The final days racing in this years Winter Series was held on Sunday in blustering conditions.
7 boats were on the start line including an OK Dinghy and a Lightweight Sharpie plus 5 Flying fifteens. The breeze was piping in from the WSW at 12-18kts. Being from the west, the breeze varied in strength and in direction and there were surprises from time to time across the race course. The water was flat with very little swell to bash through upwind and surf downwind.
Results are posted on the Events page. Series Results will be posted later, but the boat that has taken out the Winter Series Championship finished every race of the series and finished with an average score of 2.2 points per race! Well done.
The 2018-19 season begins on September 2nd with the Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet, where a race will also be run.
After a month without any racing, tomorrow SYC are running this years 5th and final race day in the Winter Series. The weather looks like providing good breezes and smooth sea state.
The Club Flying Fifteen is available to use and there is crew places available on other boats. If you would like to take one of these opportunities, please make contact.
After Day 3’s racing was abandoned due to a complete lack of any wind, the crews were nervous as to whether there would be any racing today. While rigging the boats the wind was patchy south-westerly and not helping to ease the tension. 4 crews set out to the race area, being towed some of the way by the Race Officials vessels. After a short delay racing began with a light SE breeze and the following 3 races in a comfortable easterly breeze.
The club was visited today by Graham from Poole in the UK. Graham sails Flying Fifteens at Poole and ably assisted the Race Officers. Thank you for you assistance today, safe travels home and we hope to see you again soon.
Many thanks to the Race Officers for setting the courses and conducting the starts. Results from today’s racing can be found on the Events page.
This coming Sunday, the second race day of the Winter Series is being run. First warning signal is scheduled for 1100 (not 1200! and you WILL need sails!!).
After racing the club’s AGM will be conducted upstairs in the clubhouse. In keeping with club tradition, members not in attendance will automatically be nominated for positions.
To finish the day on a high, presentation of results and trophies of the past sailing season will take place.
Sunday the first Winter Series event was held and it was a beautiful day and the water was clear and not too cold.
The start crew elected to delay the start due to some members being late AND forgetting their sails!
Only 3 boats were able to make it to the start line due to travel commitments and injuries – once underway the boat crews were challenged with oscillating variable strength winds from the SW. In the first race, Saffron picked up a great breeze on the left hand side of the course which placed them well and managed to finish closely behind the Sharpie, Patrick Kills Oysters.
Races 2 and 3 were managed well from start to finish by PKO with SNAffU not able to get a lane past them.
Race 4 was nearly won on the first lap by SNAffU….. luckily they realised the race was not over yet and managed to stay in pressure and finish well ahead of PKO to get the line honours victory.
Results are posted on the Events page.
The next chance to participate in the fun is June 17 – Winter Series day 2 which includes the trophy presentation for the 2017-2018 sailing season.
Sandgate Yacht Club’s winter series for all boats starts this Sunday 3rd June at 1100hrs. This is the first race of a five-race series.
If you are looking for a position on a boat, or you are looking for someone to sail with, please let us know and we can put you in contact with the appropriate people.
See you Sunday!