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Nationals report

Post by Dreamcatcher » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:49 pm

Day one of International Canoe Nationals at WPNSA

With a forecast of 25mph winds gusting to 30mph, it was no surprise that a two hour postponement was signalled at mid day. The weather was true to the forecast, and with a consistent 24mph across the sailing area, with highs of 28mph,the decision was made during the afternoon to postpone the sailing to another day.

This left the competitors free to catch up on any gossip, maintain the bar profits, or hire out windsurfers. Congratulations to Steve Bowen who nearly managed to juggle all three at the same time ( but excelled at the second!), and to Phil Allen who showed that his twenty year old windsurfing skills were still a match for any of the youngsters blasting off the slipway.

With a much better forecast for tomorrow, the fleet is looking forward to getting in four good races.
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Re: Nationals report

Post by Dreamcatcher » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:33 pm

International Canoe Nationals at Weymouth - Day 2


With reports of the rest of the country basking in hot sunshine and gentle breezes, the fleet were 'enjoying' Weymouth's local micro climate of sea mist and a cool wind which ensured that there was no visibility and an abundance of fleeces being worn.

By early afternoon, there was enough visibility to make out the gap in the marina entrance, and two rescue boats were sent to escort the fleet to the sailing area. The wind was now a good force four, with a steep chop, and a visibility of 0.4 miles.

Four races were run back to back, with a premium on getting through the tacks without hitting a wave, and finding the windward mark. The majority of the fleet took the opportunity to check uniformity of hull / slot gasket / rudder alignment / centreboard stiffness (delete as appropriate) sometime throughout the races!

The sun did eventually emerge during race 4 and with it some less trying conditions.

Stand-outs for the day were Mark Goodchild and Steve Bowen who started consistently well, hitting the line at speed on the gun, and Richard Hudson who made the most of a port end bias to cross the fleet at the start of the last race.

Results after Day 2:

AC fleet
1st G Caldwell
2nd R Wood
3rd S Bowen + Dave Timpson

IC fleet
1st M Goodchild
2nd S Allen
3rd C Newman

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Re: Nationals report

Post by jimc » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:53 pm

Thanks for the updates: good work... Any chance of WPNSA putting full results up on their web pages do you think?

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Re: Nationals report

Post by bob » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:59 am

what has happened to all the super quick life changing new rules boats that were going to make nethercots obsolete :lol: :oops:

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Re: Nationals report

Post by Dreamcatcher » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:46 pm

Apologies for lack of table for results...should be one on yachtsandyachting website!!

Final day for the International Canoes at WPNSA

A day of contrasts and a nightmare for the OD!! Two races were run today, one of which was the Long Distance race which counted as part of the series and also had its own stand alone prizes. The first race started in a force two, but quickly dwindled to nothing and places were gained and lost depending where the wind filled in from on the course. After two laps, the OD decided enough was enough and the race was shortened with the ACs finishing at the windward mark.
The breeze then filled in as the fleet waited for the Long Distance race to start. The direction constantly changed, the force varied between a F5 and nothing, there was an almighty rain storm, and the rescue boats were on full alert!
Credit must go to Frank Newton's team for managing to hold a race in such trying conditions, with much replacing of the windward mark and the gybe mark. The wind was varied to say the least, with kites being flown on the 'beat', and boats tacking to the leeward mark depending on where you were on the course.
Congratulations to both Robin Wood and Mark Goodchild who made the most of the conditions to record both Long Distance titles and also the AC and IC National Championships respectively.

Assymetric Canoes
Overall
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 16, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally

Fleet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

Rating

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

3





AC

USA233



Robin Wood





4.0

(8.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

16.0

8.0

2nd

12





AC

294



Gareth Caldwell





1.0

(3.0)

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

12.0

9.0

3rd

5





AC

303



Dave Timson





2.0

2.0

(4.0)

3.0

4.0

3.0

18.0

14.0

4th

8





AC

0



Stephen Bowen





3.0

1.0

3.0

5.0

8.0

(13.0)

33.0

20.0

5th

6





AC

306



Tony Robertshaw





5.0

5.0

(8.0)

4.0

7.0

6.0

35.0

27.0

6th

19





AC

282



Maurice Clarke





6.0

6.0

9.0

(10.0)

6.0

10.0

47.0

37.0

7th

15





AC

298



Rob Bell





8.0

4.0

(17.0 DNF)

17.0 DNC

5.0

4.0

55.0

38.0

8th

17





AC

280



Peter McLaren





7.0

(17.0 DNC)

5.0

7.0

12.0

9.0

57.0

40.0

9th

10





AC

313



Max Reid





11.0

7.0

(17.0 DNC)

17.0 DNC

3.0

7.0

62.0

45.0

10th

4





AC

269



Andrew Gordon





9.0

9.0

10.0

8.0

(15.0)

11.0

62.0

47.0

11th

25





AC

288



Richard Hudson





(17.0 DNC)

17.0 DNF

6.0

6.0

13.0

8.0

67.0

50.0

12th

21





AC

300



Roger Howell





(17.0 DNC)

10.0

7.0

9.0

14.0

12.0

69.0

52.0

13th

11





AC

296



Phil Allen





10.0

(17.0 DNF)

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

9.0

5.0

75.0

58.0

14th

2





AC

204



Peter Conway





(17.0 DNC)

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

10.0

17.0 DNC

95.0

78.0

15th

18





AC

309



Robert Stebbing





(17.0 DNC)

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

11.0

17.0 DNF

96.0

79.0

16th

20





AC

301



Andrew Biden





(17.0 DNC)

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

17.0 DNC

102.0

85.0







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International Canoes
Overall
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally

Fleet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

Rating

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

13





IC

265



Mark Goodchild





1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

(3.0)

1.0

9.0

6.0

2nd

23





IC

312



Simon Allen





2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

(6.0)

14.0

8.0

3rd

24





IC

295



Colin Newman





3.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

(6.0)

3.0

22.0

16.0

4th

1





IC

193



Christopher Tuckett





(4.0)

4.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

21.0

17.0

5th

16





IC

275



Hugh De Ionah





(5.0)

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

30.0

25.0

6th

14





IC

318



John Ellis





7.0

7.0

(10.0 DNC)

10.0 DNC

7.0

2.0

43.0

33.0

7th

22





IC

233



Mike Shreeve





6.0

6.0

6.0

(10.0 DNC)

8.0 RDG

10.0 DNC

46.0

36.0

8th

12







308



Chris Hampe





(10.0 DNC)

10.0 DNC

10.0 DNC

10.0 DNC

4.0

7.0

51.0

41.0

9th

9





IC

311



Phil Robin





8.0

(10.0 DNC)

10.0 DNC

10.0 DNC

10.0 DNC

10.0 DNC

58.0

48.0

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Re: Nationals report

Post by jimc » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:46 pm

Any comments on the event from the other competitors? Colin, you must have something to tell us...

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Re: Nationals report

Post by chris193 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:21 pm

Hi all, can put my bit in from the middle of the IC fleet and my first canoe event, i have to say that the two days racing was probably some of the best racing I've been in, challenging conditions on the sunday certainly at the top end of what i can manage, combined with and awsome battle effectivly for 3rd between a few boats, I think on almost every race I finished within a few boat lengths of somebody else and at least twice collin and I crossed the line without knowing who had got it (collin of course), but to me that shows some excellent competative races! Was a shame to loose a whole days racing sat, but i was pretty relieved when it was abandoned, think it would have resulted in taking the boat home in bits, but it was a great opportunity for me to get to know everybody, thanks to everybody for making me feel so welcome, such a nice fleet, beats snobby 420s for sure!!! Was strange sailing around in the fog on sunday, felt quite hazardous with us all screaming around in that breeze with so little visability, and tacking up to the windward mark, especially without previous races as a judge was particulaly interesting (the reach back to it from well above the starboard layline was a blast).

sunday was good, I certainly didnt mind the drifts, bit like the Norfolk broads can be, although crossing the finish line, and then drifting back over it, and spending some time chatting to frank holding onto Sorebones anchor line was different! at one point it was like somebody had pressed pause on the race as we all stopped, then ten mins later its F4+ squall! Anyway was a good chance to see the DCs in action on the second race, in fact gawping at one caused me to catch a wave and fall of the plank.

Anyway thats just a bit from me it was all brilliant! Also I believe some photos where taken on Sunday from the comitte boat, any chance they might get online somewhere?

Chris IC 193

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Re: Nationals report

Post by chrishampe » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:06 pm

Here are a few pics:

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SAM_0033 by chrishampe, on Flickr

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SAM_0026 by chrishampe, on Flickr

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SAM_0017 by chrishampe, on Flickr

A few more on my flickr:-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33348457@N ... 092743072/
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Re: Nationals report

Post by Phil Robin » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:36 pm

First time I have ever done a championship and failed to finish a race! After no racing on Saturday and a frustrating wait on Sunday to wait for the fog to lessen (and it was still pretty murky) conditions were ideal with a nice force 4 wind. One lap into the first race, I had just starting hiking on the second beat, when there was a ping and the rig tension went slack - caused by the carbon/foam spreader failing at the pivot point. Not wanting to risk the rig, it was back to the shore, where I bodged a repair with Araldite. Sadly, as soon as I put on the rig tension and cunningham whilst launching the next day, the spreader failed again, so I didn't even get my feet wet. Reinforced spreaders now being constructed.
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Re: Nationals report

Post by Colin Newman » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:17 pm

Thanks Jim for the prompt to make a comment but today is the first time I have been on the Forum for a month or more! I also sail other boats and got distracted by other things as well.

Yes it was a memorable event and it was great having new blood in the IC fleet with Chris Tuckett all but beating me in two races which would have made him third over all had luck not been on my side (and it was luck getting a huge lift toward the end of the long distance final race when until then I had been hundreds of yards behind Chris).
Congratulations to Chris for going away with the Novices Trophy. By next year I shall have my work cut out beating Chris as advancing years will not be on my side! So, for me, I guess it is off to engravers one more time with the Ken Davis Trophy and the Vintage walking stick (for the eighth time!) It is worrying to discover who will soon be in the frame for this over 55 trophy! In shall keep taking the pills!

A couple of years ago I bought a Solution in order to try a boat with lighter sheeting loads than either the IC or the Moth as there will come a point in the future where the osteoarthritis in my fingers makes sailing high performance boats too difficult. I have enjoyed racing what is in effect a mini version of the Phantom as it is a quite different type of sailing to the IC or the foiling Moth. I have to learn to spot wind shifts and roll tack! The weekend after the IC Nationals I was at Rutland for a Solution open in which I finished second, beaten only by the then National Champion. I could not defend my Master's Trophy in the class (that age 55 again!) as their Nationals clashed with the Moth Nationals at Stokes Bay, but the Inlands in October are at Chris Tuckett's home waters, on the Broads.

The Moth Nationals were fun with an entry of 57 all foiling boats including eight from overseas. 'Yachts and Yachting' lists the entry as 56 as they drop Peter Conway from the results as he wisely, decided not to launch in any of the races mostly held in biggish winds and very difficult waves. I struggled round to finish 43rd but again went home with the Grand Masters Trophy (best over 55 again!). I keep saying I really should make each Moth Nationals my last as I am increasingly off the pace (the boat is a far bigger physical challenge to sail than the IC) but next year it is off to Restronget and near Falmouth so I have already booked accommodation in the marina village a few yards from the club so Barbara can come with me and enjoy a holiday in Cornwall either side of the event in late June. It sounds like a great venue that perhaps also should be on the list for an IC/AC Nationals?

Now that all the Nationals are over for 2011 it is a bit of an anti-climax just sailing back at Draycote where the water level has gone very low with the lack off rain this year in the Midlands. As a result there is tons of weed in the lake which makes racing anything with 'T' shaped foils on it a total frustration! The IC copes better with weeds but it is still a pain. I am giving the Saundersfoot regatta over the August Bank holiday a miss this year and will probably do the Bala regatta as an alternative. Apart from Gareth, Bala, the largest lake in Wales, rarely attracts Canoes which is a shame. Is any one else likely to go this August bank holiday weekend?

Cheers Colin

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Re: Nationals report

Post by jimc » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:55 pm

Colin Newman wrote:It is worrying to discover who will soon be in the frame for this over 55 trophy!
That's not something I wanted to think about Colin...
Colin Newman wrote:, Bala, the largest lake in Wales, rarely attracts Canoes which is a shame. Is any one else likely to go this August bank holiday weekend?
I could be tempted if a couple more are going... we seem to have been very short of unsalted events this year...

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Re: Nationals report

Post by chrishampe » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:51 pm

Wont be able to make Bala, But will be going to Corus and Oxford. Then I will try to find some winter events that are not too far for me and may try to improve on the 201st place that I got sailing a Laser 2 in the Bloody Mary years ago.
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Re: Nationals report

Post by simonmw » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:39 am

does anyone have more details of the corus and bala events? can't see them on the website! cheers.

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Re: Nationals report

Post by SteveC » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:34 pm

We have confirmation that the Corus meeting is on and is September 24th/25th which is also the famous Porthcawl Elvis Weekend. I will put the details on the website sometime this week.
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Re: Nationals report

Post by Colin Newman » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:58 pm

It is a shame the date for the Corus event was not available earlier. I have now booked to be away on holiday with Barbara that week, so probably cannot make it this year.

Bala is not even a secondary Canoe event so it will not be listed on our IC/AC website. It is an all-comers handicap event run by the local club over the three days of the August bank holiday weekend (about eight round the cans races in the full three day series with a £25 entry fee for a single hander). I am planing to just join in racing against Fireballs, RS400s and anything else that turns up. If other ICs are there it would make things even more fun. The 'Notice of Race' can be found on the Bala Sailing Club's own website if you Goggle it.

In days of yore when we lived in Birmingham Bala was a relatively acsessable place to go sailing (a couple of hours from Brum). I like the club and the racing is good especially if the wind is straight down the lake from a westerly/South Westerly direction. I have done several handicap events there in the past with mixed fortunes, ranging from first and well down the pan! Gareth has won the Club's long distance race (possibly more than once?) but the courses for the August regatta are not windward/leeward so are unlikely to be great for ACs, however in the IC they can be good with reaches etc and legs up to about half a mile long. It was on Lake Bala in 1975 that after buying my first boat (a Mirror Dinghy) my wife and launched for my first experience of sailing. So for me it is nostalgic venue as the place where I started to teach myself to sail (back then the Mirror came with an instruction book on how to sail it!). A year later our first son was born and I took to single-handed boats (a Solo for one year then a Contender; not the best boat for a 67kg novice, but I was having fun!) whereas Barbara's interst in motherhood took over from what limited pleasure she got out of sailing!

Cheers Colin

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