Event Reports

It is important for the class profile that we regularly and promptly send out reports of Osprey Class Open Meetings and other sailing events in which Osprey owners compete.

The order for report writing of an Osprey Class Open Meeting or a mixed classes regatta is:

Highest placed Osprey Class committee member writes the report        
Whoever is third overall in the Osprey Class writes the report                            
If less than 3 Ospreys participating in the event then the last placed Osprey crew to write the report.   
Reports are always welcome from others as well, it gives an additional perspective of the racing.

The report to be submitted preferably with a photograph or two of the sailing & the results by the Tuesday after the event. That gives a chance of the report being used by Yachts & Yachting magazine as well as https://www.yachtsandyachting.com. The guidelines for how it is done are at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/…/Guidelines-for-submitti…

You should also copy the report, photographs & results to Huw, and do some blogs on Facebook. Be sure to ask at the host club to find out if photos are available. If not, Angela Mamwell often has photos. Taking a photograph of the results sheet on your phone and posting it on Facebook during the weekend is also good - please check it is a readable image before posting. Facebook is good for internal communication within the class, but we need https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/ and our website for external comm, in the hope of attracting new people to the class.

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2021Inlands image02Osprey Inland Championships at Blithfield Sailing Club on 2-3 October 2021

by Kevin Francis 21 Oct 18:12 BST

Osprey Inland Championships at Blithfield photographs courtesy & copyright © Angela Mamwell

The forecast did not look promising and along with the national fuel shortage numbers were sure to be affected. On Friday night the first teams arrived with a few managing a quick shake down sail as the dusk fell, among them Richard and Mark Hartley in the new Mk VI Osprey. This was followed by an impromptu curry and the mandatory tapping of the real ale, a great start to the weekend.

Saturday morning dawned and was in fact a perfect day to go sailing. The wind was due to drop as the day went along but it would be trapezing conditions to begin with. 15 Osprey teams had made the effort and would be rewarded with some epic and challenging conditions throughout the course of the weekend.

Five races were to be sailed and the race officer did a fantastic job in setting courses to cover all points of sail with the usual bingo numbers hanging from the committee boat, the first challenge was to remember where you were actually supposed to be going.

The early races established the teams to beat with local specialists Chris Gould and Nick Broomhall battling with multi ex National Champions Terry Curtis and Peter Grieg with another local pairing, brothers Eden and Josh Hyland making the most of the class association loan boat to keep the pressure on. It was great to see another previous National Champion winning pairing Gareth Caldwell and Jonathan Gibbons back in an Osprey together, Gareth no doubt enjoying the relative comfort of the Osprey in these conditions against his usual mount of the International Canoe. Team Hartley took a couple of races to find the fast button but in race 3 were off like a scalded cat and well deserved.

2021Inlands image03By the end of the first day the racing pace had slowed as the wind began to die away as expected and thoughts turned to the spectacle of the hog roast, as ever the club and helpers put on a magnificent spread for the sailors and members of the club. Suffice to say no one was left hungry or thirsty with guest ales aplenty and Richard Hartley doing a top rate job as the class sommelier, a very enjoyable night and the perfect ending to the day.

In slight contrast Sunday was to be held in conditions that were to get more spirited as the day progressed. A fairly early start would help clear some woolly heads, combined with the obligatory dunking by most. The course was fabulous including a long flat out two-sail fetch the length of the reservoir just perfect for the high performance Osprey and very enjoyable for all crews.

The batting order remained fairly consistent with Kevin Francis and Tim Bowden beginning to gel and a third place the reward. Team Hartley carried out a full buoyancy check on the new boat which passed with flying colours and satisfied with this the duo retired from the days racing. The wind by now was funnelling onto the reservoir in large chunks and most teams were experiencing some technical issues especially with the spinnaker launches and drops. The rigs were increasingly raked to find the happy medium and the racing got faster and faster.

Anthony Harper & Steve Watson had been plugging away all weekend with Osprey 1155 back on the scene for the first time in a while but wisely elected to sit out the final race of the weekend. The weekend ended with Chris and Nick taking deserved line honours but the overall prize was awarded to Terry and Peter, in a tightly contested event.

The class would like to thank Blithfield Sailing Club for a wonderful event, to the club members and helpers that made it possible. Osprey sailors are a hungry and thirsty bunch but were never far from sustenance in one form or another, greatly appreciated. Also a special thank you to Richard and Mark Hartley for those extra touches to make the class feel special, again it makes a difference. Let's do it all again in 2022.

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Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1 Plan B 1234 Weymouth 1 1 4 1 2 5
2 Oh Spray ! 1311 Blithfield 5 2 2 2 1 7
3 Class Boat 1360 Chasewater 2 4 3 4 3 12
4 Odeline 1331 Blithfield 3 7 9 5 4 19
5 Contains Nuts 1350 Consiton 6 5 6 10 5 22
6 Bird of Prey IV 1349 Kielder 7 3 7 9 6 23
7 Robbers Alley 1363 Carsington 4 6 10 6 8 24
8 Hartley Boats 1381 Blithfield 9 8 1 DNF DNC 34
9 Able Too 1175 Weymouth DNF 10 5 3 DNF 34
10 White Stuff 1373 Poole 11 9 13 7 7 34
11 Jane 1316 Small Heath 10 11 8 DNF 9 38
12 Dark Matter 1369 Great Moor 8 13 12 8 DNF 41
13 Just pogo 1114 Tata Steel 13 14 11 11 10 45
14 Y Lost 1341 Ribble 14 12 14 12 11 49
15 Ginger Tendencies 1155 Notts County 12 15 15 13 DNC 55