2018 Survey on Nationals Length

The results of the survey conducted of class members in summary was:

  • 31 for 'the 4 day championships'
  • 7 for 'a week long championships'
  • 23 for 'a week long Championships at Mounts Bay reverting to 4 days for subsequent Nationals'

However when assessing the comments, 9 of those voting for the 4 day championships said they would be prepared to do a week long championships at Mounts Bay.

The Committee discussed this at length and felt the results showed a stronger case for 4 days than a week at Mounts Bay and long term confirmed subsequent Nationals will be 4 days long.

2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy

The current standings with the final event left in the series.

Shoreham rerun is happening on Sunday 28th October as a one day event and everybody is welcome. I will open the bar on Saturday if people want to come the day before. We are planning an 11 o'clock start.
John & Caz

Next Class Events

Second event in the Sailing SouthWest series at Penzance SC on 4th November

Penzance Pirate

First event of the 2018/2019 Selden Sailjuice Winter Series at Draycote Water SC on 17th & 18th November.

Draycote Dash

First weekend of the Blithfield Barrell Series on 25th November.

Bilthfield Barrel

Third event of the Sailing South West Winter Series on 2nd December.

Christmas Cracker

Second event of the 2018/2019 Selden Sailjuice Winter Series at Datchet Water SC on 8th & 9th December.

Datchet Flyer

Next event in the Sailing SouthWest 2018/2019 Winter Series at Porthpean SC on 15th December

Porthean Pursuit

The traditional end of season open meeting took place over the weekend of the 20th and 21st October, sharing the water with the Contender fleet, Hornet fleet and 420 fleet, thus ensuring that having your head on a stick was going to be of greatest importance.

The weather was kind to all fleets with a good breeze on each day and wall to wall sunshine, a stark contrast to previous years and plenty of water to sail on which was a bonus compared with other inland venues this year. The usual organised chaos on arrival soon abated and all crews focused on rapid rigging to meet the midday start time, for most of the Osprey fleet it was the first meeting since the Nationals so it was very good indeed to bump into so many crews that had travelled especially as further afield in Wales another Osprey open was running with ten boats in attendance there.

All races over the weekend were held at the far end of the reservoir with triangles and sausages the order of the day, the Ospreys were scheduled to start along with the Hornets which was met with some surprise and a lot of sympathy for the Horneteers who were blanketed from the B for bang by the larger boats.

The first start was taken just a little too keenly by the two fleets leading to a general recall and thereafter the black flag claimed some noticeable scalps.

The beats were the real place changing legs and staying out of the middle of the course was essential especially second time around with so many fleets cross tacking. Banging right immediately after the start or firing out ahead to the lay line seemed to produce the best routes, and this was exploited to the full by DJ Edwards and Mikey Greig in Lethal Weapon who had done enough damage by the windward mark to generally leave everyone fighting for the remaining places.

Current National Champion crew Terry Curtis and Peter Greig were struggling a little and others were quick to take advantage, inland experts Alistair Raynard and Rob Burdekin showing good speed and height and Kev Francis and Phil Male managing to finally get to grips with a reservoir event. It was great to see Mike Taylor and Jon Willey in the gorgeous 1297 blasting clear of the main pack in race 3 and Roger and Jamie Blake continuing to show great form in their new Mk 5, a fantastic year for this father and son team. Another new combination showed flashes of great speed in another Mk 5, Emma Stevenson and Peter Lloyd, a little more consistency and a calmer head at the windward mark and they will win.

Overnight the crew of Whitestar led the event but the discard was clearly going to change many places.

Some of the crews, including this author, decided on the local pub for the evening social and advance booking seemed a sensible option, however on arrival we were met with blank looks and no names in the reservations book; it was then that we were educated that there were several pubs in the local area all called the Wheatsheaf and that the pub was fully booked.

You can imagine the looks of the hungry Osprey sailors rapidly calculating just how many bags of crisps and pork scratchings it was going to take to provide any kind of sustenance. Luckily Mikey Greig arrived at the vital moment having already spent the previous evening working his way through the various liquids on offer, so after the customary bone-crushing handshake the landlord relented and all was well, in fact by the end of the night the Osprey fleet had arrived in numbers and claimed half the pub as their own.

Day 2 provided more glorious conditions with slightly more breeze and the racing proved fast and frantic as many teams battled near the front. Phil (the power) Meakin with Chris Dodd in the front end continued the series of solid results and Alex and Nick Willis showed good speed in race 4 to wiggle clear of the chasing bunch.

It was however a weekend to forget for Chris Davies and Lorraine Ball who had repeat gear failure on both days and were caught by that black flag in race 1. Time to give the Mk IV some TLC ready for 2019.

Results