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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:35 pm 
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Day Two
Well, for day two we had the long distance race, which in turn means that I get the opportunity to describe the course, albeit somewhat second hand as I didn't get to do all of it… We started with a beat up the side of the island of Inchfad – which I'm told translates as Long Island and between Inchfad and Inchcruin, a passage which locals told us, with perhaps unnecessary relish, they call hell's gate due to the presence of a long reef which blocks about half the channel, with a narrow but well marked passage to starboard and a broader but less well marked passage to port. To windward of the passage was laid a windward mark which was rounded to port, followed by a spectacular high speed reach to the the Island of Creinch, leaving that to starboard which meant a beat round the back and another high speed reach back to the *same* windward mark, this time to be left to starboard. From there was a long downwind leg round the other side of Inchfad, emerging between it and Inchcailloch, with the course tightening up into a long too shy for AC kites reach to a leeward mark off the club. From there a second lap took us up through the gate of hell back to the windward mark, leaving it to port this time, and then running straight back down the far side of Inchfad, round the leeward mark and back up to the finish.
The wind: well I suppose it wasn't really more than force 4 most of the time, but it must have been gusting a good F5 when a big one came through, and there seemed to be an awful lot of meat in the wind. Loads of white horses and plenty of drama. It was no race for the faint hearted, and a couple of us fainthearts – or at least less healthy or with less well tried boats – bailed out at various stages. There were also some minor breakages, but nothing much worse than tiller extensions and string, with the possible exception of the AC that tripped over a rock at speed and whose daggerboard took a bit of extracting. Chris Hampe lost the clew of his mainsail, and was later to be seen learning how to rig a sewing machine… Back to the race - there seemed to be a hell of a scrap going on for the lead, and as they came down to the leeward mark for the second time after some 20 plus miles of racing Alistair Warren and Robin Wood were just feet apart in clouds of spray. Technically they were in different races, and racing each other just for pride, and on the last beat the pride of place went to Alistair who just crossed the line ahead.

With any luck there ought to be some pretty spectacular photos, and there were plenty of war stories on the beach: "Honest, the top of the Morrison's bow was level with the water and it still didn't pitchpole" was just one of them. Some happy boat mending in the afternoon for some, and then the day rounded off with that traditional Scottish entertainment, the visit to the distillery. We gratefully acknowledge Glengoyne's sponsorship of the event, and also enjoyed their products… In amongst the sailing photos another image of the day was when Rob took his ex Robin Wood boat (280) out for an early evening sail. That boat has a pearl/metallic finish blue, and a break in the clouds had the low sun reflecting off the boat and off the waves around it for the most stunning visual effect on a boat I think I have ever seen…


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
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Day Three.
Plan was to get three races in to get things right back on schedule. We launched in what seemed to be a lightish breeze, but which turned into a splendid F3 once we were well out on the lake and nearing the start. So that led to a decent and competitive first race, which I enjoyed thoroughly, beat most of my "target" competitors and, well, I dunno, I can't remember much detail about! The wind shifted somewhat and dropped a bit after lap one, but the RC set up a well executed course change and mark shift. Thus the ACs continuing to do windward leewards and everyone had a reasonably square beat that had changed direction enough for anything we had learned about which side to go on lap one to become worthless again!

Race Four, the second of the day, was held in a lighter breeze which diminished as the race went on, spreading out the competitors wildly. The last run was almost windless, and was extremely hard going, followed by a short beat to the line in which we must have averaged about 0.2 knots…

At this point we were due for a third race, but although a bit of breeze filled in it was never very satisfactory in strength and direction. The RO's decision to throw up AP and C and retreat to the clubhouse for a late lunch was, I think, universally approved. After lunch we went out again and milled about for three quarters of an hour or so, but the wind never really co-operated, and in the end a halt was called. Amazingly enough the breeze didn't even fill in after racing was abandoned for the day.

Evening had a Scottish theme, complete with the piping in of the Haggis and then some country dancing. Scots know the dances (having been taught them at primary school), which came as a bit of a culture shock for the English and Welsh, let alone the German contingent, several of whom bravely joined in to this arcane folk ritual…


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
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Day Four.
Rain. Wet, wet wet. Weren't they a Scots band? The morning was damp, wet, miserable, and naff all wind. Even from the breakfast room of my B&B it seemed clear to the two competitors there that the AP was going to be the flag of the day. Supposedly, from conversation in the clubhouse, it was blowing 30 knots on the Isle of Arran 50 miles to the southwest. It wasn't at Loch Lomond. After about two and a half hours of a sodden red and white flag hanging limply from the flagpole a bit of breeze started to put in an appearance, and the drizzle subsided so the AP went down and it was time to get going. At this stage there was a distinctly foreboding feeling about the breeze: it had that feeling of a front coming in that was going to blow and blow stronger and stronger. There were one or two jitters on the beach and even the odd heavy weather sail coming out.

So we all sailed out, and it was a perfectly sane, but robust Force 3. Rather a decent canoe breeze, and we had a fair old blast about whilst the RC set a course for race Five. Two decent laps, albeit with the wind somewhat diminishing, and a very quiet last reach of a second triangle, followed, in my and Mike Reeve's case, a vicious tacking duel in the last 100 yards of beat for the actually-we'd-rather-not-tell-you-but-at-least-it-wasn't-last place. Yes, you read that right: a tacking duel in International Canoes. He won it.

The wind filled in a bit again, and we started a second race. A decent first beat, a reasonable first leg of a triangle, and then the wind switched off pretty much completely. I suppose the leg must have taken a good half an hour, although a little bit of air came in at the end to get us back to the line and a welcome S flag.

That was it for the day. So what of the front that came in and then went to nothing? I chanced to see a meteorological synopsis map of the day. My goodness: complicated or what! There was a low centred west of Scotland and North of Ireland, with, at first sight, no less than three lines of front systems in it. On closer inspection two of those lines of fronts were actually comprised of two frontal systems which had merged, warm front changing into cold front, sometimes occluded... I have never ever seen anything as complex on a weather map. No wonder a front seemed to come in and then amount to nothing: there were more systems behind it confusing it all…

Day Five
Blown Off.
Both Paul Hignett and Alistair Warren did go for a yacht and both demonstrated that it would need a signficant sized party of helpers allocated to each boat to get safely off the beach. Consequently and even if the conditions out on the water had been anything other than extremely marginal, there was simply no way to get a fleet off the beach...

There you go, that's my take, hope I've not offended anyone...


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:52 pm 
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Oh yes, http://www.fotoboat.com has lots of photos. I find URLs direct to their gallery to be unreliable but this http://fotoboat.photoshelter.com/gallery/International-Canoe-Europa-Cup-Loch-Lomond-July-2013/G0000f_SAj1udV3s/C00005RF9e8ntzU8 may work, if not just go to http://www.fotoboat.com and at the moment there's a pic of a cannoe that will take you there.


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:58 am 
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Getting off the beach on Friday....

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Don't think it would have been practical to get a fleet out!

All these (c) me :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:13 pm 
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I'm trying to keep information on the past international events together on the http://www.intcanoe.org/ site, so for the 2013 Europa I've created a starter page with links to the various YY daily reports and to this thread. I'd appreciate a heads up whenever other reports or material becomes available I should reference there.

I've also added three of the better shots I took on friday to the random photo at the bottom. If anyone else has some good shots I can publish (ie copyright sorted) they'll be gratefully received. YY have published some of the snaps I took too BTW.


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
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Full results for the Europa Cup now on the website from the front page or use the following link http://www.intcanoe.org.uk/index.php?op ... &Itemid=96

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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:32 pm 
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Thanks Jim for your personal account of the event. Clearly you enjoyed it and I enjoyed reading your account. Sailing again at Draycote on Wednesday evening was tame by comparison.

I am gradually getting the new boat sorted. On return from Loch Lomond I have replaced the rope main halliard with a wire one which will not stretch. I have my own splicing kit. I waited to be sure the white band was in the right place before making the halliard. Today I ordered the carbon tube to make a jib boom, then it will be time to get sails made for the boat. Much of the time, using old sails, I was a 9.5 sq m sailing canoe at the Nationals. More speed will follow I hope!

Cheers Colin


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:34 pm 
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would peter maclaren,jim c,and anyone else who has access to loch Lomond 2013 photos be able to add them to the ic gallery on the frontpage please? It would be such a pity to lose all this brilliant detail.I,for one, never did see all the photos that were shown on the laptop on the bar one evening and think that it would be great to have this saved and available in the future. :


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:18 pm 
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'fraid the only ones I have are the ones I took.
The reasonable ones are all either on this thread, the SA DC thread or YY. The rest failed quality control, apart from maybe this one...

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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:12 pm 
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Rob

I have the disk from Loch Lomond and I have today uploaded some images to the website server. Hopefully they will appearing the gallery soon but I'm doing battle with the Website which has a few issues and which is in need of a rebuild which will be taking place over the next few months.

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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
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100 images on the gallery under events/Loch Lomond. These are a sample of the ones taken and represents about a quarter. Many are duplicates of the same shot at slightly different times so I have taken the best of the them. If anyone wants any specific images please let me know by PM and I will send some more.

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100 images on the gallery under events/Loch Lomond. These are a sample of the ones taken and represents about a quarter. Many are duplicates of the same shot at slightly different times so I have taken the best of the them. If anyone wants any specific images please let me know by PM and I will send some more.

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 Post subject: EUROPA CUP PHOTOS
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:49 am 
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I am putting together various photos taken during Europa Cup 2013. There are many for viewing at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zzh5mb93fvwq3ge/j4y6FEQGfQ

http://www.flickr.com/photos/100400648@N06/

http://fotoboat.photoshelter.com/gallery/International-Canoe-Europa-Cup-Loch-Lomond-July-2013/G0000f_SAj1udV3s/C00005RF9e8ntzU8

Others to be forwarded when collated.

Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Europa Cup 2103, Loch Lomond
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:58 pm 
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I have put together a selection of photos my dad took in Loch Lomond.

Please note, it is a work in progress, so I can upload more images in the future, and will most likely do so...

Best wishes,

Max

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68894041@N07/

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