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Autumn Sailing & Kayaking Roundup - 2013

posted 18 Dec 2013, 10:12 by Graham Morley   [ updated 18 Dec 2013, 21:07 ]
Here are a few of the highlights from the autumn season

12 & 13 October
The sailing and paddling sections of the club enjoyed mixed fortunes over the weekend.

On Saturday, we loaded the Club trailer with seven kayaks and drove to Dapdune Wharf in Guildford for our monthly 'canoe adventure'. It was sunny and warm and we had a lovely day paddling down the River Wey from Guildford to Godalming and back, with lunch at 'The Parrot in Shalford'. Report and photos to follow.

In contrast on Sunday, the weather was miserable. A hard core of sailors went out for the second race in the Autumn Series, but we decided to postpone the sail training for beginners and improvers.  [It was held a week or two later. The cadets finished their training and received their club certificates – AC]

Steve Collins, Sailing Secretary

24 November 
There was a superb turnout of 13 boats for the 7th Race in the Autumn Series on Sunday on a cold day, but with a perfect sailing breeze from the North. 

The Race Officers decided to try and sharpen the fleet's mark-rounding skill by setting a challenging slalom course C(P) E(P) D(S) E(S). In the end, seven laps were sailed which gave competitors 28 opportunities to improve this important, race winning, skill.

Three Enterprises, sailing abreast, demonstrated how not to do it, by losing control on the downwind leg and missing mark E completely. Erica, sailing a more conservative race in her Topper, took the opportunity to round the mark in a seamanlike manner and overtook all three of them!

Nick John, in the spirit of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' sailed around at the back of the fleet and won the race overall based on personal handicap. Alastair Banks was the 'Hare' at the front of the fleet, but could only manage second. Erica was third.

Alastair leads the personal handicap series with two races to go (competitors count their best six results in the nine race series).

Current leaders in the subsidiary class series are Denis and Erica (Merlin), Andy Banks (Enterprise), Alastair Banks (Solo) and Ed Mayley (Handicap).

Good to see two new Enterprises on the water - John Forbes’ 22484 'The Grand Sophie' (he will explain the name) and Andy Greenwood in a very elegant composite FRP with wooden decks.

Steve Collins, Sailing Secretary

1 December
A welcome repeat of the previous Sunday’s northerly breezes, although rather lighter, again brought out a fine turnout of 13 boats. It would have been 14, but a cack-handed boarding manoeuvre put yours truly in the water before I’d even got the centreboard down! Wishing I’d been more sensible as well as making a road-test of my wetsuit, I retired to dry off, drink tea and watch everyone else enjoying the sailing. 

It turned out a dry and bright afternoon with a pleasant sunset although cold – Keith Black retired underdressed from Bay Gent. The short course and steady breeze led to a lot of bunching of the fleet, made worse when a large motor cruiser nudged through and forced John Forbes to abandon his cries of “Starboard!” to other competitors who were avoiding being sunk. John wants eyes in the back of his head for Christmas. Sel and Ben had to work together in the race box recording all the lap times as the dinghies came across the line thick and fast.

Hopefully the last race on the 8th will have yet another fair breeze, and give the sailors plenty of enthusiasm to come along and finish off the series in equal style.

Andy Cuckson

(Overal Report Compiled by Andy Cuckson)
(Photos taken 1 December by the author and Rob Mayley)
(Photos taken 8 December by Denise Norman)

For more photos, please take a look here in the Gallery: Autumn Roundup - 2013