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Special Races – 19th June 2011
With the club adorned in bunting, balloons and flags, Paxton took part in the nationwide campaign for ‘Sail for Gold’, with a series of “special” races, on the 19th June 2011. With a moderate to strong wind blowing 8 competitors, including both juniors and seniors, participated. With the prospects of medals being awarded at the end of the day, everyone threw themselves into the day enthusiastically.
To begin with, an ordinary pursuit race was sailed, the “special” part of this race being that all competitors had to start on the bank with dry feet. After some comical starts, Andy Anderson in his Solo predictably finished in first place but with everyone else close behind.
After a lunch break, a series of 3, high energy fifteen minute races, on a small course right in front of the club house provided great entertainment for the spectators. Yet again, Andy Anderson came out on top. However, there had been a shake-up of results further down the score sheet, with Bobby Martin and Matthew Bowden in lasers switching places.
The final race was another pursuit race but with another twist – personal handicaps were enforced. This gave the slowest boat (Andy Martin in a RS Terra Sport) a 9 minute lead on all other boats and left Andy Anderson starting some 25 minutes after start gun. The personal handicaps were very well calculated and produced an exciting conclusion to the race. The boats were all closing up for a photo finish but the wind dropped in the dying minutes of the race. Andy Martin sailed well taking full advantage of his head start so that he finished first with Tori close behind. This shot Andy Martin up the leader board when the double points were awarded but left Andy Anderson with a handful of points. The final results were as follows:
1st Tori Carirngton - Topper
2nd Paul Carrington - Streaker
4th Simon Leonard - Laser
5th Andy Martin - RS Tera
6th Joe Sharp - Bosun
7th Bobby Martin - Laser
8th Matt Bowden - Laser
Well done to all who took part and a special thank you to Gareth for organising a very enjoyable day!
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This Sunday 19th June is a "Special" Race Day. So what is so special about it all you ask? Well there will be a mixture of Pursuit and Handicap races. The day will start with a Pursuit Race at 11:00 with a twist that it will be a LeMans start. You may hold your boats to the shore but are not allowed in them until your class start. After Lunch there will be three short races lasting only 15 mins over a short course so should be about 4 laps per race. Then the final race at approx 2:30 will be another Pursuit Race. This time however personal handicaps will be used based on the results of the races so far to set individual start times. To add a little more spice to the overall results you will be able to discard your worst result from the first 4 races and the final Personal Handicap Pursuit Race will be like the Medal race in the Olymics and will score double points and have to be counted.
There will be a briefing at 10:30 to explain how the day will work.
See you all on Sunday
Race report to follow shortly
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The first race only saw the 2 Solo's finish in testing conditions with Pat Overs winning with Andy Anderson in 2nd place. The 2nd race started after lunch but with everyone very tired after the 1st race the Single Handed Fleet was reduced. After 40 mins there was only Bobby Martin still sailing so the race officer sensibly decided to abandon the race.
So that left the results from race 1 to provide the overall scores which gave Pat Overs the Solo Cup and the Single Handed Cup not awarded.
David New took the following photos to give you an idea of the conditions.
More pictures after the link
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Well it had been quite blowy for a few days so I will admit to a few nerves heading over to Middle Nene SC on Sunday morning. I knew Andy was going as well as a couple of our friends from Hunts so it would be a good social day if nothing else.
For me, Middle Nene was a nice club but one where I had a tendency to break things. The first year it was the kicker and last year my tiller. It is also one where a capsize quickly leaves you stuck in mud and needing assistance from the rescue teams. As it turned out this year wasn’t all that much different!
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For all the information about the day please look at the full invitation click here
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All the details and how to book your place after the link