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:

1.
Highest placed Osprey Class committee member writes the report        
2.
Whoever is third overall in the Osprey Class writes the report                            
3.
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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Report by David Downs

Four Ospreys joined around 30 other boats for the Roadford Rocket pursuit race at Roadford Lake on Dartmoor on Sunday 28th February. Following on from the Starcross Steamer this was the second leg of the Exe Sails sponsored SW Challenge 2016. The white horses on the lake and the whistling of the bitterly cold North Easterly breeze indicated that this was going to be a somewhat different sail than the light winds of the Steamer.

The course was effectively a figure of eight using all the area of the lake with a few fiddly bits to make sure the competitors kept concentrating! There were some fairly awesome reaches. All four Ospreys experienced some technical issues:

  • Ros and David Downs' mainsail came down before the start as the outer cover of their main halyard shredded, leaving them with just enough time to re-hoist using just the dynema core
  • Ben and Simon Hawkes had a brief dip at the windward mark
  • Paul Roberts and John Clark had a rather more significant capsize at one of the many gybe marks
  • Terry Curtis, and Peter Greig had to stop to put the rudder back on, we wonder who forgot to tie it on

However the Ospreys figured strongly at the prize giving:

  • Ros and David in 10th won the First Lady helm prize
  • Ben and Simon in 5th were the first junior helm while
  • Terry and Peter were second overall

Only the Lasers and the RS Aeros got more boats on the water than the Ospreys and the results showed the versatility of the class with boats from over 40 years old to 1 year old, wood and FRP and with junior and lady helms.

Next stop is the Exmoor Beastie on the 20th March.