|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.|
Today is "The Paul Beardshaw Memorial Sail" (By Roger Crates)
Today was Paul's Funeral, and until last night I was undecided whether to attend or not.
Then I saw the wind forecast for today and knew Paul was having the last laugh.
A strong north westerly was coming, that's the best wind direction we can have at Bridlington as
the wind flows through the gap in the trees, made some years ago, and fans out across the whole lake, making for the best sailing.
Paul would have loved it.
Four of us from the sailing section had boats on the water, but our friend from the scale models beat us all to it by launching his Marbelhead first.
Myself, Roger, Paul and our esteemed new sailing captain Mike took to the water and enjoyed some fine friendly competitive sailing around a Clover Leaf course that Paul had first devised.
In Paul's words, two boats on the water and you have a race.
So between 10.30 and 11.00 we sailed that course remembering the good times we had shared together.
Paul, you will be sorely missed, but the sailing must go on.
The Summer Series Pursuit - Seven Skippers.
Winds gusting & shifty. Starting at buoy 7 across to 3 & 5 two laps.
Brian is the umpire because he forgot something!!!!
Roger Monks started the series on a high, with a flying finish recording a first, closely followed by Stuart second with Roger Crates lagging behind in third. Roger Crates then won race 2, a boat length behind was Peter followed by Colin third, Mike had a good fourth. The dark horse Peter convincingly won race 3, Roger Monks second Roger Crates third, then Colin and Mike. The Lintels Captains Stuart & George were having a bad day on the lake, so it was time for a tea break. Roger C won race 4 by a fender to Peter then Colin third. Roger M won race 5, Roger C second, Colin who’s finally stopped hitting and getting stuck on buoys, another third. Finally George won race 6 a fair few boat lengths behind Roger C second, then Colin, another forth for Mike, Peter fifth. Roger M who got pushed off course, sixth and finally Stuart.
Roger C took the honours for the day Peter & Colin equal points Peter claiming maximum points with one win.
Pursuit racing is making for a good series.
Report by George Younger acting Yachting Deckhand.
Ten skippers took part in round two of the Summer Series Pursuit 2023
The day started with steady winds, to gusting later in the day, decreasing to light winds. Starting at buoy 7 across to 3 & 5 two laps.
Roger Crates tuning his new yacht, winning races 1 & 5 DNS race 6.
Paul won race 2. Super Skipper Brian won races 3 & 6, Captain Mike won race 4
All races had the fleet sailing in close formation which required good seamanship and led to a few photo finishes.
Roger C took the honours for the day, followed by Colin with Paul third.
Report by George Younger acting Yachting Deckhand.
The Summer series pursuit - Eleven skippers.
The wind around the course was challenging, steady at the start, increasing as you progressed around the course, keep an eye out for the gusts then hold onto your hats, C rigs. Starting at buoy 7 across to 3 & 5 two laps.
Great start to the day everyone was sailing in close order, positions were changing at each mark and finally Captain Mike won the first race followed by Colin then a photo finish between Peter and Roger C. Peter being triumphant. Derek won races 2 & 3, George won race 4. Roger C finally won race 5 then Colin race 6. There were lots of photo finishes. Due to the Bridlington phenomenal three boats had to retire. Today the skippers needed good seamanship and fast reactions hence Peter took pole position.
Report by George acting deckhand.
The summer series pursuit - Nine skippers.
The winds around the course were variable the second half squally.
Starting at buoys 5/6 across to 8 then 3 to 5, two laps.
The pursuit got off to a bad start, skippers forgetting their starting orders. Derek eventually won race 1 Roger C came second. George Y was pipped at the post by Peter who took third place. Race 2 was won by Roger M, Roger C second, George Y third followed by Mike then Brian, Derek, Peter and Stuart who had to retire with rigging issues, bringing up the rear George G. Race 3 a strong start by Mike, Derek and Brian, who were all playing cat & mouse around the "Brid triangle" Captain Mike was triumphant, then Derek and Brian third. Race 4 George Y romps home three boat lengths ahead of Peter, Mike had a good third. A rainy race 5 Mike and Brian used all their seamanship skills ending with a photo finish. A wet Mike won by a fender. Roger C won race 6 Roger M second and Peter third.
Today’s result means Roger C took maximum points.
Report by George the deckhand.
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