There is now a draft version in the calendar on this website. Event finish times are an approximation merely to give an indication of the length of the event. The annual booklet will shortly be going to the printers. As soon as it is available next year’s membership documents will be issued.
For the first 36R Vane event of the year we had five entries. A couple of the regulars and one out of hibernation that sailed mainly vane boats many moons ago. Wizzy tells me the last time he was out on the water was about 30 years ago and at the time he seemed to be the only one owning a 36R, so now we must have actually grown in numbers.
Derek was with us to team up with Robert and Eric was keen to assist Tony and help the blind lead the blind. Bob was here to mate for Peter and Darren was down to help our John.
Light winds from the bottom of the lake called for big rigs. Some of the usual fumbling around to get the boats out and dusted and then score cards were prepared with the boats and skipper names filled in.
Five of us went to the water edge so Rob was the first on a bye as the other four had just returned from a test run. Mr Wiseman won both his legs against Peter and John scored five points from Tony as his boat didn’t go the same as it did in the test run.
At the beginning of the morning the wind was adequate, but coming up to the lunch break the wind started to dither a little down on the start, but once you were out from the clubhouse it started to work.
Team Rob then started the accumulation of wins against all the other boats as Derek tuned the boat to perfection.
After the lunch break and some more of the long awaited repairs from the previous year, the wind seemed to be back to being just enough as in the beginning.
An early finish left a bit of time for practise as there wouldn’t have been enough time for a second round. Rob and Derek had mopped up all the available points on the day and secured the win.
Although there were still a lot of buoys out on the water, they didn’t really hinder these short keeled boats to be of any problem. Collisions for resails were also at a minimum and the day ran pretty smoothly. These smaller boats are the ideal start platform for anyone contemplating a dabble in the world of Vane sailing. Ideally suited and not too fast that you have to wear running shoes to sprint after them unlike the bigger high flying machines. Come along and see or even pick up a pole and join in, helpers are always made welcome.
Next event in the 36R Vane class is the weekend after Easter on Saturday 27th April.
1 R. Wheeler 20pts
2 K. Wiseman 12 pts
Joint 3rd Peter W. and John P. on 8 pts
Thanks to Tony Wilson for the Report and video’s
Bit of vane classes housekeeping, here are some Vane Racing Results…
Saturday 3rd June Leech Cup 36R Class (Club Race)
1st Robert Wheeler & Derek Priestley 18 points
2nd= John Plant 14
2nd= Tony Wilson 14
4th Peter Jackson 6
Race Officer Eric Watkinson
Saturday 15th July Jack Roberts Trophy “A” Class (Open Event)
1st “Blue Note” Peter Whiteside & Peter Jackson Fleetwood 18 points
2nd “Pegasus” David Bell Llandudno 8
3rd “Dark Horse” Eddie Greenwood & John Plant Fleetwood 4
Race Officer Eric Watkinson
Sunday 16th July Northern District Championship “A” Class (Open Event)
1st “Pegasus” David Bell Llandudno 18 points
2nd “Blue Note” Peter Whiteside & Damian Ackroyd Fleetwood 7
3rd “Dark Horse” Eddie Greenwood & John Plant Fleetwood 5
Race Officer Eric Watkinson
Here are the final results:
1st Peter Whiteside 22 points
2nd Eddie Greenwood 12
3rd Peter Jackson 10
4th John Plant 6
Thanks to Tony Wilson and Eric Watkinson for manning the mates bank to help all skippers and Eric was also Race Officer.
Saturday 1st April was no fools’ day for the five skippers that entered the 36 Restricted class for vane boats. Along with 2 extra helpers and Eric Watkinson for scoring the day, Vane 36R Woods Cup Trophy was a goer!
The Final Results
1st Peter Whiteside 19 points
2nd John Plant 11
3rd= Edward Greenwood 8
3rd= Peter Jackson 8
5th Martin Pritchard 4
Lever Cup Saturday 4th June 2016
There were 3 entries and one round was sailed.
- 1st John Plant / 6 points
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood / 5 points
- 3rd Peter Jackson / 4 points
Leech Cup Saturday 20th August 2016
There were 5 entries and one round was completed in torrential rain and strong winds. Smallest suits of sails were used throughout and even these were almost too much for these small boats to handle when the wind freshened even more during the afternoon. For the last 2 heats beats only were sailed, to reduce the possibility of damage to yachts and competitors.
After Heat 4, three yachts had the potential to win the event. Eddie had 11 points, Martin and Peter W each had 10 points. In the last heat Martin beat Eddie and
Peter J beat Peter W, resulting in an overall win for Martin. Final scores were:
- 1st Martin Pritchard / 13 points
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood & Eric Watkinson / 11 points
- 3rd Peter Whiteside / 10 points
- 4th= John Plant / 3 points
- 4th= Peter Jackson / 3 points
Five yachts entered the event. At commencement of racing there was hardly any wind, but as the first pair reached about half way up the lake wind strength increased and the direction changed from northerly to westerly, giving a 3 leg beat up the lake with a run back to the Clubhouse. Conditions were then excellent and these small yachts with their short fins were comfortable in 2nd suits of sails. Four heats were sailed before lunch break. Afterwards the wind strength had increased considerably with some yachts now over-canvased. The last heat was completed and it was decided not to sail a further round.
Thanks are due to Carl, Mike and Paul for acting as mates during the event.
- 1st Peter Whiteside – 15 points
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood & Eric Watkinson – 13 points
- 3rd Martin Pritchard – 12 points
- 4th John Plant – 6 points
- 5th Peter Jackson – 4 points
This was the first of the planned “Club” races for 2016 season and took place Saturday 19th of March.
There were 5 entries. The wind was fairly light, so top or second suits of sails were used by the competitors. One round was sailed. The “Bye” boat crew acted as mates for the 2 pairs sailing, to supplement the efforts of the 2 “newly recruited mates to vane sailing”, Ian and Mike.
Results as follows:
- 1st Peter Whiteside – 90%
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood and Eric Watkinson 53%
- 3rd John Plant – 45%
- 4th Peter Jackson & Mike – 30%
- 5th Martin Pritchard & Ian – 27%
The next Vane 36-R event is scheduled for Sat 23rd April.