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The first event of the 2012 Russell Winter Handicap Trophy took place on Monday 2nd January. Three Paxton boats made the trip to Grafham Water to take part in the Grafham Grand Prix. Pat Overs and Andy Anderson took their Solos and competed in the Single Handed Fleet, with Paul & Tori Carrington in their Fireball in the Medium Handicap Fleet. Overall there were 166 competitors. Full report on Yachts and Yachting here
Next event is the Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Sailing Club this Saturday 7th January. This is a great event with over 200 boats competing in a single pursuit race. The forecast is looking breezy but nothing like we have had over the last few days and no rain during the race. For the Bloody Mary I would advise arriving early and if you are in a slower boat get changed before the briefing. Also as launching can be difficult get your boat as near to the water as the stewards will allow as soon as you arrive. Pat will be there in his Solo along with Toby and Gareth in their first outing in their new Hornet.
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To keep the club running we have a number of working parties in the winter months. Jobs for this years working parties include:
- "Dealing" with a number of areas around the lake with cutting back bushes and some trees to make sure the wind still blows
- Sorting out the club boat garage
- Re-painting of racing marks
- Spruce up the changing rooms
- Re-paint the club signage
- Improve the mooring rope
- Sort out the flag pole
- Review condition of club boats and instigate repairs
- Tidy up the dinghy park
Other jobs are being added all the time and as always there is a lot to do, however the more of us that make some time available to help during the working parties the more we will achieve.
So the dates for your diary are 15th January, 29th January and 19th February. We will be starting at 10:00. Please bring any tools you may feel will be useful and some lunch and a flask of your favourite brew is normally essential. There will be someone in the clubhouse to direct us so don't worry if you cant make 10:00 any time you can spare will be put to good use for the club.
Also on 15th January there will be the AGM at 2:00 pm in the clubhouse.
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Last year we created a new trophy at Paxton Lakes to encourage and reward members to take part in a number of the Winter Handicaps. For many years there have been some wonderful Winter Handicaps which are great opportunity to race in much larger fleets with some of the best UK sailors.
This years Russell Winter Handicap Trophy will include the following events
Grafham Grand Prix at Grafham Sailing Club
Monday 2nd January 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets 1st race start 10:55
Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Sailing Club
7th January 2012
1 long Pursuit race (expect 250+ 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) http://www.queenmary.org.uk/bloody-mary.aspx
Steve Nicholson Memorial Race at Northampton Sailing Club
Saturday 28th January 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets
Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club
4th & 5th February 2012
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
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.
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Sunday 25th September is the all new Double Handed Trophy. Racing will be for the Kestrel Cup and is now open to all double handed boats with a minimum of 2 crew. The day wont be taken that seriously (by most of us) so a great chance to join in with the racing in a friendly environment. Club boast are available but a first come first served and the first race will start at 11:00 followed by 2 races after lunch.