker & Winchester College.
A prize giving was held after racing in the clubhouse and included a regatta tea, thanks should go to the event sponsors; Rooster Sailing & Balfour Beatty. Stuart Hudson thanked the club for an excellent and well run event.
Although this event marks the end of the Firefly fleet racing season, it signals the start of the team racing season, with spinnaker having a busy schedule which starts off with the random pairs Twisted Tube event on the 12th November. Competitors at the Firefly Inlands can enter the Twisted Tube at no extra cost.
Hosting large events for class associations is difficult and requires a great deal of help and effort Thanks should go to all the club members who gave up their time to make this event happen. They are Peter May, Charlie Stimpson, Anna McElwaine, Mike Robinson, Graham & Eleanor Assinder, Hywel Morris, Rosie & Tom Clay, Paul Havill, Mike Greenland, Dick Meredith, Hilary Wade, Nick Rogers, Jane Moxham, Fiona & Roger Walker, Paul Harris and Richard Page. Finally considerable thanks should go to the clubs staff, Tim, Jackie and Chloe, who worked hard before and during the event to ensure everything happen as it should!
Team Racing Coordinator & Firefly Class Captain
|1||3850||Stuart Hudson||Amy Bowden||Spinnaker Club & Royal Harwich Yacht Club||1||1||1||1||1||3|
|2||3617||Rob Sherrington||Mel Sherrington||Spinnaker Club||3||2||3||37||37||8|
|3||3674||Nigel Wakefield||Emily Saunderson||St Deny’s Sailing and Rowing Club||11||4||4||3||11||11|
|4||2144||Ben Vines||Annabelle Vines||Imperial Poona YC||6||3||9||7||9||16||First Youth Crew|
|5||784||Ed Morris||Eleanor Assinder||Spinnaker Club||2||9||7||8||9||17|
|6||2594||Ben Ainsworth||Isobel Walker||Itchenor Sailing Club||7||37||8||4||37||19|
|7||3695||Angus Cook||Jane Hudson||North Devon Yacht Club / Spinnaker Club||14||5||2||37||37||21||Tie Broken in Accordance with RRS A8|
|8||69||John Greenland||Katie Restall||Imperial Poona YC||15||6||10||5||15||21|
|9||3119||Roger Morris||Finian Morris||Papercourt Sailing Club||16||15||6||2||16||23||Second Youth Crew|
|10||2319||Will Henderson||Mandy Henderson||Itchenor Sailing Club||9||11||5||18||18||25|
|11||3095||Chris Guy||Al Ewing||Castaways Sailing Club||8||14||23||10||23||32|
|12||3671||Fred Mainwaring||Jenn Bennett||Red Wharf Bay Sailing & Watersports Club||4||13||16||17||17||33|
|13||333||Miles Jones||TX Finney||Royal Dart Yacht Club||5||21||20||9||21||34||Youth Champion|
|14||2803||Ed Smith||Sophie Smith||Papercourt Sailing Club||13||12||11||37||37||36||Third Youth Crew|
|15||8||Maria Stanley||Hermione Stanley||Itchenor Sailing Club||10||18||12||15||18||37||Ladies Champion|
|16||3892||Rob Henderson||Liz Teaque||Hayling Island Sailing Club||12||22||14||12||22||38|
|17||3318||Guy Davison||Jonquil Hachenburg||Llangorse Sailing Club||17||10||15||15||17||40|
|18||6||Albert Wigmore||Jeremie Joannes||Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club||4||8||32||37||37||44|
|19||2282||Hamish Walker||Toby Lewis||Royal Naval Sailing Association||37||7||37||6||37||50|
|20||3784||Tom Clay||Mathew Mason||Spinnaker Club||27||20||21||11||27||52|
|21||4000||Will Mason||Polly Mason||Papercourt||29||27||13||13||29||53|
|22||4125||James Nicoll||Joe Scarborough||West Oxfordshire Sailing Club||25||17||18||20||25||55|
|23||3023||Barney Smith||Alannah Witherby||Hamble River Sailing Club||20||30||19||19||30||58|
|24||3920||Mike Steele||Debs Steele||St Edmondsbury Sailing & Canoeing||37||24||22||14||37||60|
|25||BU3||Anthony Parke||Matt Green||Bournemouth University Sailing Club||28||28||17||16||28||61|
|26||3739||Lucy Boreham||Rachel Brebbin||Chichester Yacht Club||19||23||24||37||37||66|
|27||3550||David Sincock||Hayley Goacher||Restronguet Sailing Club||23||19||26||37||37||68|
|28||3009||Ben Nicoll||Hannah Jennings||West Oxfordshire Sailing Club||26||25||25||21||26||71|
|29||3072||Damian Boreham||Alice Gardner||Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club||21||16||37||37||37||74|
|30||3893||Anna Kennedy||James Kennedy||Keyhaven Yacht Club||24||24||28||37||37||76|
|31||1943||Stephen Fry||Charlotte Fry||Netley Sailing Club||32||31||30||22||32||83|
|32||1522||Ben Green||Fi Edwards||Lymington Town Sailing Club||31||26||27||37||37||84|
|33||3120||Jonathon Howe||Mark Jennings||West Oxfordshire Sailing Club||37||32||31||23||37||86|
|34||3005||Joe Llewllyn||Daniel Llewellyn||Spinnaker Club||18||37||37||37||37||92|
|35||3615||Jamie McEwen||Angus McEwen||Papercourt Sailing Club||22||37||37||37||37||96|
|36||1||Matthew Jones||Amy Parkes||University of Birmingham Sailing Club||37||33||29||37||37||99|
BART’S BASH 2016 – A WINNERS VIEW
I hope all sailors who entered the Bart’s Bash race on Sunday September 18th enjoyed the sail. This is my personal review of the race with the aim of passing on tips that might be of general help to those who would like to do a bit more racing at the club.
Firstly, I have an unfair advantage in having sailed around the lake more than 1000 times in the 30 or so years that I have been a member but I still like to keep to a few simple rules when I plot my course around the lake. I do also have a relatively new Solo and a lovely P&B laminate sail that responds very well to adjustments so my boat speed is generally good although not always the fastest in the Solo fleet.
Before coming to race I checked the weather websites and I use passageweather.com to give the general wind pattern, raintoday.co.uk to see where the weather fronts have got to from the weather radar histories and bramblemet.co.uk to see where the wind is blowing from in the Solent.
A quick check before coming to the club indicated what we got; a light northerly wind with a trend to veer to the west during the day.
The briefing was at 1230hr and the race was scheduled to start at 1300hr so there was little time to launch from the Solo pontoon at the northern end of the lake and sail downwind to the start at the south. However, I rounded up briefly to judge the favoured tack into mark F, which is just off the Solo slipway, and also rounded up to judge the favoured tack between the race hut and large island, which was about a third of the way up the beat. Both these checks showed that mark F was best approached on port from the clubhouse side of the lake.
The 3-minute warning signal went as I approached the committee boat, giving little time to check the start line, although just enough to inform the race officer that there were still a couple of boats ashore that had turned up for the 1330hr race time shown on the Club’s calendar. No one I spoke to was too inconvenienced by the early start but it is a message to race officers that they need to check the Notice of Race when planning start times, it’s always possible to postpone a race but competitors’ goodwill is needed to bring one forward.
The start line was complicated by having an inner distance mark but the line itself remains between the committee boat main mast and the outer distance mark, mark A for this race. A short sail down the line showed it to be difficult to cross on starboard tack so the favoured end was near mark A and a short tack onto port away from the line pointed me up the lake towards the windward mark. For some reason most of the fleet congregated near the committee boat leaving the favoured end of the line relatively clear. On light wind starts with a biased line I like to stay above the line in the minute before the start to avoid getting boxed in by boats too windward. There was no penalty for being on the course side (OCS) before this start provided you are behind the line at the start (some races have a requirement to be below the line 1 minute before the start) so my only problem was to find a space to dip into before the start and to avoid being too early at the pin end, mark A. I was shy of mark A by about 5 boat lengths when the start signals sounded but by being on the line with reasonable speed was able to tack onto port and just cross clear of a Firefly that was behind me on the line.
So all was going according to plan, which is always a good feeling even if the plan is wrong. 30 seconds after the start I looked back over my shoulder to see most of the fleet still on starboard on the start line and had to ask Les, who had made a similar start in his Solo, whether it was actually the start. He said he had heard Simon call all clear so we kept on sailing towards the windward mark. The wind went quite light but there is often a little squeeze around the big island giving an opportunity to tack towards the clubhouse shore. Being ahead of the fleet then made it easy to pick a line on port tack off the shore up to the windward mark F with a little gust to help approach the mark. Meanwhile I had been joined by Alan with his young crew in a National 12 that had blitzed along the shore for the length of the lake, having not tacked immediately on to port after the start.
Simon had set a course with a true downwind leg from mark F to mark C and the game here was to stay in the wind on the favoured gybe. This was a little easier to do in the single handed Solo, with just a fully battened sail to gybe, than in the National 12 with its crew and jib poled out to windward. Also in light winds I sit forward of the thwart and gybe passing the tiller extension around the centre main sheet, which can sometimes go wrong. The optimum gybe leaving mark F is difficult to judge and depends on whether there is a gust or right of way boats approaching on starboard. In general, it pays to sail the straight line (Rhumb line) course but gybing initially from port onto starboard to gain clear air on an inside route to rounding mark B and then back onto starboard to avoid getting too close to the island can help.
The reach from mark B to the green flag gave few options but the approach to the finish line between the committee boat and the blue flag was tricky with other boats around. On some laps it was possible to continue on starboard tack and just lay the blue flag but care was needed to time a tack to cross the line to port and avoid any boat on starboard. Port remained the making tack up the lake towards the windward mark but on subsequent laps without the benefit of starting from near mark A so judging when to make ground on starboard tack became tricky. It generally pays in northerly winds to make towards the lee of the island to find a little lift on starboard from the wind bend around the island and make a tack towards the north of the race hut. I ended up to the south of the race hut going slowly in a light patch of wind and noticed the fleet catching up. A glance at the rudder showed I was towing several strands of weed and with a flick up and down of my remotely operated lofting rudder normal speed was resumed. I usually check my rudder and centerplate on every downwind leg, when it is easy to do with little loss of speed and concentration, and after the race others said they were slowed by weed. Even one strand makes a noticeable difference on the Solo!
So with the wind generally coming from slightly off the clubhouse shore as forecast I always approached mark F from along the shore where a lift can be found. There is a calm patch to be avoided around the pontoon below the race hut but the approach from the island on starboard helped avoid this and also the weed along the shore by the Optimist dinghy park. It can also appear calm along the shore by the car park but sometimes this is because the wind does not reach the water below the bank. In westerly wind it can indeed be calm along the shore but less so in north-westerlies, however there can be a wind shear so I needed to ease the kicker to twist the sail. The lift along the shore on port to mark F was so pronounced, with the additional benefit of a little gust near the mark, that I over-stood the mark on all laps but also overtook Alan’s faster National 12, which missed out on the lift by straying into the middle of the lake. Over-standing also kept me clear of other slower boats too leeward that I was lapping.
Then it was back down the run with gybes to keep me clear of other potentially faster boats, which is where I passed on the tip about the port tack lift to Sarah and Penny in the Vision. Subsequent rounding of the green flag to the finish line were made easier by slower boats tending to be sailing too high and slowly in the light winds. In the Solo it always pays to try to keep the boat moving without trying to point too high. Once having gained a little boat speed the apparent wind makes it easier to judge whether it is possible to point higher without luffing the sail.
So starting cleanly at the right end of the line with a plan as to which side of the course was favoured, knowing where to find the lifts around the island and off the shore, checking to keep clear of weed and avoiding getting obstructed by other boats were the key to my race. It would be interesting to know how Joel Traves approached it in his Optimist because he was not far behind in coming second on handicap! For next year there is a suggestion of putting a top tip on the race course board to help others improve, although there is no guarantee they will always be right, but in the meantime I would be pleased to bore anyone who wants to ask me about the lake. Of course it may change a bit when Vice Commodore Chris Davey finally seals the deal to start felling some of the surrounding trees.
Rear Commodore Sailing