Poole Week Review

HAROLD WILSON once reputedly remarked that “A week is a long time in politics”. Well, I can tell him that 6 days on the water with the sort of winds we’ve had in Poole Week this year also feels like quite a long week, (well, I could if he was still alive!). It was worth the effort though, and everyone I spoke to was satisfyingly exercised, tired out, knackered or completely exhausted, depending on how well they had coped with the Force fours and fives that blew all week, except on the day when we finished in a Force seven!

YOU WON’T BE SURPRISED to read then, that there were numerous breakages during the week. Firstly, there was Donald’s top section which went early on in the first race. Another breakage was that of the Dog Robber’s heart as he approached the windward mark, in the penultimate race, apparently in fifth place, only to misjudge the approach speed of a starboard tacked boat. The resultant crash tack was survived; but the enforced gybe, (no room to tack for the mark), was not. The ensuing re-righting measures took sufficient time for 7/8ths of the fleet to pass me by. Like me, you probably can’t work out why I’m so bad at sorting out a capsized boat because you can believe me when I tell you that I have had copious practice, and I had plenty more of it during Poole Week! Probably the most injured boat of the week was Roger’s; and it was only three days old. On-the -shore doctors were undecided as to a prognosis. Thankfully, early indications that the damage might be terminal proved unfounded and with judicial use of sticky tape, Roger was able to complete the series. ‘Captain Cornerbanger’ had her moments as well, losing a baton and destroying the gudgeon. She was driven hard by Mike Atkinson, but no less hard than he drove himself, managing, as he did, with Ben Ainslie like dedication, to ‘burn the candle at both ends’ on no less than 3 occasions in the week. And he still looked fitter than Colston by the end of it! Perhaps the most surprising recovery was another one of Donald’s when his main sheet broke. He was able to cadge a spare from Bob Cudmore who had taken two onto the water on the last day, at the cost of much hilarity in the changing rooms from said Donald! Spare a thought, though, for the Richie Bailey from HISC who damaged himself a bit more dramatically just after the Dog Robber incident described above. A nasty cut to his head meant he was unable to complete the last race of the week.

 

TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE onto the water we have operated for some time, an unofficial rule that allows those sailors not challenging for the top positions to change down their rig  if the wind becomes too much to handle. Several of us took this option, and it was interesting to see out in the bay, Standards, Radials and 4.7s all on the race course together. Gayle Moore was one who made use of this option but her choice of full rig on the last day, (we’d had a light wind forecast), proved to be the end of her relationship with the standard sail, as she slogged around the course in 18kts of breeze. Elsewhere, the Dog Robber’s mates chased him around the course all week. The results show how close it was between Peter Taylor (not so jnr.), (13th) and Nigel Pearce, (19th), with John placed firmly in the middle of the bunch. Well done to those in this pack who stuck with the full rig all series. Just above this group was Roberta who made the decision to sail her radial on a couple of occasions. As a potential challenger, this compromised her final standings (her radial results didn’t count) but not her enjoyment of the racing which vindicates the application of this ruling.

 

YOUR COMMANDING OFFICER was less able to eschew the rigours of competition and stuck with the full rig on the last day so that she would get a full series in. Ann’s offwind speed is the stuff of legends but on this occasion eyebrows were raised amongst the ‘fatboys’ of the fleet as she jostled for position with them at the windward mark. I have been drinking from the cup of nautical defeat at the hands of my wife for well over 25 years but it’s still a taste I don’t enjoy and wouldn’t recommend to you! Out of the six blokes who didn’t have to suffer this fate, hats must be taken off to Giles Kuzyk who did well in the strong winds we had without the benefit of those extra kgs. We have now worked our way towards the top end of the fleet. An almost fully recovered Andrew Hartley sailed his way to victory in race 8 and to 3rd overall. The top two had a bit of a scrap, it must be said. Roger Hakes left himself a mountain to climb, (made steeper by just being pipped at the post by Giles in one of the races out in the bay), and, fair play, he almost made it. Although equal on points with Bob Cudmore, Roger was placed second by virtue of having less race wins. Despite a few wobbles along the way- yes Bob I could hear you swearing as you were cross tacking with me on a couple of days- Bob managed to record an impressive 6 wins in the 14 race series, and thus was a worthy winner.

 

THIS ACHIEVEMENT PALES into insignificance when placed alongside that of George Kennedy in the official Radial fleet who recorded no less than 13 wins in the series! He was forced into second place on the last race after a storming effort from Emily Taylor. I was able to enjoy a smug moment or two when her victory was announced at the prize giving ceremony having opined to a fellow sailor just moments before the announcement how well I thought she had sailed in that race.  Yes, I’ll say it before you do, it was one of those rare races where I’d stayed upright long enough to see what was going on around me!

 

 

WELL, IN THE WORDS OF MILLICENT MARTIN, “That was the week that was”, (joke for the over 50s – the rest of you will have to Google it, which is a neologism apparently!). All that remains is to make sure we’re in shape for next year’s Poole Week but there’s no need to start our fitness regimes until August because in sailing, like politics, a week can be a long time. And a week’s long enough to get fit in anyway isn’t it?

 

Rank

SailNo

HelmName

R1  

R2  

R3  

R4  

R5  

R6  

R7  

R8  

R9  

R10  

R11  

R12  

R13  

R14  

Total

Nett

1st

201942

Bob Cudmore

1.0

2.0

1.0

(6.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

(15.0)

3.0

1.0

5.0

1.0

3.0

(9.0)

51.0

21.0

2nd

208995

Roger Hakes

3.0

(5.0)

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

(4.0)

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

34.0

21.0

3rd

209001

Andrew Hartley

2.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

(8.0)

(6.0)

1.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

6.0

(9.0)

2.0

62.0

39.0

4th

71

Michael Atkinson

7.0

1.0

5.0

9.0

3.0

(14.0)

(35.0 RTD)

2.0

6.0

3.0

10.0

(35.0 RTD)

2.0

3.0

135.0

51.0

5th

20

Giles Kuzyk

5.0

8.0

(18.0)

1.0

7.0

4.0

9.0

5.0

(35.0 RTD)

9.0

1.0

8.0

(17.0)

13.0

140.0

70.0

6th

204966

Colston Nichols

(10.0)

9.0

6.0

7.0

10.0

3.0

4.0

(35.0 RTD)

5.0

6.0

6.0

7.0

(13.0)

7.0

128.0

70.0

7th

208999

Ann Keates

8.0

6.0

(9.0)

2.0

9.0

(35.0 OCS)

(20.0)

8.0

9.0

8.0

3.0

5.0

5.0

8.0

135.0

71.0

8th

207084

Donald Macdonald

(35.0 RTD)

(35.0 DNC)

4.0

12.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

10.0

(35.0 RTD)

7.0

9.0

4.0

6.0

4.0

178.0

73.0

9th

206871

Richie Bailey HISC

4.0

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 OCS)

5.0

10.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

11.0

3.0

4.0

35.0 DNC

186.0

81.0

10th

186034

Paul Robinson

6.0

(11.0)

10.0

10.0

(12.0)

5.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

10.0

8.0

(11.0)

8.0

5.0

117.0

83.0

11th

168906

Tommy Freeman

12.0

10.0

11.0

11.0

(13.0)

(24.0)

(21.0)

6.0

13.0

11.0

12.0

9.0

11.0

6.0

170.0

112.0

12th

204969

Roberta Hartley

9.0

3.0

7.0

5.0

11.0

(23.0)

22.0

9.0

10.0

13.0

(26.0)

(23.0)

12.0

15.0

188.0

116.0

13th

14

Pete Taylor

14.0

12.0

12.0

8.0

8.0

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

11.0

11.0

(17.0)

7.0

15.0

10.0

11.0

206.0

119.0

14th

67

David Hartgill

13.0

7.0

(16.0)

16.0

16.0

(19.0)

8.0

(18.0)

8.0

15.0

14.0

10.0

7.0

10.0

177.0

124.0

15th

72

Trevor Annels

(17.0)

(16.0)

15.0

15.0

14.0

7.0

10.0

12.0

12.0

14.0

(17.0)

14.0

16.0

12.0

191.0

141.0

16th

29

John Keates

15.0

14.0

13.0

17.0

17.0

9.0

12.0

14.0

15.0

(35.0 DNS)

15.0

(21.0)

(21.0)

16.0

234.0

157.0

17th

186256

Mark Scott

16.0

15.0

14.0

(19.0)

(20.0)

11.0

18.0

(19.0)

18.0

12.0

19.0

12.0

14.0

14.0

221.0

163.0

18th

21

Gary Wakefield

18.0

17.0

(22.0)

(20.0)

18.0

18.0

14.0

13.0

16.0

(19.0)

18.0

16.0

18.0

17.0

244.0

183.0

19th

42

Nigel Pearce

19.0

19.0

17.0

13.0

19.0

13.0

13.0

16.0

19.0

20.0

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(23.0)

19.0

280.0

187.0

20th

93

Hugh Aish-Lyons

20.0

22.0

20.0

(23.0)

(35.0 DNS)

12.0

11.0

23.0

21.0

(35.0 DNC)

16.0

17.0

15.0

18.0

288.0

195.0

21st

28

Matthew Southam

(21.0)

21.0

19.0

18.0

(24.0)

17.0

16.0

20.0

17.0

(22.0)

21.0

18.0

20.0

20.0

274.0

207.0

22nd

179024

Stuart Purches

11.0

13.0

8.0

14.0

15.0

16.0

(35.0 RTD)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

13.0

13.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

313.0

208.0

23rd

40

Gayle Moore

22.0

20.0

(23.0)

(26.0)

23.0

20.0

17.0

22.0

20.0

18.0

20.0

19.0

(24.0)

22.0

296.0

223.0

24th

195816

Martin Lunn

24.0

23.0

24.0

(27.0)

(25.0)

15.0

19.0

(35.0 RTD)

24.0

21.0

23.0

22.0

25.0

23.0

330.0

243.0

25th

16

Stuart Bromidge

25.0

18.0

21.0

24.0

22.0

22.0

15.0

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

22.0

20.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

364.0

259.0

26th

203388

Bryan Drake

23.0

(35.0 OCS)

(35.0 RTD)

21.0

(35.0 DNS)

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

17.0

23.0

35.0 RTD

25.0

35.0 RTD

19.0

35.0 DNC

408.0

303.0

27th

200672

Alexander Strang

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

21.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

21.0

14.0

16.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

422.0

317.0

28th

174445

Mary Reddyhoff

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

25.0

26.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

24.0

22.0

35.0 DNS

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

447.0

342.0

29th

139133

Hayley Hughes

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

28.0

27.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 RTD

35.0 RTD

35.0 DNS

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

26.0

21.0

452.0

347.0

30th

126299

Shaun Walsh

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

21.0

35.0 DNS

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

24.0

35.0 RTD

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

465.0

360.0

31st

207080

David Lambert

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

22.0

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

25.0

35.0 RTD

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

467.0

362.0

32nd

53

Ian Roman

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

22.0

35.0 DNC

477.0

372.0

33rd

15

John Lyons

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

490.0

385.0

33rd

121958

Marielaure Clarke

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

(35.0 DNC)

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

35.0 DNC

490.0

385.

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