Monday evening mini series

MONDAY NIGHT MINI-SERIES:SEPTEMBER 4TH

It was with all the forethought and preparation that goes into the average Donald Trump tweet that your race team turned up at the start without any flags! Since there were no SI’s to speak of for this event, this unfortunate oversight only added to what was supposed to be the casual flavour of the evening where all of the Race Officer’s foibles had to be communicated to the fleet by means of verbal communication. We had previously broadcast our intention to have a line start instead of a Gate-boat start but, nevertheless, one or two competitors did have some trouble recognising where the start line was. As the start line was also the finish line, this was a shame for at least one competitor, as you will see from the results!

So that you can make sense of the table that follows, you should remember that the aim was to sail a good number of races (we managed 5), and to have two of those races to count, in line with the number of races you would normally sail on a Monday night. Where we had ties, discards were taken into account. Clearly, given this format, those who turned up early in a fleet of twelve will have been given an advantage over those that raced later on when the fleet numbers had grown to 30. Whilst this goes against the country’s Protestant work ethic, I, like Phillip Larkin, can live with giving people an incentive to relieve themselves of the ‘toad work’, if only for a little while!

33 sailors took part during the evening which came as a bit of a surprise to the race team who had thought we’d have a jolly time with 15 or so helms. Equally surprising was the mood of those taking part. It became clear, right from the beginning that people had decided to take the whole thing very seriously. The racing was highly competitive, so much so that had we remembered to bring flags with us we might very well have needed to use a black one. As it was, some stern words and the odd judicious insult from your ex Commanding Officer seemed to do the trick. Needless to say, our southern hemisphere mates were to the fore in being naughty – I think it must be in their blood or something.

At the end of the evening we gave out a number of prizes provided by the race team whilst competitors enjoyed a free drink provided by class funds with permission of the Fleet Captain – Hooray for Mark! In case you’re interested, here is the list of prize winners:

Ist and most impressive capsize:                Rob Clarke

Most unusual rest routine between races:            Pam Woodall

Best start of the evening:                             Eve Kennedy

Wire to wire victory in race 5:           Andy Taylor

Winner of the event:                         Chris Whalley

For going boldly:                               Col Nichols

 

Pos.

Name

Pts.

Pos.

Name

Pts.

1

Chris W

2

18

Stuart B

20 (18)

2

Nick M

3 (6)

19

Courtenay S

22

3

Harry C

3 (7)

20

David P

28

4

Will B

4

21

Gary W

29 (16)

5

Andrew T

5

22

Pam W

29 (22)

6

Christiaan W

8 (7)

23

Sam N

31

7

Trevor A

8 (34)

24

Scott P

32

8

Rob C

9 (7)

25

Eve K

33

9

Pete T

9 (8)

26

Chris G

36

10

Matt E

11

27

Mary R

41

11

David H

13 (12,13)

28

Irene H

48

12

Ian R

13 (12,16)

29

Ali W

49

13

Harry B

15

30

Debbie C

50

14

Martin C

17

31

Donna B

51

15

Jacob B

19 (14)

32

Brian M

64

16

Martin F

19 (15)

33

Col N

68

17

Ed W

20 (10)

 

 

 

 

(n)=discard

Clearly something untoward has happened to Colston’s results. Since I had my head down writing furiously, I’ll have to take Ann’s word that she never saw Colston crossing the finishing line. Apparently there are limits to how far he’s prepared to go boldly (take note that the infinitive has not been split!).

That’s it for Monday nights for another season. In the words of Tom Cruise – it’s been a blast.

Cheers

John & Ann

Monday Night Series II: Summary

Monday August 21st saw the end of series II with a very healthy turn-out of 34 boats. Once again the wind was light: a trend of the last few weeks! Although there are familiar names on the honours board, series II has presented us with some encouraging stats.

The series was as closely fought as ever but conditions conspired against Chris Walley in the later stages which allowed Roberta to secure a victory after two 2nd places in the last two races of the series. We had an amazing number of boats that sailed for at least one race (76!), which allows us to increase the number of prize winners by one. Here they are:

Place Name Points
1 Roberta H 13
2 Chris W 14
3 Ann K 19
4 Rob P 29
5 Scott P 35
6 Andrew T 39
7 Colston N 45
8 Rob C 46

It’s good to see Roberta back to full health, sailing regularly. Chris Walley continues to impress with his consistency. Scott looks like one to watch if he stays around for long enough. Writing of long stayers, it’s a welcome return to form for Rob Penson and Colston continues to suggest that victory is just around the corner for him. Andrew Taylor has come 6th in both series – he needs to stop messing about in big boats and concentrate on his Laser! Rob, one of his J24 buddies, was the beneficiary of our increased number of prize winners who also has the potential to be a series winner.

 

The second series always shows a slightly less regular turn-out as holidays impact on sailing. This year has been no exception with only 28% (22/76) of helms gaining a full series. However, we’ve still had a handful of sailors who have turned up for every race. Here they are:

Trevor Annels

Colston Nichols

Rob Penson

Chris Whalley

 

In a similarly positive vein, we did achieve an average turn-out of 30 boats, but it must be said that ‘Big Monday’ was an important factor in this.

 

Series II consisted of 14 races and these produced 6 different winners:

Name Giles K Roberta H Chris W Peter T Jon G Stuart Ba
No of wins 5 3 3 1 1

 

A couple of things might interest you. Chris Walley was ‘robbed’ of a bullet by the guest appearance of one of Courtenay’s relatives, for Big Monday, who turned out to be an ex laser sailor of some repute and, more importantly, one who had seemingly lost little of his skill! Giles Kuzyk won five of the six races he turned up for and was just one race short of sailing a full series. Had he sailed this extra race in the same manner as his others, the top of the honours board might have had a different look!

 

One of the most striking statistics to emerge from this review is that 25 female helms took part in at least one race in the series! This allows for a healthy honours board of five places. Here they are:

Name Roberta H Ann K Sam N Pam W Holly A
Place 1 2 3 4 5

 

1/3rd of our entrants are female: we’re doing better in the equality stakes than the Houses of Parliament methinks!

What about the oldies? Here’s a list of the best performing ancients:

1st Apprentice Chris W
1st Master Robert H
1st Grand Master Ann K
1st Great Grand Master Stuart B

 

Unofficially, Bob Cudmore has just pipped Harry Cowell to be 1st placed Radial but I’ll just need to check that Bob’s results have all been in the smaller rig.

In the last review, I pointed out the importance of leading sailors showing the rest of us the way by doing a turn (only one needed on Monday nights) and I also made a few remarks about starting correctly. Further to this last feature, I think it might be appropriate to suggest what should happen if you haven’t started by the time the Gate boat is offered the opportunity to tack (usually 45 seconds after the starting signal). Clearly to continue on Starboard after the Gate Boat has tacked gives you an unfair advantage over the Gate Boat and other late legitimate starters. Therefore what you should attempt to do is to sail behind a line directly behind the tacked Gate Boat’s transom before you tack. If none of this makes sense, talk to Ann who will, no doubt, explain it better than me.

Whilst on the subject of starting correctly, please remember that a gap between the Gate Boat and the Race Committee Boat is deliberately created 10 seconds before the official start, (the size of the gap created will depend on the skill of the gate boat in combination with the skill of the race team. If you go through that gap before the official starting signal you will be recorded as OCS unless you dip back below the line of the Gate Boat (probably better and quicker to gybe around the Committee Boat).

You won’t need this until the next gate boat starts (either in the autumn mini series or in the Perisher). The last evening sail of the Monday series (Sep 4th) will be held along similar lines to last year’s extravaganza.  The aim is to run a fun mini series beginning at 5pm for those who can make it (using a line start). Rules and spot prizes to be awarded at the discretion of the race team. Two results to count so join in whenever you can. The Fleet Captain has agreed to provide a free drink for those taking part (beer, lager or soft drink only!). Let’s hope for good weather.

 

JK (scorer for the Monday Night series)

Monday Racing 10th July

OK, so we didn’t quite match the 48 boats of Big Monday, but a turnout of 25, when, at 6 o’clock it was gusting 20 Kts. is pretty good I think. Team Annels set us a great course in trying circumstances. We had wind a plenty but it was shiftier than a second hand car salesman! (I know salesperson is more politically correct bit it doesn’t work in that sentence).

It was a night of contrasting fortunes for several of our sailors, and thanks to the sterling work of the race team (I suspect mostly Helen!), I have been provided with lap rounding data with which I shall proceed to regale you.

Race 1 began in rather unconventional manner with gate boat helm Bob Cudmore having to take evasive action on several occasions. I was one of the culprits involved but since I was looking for Chris Walley’s boat that I had been told by my wife was the gate boat, I am prepared to forgive myself, although I still went back and did a turn, in the company of David Hartgill and Becky Walters.

I didn’t see any others though and I’m sure there were more offenders than us! So although I felt morally courageous I still had to undergo the indignity of accepting Roberta’s congratulations on my interesting start. I wasn’t quite last away though. That honour goes to Courtenay. At least he had the excuse of urgent boat repairs to fall back on, although I was minded to raise the topic of the necessity of regular boat maintenance, but I didn’t want to tempt fate! The purpose of this rather long winded preamble is to help to explain why Courtenay is top of the inconsistency table for the night with results of 24th and 2nd for the evening! However, a number of other sailors have a similar sob story for their ‘achievements’ in race one. At the end of the first lap,

James Hartley was one place ahead of his mother, (13 th and 14 th respectively). It may have been as a result of fear of domestic reprisals (I couldn’t possibly comment) but James ended up several places, behind his mother, closely followed, on the podium of sailors losing the most places, by Ashley Harris and my old sparring partner, Gary Wakefield who both lost seven: not the podium anyone wants to stand on I guess. Bob Cudmore managed to turn his 11th place after the first lap into a 4th, placing him on the top step of the place gainers podium alongside Matt Eels. I’ve already mentioned Bob’s drama but I’m not sure what Matt’s tribulations were. Ann and Roberta were also on the. podium with gains of 5 places but I don’t imagine either of them will be counting their 9th and 10th place finishes by the end of the series. However, as Jon Gorringe remarked, the competition seemsnto be getting hotter. Ann commented to me and Becky that she’d found things a bit hectic in the middle of the fleet. As regular members of that position (if not on tonight’s showing), we passed a look to each other which failed to contain any sign of sympathy. One or other of us was heard to mutter, “Welcome to our world!”

It may have been the shifty conditions or the heat of competition but Race 2 saw a number of capsizes and place changes that were equally as startling as its predecessor. The podiums for places gained and lost did contain some familiar names though! Matt Eels went from ‘hero to zero’ losing 15 places in the race. Roundings of 9th , 15th , 11th and finally 24th make me wish I’d caught up with him in the bar afterwards – I’m sure he’ll have a story to tell.

Gary and Ashley made up the numbers with losses of 11 and 7 places respectively. I think in Gary’s case this was a result of doing the honourable thing: completing a penalty turn after hitting a mark. Doing this twice though is being a bit overly chivalrous don’t you think Gary? Andy Taylor made fantastic progress after doing a turn near the start of the race with lap places of 18th , 10th , 6th and 4th – a gain of 14 places, thus showing he’s a much better finisher than his rugby playing compatriots! You won’t be surprised to hear that Ann made the place gainers podium (again!) but she certainly was when she nearly fell out of the boat, clinging on by one toe-nail for several, slow motion seconds. I didn’t actually see this event, (being in front of her for once), but I was within earshot, and noises that reminded me of the restaurant scene in “When Harry met Sally” led me to believe that there was no need for me to go back and rescue her as I was invited so to do by Chris Guy! This didn’t stop her from making a gain of 9 places and, of course, beating me in the process. Jim Pilling took up the last place in this piece of statistical chicanery with a gain of 6 places.

 

The official table of results for the evening is on the web-site but another, unofficial version is here:

Taking both races into account, the top three for the evening are:

Competitor Race One Race Two Combined
Chris Walley 1 1 2
Nathaniel Gordon 2 5 7
Andy Taylor 4 6 10

 

With a discount the top three are:

Competitor Race One Race Two Combined
Chris Walley (1) 1 1
Nathaniel Gordon 2 (5) 2
Courtenay Suckling (25) 2 2

 

Two things strike me immediately. Firstly, I could mess around with numbers for ages and nothing would diminish Chris’s achievements. That man is quick across the wind strength spectrum. He was the most successfully consistent sailor of the night by a mile with lap placings of 5th, 3rd , 2nd , and 1st in race one and 2nd , 1st , 1st and 1st in race two. The second thing I can’t help noticing is that whatever I’m recording, whether it be good or bad sailing, good or bad luck or just general interest, you can’t keep a Kiwi out of the picture.

So, in deference to them, as we look forward to next Monday’s racing, I’ll just say, “Kia Kaha”

JK

 

PS You will notice that Nathaniel does not appear on the official score sheet. That’s because you didn’t tally Nathaniel. If you’ve got a good excuse (upper body hyperthermia perhaps?), I might be persuaded to let you off! Be warned everybody else – we’ve been tallying on and off for ages now so don’t forget to do it.

Big Monday 2017

It has become a tradition amongst Laser sailors at Parkstone that one of the regular Monday night sailing sessions be deemed, ‘Big Monday’. The idea behind the title is to encourage as many people as possible onto the water. And so it was that on Monday July 3rd , 48 Lasers answered the call, plus another four who acted as race team for the evening.

We were greeted with fluffy white clouds in a blue sky and a sparkling south-westerly F4 – perfect for the more experienced members of the fleet but quite challenging for those still learning the art of sailing the Laser. Nevertheless, they sportingly answered the Fleet Captain’s call: the rescue boat was kept pretty busy though!

Following our normal format of two short races with a gate-boat start, the usual close tacking combat took place. Predictably the first few boats to reach the windward mark had an easy time of it. Following boats had a very different experience, and the general level of excitement increased in direct proportion to the numbers of boats arriving at this first turning point. Somebody usually ends up in the water as a result of this coming together and tonight was no exception, (see previous note about the work of the rescue boat!).

The subsequent reaches and run were a little less frenetic. There was even time to enjoy the occasional exhilarating gust. With 48 boats on the water though, the roundings of both the gybe and leeward marks kept sailors on their toes since there were many gains (and losses!) to be had.

It was great to see Standard and Radial rigged boats as well as the odd 4.7 making their way around the course. The age of helms ranged from 17to 60+ and both sexes were well represented with 12 female helms taking part.

Thanks to Ann Keates and David Hartgill for providing us with fantastic racing for the evening, especially for managing to reposition marks so quickly and effectively. But the biggest thanks must be reserved for the Fleet Captain who used class funds to provide everyone with a free drink in the bar after racing!

Race 1   Race 2  
1 Chris Walley 1 Stuart Bannatyne
2 Will Bedford 2 Chris Walley
3 Rob Clarke 3 Bob Cudmore

 

– Report by Jon Keates

– Photo credits Gary Hind

Monday Evening Series – Part 1 in Review

The Monday evening series part one finished at the end of the 2 nd race on June 19 th . It was run over 14 races in total. 60 helms entered the series and sailed at least once. 55% of entries achieved a full series, (we sail with a 50% discard). The average turnout per race was 28 boats – I don’t think any of the club’s other fleets can match this. This represents 46% of the total entry and it should be remembered that in addition, there always is, on the water, one fleet member involved in the race team, and sometimes two. They have been excluded from these figures.

The average turnout per boat was seven races (for this calculation, race duties were included). Four sailors: Courtenay Suckling, Chris Walley, Pete Taylor and Trevor Annells managed a 100% turnout. Given the nature of the last two races of the series, I think BZs should be handed out to them.

There can’t be many people who don’t know that Courtenay has won this series – not if they drink at PYC anyway that is! But you may not be aware of some of the other prize winners, so here they are:

2017 Monday Evening Part 1 : Prize Winners

Rank Sail Number Helm Total Nett
1 36 Courtenay Suckling 104 16
2 176337 Owain Hughes 176 18
3 154030 Chris Walley 73 23
4 203306 Jon Gorringe 314 24
5 208999 Ann Jeates 412 31
6 190998 Andrew Taylar 312 34
7 57 Nick Morgan 328 37

 

The 14 races that we had produced 8 different winners:

Helm Number of Wins
Bib Cudmore 3
Roger Hakes 3
Jon Gorringe 2
Courtenay Suckling 2
Owain Hughes 1
Ann Keates 1
Duncan MacArthur 1
Andrew Taylor  1

 

However, just to show that it isn’t plain sailing for anyone on Monday night’s take a look at this table which shows the best and worst results of our top ten sailors in the series:

Helm Best Result Worst Result
Courtenay 1 18
Andrew T 1 15
Owain 1 9
Nick 2 18
Chris W 3 11
Colston 6 19
Jon G 1 15
Chris G 3 12
Ann 1 15
Roger 1 18

Definitely a case of ‘how are the mighty fallen’, I think!

 

14 females entered the series: an entry of 14 sailors of any gender would mark a good open event for some clubs! The podium places were taken by Ann K, Becky W, and Sheila B in gold, silver and bronze respectively. At least two of the others have justifiable claims for injury recovery explaining their absence from the podium.

Increasingly popular on the main circuit is the Masters series of events. For those of you too young to know (or care), these events are divided by age category but all sailed together. The categories are:

Category Age
Apprentice 35-44
Master 45-54
Grand Master 55-64
Great Grand Master 65-74
Legend 75+

If you are 34 you are allowed to sail in these events but you can’t win a prize. If you are under 34, you’ve won the best prize anyway!

So, if we use these categories, we can produce another list of winners. However, since these awards are age dependent, some sensitive D.O.B. checking is going to have to be carried out before they are officially ratified!

Masters Prize Winners

1st Apprentice Master Courtenay Suckling

1st Master Peter Taylor

1st Grand Master Ann Keates

1st Great Grand Master Stuart Bromidge (I’m dead if I’ve got you too old Stuart!)

1st Legend Still up for grabs

 

It has become an increasingly frequent sight to see Radial rigged Lasers out on a Monday night. Our home-based fleet rules permit the changing of rigs unless you are a prize winner (in which case your results will be split which normally means you don’t have a series – but not always because of our 50% discard rule. The benefit of this is that quite a few sailors (I count myself in their number), are happier to go out in stronger winds by ‘dropping down’ a rig), thus keeping up numbers on the water. However, this year, more people have decided to sail the Radial rig full time whatever the wind strength. This gives rise to our last prize winner: Harry Cowell – 1st Radial.

So, once again it has been a successful series. As we look forward to Part II (first two races already sailed), it’s a good opportunity to review a couple of things. One of the strengths of Monday night sailing is the friendly relaxed atmosphere. That doesn’t mean thought that rule breaking should be ignored. I think it is particularly important that our better sailors should be seen to observe penalties for rule breaking since for them breaking a rule is often intentional! Sailors who don’t have quite such good control over their boat could arguably be given a little more leeway but not if they are seeking to gain an advantage by so doing. It has to be said that it is a more regular sight to see people doing a penalty turn than in previous seasons (remember – on Monday nights you only have to do a 360).

 

One area that has got a little messy is the Gate Boat start. If someone is in a tricky position with nowhere to go, it might be a good idea to give them room. But if that should happen, the boat being given room should do a 360 at the first opportunity, even if this means stopping your boat. Any boat that interferes with the Gate Boat will be disqualified by the Race Officer if they are identified. If you are not sure about Gate Boat starting, there is some advice on our web-site.

Big Monday was a big success, which has given the part II series a great start. It would be fantastic to continue with this improvement in our already strong turn-out figures. In Part I, 31/60 sailors managed to sail half the races or better – scope for improvement I think! An average turnout of 30 boats per race sounds good doesn’t it? Maybe even good enough to persuade Mark to get the fleet’s raffle ticket book out again!

JK (scorer for Monday night series)

Race Report Monday 24th April 2017

Roger Hakes won the first two races of the 2017 Monday Night series but if you think it was plain sailing for him you’d be quite wrong.

With the wind blowing from the North West quadrant, you could be forgiven for recalling Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1959 film in which our hero’s namesake, Roger O. Thornhill is mercilessly harried by a villainous spy, Phillip Vandamm, played, on this occasion, by Jon Gorringe!

‘North by North West’ is celebrated for its action sequences and a gusty as well as shifty force 4 meant our evening was equally lively, especially for the lighter sailors who had opted for the full rig. Courtenay Suckling managed to avoid the capsizing antics of others and finished his first race in third position, having graciously allowed Jon Gorringe room to start his relentless pursuit of our own Cary Grant. Courtenay remarked to me in the interval between races that he’d started how he meant to continue and I guess a 7th place in the last race of the evening still leaves him on track.

It was good to see Peter Gordon back on the water after his knee convalescence. A 10th and a 4th in the two races is a bit reminiscent of past inconsistent performances though Peter. I think, given the nature of Monday’s racing though, we can cut him a bit of slack here.

It has become somewhat of a tradition that the Fleet Captain runs the first race of the Monday Series. For those of you yet to experience this pleasure, I can assure you that it’s a fairly stressful couple of hours. Daylight is at a premium and the time seems to fly by; two short courses are the order of the day. The problem for Mark, on this occasion, was the wind.  Short beats with 20 boats on the water with very variable wind strengths meant you had to have your wits about you.  Quite a few of our hot shots, Ann and Chris Guy to name but two, suffered a watery mishap leading to them both being beaten by yours truly – now that is an event totally worth writing about!

There was a number of new faces to be seen around the boat park so I thought it only friendly to check that people knew the vagaries of gate boat starting. To those that didn’t, I carefully explained that the worst crime was to interfere with the gate boat and had to be avoided at all cost. I just hope they didn’t recognise me as I headed straight for Ann (she had the honour of being the first gate boat of the new season), in her new boat (2nd time out!). I was faced with two choices. Machismo suggested a massive last second bear away but my lack of skill predicted the horror of wrecking my wife’s brand new boat, prompting visions of a very lengthy stay in the dog-house. Luckily, I had room to windward, allowing me to bail out in front of Ann. Trying to remain as honest as my ineptitude would allow, I gybed  round and bore off to go below Ann’s line of travel before heading up again. It was thus that I found myself in the entertaining position of joining Kiersten Metcalfe, presumably doing something similar, as we headed off towards the club house on port tack. Fortunately, it was an evening when mistakes abounded so you were never totally out of the game. Harry Cowell, one of the newcomers to our fleet, knows exactly what I’m talking about. A 3rd place in the second race gives a truer impression of his potential than his 9th place in the first, which was the result of a very untimely capsize just before the finish line.

Peter Taylor looked on good form, coping impressively well with the full rig in these awkward conditions. He was pipped by Chris Walley in both races. The latter has recently joined from a local club and I’m sure he found these courses easier to follow than his inaugural race last Saturday which contained ten marks to be remembered!

There was a buzz in the boat park after racing which is a testament to the hard work of our race team for the evening, your Fleet Captain ably assisted by Luke Normington. All of the newcomers to Monday night sailing were very enthusiastic about the format. I was similarly keen to enjoy the conversation in the bar: an essential element of Monday Night sailing! I promise that Courtenay will have a story that will entertain you.

Let’s hope that twenty boats on the water for our first session is an auspicious omen for the rest of the season.

John K

Dog Robber Rtd.

Race Report Twilight Series 2016 Final

‘In space, no one can hear you scream’ went the tagline for Ridley Scott’s film Alien.

The final Wednesday night Twilight race of 2016 was sailed in a gusty 20 knot breeze from the South West. Your author, Pete Taylor found plenty of space to execute a port tack flyer at the pin end of the start line. Rounding the windward mark in the lead no one heard him scream as he surfed downwind to Mark 26, no other Laser sailors were on the water!

Good ‘ole Stuart Bromidge had been planning to sail and was seen rigging his Radial before the race, but he took a giant leap for Mankind, stepping into the breach at the last minute to cover Luke ‘Missing in Action’ Normington’s crewing slot with Michael Atkinson.

It was a good thing the Safety boats were in operation. The Dart fleet were almost lost en-masse when they failed to interpret their course correctly and (in error) embarked on a second beat to Wych. With the light fading quickly from twilight to complete darkness it was touch and go getting them all back safely to the shore.

Finally, congratulations to all our race winners over the season and thanks to Roger for keeping the scores. I will see you back on the water for more Wednesday night sailing action in April 2017 as our new Clubhouse approaches completion and I finally shake of the shackles of my own DIY building project.

Pete Taylor Jr

 

February 2016 Newletter from Commanding Officer and Dog Robber

“On ne saurait faire d’omelette sans casser des œufs”, or so the French would have us believe, but have you ever noticed that when you do crack some eggs to make an omelette, the yokes invariably remain perfectly formed until you whisk them up. However, should you crack the shell with the intention of making a fried egg, you can bet your life that the yoke will be mutilated, thus ruining the appearance of your breakfast. Whether this law originates with Murphy or Sod is a moot point but I assure you I can testify to its veracity. What’s he going on about now, I hear you say.

Well, I am making an attempt to provide an introduction to the fact that February’s newsletter co-incides with Shrove Tuesday, so not omelettes, admittedly, but pancakes most definitely. I am assuming that you have all answered the call of the ‘pancake bell’ and that you are well and truly shriven. On the subject of sinning, quite a few Laser sailors felt the need to absolve themselves of guilt after a very hairy race in the Perisher series. If you’re interested, you can find out more by reading the race report on our in-house web-site.

You can also find detailed results of the four races that have been sailed so far. Below, you will see printed a list of the top ten sailors after discards have been activated. The duel between Mike and Jon looks like it is going to be a close one but let’s hope it isn’t as close as last Sunday’s, (Feb. 21st)! Read the report for further information.

 

PLACE

NAME

NETT

1

Andrew Hartley

3.0

2

Mike Atkinson

3.0

3

Jon Gorringe

4.0

4

Colston Nicholls

6.0

5

Roger Hakes

8.0

6

 

Mark Scott

8.0

7

Giles Kuzyk

10.0

8

Ann Keates

11.0

9

John Lyons

12.0

10

Nick Morgan

12.0

 

Here’s a question for you. How many of the top ten listed above did not capsize during last Sunday’s race? (Clue: 36 kts. gust recorded!). I know that at least one person didn’t, but I think you’ll be surprised at some of the names that don’t make the list.

 

By the end of February, we will have allocated duties, (as requested so to do by the club, i.e. 2 duties per boat for every boat that is in the yard or has entered a series). They will then be placed on Dutyman by the ‘powers that be’, (not us!). Those of you that sent us your preferences should be able to see that we have managed to meet them pretty much 100%. Those people that didn’t do this have been slotted in where there were gaps to be filled. Please remember that it is your responsibility to arrange any alterations to those printed duties.

 

I’m writing this on the night before the AGM and the fleet’s Annual Prize Giving and dinner. By the time you read this, both will be over. If you’ve attended both, I’m sure you feel a little slippage on your Lenten promises will be forgiven. The following story might well be of use to male members of the fleet who have female partners to consider:

 

“A man found a bottle washed ashore. When he opened it, to his surprise a genie popped out. He granted the man three wishes. The man wished for a million pounds, and poof! There was a million pounds. Then he wished for the new Aston Martin, and poof! There it was. Finally, he wished he could be irresistible to all women….poof! He turned into a box of chocolates!”

 

Sail fast and fair,

 

Ann & John

p.s. Not long now before I can write a bit more about sailing!

 

 

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