Alexandra Willis Day 1 Report (age 12)

It was a bit scary out on the water. Race 1 was very scary, although the wind dropped off during the race. It was really good fun though! The waves were big and the wind was light and fluffy. We finished 13th! YIPPEEEE! There were lots of boats, and it was raining and the water kept on going in my eyes, so I couldn’t see where I was going. It got very misty during the second race, and we nearly capsized, because the waves were big, and we did a really bad tack, in which I dropped the mainsheet, in the cleat, on the wrong side of the boat, and I dropped the tiller at the same time. We carried on racing though, and we came 25th! It was great fun! I am looking forward to tomorrow!

Jon Batt Day 1 Report: (age 29 and a quarter)

Classic Mount's Bay conditions greeted us for the first day's racing F4 - 5 and 6 foot waves. Unfortunately wind strength reduced for the points races so we raked upright and off we went. It soon became apparent that going right up the beat was paying which put us in the top ten. We held onto eight until the stares of Martin Cooney and Pete Frith wore us down to 9th place at the finish. The conditions stayed the same for the second race. We started so late on the gate that the gate was closed and had to duck down but somehow still ended up 4th at the windward mark and after two good reaches 3rd at the leeward mark. Hanging on to 3rd would have been great but Andy Barker and Richard Hartley spoilt the glory but 5th left us delighted with the first day

A hard day's racing ( I wish I was still 29¼) and off to refresh in the bar looking forward to more of the same tomorrow.

Viola & Michael Scott Day 1 Report:

We sailed out to the course in big winds ready for a testing day. The practice race was notable for the general recall in the first gate start caused by Russ Gardner t-boning the pathfinder. Should definitely have gone to Specsavers. Halfway up the first beat the wind suddenly switched off and veered to the west greatly assisting those on the right of the course but leaving all competitors wallowing around under powered in enormous waves. The change of wind direction meant a lengthy wait for the start of the first points race as the wind gradually tracked back to the south and the course could be re-laid. The wind gradually returned, and the last race of the day felt better as us pond sailors started to adjust to the conditions - 9th place for us and a welcome return to the beach after a long day on the water.

Alexandra Willis Day 2 Report

I got a bit scared today. We capsized 3 times in the second race! It was good fun! Someone (not us) managed to get their spinnaker caught around one of the club racing buoys! It looked really funny. We came 21st in the first race, and 36th in the second race, despite the three capsizes! We managed to tear the spinnaker in three places, and bend the spreader! It was good fun, but it was very windy, and mildly wavey!

Andy Barker & Peter Greig Day 2 Report: (feeling older than they did on day 1)

Another classic Mounts Bay day, and again local boat 1116 sailed by Colin Stephens and Mike Greig were the pick of the bunch and dominated both races in peerless fashion. A dry day and building breeze was enjoyed by all. Spinnaker pole issues put pay to a result for us in race 1 - by the time we had slipped back to 10th place in the standings we called it a race and returned to shore to remedy the issue. Race 2 provided a good close battle (except for Colin & Mike who did a horizon job on us all!), generally the right hand corner of the beat was favoured, although there were occasional gains to be had out on the left for the brave few - this was our saviour more than once - most particularly on the final upwind leg where we avoided cover and gained 2 places. The reaches were hard and fast, and all but Mike & Colin decided to take the 2 sail option on most occasions. The forecast for tomorrow is even more breeze, so sorry for the lack of detail, but i’m off to bed!

Ian Little & Rob Shaw Day 2 Report:

Another clean start had us heading out to sea on starboard. Hedging bets up the middle of the course didn’t pay off as those who hit right benefited from a last minute shift. We rounded the windward mark in about 10th place with boats bunching up in front and behind. The first reach was right on the limit of what our new monster kite would take, the second reach being more comfortable. Spectacular racing in clean waves, force 4 winds, surfing in toward the mount.

Steady progress ensued and lying just inside the top 10 disaster occurred at the windward mark as we first hit it then blew over against it, filling up. The subsequent turns allowed several boats through including the two Kielder boats who found the whole episode highly amusing. Fortunately, two reaches and a sausage later, found us in 15th, not where we would like to be but when the sun and breeze are in abundance in Mounts Bay, who cares!

Results after Day 2:

Pos    Sail No    Boat Name    Helm    Crew    Club    R1    R2    R3    R4    Pts
1st    1116    Lethal Weapon    Colin Stephens    Michael Greig    Mounts Bay SC    3    1    1    1    3
2nd    1299    Georgia    Andy Barker    Peter Greig    Mounts Bay SC    1    3    DNF    5    9
3rd    1342    Best Chance    Richard Hartley    Mark Hartley    Carsington SC    4    4    3    3    10
4th    1290    Swift-Un    Martin Cooney    Peter Frith    Poole YC    8    8    2    2    12
5th    1296    White Star    Jeremy Williams    Roger Curnow    Mounts Bay SC    5    7    6    4    15
6th    1317    Bird of Prey    Rob Shaw    Ian Little    Keilder Water SC    2    6    8    15    16
7th    1206    Indescision    Rob Larke    Robin Hobson    Shoreham SC    7    2    9    8    17
8th    1339    Thomas Too    Adam Ellery    Christopher Ryan    Mounts Bay SC    12    DNC    5    7    24
9th    1085    Infidel    George Odling    Simon Spears    Royal Signals YC    11    12    7    9    27
10th    1331         Will Odling    Stuart Maunder    RYA    10    14    4    DNF    28
11th    1311    Oh Spray    John Batt    Nick Broomhall    Blithfield SC    9    5    14    DNF    28
12th    1340    Arnold Layne    Mike Pickering    Mike Priddle    Mounts Bay SC    6    11    13    11    28
13th    1280         Steve George    Mark Somers    Mounts Bay SC    DNF    15    11    10    36
14th    1314    Think Again    Viola Scott    Mike Scott    Keilder Water SC    15    9    16    13    37
15th    1337    Baa Baa    Paddy Lewis    Tom Holland    Keilder Water SC    23    19    10    12    41
16th    1195    Another One Bites the Dust    Richard Marshall    Rob Kemp    Poole YC    14    10    18    17    41
17th    1234    Later    Barrie Reynolds    Matthew Skewes    Mounts Bay SC    17    13    20    14    44
18th    1334    Back Again    Russell Gardiner    Paul Jones    Coniston SC    18    20    12    19    49
19th    1335    Kymothoe    John Shenton    Jonathan Gibbons    Wilsonian SC    24    18    15    18    51
20th    1199    Merlyn    Chris Winzar    Simon Pryce    Porthpean SC    20    17    23    21    58
21st    1291         Alex Willis    Nick Willis    Hayling Island SC    13    25    21    36    59
22nd    1338    Curved Air    Ken Brown    Chris Butters    Isle of Sheppey SC    16    30    19    24    59
23rd    1292    Light & Bitter    Paul Heather    Jonathan Osgood    Wilsonian SC    22    21    24    23    66
24th    1272    Yabba Dabba Doo    Alan Laing    Steve Brown    Poole YC    DNC    DNC    17    6    67
25th    1276    Jennifer    Alec Mamwell    Angela Mamwell    Coniston SC    25    23    22    22    67
26th    1088         John Bowden    Tim Bowden    Weymouth SC    26    28    26    20    72
27th    1336    Hoof Hearted    Chris Saunders    Rob Smith    Isle of Sheppey SC    21    22    34    30    73
28th    1322    Peek a Boo    Mick Greenland    Lee Marriott    Isle of Sheppey SC    19    16    DNF    DNC    79
29th    1004    The Think Tank    Peter Cormie    James Grant    Mounts Bay SC    27    24    28    28    79
30th    1294    All Torque    Roger Edwardson    Robert Edwardson    Keilder Water SC    29    26    30    32    85
31st    1341    Blackbird    Nick Jones    Arthur Butler    RYA    DSQ    27    DNF    16    87
32nd    1155    Silver Spray    John Mills    Carolyn Mills    Shoreham SC    28    31    33    33    92
33rd    1325    Seaing Red    Robin George    Nicola George    Great Moor SC    30    29    35    34    93
34th    1329    Fish for Tea    David Springett    Jerry Dixon    Brightlingsea SC    DNC    DNC    25    25    94
35th    1183    Hydrobates    Lee Allen    Chris Goymer    Isle of Sheppey SC    DNC    DNC    27    27    98
36th    1295    Big Girls Blouse    Peter Reeves    Stephen King    Poole YC    DNC    DNC    29    26    99
37th    425    Blue Bird    Claire Sharp    Rebecca Knee    Mounts Bay SC    31    33    36    35    99
38th    521    Geronimo Rides Again    Don Pipes    Greg Byrom    Keilder Water SC    32    32    37    DNF    101
39th    1177    Puma    Ian Deeley    Antony Shaw    Datchet Water SC    DNC    DNC    32    29    105
40th    1181    Magician    Willy Crichton    Brian Kelly    Ribble CC/Ogston SC    DNC    DNC    31    31    106
41st    1197    Bus    Mark Mahwhinney    Chris Booth    Isle of Sheppey SC    DNC    DNC    DNF    DNC    132
41st    529    Ripple    John Beasty    Simon DeJong    Isle of Sheppey SC    DNC    DNC    DNF    DNC    132
41st    555         Roger Taylor    Jenny Taylor    Isle of Sheppey SC    DNC    DNC    DNF    DNC    132