A total of
rounds will be sailed, with
races being sailed
to count. The same yacht must be sailed in each round,
unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.
The 2018 Spring Splash got under way on a sunny spring day with a good
SSW breeze blowing across the pond.
A course was set from between buoys 5
and 6 across the far side of the pond to buoy 3, then to number 8 and
returning to 6 and 5 (are you paying attention Phil?)
The finish after two
laps was from 5 to the usual buoy 8 finish line.
The first race had to be scrapped due to a complete
mix up over the course, and several incorrect directions given which was
unfortunate, especially for Dave who had won it comfortably.
The restart saw Brian once again showing his dominance
by winning races 1, 2,4 and 6 thereby winning the round. Dave secured
2nd place by winning race 3 and finishing second in races 2 and 5. Phil
came in third with Paul fourth after a terrible start to the day.
Unfortunately George did not start in races 4, 5 and 6 due to
negotiating the sale of his old boat which hopefully might be joining in
with us soon with its new skipper.
All in all we had a good day’s sailing with several
penalty turns for almost everyone, lots of confused hails and a few
Dave Johnston certainly seems to be back on form and
may well be challenging Mr Hartley for his title.
Round 2 of this year’s Spring Splash got under way in
very windy conditions bordering on the need for the number 3 rig which
most of us have never used at Bridlington.
Phil Parsons got of to a cracking start by winning the
first race but then dramatically had to retire from the round after
losing his rudder in the second race.
Brian once again dominated the rest of the races and
once again claiming the laurels.
A good performance saw George Younger take four 2nd
places and ending the day in 2nd position.
Round 3 was raced over a narrow figure 8 around buoys 1, 6, 7 and 2 in a
strong due easterly wind. Number 2 rigs were again a necessity.
Only 4 boats were competing today due to Brian’s
absence, which was taken advantage of by Phil in a very dramatic way.
Whilst the rest of the fleet were battling things out together, Phil
stormed off from the start leaving the rest of us in his wake and
winning 5 of the 6 races and coming 2nd behind his partner in crime
George, who again seemed to enjoy the strong winds and finished 2nd for
Round 4 got under way in similar conditions to last week, with a strong
breeze blowing across the lake, and again making number 2 rigs the order
of the day. The similar conditions suited the same course as last week -
that being a figure of eight from the pontoon and Buoy 1, around Buoys
6,7,2, back to Buoy 1 and finishing after two laps at the usual Buoy 8.
Brian announced his return from family duties by
winning the first three races with Phil and George giving chase. Phil
managed to seize first place in races 4 and 6 and Dave took the 5th.
There were plenty of penalty calls and incidents to
keep everyone amused particularly with Phil feeling dizzy with all the
360 turns incurred.
The result table shows that anything is possible in
the final two rounds, but I think I know who my money is going on!
Round 5 of this year’s Spring Splash was raced over the same course as
the last two rounds – that being the narrow figure eight around Buoys
6,7,2,and 1 after starting between the pontoon and Buoy 1. The wind
wasn’t as strong as the two previous weeks which enabled us to sail with
the No.1 rigs without any trouble.
A warm welcome was given to new IOM skipper Stuart
Axon who joined us and will hopefully become a regular participant in
our Tuesday outings.
Brian Hartley in defence of his title got off to a
great start by winning the first three races, with Phil Parsons giving
chase in an attempt to deprive the Champion of his crown. It looked like
mission complete for Skipper Hartley until Race 4 when his keel snagged
the rope at Buoy 6 which allowed Phil to pass and win the race. Pressure
or wayward ropes got the better of Brian in the final three races
allowing Phil and George to make late challenges for the title.
Alas for Phil, who once again suffered from dizziness
as a result of his numerous penalty turns, Brian managed to hang on to
his first place for the day, thereby confirming his victory in the
competition. Phil was a close 2nd for the day and Paul 3rd.
Its looking like Phil and George will be in 2nd and
3rd places but with one more round to go and taking into account Phil’s
penalties, anything can happen.