So we seem to be having our reward for what seemed like a long cold winter with what is turning out to be a fantastic summer. The sun and high temperatures keep with us and there have been some brilliant sailing days.
The year and the sailing season seem to be racing by. Already we have held two successful open meetings and also the first Have a Go Day with excellent conditions. A big thank you to those who volunteered and got involved to make the days run smoothly.
The second Have a Go Day will be with us soon, please check your diaries as I am sure volunteers will be needed.
I’ll leave it to others to give more of an update on what has gone before and what is coming soon.
The Saturday training continues to thrive, well done to our newer sailors and we welcome you into the racing fleets in due course.
I think there may be some boats in the compound yet to get wet………. Lets get them afloat and enjoy the summer.
All the best
Don’t bother to diet……. just buy a boat with a bigger sail!
Sailing By Matt
Saturday training sessions have been blessed by beautiful conditions for learning and have helped to welcome some new members to LSC. We have had 15+ boats out most weekends and it is great to see more members down on a Saturday to assist by taking novices out and sharing their sailing knowledge. We are even seeing trainees beginning to sail on Sunday’s and Wednesday evening races which is wonderful to see.
The Laser Open and Topper Open were enjoyed by all the visitors and members. Thank you to all those that helped, especially Pete and Karen for running the Laser Open and Dave Trout and Chris Foster for running the Topper Open (on an England World Cup Football day too). Thanks also to Doug for running the very popular BBQs which make such a difference when you come off the water tired and hungry.
Next up is the Have a Go Day on the 4th August which Will Apps is running followed by a Pursuit Race run by Pete and Karen (thank you again). The 1st Battle of the Beaches follows on the Sunday 5th August so please turn up early enough to sail across the race area. SSC have their new slip finished (nearly) and will be running the 2 races back to back halfway between the clubs. Don’t forget it is a 5,4,1 start! Good luck Everyone,
P.S good to see Bob T wants a bigger boat…another RS800 in the club maybe?
34 Lasers from London, Kent, Hampshire, East and West Sussex, took to the water at Lancing on a beautiful June day with medium/light winds and the possibility of a sea breeze.
Race Officer Peter Matthews had a shifty offshore North Easterly to contend with, but set a course that stayed fairly true for the first two races and made use of the best conditions of the day.
The two fleets, 20 standards and 14 radials, got away first time in race 1 and it soon became clear that in the standards, the contingent from Queen Mary SC weren’t just here to sightsee. Tony Woods had excellent speed, read the shifts well, and held off Michael Hicks and Mark Little, (all QMSC), to take the win. Woods repeated his winning form in race 2, but Lancing SC sailor Will Apps spoiled the QMSC party by taking 2nd with Little again 3rd.
In the radial fleet, David Trout (Lancing SC) led for the first 2 laps but was passed by Ben Elvin (Stokes Bay SC) and Andrew Byrne (King George SC) to finish in that order. In race 2 Elvin and Trout had a very close race to the finish, with Elvin finding a little extra on the final run to take a second win.
At this point, the wind gods had obviously got bored and decided to throw in a 180 degree shift. Fortunately, the Lancing race team got the course rearranged pretty quickly and both fleets got away into a light, shifty SSE breeze.
In the standards, the QMSC team were at it again, but Mark Little played the shifts better than his colleagues to take the win and give him 2nd place overall. Tony Woods came in 2nd but had already sealed the overall 1st. Chris Ellyat (QMSC) had his best result of the day in 3rd.
Rob Cage (Thames SC) found good form in the radial fleet to lead for most of this 3rd race, but lost out to Ben Elvin near the finish. Andrew Byrne’s 3rd was enough to take 2nd overall ahead of David Trout.
A fleet of 10 Toppers took to the sea at Lancing Beach on a hot Sunday with a variable SW breeze predicted. Racing got underway promptly into a 7-9 knot wind, helped by a clean start from the fleet. The right hand side of the course seemed favoured by slightly less adverse tide and it was from here that the leading boats emerged. Aaron Evans (Silver Wing SC) and James Crossley (Datchet Water SC) had a close first 2 laps with Henry Koe (South Bank SC) keeping them alert just behind. The wind eased to 5 knots on lap 3, and Evans showed good speed and concentration to extend his lead and take the win as this proved to be the final lap.
Race 2 got underway in this lighter flukier wind with the course reduced in size to compensate. Evans was keeping a close eye this time on Lawrence Donelly (Surrey Docks) who had rejoined the fleet after a boat problem in race 1. Crossley was well in contention again but faded over the last 2 laps allowing Koe to move into 3rd. This first 3 had noticeably better speed on the downwind legs, partly it seemed from experimenting with different rigs settings in the difficult conditions.
Just as it seemed likely that race 3 might have to be abandoned, the wind shifted further west and increased to about 7 knots. The RO made a quick course change and sent the fleet away, hoping that the breeze would hold. Evans was overkeen this time and was considerably OCS, retiring from midfleet after lap 1 with the overall win guaranteed. Koe and Donnelly had the race under control by lap 3, with Crossley leading the rest, but eventually losing ground to be passed by Miles Vidler (Crawley Mariners YC) on lap 4 who had his best result in 3rd.
Social Stuff by Sean Dwyer
Following a very successful post Laser Open Meeting BBQ on 10 June we are looking to have a Pursuit Race and BBQ after the Have-a-go-day on Saturday 4 August.
There will be a BBQ run by our esteemed Commodore on Wednesday 5 September, after the penultimate Wednesday Evening race.
Also, don’t forget the bar is open on a Wednesday evening as long as Wednesday racing is happening, i.e. up to 12 September.
We will look to have a Curry Night sometime in October – so look out for further details of that.