Vice Commodore's Report
The weekend of the 17-18 June was the first of our club cup weekends (The Vice Commodore's Cup).
After a difficult start to the season, with challenging winds and overcast sky's, it was a welcoming surprise to have a full weekend of sun and steady F4 winds. I even saw some reaching for the sun cream!!
Saturday - Laser & Solos
On the Saturday, race officer Lorry Young, (ably assisted by Ruth Vaughan) set a 'W' shaped course starting at March Wood, with a prompt 11am start.
The mornings races showed plenty of position changes in both the Laser and Solo fleets. By lunchtime, with two races completed, it was all to play for, with a three way tie in the Laser fleet of Shona Redpath, Roger Willoughby and Andrew Hewett (all in different rigs!).
A similar story was unfolding in the solo fleet with both Keith Milroy and myself having one race win each.
The final race of the day was sailed over the same course (start (L) - Xs - Yp - Bs - Cs - Ls). At the end of three laps it was Roger Willoughby and Keith Milroy who each took the bullet and securing the Vice Commodores Cups for 2017. Well done to both.
Sunday - Mirror & Enterprises
On the Sunday it was the turn of the Mirrors and Enterprises. With the wind coming from a similar direction, race officer Keith Milroy set a similar course to the day before: Start - L, Ms, Xs, Yp, Bs, Cs, Ks.
Again the fleet got away promptly at 11am, thoroughly enjoying the steady F4 breeze (the grins were obvious along the reach from C to K).
Charles Willoughby lead the Mirrors in the first race, but unfortunately after some technical troubles with his Jib, relinquished his lead to Ian 'Doc' Brown.
In the Enterprises it was myself and Shona Redpath who won the first race, closely followed by Charles Morrish and Alison Robertson Morrish.
In the second race, close sailing was again seen in both fleets. After 50 minutes of racing the winners in the Mirrors and Enterprises were decided with both Shona and myself, and Ian sealing second wins.
At the prize giving on the Sunday a number of special awards were also made:
- To Sally Caunt for best improvement and determination on the Sunday, completing all three races (despite loosing a rudder in the first race).
- To Marc Heger for best U18 finishing 6th in the Lasers.
- And to Iain Millar for top 'unseeded': with his first year back in a Laser Iain is already putting the normal front runners in the Laser fleet under pressure. I'm certain we will see his name on plenty of silverware before the end of the season!
Many thanks to all who came down and took part. A special mention to those who helped run the event, our race officers and rescue teams.
Thanks for such a brilliant weekend!