Friday, August 22, 2014
The Tuesday evening cruiser race was an RNLI event that saw all boats race the same course and the fleet was joined by Gordon Cameron (Second Lady), writes Rex Frost.
With a good breeze, conditions favoured the bigger boats who were overtaking the early starters by the first windward mark. At the wing mark, there was lots of activity, with boats rounding in quick succession, with Maybee (Martin Minter) moving into the lead. Exehibitionist and Electra then suffered several broaches on the tight spinnaker reach, as they fought to catch up. Up the final beat the asymmetric boats began to move up and as boats turned downwind again, Jenesis and Footloose were close to the front. Exehibitionist though, had picked its way though some good wind shifts and then chose a line downwind to stay ahead and win the RNLI pennant. Competitor’s contributions as an ‘entry fee’ raised over £200, which was presented that evening to Steve Hockings Thompson, Exmouth lifeboat cox’n.
It was another good breeze on Wednesday for the dinghies’ King Cup race. PRO Malcolm Lynn took the fleet across to Cockwood and set a brilliant reaching course, giving all the boats some very fast sailing and exciting gybes. Tim Graham was unfortunate enough to capsize just before the start, but after avoiding several moorings, managed to get going and work his way back up the fleet. Again the faster boats were favoured, with Chris Rhodes and Stuart Hills 400s, first and second, and Iain Horlock’s Contender third.
For their second race of the week, the cruisers were back in two fleets with a gusty breeze and a conventional triangle course. The Club class fleet sailed course B and the Fast fleet course C, both meeting at the Safe Water mark. In the fast fleet Nemesis got well away and with clean mark roundings stayed ahead for most of the race. The loss of mark three caused a little upset, but Maybee and Electra were neck and neck for some time. The angles suited the asymmetric boats, Jenesis and Footloose, who both caught up quickly, while the decreasing breeze then favoured those who had started with larger jibs. Both fleets managed to finish close to the SWM and the winners were easily identified. The spread of boats in the fast fleet was reasonably small, suggesting that the handicap times were about right.
In another series of breezy races, the dinghies were set another fast course on Sunday. Lots of planing and reaching was the order of the day, with some unable to hold on in the conditions and Paul Beer unfortunately breaking his mast. Nick Coombes did well in his Laser with a second and two third’s, but again Chris Rhodes and Les Arscott had a win and Iain Horlock had two out of the three. The Trios were dominated by the MacAuslands, appearing for the first time in this series, but Guy Farrant, Frankie Upton and Tony Brewster all scored a second.
The kids’ Summer Weeks have now finished. Lots of youngsters have gained their certificates and young instructors got their first real experience of teaching and organising.
Our thanks to the parents and other young helpers who manned safety boats and kept things going in the sometimes trying conditions. Next weekend sees the Trio dinghy Nationals hosted by the club and after that Dartmouth week for the cruisers. For full results go to; http://www.exe-sailing-club.org/