***Premier Open NO 1: Paignton Open For Single Handers***

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***Premier Open NO 1: Paignton Open For Single Handers***

Post by chrishampe » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:35 pm

The first event of the Uk IC season kicks off in the Devon seaside resort of Paignton on the 7th & 8th May 2016. This is a multi class event and there is an entry limit which is currently 70 boats. I would therefore ask everybody who is planning on attending to submit an online pre-entry via the events website at:- http://www.paigntonsailingclub.com/posh_regatta.php Dont worry there is no entry fee payable until the day of the event.

Further details will be posted here closer to the event.

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Post by Dreamcatcher » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:49 pm

Done!
Anywhere we can 'hide' the van on the Friday and Sat nights?

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Post by CharlieC » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:15 pm

There is a multi-storey car park next to the club where vans have been 'hidden' in the past....

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Post by Dreamcatcher » Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:46 pm

Cheers.....might have to take the top box off then to get in there.
Have still got the seat stored at Blith if you need it.

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Post by chrishampe » Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:52 pm

Think you can drive on to the top floor without any height restriction. Your entry isn't showing up on the entry list though gaz.
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Post by Dreamcatcher » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:30 pm

Chris...I've tried to enter twice now on line....both times its said its been accepted....but it still isnt showing up :-(

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Post by chrishampe » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:46 pm

Your entry is showing up now, 6 new rules boats entered so far. I think they are prepared to run handicap for AC, OD or slurps to join the fun.
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Post by chrishampe » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:35 pm

We have six entries so far for the Paignton open. The event is getting close to the entry limit so if you are planning on coming please pre enter online now to avoid dissapointment:- http://www.paigntonsailingclub.com/posh_regatta.php
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Post by chrishampe » Wed May 04, 2016 8:21 pm

Directions...

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Post by Dreamcatcher » Wed May 04, 2016 9:23 pm

Cheers. Forecast looks promising. See you on Saturday :-)

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Post by chrishampe » Mon May 09, 2016 7:26 pm

Day 1 Report:

A day of false starts and splutters today at Paignton. The canoes are the second class to start after the blaze's but we are starting with a mixed fleet consisting of everything that does not have a bowsprit and is not a Blaze. This is a mix of a far 3.6, D zero's, Europe's, phantoms and the obligitary mix of rig sizes they throw up on a heavy lump of plastic called a laser.

Now these laser's are a naughty lot and our first attempt of starting brought out the general recall flag. I think this is a first for canoes but the lasers seamed quite used to it so it must of been their fault. As the sequence restarted the blaze fleet had made it to the windward mark. Unfortunately they seamed to have used up all the wind which resulted in their race being abandoned whilst the rest of us were posponed.

Eventually the wind decided to blow again and by the time we started it was just enough to venture towards the end of the plank. The canoes were spread along the line with Chris Hampe at the pin above of Gaz, John Ellis in the middle with Robin Wood and Phill Robin towards the committee boat end.

Robin Wood was first to blink and tack to port followed by John, Chris and Gaz. The wind got a little lighter and it was John Ellis who lifted nicely in the middle of the course to lead at the windward mark. Robin would sail through his Lee on the reach that wasn't a reach and as we hit mark 2 of the trapezoid Robin had a 3 boat length lead over John. Gaz was third with Chris within a boat length as they charged either side of a Blaze on the rounding.

The run was a case of trying to get as deep as posible and gain as much speed from the slight swell as posible. Chris and Gaz were fighting for third with John closing on Robin in the lead. The leeward mark saw the canoes mixing it in with the blaze fleet. Robin was able to pull ahead and extend a lead and Gaz passed John on the next beat as Chris lost distance being bounced to the wrong side.

The final run saw the wind die again. Did the blaze's use it all up again? At the back of the fleet Phill Robin had caught up with Chris Hampe. While unconfirmed rumours have that Gaz passed Robin Wood in light airs for the lead.

Of course in light airs we all know Robin has the luck of the gods and with boats wallowing in a slight swell three guns from the committee boat gave us all a day to forget.
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Post by chrishampe » Mon May 09, 2016 7:27 pm

Day 2 Report

Day 2 started with another long wait as an easterly wind together with a high tide keep competitors ashore with waves making launching impossible until a suitable amount of beach was revealed by the ebbing tide. The good news was that the race officer had decided to promote the canoe fleet into the first start alongside the Blaze fleet who proved to be much better behaved on the start line.
Once the boats left the beach the wind gradually increased as they progressed across the bay with the committee boat positioned much further out in hope that a more stable breeze could be found. The wind would build to the point where the canoes were just starting to get overpowered upwind, But the Easterly direction meant that a horrid swell pattern. Upwind every 5th or 6th wave was a large 3 metre terror with the odd wave peaking over 5 metres.
It was one of these monster waves that decided the outcome of race 1. Chris Hampe in Monkey had sailed upwind and very much uphill to the summit of one of these mountains of water only to find the wave didn't have a back. The boat fell in to the trough and promptly rolled over. This left Phil Robin out in front to take the win, Hampe recovered to hold on to second ahead of an ever persistent John Ellis in third.
Except for around 1 metre of the race course, Phil Robin lead all of race 2. Unfortunately for Phil the metre that Chris Hampe was able to get ahead was the final metre of the race with Monkey just riding the swell better on the final reach of the trapezoid course. John Ellis had a couple of capsises to finish around five minutes behind the leading pair and would see him heading back to the beach after finishing.
Race 3 was a one way affair as Phil Robin took a large lead early as the left had side of the course was heavily biased. Race 4 was a winner takes all showdown between Hampe and Phil Robin and off the start line it was Hampe who was leading to the left hand side in clear air. Around the course the boats were fairly evenly matched the gap closing and increasing as each boat fought their way over the waves on the upwind legs and surged forward whilst surfing downwind.
The race would be decided at the final windward mark and it was Hampe having decided that the mark needed some close attention becoming pinned to the mark. By the time he had drifted free Phil Robin was sailing by and the resulting 360 degree penalty turn left a lead that could not be challenged.
Now the eagle eyed reader will notice that the names Robin Wood and Gareth Caldwell are missing from this report. The author as yet has not heard any tall tales from either, so has to conclude that either:- 1) Their hangover was too bad to sail following a heavy night of drinking. 2) They couldn't sail due to severe brain freeze due to sitting on the promenade eating copious amounts of ice cream during the postponement. or 3) all of the above.

Final Results

1st: Phil Robin GBR 328 Scarlett Lady
2nd: Chris Hampe GBR 308 Monkey
3rd: John Ellis GBR 334 Horizon Job
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Post by Dreamcatcher » Mon May 09, 2016 7:46 pm

Good report- was wondering what it was like.
The report from the M5 was that the middle lane seemed to pay in each traffic jam! No good going out on a limb and trying to play the shifting lane game. Returning horseboxes from Malvern added to the delays.
Well done for mastering the swell.
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Post by jimc » Tue May 10, 2016 9:41 am

Nice writeup.

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Post by Dreamcatcher » Tue May 10, 2016 5:40 pm

Thanks Jim...but I think that Chris's write up is just a little bit better!

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