Monthly Archives: April 2016

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1st Race 2016

Course: No13/trial start , no6 port, Heysham no2 stbd, Lune no1 stbd, no6 port and back through the finish.
What a cracking turnout for race 1 with 15 boats entered and 13 finished with Bruin the victor(just!) on handicap. As always the most prepared (I think an experienced crew may be helpful as well) boats did best, clean bums win races! We had perfect weather with a sunny NW F3 building to a F4-5 with a sea state slight. Special credit and many thanks to all who plucked up the courage and entered for the first time and I think the leg from line no1 to no6 put a few out of their comfort zones!
Following a close encounter with No2 Jubilee gained a red go faster stripe. No one protested but in future I will apply a time penalty to upheld protests, and I may rename Heysham no2 to Jubilee in her honour.
I’ve recalculated the results using RaceQS finish times as a couple of boats used watches rather than GPS and were out by enough to make a placing difference. Results will be posted on the FHYC website in due course. Watching the race on RaceQS is really interesting and the race was won or lost on how close boats sailed on the no6 to Heysham no2 leg. The ones that needed the shortest tack to round no2 did best. Amoress was the only boat to lay Heysham no2 without a tack and it paid dividends. The lesson learned is make the tack earlier where the tide is weakest. Looking at the tracks Quest could well have been on the podium as from no6 he stormed through the fleet but once ahead of the main pack took a scenic detour toward Fairway, so one to watch in future races.

From my perspective I had a (lucky) brilliant start and hit the line at full speed and only 8 seconds late. It was then a battle with Amoress, but after no6 the superior boat and team/helm out pointed me and went on to lay No2. I was planning to tack at no6 but with Amoress breathing down my neck decided to keep going and was more bothered with a bit more speed than pointing high. As I closed on no2 I had to tack, and with just Georgie as crew struggled with the hard winching plus steering and my tacks were very slow and Amoress was then ahead. In hindsight I could have pinched hard from no6 and concentrated on rounding no2 without the need to tack. However I think Amoress would then have got overlap and may have forced a tack anyway.
No2 to Lune no1 was a relaxed goose wing, I adjusted the genoa cars forward but decided it wasn’t worth trying to put the pole out. Looking back at No2 I breathed a sigh of relief as I saw Bruin put a tack in to round it and one by one everyone did to. Once I rounded Lune it all got rather exciting as the wind had now built and I was decidedly over canvased. Georgie did a sterling job dumping the main in the stronger gusts and I was definitely gaining on the distant Amoress,but he was still well ahead as he finished.

extract from Wil (Clouds)

Spring Series Race 1

Race is on for this Saturday. Forecast looks great with sun and a F3 building to F4 NW which is bound to change! Gates Open about 11:20BST so we will have a briefing from 10.50BST.
We will have Sausage/egg butties on offer before and after the race and the bar will also be open for post-race pontification. We have St Georges Day celebrations in the evening so we may stay open right through J hic!
Can anyone with a smart phone install the app ‘raceqs’ as we can use it to overlay all the separate yacht tracks and replay the race in virtual 3D- I think!
My initial thoughts on the first course is to keep it simple: 13/trial start , no6 port, Heysham no2 stbd, Lune no1 stbd, no6 port and back through the finish.
23rd April HW 12:52BST 9.2m
7th May HW11:16BST 10.2m
21st May HW 11:53BST 8.8m
11th June HW 16:42BST 8.0m
18th June HW 10:48BST 8.4m

Regatta: 25th HW 1517BST 8.7m
Regatta: 26th HW 1608BST 8.4m

Spring Racing 2016

Please advise if you are interested in entering the FHYC organised spring race series though I’d also appreciate negative responses. All boats are welcome (please pass this invite on), and If you need crew or would like crewing opportunities then let me know and I’ll be able to assist.
It is the usual format with a briefing in the clubhouse at 2 hours before HW. This year the bar will be open for a post-race pint and if we have demand some food. Also can anyone with a smart phone install the app ‘raceqs’ as we can use it to overlay all the separate yacht tracks and replay the race in virtual 3D- I think!
23rd April HW 12:52BST 9.2m
7th May HW11:16BST 10.2m
21st May HW 11:53BST 8.8m
11th June HW 16:42BST 8.0m
18th June HW 10:48BST 8.4m
Regatta: 25th HW 1517BST 8.7m
Regatta: 26th HW 1608BST 8.4m
P.S. I’m running a hall of fame for the fastest (adjusted for handicap) Fleetwood – Piel crossing it will be either direction between:
Walney : between the two metal perches at Hawes point
Fleetwood: Wyre light – No6 at Fleetwood.
I’m planning a sail over this weekend so will at least briefly have the best time! Ideally use Raceqs to track you router/times. I’ll probably be running MAIS so anyone using that App should be able to track Clouds progress.
Cheers
Wil
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Fitting Out Dinner

I’d like to thank everyone that turned out for the Fitting Out Supper on Saturday night. Over 40 members attended and helped make it a really enjoyable night. I’ve attached a few photos of the evening below. A raffle was held and members raised £56 for the RNLI.
The bar is now open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm until late and a new menu will be announced very soon.
Don’t forget the first race of the season is on 23rd April; of course this is also St. Georges Day so we’re planning a theme night to celebrate the day as we English (sorry Mr. Jones) really should. More details to follow imminently but hope to see you there.
Good sailing,
Mark Lewis
Commodore
FHYC

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