RIVER CRUISER CLASS OPEN
Saturday & Sunday, 25th & 26th June
Photo: Frankie Little
We had 11 entries for the weekend which was not too bad for the 1st return. There were 3 races- The Pursuit Race Saturday afternoon, a roundabout Sunday morning and the 3rd race a traditional “round the cans”.
The fleet handicaps were from +1 to - 17. The wind was from roughly South in the upper teens with some 25 mph gusts.
The pursuit 100 mins started from the time of the 1st starter, which was Pickle with a downriver start from Boundary Dyke giving the fleet an upwind start. It was pleasing that all boats were at or very near the start line at their allotted time, apart from 1 who went gardening. Pickle went off like a train and was unlikely to have been caught but for a gear failure just before the end leaving Catspaw the winner with Wandering Rose 2nd and Sandpiper 3rd. Tinkerbell, having explored Upton Marshes was 4th.
Sunday morning the wind was still Southish and appeared to have filled. Most skippers decided a reef was the order of the day. The boats could start either direction, take the marks in any order, provided they were rounded in accordance with instructions. There were 10 starters. This was a very interesting race because no matter which way they started or which mark order all starters completed the course within a 10 minute window between 41 mins and 51 mins, 4 within a minute of each other, with Sabrina II and V separated by just 2 seconds. Once the handicaps were calculated the winner was Sandpiper, 2nd Wandering Rose and 3rd Sabrina II.
There were a fewer starters for the afternoon as the wind stayed in and, as someone said “we have had a great sail so far and do not want to push our luck and break something.” 8 boats in 3 starts competed, and again there was some very close sailing and in particular between the 2 Sabrinas. As with the previous races the elapsed time for all boats was close with Sandpiper 1st, May 2nd and Sabrina V 3rd. May missing out on a 1st because of a 1 minute penalty.
The overall winner and new holder of the Moth Salver is Colin Little ably assisted by John Thornicroft in Sandpiper with Wandering Rose 2nd and Catspaw 3rd.
Finally can I say thank you for the support I had over the weekend from John Aves, Tom Moore, and Ian Stewart on the line. Also Mike and Barbara Barnes, as they so often do, for once again manning the safety boats this weekend.
Race one - Pursuit
|Sail No||Yacht Name||Pos|
Race two - Individual start
|368||Wandering Rose||D Radley||-2%||10:36:41||11:18:18||00:41:37||2497||2447||00:40:47||2|
|152||Sabrina 2||J Holmes||-7%||10:30:26||11:14:31||00:44:05||2645||2460||00:41:00||3|
|131||Sabrina 5||M Frary||-7%||10:35:08||11:19:15||00:44:07||2647||2462||00:41:02||4|
Third Race - Conventional
|First Start Time:||13:30:00||Date:||26/06/2022|
|131||Sabrina 5||M Frary||-7%||2||14:52:31||01:17:31||4651||4325||01:12:05||3|
|152||Sabrina 2||J Holmes||-7%||2||14:52:37||01:17:37||4657||4331||01:12:11||4|
|368||Wandering Rose||D Radley||-2%||1||14:45:06||01:15:06||4506||4416||01:13:36||5|
The results of the third race have changed since the presentation as I thought that the penalty for hitting a mark was 2 minutes but I was then informed it was 1 minute which moved 403 May up to second place. Secondly I had not been informed that the start of that race had been moved 15 minutes earlier, but that did not change any positions. I am sorry for those mistakes. John Aves
|Number||Boat Name||Helm||Hdcap||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Total||Position|
|368||Wandering Rose||D Radley||-2%||2||2||5||9||2|
|131||Sabrina 5||M Frary||-7%||13||4||3||20||4|
|152||Sabrina 2||J Holmes||-7%||13||3||4||20||5|
The photos below are a selection from Sue Hines's record of the event.
Thank you Sue!