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Next stop was the Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Sailing Clun on 12th January. With slightly warmer temperatures and winds only gusting up to force 5, three boats made the trip this time. Pat Overs took his Solo, William Russell his Topper and Gareth Russell this time with Toby in a Hornet. The Bloody Mary is a two and half hour pursuit race which tests the fitness and endurance of all sailors. 338 boats entered the race with all three Paxton boats completing the race. Toby & Gareth came a credible 69th, with Pat Overs coming 171st. William in his first time out sailing away from Paxton on his own was lapped by some of the front runners, however seems to be lucky in his placing in the overall results scoring 70th one place behind his Dad. A call from Queen Mary the week after queried if that was correct and he was replaced as 269th. The full report is here
Pictures from Alex Irwin Sportography.tv.
What was originally the final event of this years Russell Trophy the Tiger Trophy was sailed this weekend. Again a windy one..... Nigel DeRoeck arrived with his Fireball with Pat Overs crewing and Toby and Gareth entered their Hornet to give a total of 208 boats. Saturday's conditions were fairly brutal on the boats and sailors with 30 knot gusts. Nigel and Pat as a new pairing and Pat not having done much trapezeing before were pushed to their limit and their day was cut short with a big swim in the first race. Toby & Gareth secured three consistent results in the top 50 despite Gareth's best efforts to not rig the spinnaker correctly or at least tie a bowline correctly on the spinnaker downhaul.... Doh... Also in the second or third race there was a big bang heard in the Hornet going down one of the reaches and the boom lifted an inch or so. They couldn't find what had caused it so pulled the spinnaker up and carried on. Being a two day event its a good excuse for a night out and a tradition of the last few years has been a meal at the Anchor with the sharing of war stories over a beverage or six. The next morning arrived with big breeze. The race officer promised that it was a "lovely raceable breeze and is due to drop"..... Hmmm didn’t look like that from where I was standing. However both boats were willing to give it a go and while sorting out the Hornet Gareth discovered what had caused Saturday's bang. The mast step had compressed into the floor and had snapped. No more sailing for the Hornet until it has returned from the boat menders.... Nigel and Pat launched and the wind gradually reduced during the race to provide a very enjoyable race for then and coming 139th. Full report here.
Gareth Russell is currently leading the Russell Trophy with Toby Barlsey-Dale in second, Pat Overs in third and William Russell in forth. The final event, the re-scheduled Steve Nicholson Memorial Race will be on 23rd February.
Russell Trophy Results after three events
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This years Russell Winter Handicap Trophy will include the following events:
Grafham Grand Prix at Grafham Sailing Club
Sunday 30th December 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets 1st race start 11:00
Bloody Mary (40th Anniversary)
Saturday 12th January 2013
1 long Pursuit race (expect at least 250 other boats) Race start time for slowest boat is 12:00pm (make sure you aim to launch early as it can take a while to launch boats)
Steve Nicholson Memorial Race at Northampton Sailing Club
28th January 2013
2 handicap races with 3 separate fleets 1st Race start 11:00 for single handed and double handed Assymetrics start in the afternoon
Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club
2nd & 3rd February 2013
3 back to back handicap races with a slow and fast start for Saturday lasting approx 45 mins each. Then Sunday has 1 long non dis-cardable pursuit race
Some events have a restriction on the number of boats allowed and require you to pre-enter. Please make sure you do this early.
As there are different formats for each of the races, from a 300+ single pursuit to 40-50 boat fleets based on handicap splits, to give an overall result your final position at each event will be taken and factored up based on the largest fleet across all events. This will then give a point score for each event which is comparable across event and fleets. You will also get 2 discards so your best 2 scores will count to your overall score. A change for this year is that each sailor that takes part will score points for themselves so if you change crews or helms, change boats you individual scores will be the ones that count together. If there are any ties then your best discard will be used to break a tie.
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As we are approaching the end of the sailing season at Paxton Lakes I'd just like to bring a few dates to your attention:
Boxing Day Race
A single race starting at 11.00 on the 26th December.
Great opportunity to get the body moving again after the excesses of Christmas.
The old adage that many hands make light work was never truer than on a work party day. We always need all the help we can get to spruce up the club and clear away the willows ready for the coming season. Please bring gardening tools to cut back bushes.
The Annual General Meeting will be held at 2 pm on January 13th, after the first work party. You'll get a more formal notice in with your membership renewal form.
Can I remind you to check that your boats are securely tied down for the winter. When I last walked round the dinghy park there were a surprising number of boats that had not a single line holding them down. Trust me, throwing an old tyre over the handles of the launching trolley will not keep the boat down when the winds get up!
Looking forward to seeing you all in the coming season.
Hon. secretary PLSC