Strong Easterlies ….

It’s looking like with the forecast for tomorrow’s dinghy racing (Thursday) and Sundays, we are going to have to cancel.

Especially as it is going to be wind against tide !

So next race is going to be Thursday evening 29th April and then some race training on the Sunday 2nd.

If any one can help with safety boats on any of these days or for other races please contact me.

Cheers Duncan 07817875706

The end of season dinghies results 2020.

So the results for this year’s dinghy racing are sorted!!
Well done everyone it has be quite a year and anything but normal!
The main thing is we got out sailing and had fun, so a big thankyou to everyone who has helped and taken part it has been quite a learning process for us all….
So the results

Summer series
1st Tim Laws
2nd Freya Skingley
3rd Duncan Skingley

Autumn series
1st Phil Philpott
2nd Duncan Skingley
3rd Lily Butler

And 2 special prizes

Lily Butler for being the only junior to win a race and in fact she won 2 in the end !! Well done!!

And Bob Shepherd for sticking with it despite not being in a great boat and often bringing up the rear but always with a smile, well done !!

Dinghy Racing

Hi All

We’ll be racing most Thursday evenings and Sundays, subject to weather conditions. All will be welcome and there are club boats available subject to booking.

For this to happen we are going to need volunteers to crew the committee / support boats maybe in some form of rota so we can all get some racing in as well ! If you are interested please contact me.

There will I am afraid a few restrictions to help keep us all safe.

Boats can be ether single handed or crewed by a family group/bubble.

Club boats must have a 72 hour gap between use by different family groups/bubbles, unless the boat and gear has been disinfected by an approved method.

Wind conditions will be restricted to 20mph (force 4 touching 5) max, maybe using xcweather forecast for helford as cut off but final decision should take sea conditions, tides and squalls into account. Also the ability of the sailors should be considered (general we say level 3 standard or above) This is to minimize the need for sailors needing help and reducing the chance of the committee / support boat crew having to put them or others at risk.

The final decision should be made by the race officer taking the above into account and completing the new dinghies risk assessment sheet before each race session .

The towing should be done in a line from the stern of the committee boat if needed ( extra floating line has been put on the rib and fun yak)

Committee / support boat crew should be of the same family group / bubble and be required to sign a declaration to say the understand the risks of maybe having to come into close contact during a rescue situation and the the club has put measures in place to reduce that risk.

We must all keep gatherings below 30 people on land and in groups of no more than 6 people so please give each other space when rigging and launching keeping at least 2m apart. 

Hope to see you all out sailing soon 

Cheers 

Duncan Skingley 

07817875706

[email protected]

Percuil Regatta & HRSC Racing

Freya (13) & Lilly (12) had a great day crossing to and competing at the Percuil Regatta Sunday, 25th – results to follow at St Mawes SC. Thanks to their Parents and Tom & Troy for escorting them across! More Pics on St Mawes Face Book Page. Percuil SC and its regatta have been merged into St Mawes SC.

At HRSC on the same day TJ Hart gambled on a full RIG and took first over a TopperTastic holiday maker.

Dinghy Race Results Sunday 11th August

Dinghy Race Results Sunday 11th August

HRSC Dinghy Race Results Sunday 11 8 2019

A gusty Laser 4.7 day with Lily Butler, Freya Skingley and Linda World taking the top 3 positions. Visitors Oscar & Jasper from Exeter took the double handed trophy trailing as they did behind the talented trois filles. Sophia Walker also on her first outing with HRSC soon got her wings soloing in her Laser Pico; improving in confidence and performance with every lap. A great day for all 7 young at heart ladies out sailing.

The May Family Cup 22nd July Results

With an amazing demonstration of downwind speed & control, playing the angles with the spinnaker, Lymington racer Sam Webb and his mum Jenny zoomed around the course making the Feva XL do things it probably didn’t think it could. Its always a pleasure to be thrashed by sheer quality, and never more so than Team Webb’s 12 year old helm – we want his autograph!

Dinghy Racing Has Started

Dinghy Racing Has Started

HRSC Dinghy Race Reports Thursday 19 04 2018

Wafted by a gentle Northerly breeze on the hottest day of the year, HRSC was justly rewarded for its massive team effort in getting the club back on the water following Storm Emma’s attempt to wreck the club foreshore and pontoon.

If new to racing or want to get racing,  download the Calendar, Entry Form,  Map & Courses, & Dinghy Handicap Number (PN) below

HRSC Dinghy Racing Calendar 2018
HRSC Dinghy PN 2018
DONATE A LASER 2018
HRSC DINGHY COMBINED RACE ENTRY FORM 2018
HRSC DINGHY NOTICE OF RACES 2018
HRSC DINGHY SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2018
HRSC DINGHY Sis AVERAGE LAP RACING 2018
HRSC DINGHY RACE MAP AND COURSES 2018

Dinghy Regatta & Laser Open Report 2017

Dinghy Regatta & Laser Open Report 2017

A Huge thank you to all who made this happen!

From the youngest racer  11yr 7mo to the eldest in his 81st year

From Committee to Stewards and Catering who gave our visitors the very best of welcomes

Our Safety & Mark moving crews – & especially Tony Marsland  recovering in Hospital

The Committee Boat & vast quantities of Hot Dogs kindly provided and cooked by  John Bolitho and of course the gentle tutelage and guidance  given to the  Race Committee under Tom Smith & Steve Kestin

HRSC Dinghy Regatta Report 2017

Adult Dinghy Sailing

The Helford River Sailing Club is starting Adult Dinghy Sailing every Saturday during the summer season beginning at 2.00 pm on 8th July.  The start time will alternate between 2.00pm and 10.00am depending on the tide. Our aim is to attract new members to the club by offering an opportunity to Try Sailing a Wayfarer or our new Drascombe Lugger with an experienced club sailor.

All existing club members with or without dinghy experience will be most welcome to join us. Most importantly we need to build up a list of experienced sailors and safety boat crews who are able to help.

This will be promoted in the West Briton as an opportunity to “Try Sailing” which, as you know, has taken place for many years and with great success on Tuesday nights.

If you would like to take part or want to help, please email Angie Watson at [email protected]

Thank you

Dinghy Regatta Results

Results are final as of 16:43 on June 22, 2016
Feva Fleet
Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 4, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
R1
R2
R3
Total
Nett

1st
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5444
St Mawes SC
Henry Hallam
Ashley Hill
1235
1.0
1.0
2.0
4.0
4.0

2nd
Feva

RS FEVA XL
6112
St Mawes SC
Amy Boyle
Kit Gordon Brown
1235
2.0
2.0
1.0
5.0
5.0

3rd
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5443
St Mawes SC
Max Fisher
Tristan Young
1235
3.0
3.0
3.0
9.0
9.0

4th
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5452
St Mawes SC
Lottie Hack
Daniel Brigg
1235
4.0
4.0
4.0
12.0
12.0

Laser 4.7 Fleet
Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
R1
R2
R3
Total
Nett

1st
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185336
St Mawes SC
Lawrence Calverley

1195
1.0
1.0
3.0
5.0
5.0

2nd
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
68927
St Mawes SC
Joe Pothecary

1195
3.0
6.0
1.0
10.0
10.0

3rd
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
108868
Helford River SC
Beks Hosking

1195
5.0
4.0
2.0
11.0
11.0

4th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
208210
St Mawes SC
Kieran Andrews

1195
4.0
3.0
4.0
11.0
11.0

5th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
20311
Helford River SC
Ollie Chamberlain

1195
6.0
2.0
5.0
13.0
13.0

6th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
88716
St Mawes SC
Ollie Croft

1195
2.0
8.0
8.0
18.0
18.0

7th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
179728
Helford River SC
Matthew Broad

1195
10.0
5.0
6.0
21.0
21.0

8th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
58039
St Mawes SC
Stuart Freeth

1195
8.0
10.0
7.0
25.0
25.0

9th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
133333x
Helford River SC
Ed Hosken

1195
9.0
7.0
9.0
25.0
25.0

10th
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185655
St Mawes SC
Nyles Thomas-Horton

1195
7.0
9.0
10.0
26.0
26.0

PY Fleet Fleet
Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
R1
R2
R3
Total
Nett

1st
PY Fleet

LASER
201511
Helford River SC
Roger Macdonald

1095
1.0
4.0
1.0
6.0
6.0

2nd
PY Fleet

SOLO
4785
Helford River SC
Phil Samuel

1140
3.0
2.0
2.0
7.0
7.0

3rd
PY Fleet

RS 400
588
Helford River SC
Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho
943
7.0
1.0
6.0
14.0
14.0

4th
PY Fleet

LASER RADIAL
171278
Helford River SC
Beccy Kestin

1136
4.0
5.0
5.0
14.0
14.0

5th
PY Fleet

LASER
138471
Helford River SC
Andy Biggs

1095
2.0
3.0
10.0
15.0
15.0

6th
PY Fleet

LASER
179651
Helford River SC
Stephen Brooks

1095
6.0
6.0
3.0
15.0
15.0

7th
PY Fleet

BLAZE
604
Helford River SC
Phil Philpott

1021
9.0
7.0
4.0
20.0
20.0

8th
PY Fleet

LASER
133333
Helford River SC
Andrew Hosking

1095
5.0
8.0
7.0
20.0
20.0

9th
PY Fleet

COMET TRIO
412
Helford River SC
Anton Chamberlain

1086
10.0
10.0
8.0
28.0
28.0

10th
PY Fleet

SOLO
1360
Helford River SC
Dave Philpott

1140
12.0
9.0
9.0
30.0
30.0

11th
PY Fleet

BYTE CII
2621
Helford River SC
Fin Walsh Newton

1148
8.0
11.0
12.0
31.0
31.0

12th
PY Fleet

RS VAREO
252
Helford River SC
Chris Hosken

1071
11.0
12.0
11.0
34.0
34.0

13th
PY Fleet

WAYFARER
5
Helford River SC
Matt Palmer
Ben Clayphan
1107
14.0 DNC
14.0 DNC
14.0 DNC
42.0
42.0

R1 – Feva Fleet
Start: Start 1 – Fevas, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5444
St Mawes SC
Henry Hallam
Ashley Hill
1235
1
1.0

2
Feva

RS FEVA XL
6112
St Mawes SC
Amy Boyle
Kit Gordon Brown
1235
2
2.0

3
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5443
St Mawes SC
Max Fisher
Tristan Young
1235
3
3.0

4
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5452
St Mawes SC
Lottie Hack
Daniel Brigg
1235
4
4.0

R2 – Feva Fleet
Start: Start 1 – Fevas, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5444
St Mawes SC
Henry Hallam
Ashley Hill
1235
1
1.0

2
Feva

RS FEVA XL
6112
St Mawes SC
Amy Boyle
Kit Gordon Brown
1235
2
2.0

3
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5443
St Mawes SC
Max Fisher
Tristan Young
1235
3
3.0

4
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5452
St Mawes SC
Lottie Hack
Daniel Brigg
1235
4
4.0

R3 – Feva Fleet
Start: Start 1 – Fevas, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Feva

RS FEVA XL
6112
St Mawes SC
Amy Boyle
Kit Gordon Brown
1235
1
1.0

2
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5444
St Mawes SC
Henry Hallam
Ashley Hill
1235
2
2.0

3
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5443
St Mawes SC
Max Fisher
Tristan Young
1235
3
3.0

4
Feva

RS FEVA XL
5452
St Mawes SC
Lottie Hack
Daniel Brigg
1235
4
4.0

R1 – Laser 4.7 Fleet
Start: Start 2 – L47, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185336
St Mawes SC
Lawrence Calverley

1195
1
1.0

2
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
88716
St Mawes SC
Ollie Croft

1195
2
2.0

3
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
68927
St Mawes SC
Joe Pothecary

1195
3
3.0

4
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
208210
St Mawes SC
Kieran Andrews

1195
4
4.0

5
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
108868
Helford River SC
Beks Hosking

1195
5
5.0

6
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
20311
Helford River SC
Ollie Chamberlain

1195
6
6.0

7
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185655
St Mawes SC
Nyles Thomas-Horton

1195
7
7.0

8
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
58039
St Mawes SC
Stuart Freeth

1195
8
8.0

9
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
133333x
Helford River SC
Ed Hosken

1195
9
9.0

10
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
179728
Helford River SC
Matthew Broad

1195
10
10.0

R2 – Laser 4.7 Fleet
Start: Start 2 – L47, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185336
St Mawes SC
Lawrence Calverley

1195
1
1.0

2
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
20311
Helford River SC
Ollie Chamberlain

1195
2
2.0

3
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
208210
St Mawes SC
Kieran Andrews

1195
3
3.0

4
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
108868
Helford River SC
Beks Hosking

1195
4
4.0

5
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
179728
Helford River SC
Matthew Broad

1195
5
5.0

6
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
68927
St Mawes SC
Joe Pothecary

1195
6
6.0

7
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
133333x
Helford River SC
Ed Hosken

1195
7
7.0

8
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
88716
St Mawes SC
Ollie Croft

1195
8
8.0

9
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185655
St Mawes SC
Nyles Thomas-Horton

1195
9
9.0

10
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
58039
St Mawes SC
Stuart Freeth

1195
10
10.0

R3 – Laser 4.7 Fleet
Start: Start 2 – L47, Finishes: Place

Rank
Fleet
Boat
Class
SailNo
Club
HelmName
CrewName
PY
Place
Points

1
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
68927
St Mawes SC
Joe Pothecary

1195
1
1.0

2
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
108868
Helford River SC
Beks Hosking

1195
2
2.0

3
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185336
St Mawes SC
Lawrence Calverley

1195
3
3.0

4
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
208210
St Mawes SC
Kieran Andrews

1195
4
4.0

5
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
20311
Helford River SC
Ollie Chamberlain

1195
5
5.0

6
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
179728
Helford River SC
Matthew Broad

1195
6
6.0

7
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
58039
St Mawes SC
Stuart Freeth

1195
7
7.0

8
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
88716
St Mawes SC
Ollie Croft

1195
8
8.0

9
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
133333x
Helford River SC
Ed Hosken

1195
9
9.0

10
Laser 4.7

LASER 4.7
185655
St Mawes SC
Nyles Thomas-Horton

1195
10
10.0

R1 – PY […]

Dinghy Racing 2016

What a great 2015 year hosted by Team Captains Dinghies Andy and Karen Biggs. Writing this with 70 mph gusts outside we are reminded how generous the wind was with only one outright race cancellation. Andy gained huge support from the Committee for re-investment in 2016 dinghy racing.

Two RS Visions – think Wayfarer with easy righting / crew recovery, naturally aspirated with huge Spinnaker and a 1134 Handicap to die for. The perfect introduction to club racing.

A dual purpose Safety / Committee boat with a robust construction we think will tempt more Safety Boaters out in all weathers.

We need to get on the water a little earlier for three equipment acquaint sessions starting 3rd April to hone our Safety and Asymmetric skills before racing starts on 14th April.

Andy on [email protected] is keen to take out new and adult Members for refresher race training in the Visions on Tuesday evenings or as convenient. If any juniors’ parents are kicking their heels on the quay, we hope to offer similar temptation on Friday evenings. The Club’s stock of lovingly maintained Wayfarers is also available for adult sailing / training on Tuesday evenings. Contact Dave Sumner on 01326 240350 or [email protected].

We are actively exploring ways HRSC and HRCST can encourage the flow of adults and juniors into racing and hope there are opportunities with RNAS Culdrose. The Club, founded in 1948 by many ex-RN members, naturally should exploit their “special relationship”.

Saturday 18th June 14:00 – HRSC Dinghy Regatta: we have the return of the Junior Feva Travellers , Laser 4.7ers, and let’s see if we can lure RNAS Culdrose to the friendly melee. We are delighted and proud to have secured Commodore Grafham Water – Tom Smith, to RO the day. Tom will require the generous loan of a Committee boat capable of comfortably holding 4-6 volunteer spotters and recorders under cover.

Saturday 23rd July 18:00 – Susanna May Memorial Cup: the perennially popular event for the May family and friends to joust with HRSC Dinghies. Congratulations to Captain Reginald ‘Fido’ Vivian-May for his British Empire Medal awarded last September!

Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th September – Bart’s Bash: www.bartsbash.com it is appropriate in an Olympic year to honour Sir Ben Ainslie’s late friend Bart Simpson by sailing for Bart on 18th September.

I look forward to meeting old and new rivals alike on the river for an exciting programme of Club racing, regattas, and even the odd expedition or two.

Stephen Brooks – Captain Dinghies [email protected]

Dinghy Racing: October 4th

Dinghy Racing: October 4th

Autumn Weekend Series Sunday 4th October 2015: SE Linestart Wind SE 4-6

Lazerette Lashing

Nick Glossop – ably assisted by a sleepy-eyed Ben Johns, rose to the challenge for his first Helford Race Officer duty, competently setting a delightful beat South East from Trebah out to Gew. With its back to the wind, trees and cliff’s protect the dinghy park, deceiving the unwary to what lies around the corner. Mid morning, the Met Office’s promise duly delivered 10-25kts of bliss. Bliss, that is, for Lazerettes Matt Broad and Beks Hosking comprehensively thrashing the seniors in both real and handicap time with a 1-2.

There is no secret to sailing the Laser into the wind in a good breeze; it has to be sailed flat and upright and that’s why there are four sizes of sail catering for all sizes of helm.     Shadowing the leading Wayfarer, Matt & Beks relentlessly chased each other the entire race with Matt delivering the coup de grace in the final seconds at Bosahan

By contrast, in the over powered slow fleet, Brooks & Andrew Hosking fighting in the Heavyweight section (90+kg) could not stay on their feet under the sustained assault from Bantamweight Dave Philpott in the Solo class. Dave’s experience over many years at club and national level saw him able to coax and tempt his large sail to a mostly calm yet always dry canter.

Attempting to hide from the wind on the first beat to Gew in the Laser Two, Andrew Hosking battered the swell along the south shore; multitasked his way back into contention with the spinnaker on the reach back to Trebah. Second time round, Andrew was less lucky on the gybe under Toll, turning the Two turtle. Paul Greensmith in safety, handsomely & divinely crewed by son Sam & fiancé Amandine, attended the supine racer who seemed to take rather, and perhaps wistfully, longer than usual to return to the fray.

A few minutes later on an uncontrolled reach to Central, Brooks’ Laser tossed him in, a just reward for any gloating – concealed or otherwise over his rival’s demise.

Results: 1st M Broad, 2nd R Hosking, 3rd R Kestin & McD

Captain Dinghies: Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Committee: N Glossop, B Johns

Safety: P Greensmith, S Greensmith & Amandine

Photography: © D Flunder

Following: C Broa

Dinghy Racing: September 20th

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 20th September 2015: Triangular Ave Lap DCX Wind S2-4

At sunrise on Sunday, you could hear the bark of a dog across the river at Helford, but not see the village in the quiet Autumnal mist filling the valley. Knowing the river and putting his faith in the Met Office – Race Officer Andy Biggs had wisely chosen a 10.30am race start for Bart’s Bash – collectively the world’s largest charity fundraising event involving 62 countries & near 10,000 participants. See bartsbash.com
After a slow procession on the ebbing tide out to the course a gentle breeze greeted arrivals for the start of the first race; Phil Philpott expertly scooping up most of it with a large rigged Blaze – the Halo.
Refreshed from his holiday, Phil Samuel put in a fine performance in the Solo, leading a threesome behind the Blaze & coming 1 tiny second behind the Halo for a second. Andrew Hosking deployed his Laser Two’s spinnaker on the dogleg back to Durgan from Central, keeping ahead of Brooks in the Laser, but the legs were too short as the wind increased, and there was always the risk of a downhaul tangle for which his rival would show no mercy and came 4th.
Dominic Brandreth on his first competition racing a venerable laser showed promise keeping touch in the early laps with youth racers Beks Hosking and Matt Broad in Laser Radials and Dave Philpott in another Solo; holes in the wind were very unforgiving leaving the rearguard well of the pace.
The second race proved a much closer affair in a freshening breeze with all racers improving upon their individual handicap performances.
Phil Philpott’s first tack to Central was slower going east than those going west, but by the time he got to the end of the lap he knew where he wanted to go, and like a metronome produced 7 & under minute laps for the remainder.
Dave Philpott had an inspired second race giving his 15 years the junior sexagenarian Solo rival the tightest race yet. Both crossed the line in the same second on the first lap, Phil ahead by 1 second on the next and by hardly a boat length on the final lap to take third.
Andrew Hosking, discarding his spinnaker, did what he likes doing best and beat Brooks in the final lap for a fourth place; the two continuing to race back to the clubhouse. Beks Hosking kept pace with the similarly handicapped Solos and ahead of Matt Broad for the first two laps, but the wind evaporated for her in the final. In the rear gunner’s seat, Dom Brandreth continued making progress, knocking a good 2 minutes from his earlier lap times and stayed dry & observant.

Results:
Race 1 1st P Philpott, 2nd P Samuel, 3rd S Brooks
Race 2 1st P Philpott, 2nd P Samuel, 3rd D Philpott

Captain Dinghies: Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Committee: Andy, […]

Dinghy Racing: September 13th

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 13th September 2015: Trapezoid Ave Lap UGDC Wind ESE4-6

Culdrose on Sunday recorded over 20-30 mph average and gusting for an original 3pm race start. Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs had made the correct decision to delay matters until 5pm – just in time for a welcome soft rain to soothe salt-stung eyes in a somewhat milder 15-30mph.
Race Officers Steve & Beccy Kestin found what little shelter there was near Trebah for the start – pointing the fleet into a short steep swell for the first long leg to Gew. Andrew Hoskin deceived by the sheltered nature of the calm under the clubhouse, on reaching Trebah in his Laser 2 decided discretion was the better part of valour, and was the first to retire.
Proving peri octogenarians can surf with a sail, Dave Philpott impressively survived the roller coaster ride to Durgan where others did not, and after a magnificent first lap in the Solo finished on a high. Dave’s son Phil in the fastest boat of the day found he could survive the downwind sections – just – by perching precariously at the end of the scaffolding that counts as Gunwales on his Blaze and was home 5 minutes before everyone else.
Biggs & Brooks battled through the surf together on their full rigged lasers the entire race whooping more in relief as the exhausting beat turned to exhilarating reach up river. Other than a little faux pas on the gybe round Durgan, Biggsey had the edge over his rival, driving himself and craft to the limits, such that his boom broke on a +30mph pirouette through the narrows after race end.
Youth sailors Beks Hosking & Matt Broad in Laser Radials heroically made their way around the course – more than keeping up with the adults – Matt dividing Brooks and Biggs for a third.
Roger McDonald, Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust Deputy Chief Instructor had been out on the river earlier in the day on one of a pair of Trust Laser Visions put up for sale, testing for the first time its qualities in a stiff breeze, and at the same time instructing a mature nephew crewing on his first sail. Deciding his charge could cope with more instruction McD returned to the club in a Wayfarer. Heading the field behind the Blaze, a failure in the Wayfarer’s running rigging on the first reach to Durgan denied the pair a podium position – but not an indifferent start, it could be said, to a Level 1 Dinghy qualification!

Results: 1st D Philpott, 2nd S Brooks, 3rd M Philpott

Captain Dinghies: Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Committee: Steve & Beccy Kestin
Safety: Nick Glossop & Ben Johns
Following: Chris & Emma Broad

Dave Philpott winner of HRSC Sunday race photographed earlier in the week

Dinghy Racing: July 19th

Dinghy Racing: July 19th

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 19th July : Pursuit, Wind SW3-4

Soothing Pursuits

A light to moderate south-westerly breeze with an occasional big gust made for lively sailing.  Three Juniors in Laser Radials started together, chased a minute later by Andy & Karen Biggs in their N12.  Ben Johns & Matt Broad went a toing and froing down the long run-reach to the mouth of the river until Matt pulled away on the beat back up to Trebah, in his own pursuit of the N12 which had just passed the trio off Grebe.

Starting exactly 7 minutes after the Radials in his Halo, Phil Philpott used his knowledge of the river’s flows & where its rocks were to keep out of the fully ebbing tide, hugging the shore whenever he could.

With the intention of getting the Laser 2 flat on the beat or the reach with spinnaker, Andrew Hosking boldly wore his trapeze harness, although for the most part there wasn’t quite enough puff to be tempted out on the wire. Trailing Ben Johns and Beks Hosking on the last run to Committee Andrew had his prayers answered & got the gust he had wanted all day. Cleating the mainsheet and sliding to the transom, Andrew got the hull near half out of the water, yet could steer and work the spinnaker guys for a 250 yard dash past Ben to his daughter in her Radial.

An unflappable Katie Sykes making a welcome return to  the river, kept her photographer dry and the Rescue RIB steady enabling a video of Andrew’s meteoric progress to be made.

In stiffer winds on the final beat to Central, Beks rewarded her father’s earlier impertinence by nipping past him at the very finish.

Towards the front of those queuing in the hunt for Biggsey, Matt was still gamely hiking out as hard as he could but did not have the sail area to get closer to the see-sawing bath in British racing green. The Halo on the other hand did have enough cloth but not quite enough gusts to close a 10 second gap at the final mark.

Results
Overall 1st A&K Biggs, 2nd PJ Philpott, 3rd M Broad
Juniors 1st M Broad, 2nd R Hosking, 3rd B Johns

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Safety Boat: Phil Samuel & Andrew Hosking, Chris Broad.

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Andrew Hosking is soloing his Laser 2 and catches a good gust on a broad reach to catch Ben Johns and Beks his daughter – watch her pony tail go back and forth in as lantern jawed Beks realises her father will catch her Radial Laser.  Andrew was unable to maintain the momentum being pipped by Beks at the finish.

Dinghy Racing: July 16th

Summer Evening Series Thursday 16th July : Ave Lap, Wind SSE2-3

An Evening Nap

There was about half the southerly wind forecast on the river so the fleet did not so much gallop as plod around an otherwise perfect course for the conditions laid out by Matt & Emma Broad – their first Average Lap PY race; ably assisted by Karen Biggs – veteran of   the scoreboard.

In the first race a proportion of the cortège prematurely slunk across the line – Andy Biggs Spars entangling with another forcing a penalty and came 8th. The Juniors were of as if tadpoles swimming in jelly, yet all bar Matt Broad suffered prolonged periods of enforced lassitude generally ascribed to the front of the fleet that had wind and the back which didn’t.

Team Kestin & McDonald’s citrus yellow spinnaker eventually filled but did not fulfil its usual promise as a bemused laser wafted curiously in tandem, until a little extra puff finally sent the lemon leopard languidly ahead to come second to the Lasers third.

In the second race: emerging rested from under the duvet in the king sized cockpit of his Blaze Phil, Philpott sped again to the head of the fleet; this time came 2nd. Young Beks Hosking saw of the challenge from both Andy & arch rival Matt to come third. Brooks had a late start, caught up with the radials and then went left at the windward mark whilst the rest of the fleet went right & came last. Dave Philpott had a consistently solid PY performance in both races and saw his grandson Sam in a 4.7 halve the margin to PN with a much improved 2nd race. Similarly, Ben Johns finding himself in a boat that could float had a much better 2nd race. Team McDonald & Kestin were in fine form – this time with Beccy trimming the spinnaker, and whilst not exactly zooming, glided to a good minute ahead of their closest threat – the Blaze. Saddle sore from 5 hours tending the HRCST Inter Schools Regatta and HRSC evening race, Andrew Hosking with equanimity, dutifully towed most of the smaller sailed dinghies home.

Results
Overall
1st R Kestin & R McDonald, 2nd M Broad, 3rd P Philpott 4th R Hosking
Juniors
1st M Broad. 2nd Beks Hosking, 3rd B Johns, 4th S Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Committee: Chris & Emma Broad, Karen Hemsley-Biggs
Safety Boat: Andrew Hosking

Dinghy Regatta: July 11th

HRSC 67th Dinghy Regatta 2015 Saturday 11th July Wind WSW 4-6

67th Helford Regatta

Helford’s Senior racers were as delighted with the performance of their Junior section, as the Juniors themselves.  In the combined Youth & Senior fleets, Youth Laser 4.7 sailors Olly Chamberlain and Beks Hosking relieved the seniors of their two largest pieces of silverware; Phil Philpot left content with a Bronze for his Blaze.

Race organiser Andy Biggs had been promised a breezy days sailing all week by Culdrose, and he wasn’t disappointed with an average of 12 knots and double again in the gusts.  Four racers and three generations of the Philpott family were out on the water, proving dinghy sailing is for all ages, taking prizes in youth, senior and overall categories.

There were thrills and multiple spills for most, yet peri octogenarian, Grandfather Dave Philpott kept his immaculate middle aged wooden Solo upright and raced all five races with panache – to the envy of everyone.  Phil Samuel had a promising morning with a modern Solo, and with 3 good races under his belt had rightly every expectation of a podium finish had not Aeolus tripped him up.  Getting the Solo out of an inversion & going again is an exhausting exercise, given a cockpit as large as a double bath.

With room to bath a rugby scrum, three conventional double handers out racing would try at all costs to avoid capsize.

Roger Philpott and his young crew Gabriel in a Graduate were holding nicely to middle orders; nevertheless it was too gusty for their large sail area and retired.  Team Kestin & McDonald on a second outing racing Beccy’s Wayfarer decided there was no profit to be had flying a big yellow kite on the short downwind course and shorter reaches; a wise choice as they stayed dryish and medalled.   Anton Chamberlain’s Comet Trio needed a crew and reef both, which he finally got after lunch, when a brave Jack Lawrence joined him after abandoning an exhausting wrestle with his over powered Laser in the morning.  Jack gave the Comet  just the edge needed in the battle royal that had being going on all day with Andrew Hosking’s Laser.  Just as Andrew was really showing superiority over Brooks and Anton in the stiffer winds of the afternoon, he threw it all away with a moment’s indiscretion on the penultimate gybe.

Chris Hosken boldly went where he had never been before,  into an RS Vareo, and probably wished he hadn’t on this particular day, but made sure he gave it a wash – in fact several – out of gratitude to Tom Smith, its owner.

Phil Philpott’s Blaze, a veritable aquatic version of his Ducati, roared ahead of the fleet, yet did on occasion, skid on gravel around the leeward bend; there being no ABS on the big red beautiful beast, still at least the landing was soft.

In the first race Phil’s nephew Sam was third in a 1, 2, 3 triumvirate of youth Laser 4.7’s.  For the first 3 races it was Olly Chamberlain […]

Dinghy Racing: July 5th

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 5th July : Pursuit, Wind SW 4-6

Hasty Pursuit

With no Lasers out Sunday the PY handicap fleet had the morning to themselves. With the Hooter Blown at 9.30 under large black clouds, a clap of thunder in the distance, and flat calm at the clubhouse was the usually reliable Met Office forecast for Culdrose going to deliver? 25 minutes later as a Wayfarer and National 12 crossed the startline, gone was the mill pond, to be replaced by streaks of foam as gusts +25knots propelling racers through the narrows and into the main racing area. Beccy Kestin helming and racing her new Wayfarer for the first time, enjoyed the shove in the back as her craft nosed ahead of Andy & Karen Biggs’ sea sawing N12 – but not for long as the Wayfarer needed its Lemon coloured spinnaker to stay ahead. Nothing like sorting a vessel out in the last race before Saturday 11th July Open Regatta at Helford.

As the sun broke out fully on the beat back up river to Trebah the force of the gusts soon became apparent as the double handers showed excessive hull and even a hint of centreboard – useful if checking for seaweed fouling the foils. Needing a winch to haul in the ropes Beccy gave the helm to her crew Roger McDonald as Trebah beach drew a little close for comfort. With a look of intense concentration on their faces Andy & Karen planed on the bareaway around Trebah mark; looking back to see the Wayfarer about ½, and Roger Philpott’s Halo hardly a minute away. By the time the N12 reached the mouth of the river, it was well and truly in the Halo’s gaze, and from this point on – apart from an unplanned dismount to free up the Cunningham of Toll it was Phil’s race to sail at the edge of the crafts stability.

Stretched over the bow Beccy managed to free the launch of her spinnaker and began to make inroads on the N12’s lead. Racing became a lot closer as a double gybe and pirouette around the leeward mark saw Karen bailing the N12 furiously. Staying together the two similarly handicapped boats close raced until the 90th minute with N12 just ahead for 2nd.

Results 1st R Philpott, 2nd A&K Biggs, 3rd R McDonald

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety & Photography: Stephen Brooks.

Andy & Karen Biggs in their N12 round the Leeward mark as Phil Philpott in the Halo prepares to overtake

Andy & Karen Biggs in their N12 overtaken by Phil Philpott in the Halo

Dinghy Racing: July 2nd

Spring Evening Series Thursday 2nd July : Average LapW/L, Wind SSW 2-4

Dave & Phil Philpott found the best course for a sloppy southerly on Thursday. Rather than race, Beks Hosking preferred to revise for a Spanish final exam with Ben Johns in the rescue boat – guessing there wouldn’t be much call for their services until the tow home as the wind faded.

The trick for the evening was to catch or rather anticipate where a fickle wind might be. Brooks caught a buoy just before the 1st race and came last behind Andrew Hosking. Hugo, our gallant Gallic guest for the week pipped Beccy Kestin by one fine second per lap but could not quite emulate the grace of Andy & Karen Biggs in their National 12, 2nd behind McD who had all his gyros spinning in the right direction

Sandwiched between an Aeronaut and Hugonaut at the Pin end at the start of the second race Brooks remembered that sticking his craft amidships onto the nose of Ginnie’s laser wouldn’t do the entente cordial much good either in France or Falmouth and aborted the manoeuvre.   Meeting at the Windward mark the Naut’s continued their congenial tour and went left while Andy & Karen N12’s slippery hull sent them gliding like a swan to victory. Andrew found wind & form moving to within 5 seconds of McD but after another great sail Beccy snuck in front of McD for 2nd

Results

Race 1    1st R McDonald, 2nd A Biggs, 3rd le Hugonaut

Race 2     1st A Biggs, 2nd R Kestin, 3rd R McDonald

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat: Phil Samuel & Andrew Hosking, Chris Broad.

Dinghy Racing: June 28th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 28th June 2015 : Pursuit SW, Wind S-W 4-6 

In Pursuit of Happiness

Andy Biggs had a huge grin on his face as he had been just been thrashed by the 4.7s, and taken part in one of Helford’s best pursuit races of the season. Deciding his relative – the garrulous Gallic Hugonaut – should have a good workout before Sunday lunch, race officer Roger McDonald set a course that ran and reached in the odd 25+knot shifty gusts down river; strained sinew and shrouds on the gallop upriver.

First off, Beccy Kestin and Beks Hosking popped out of the Narrows in their 4.7’s planeing downwind in the big gusts; by the time they both rounded Toll Beccy was clearly well ahead. It wasn’t until a gust caught Beccy between Committee & Toll turtling the 4.7 that young Beks Hosking finally pounced and stayed at the head of fleet with Beccy snapping at her ankles to the end of the race for their 1-2.

A little stumble at the first hurdle and our chatty Hugonaut chum slipped to the back of the Laser queue; where, despite huge efforts, his loaned Laser scooped up water as if a Canadair. This flightless canard however was for sinking – and came last; not by much as the entire fleet were within seconds of each other.

So it was for the remaining Lasers to wait for the slightest error or favourable gust to gain advantage. Phil Philpott’s slowish start on his third Laser outing soon turned into a display of confident seamanship; the throttle opened 110% when Biggsey cuffed Central and turned a 360 penalty into a pirouette.  

Team Hosking & Brooks were out on their first date. Despite loose head prop Brook’s fight with the wet spaghetti in the front of the Laser 2 there was enough ballast & brains in the rear to hold the craft flat on the long beats and upright on the reaches to tease a third within seconds of the finish.   

Results 1st R Hosking, 2nd R Kestin, 3rd A Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat: R McDonald

  

Dinghy Racing: June 25th

Spring Evening Laser Plate Mini Series 1 of 3 Thursday 25th June : Olympic TSL, Wind SSW 3-4

Laser Plate Race 1

Veteran race officer Phil Samuel tasked his stewards with forming an old style Olympic Triangle course in a breeze that blew variously south to north, if not at all on Thursday

Hugo the Hugonaut – so called for his nautical adventures, took the opportunity at Helford’s 2015 Laser Plate miniseries to reprise his performance as a youthful Laser racer on the opposite side of the Channel some 17 years past. When it comes to beating his relation McD, on his own turf, it would not be a piece of cake; so it proved in a fluky evening’s breeze on Thursday.

Our garrulous Gallic guest took great care of Ginnie Sykes sleek Black craft, but of Hugo’s disarming chatter, it was wise to ignore as he scampered after McD; leaving all else behind. Biggsey was performing in fine style as he dinged his way about the Radials to finish fourth behind the Hugonaut.

Of the Juniors, Harry Broad eventually led the radials of his brother Matt Broad, Ben Johns, and Beks Hosking – with only1½ minutes separating them all after near an hour’s close racing. Despite his best efforts, Sam Philpott couldn’t go any faster than his 4.7 would let him. Sam’ s Uncle, Phil, had only got one sail, the right, one and gradually moved up to middle orders.

Beccy Kestin was the distant beacon to which the Radial racers aspired as she increased her lead to near 1½ minutes by the finish of this class. At the final accounting McD led by 22 seconds per lap over Beccy and 27 seconds over Hugo to win overall the first stage of 3.

Results

Overall 1st R McDonald, 2nd R Kestin, 3rd le Hugonaut

Juniors 1st H Broad, 2nd M Broad, 3rd B Johns

Laser Fleet 1st R McDonald, 2nd le Hugonaut, 3rd A Biggs

Radial Fleet 1st R Kestin, 2nd H Broad, 3rd M Broad

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Committee & Safety: Phil Samuel, Andrew Hosking, Chris Broad.

Dinghy Racing: June 21st

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 21st June 2015 : Linestart NW, Wind 4-5

Beccy Bests the Bunch

Walking and talking the dogs at 5am, is how Laser specialist Beccy Kestin starts her preparation on race days, and gets in two Sunday breakfasts before the farmers. To give the reader some indication of what Beccy does to win her races, do a search on You Tube for Hiking Tips from GB’s Nick Thompson 2016 Olympic hopeful or click here

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Race Officers Beks Hosking & Jim Lea set a superb course with a huge beat West up river that would test or rather remind racers they had abs and quads and needed to use them. Starting in the middle of the river off Grebe, the handicap fleet ran out of wind near the committee boat; on the opposite side 50 yards away Brooks was on a planeing reach to the Pin, but couldn’t quite make out the numbers on his stopwatch. Phil Philpott new exactly where and when he was going in the Blaze and the rest of the fleet followed, although Andrew Hosking did take pause to reconsider his options – twice – and came last.

Bionic man Andy Biggs knows how to keep a Laser flat, swapping the lead with a glistening Blaze in the unpredictable wind of the first Lap to eventually to come second. Phil Samuel a former exponent of the physical Laser seemed effortlessly to guide his Solo about the course but was denied a podium position by just one fine second.

With the wind shifting in the Blazes favour for the remaining laps Philpott together with Biggs stretched their lead, but were trumped by Beccy’s 4.7 at the final accounting

Results 1st R Kestin, 2nd A Biggs 3rd S Brooks

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Committee: R Hosking & J Lea

Dinghy Racing: June 18th

Spring Evening Thursday 18th June : Average Lap

Results

Race 1
Overall: 1st P Samuel, 2nd P Philpott, 3rd D Philpott,
Juniors: 1st R Hosking 2nd S Philpott

Race 2
Overall 1st P Samuel, 2nd R Hosking, 3rd P Philpott
Juniors 1st R Hosking, 2nd S Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety & Comittee Boat: A&K Biggs

 

Dinghy Racing: June 14th

Dinghy Racing: June 14th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 14th June 2015 : Pursuit North N-NW 3-4

Matt’s Double First

Perfect racing conditions allowed a good laser fleet to closely race in Sunday’s Pursuit. There are four laser classes with representatives in each at Helford.   Setting of first was under 18’s Beks Hosking and Sam Philpot in 4.7s, the smallest rigged of the Laser class, relentlessly battled it out with each other throughout, but a tad underpowered for the day being caught by everyone except their parents.

Had Beks & Sam powered up with the larger Radial rigs of Matt Broad and Beccy Kestin, then the entire parent and senior’s fleet would have been routed by the Junior section. Matt & Beccy gave each other no quarter and fought to the head of the fleet where they stayed for the best part of the race – only seriously threatened at the final mark by Roger McDonald – otherwise distracted by extraordinarily interesting varieties of seaweed wrapped around his foils.

Starting at the pace of a Broccoli planter, team Hosken & Hosking were a little late to the line in their Laser 2 ; occasionally able to show   their potential with spinnaker hoisted on the shifty reach’s; not enough consistent wind for the trapeze artist Chris to get parallel in his harness.

Biggs and Brooks went a toing and froing with each other, McD teasingly wandering into and out of their sights as they fell into the Doldrums especially around the melee at Voose. Beaming parents Chris & Emma Broad in Safety boat were delighted to see Matt cross the line to take a double first – Overall and of the Juniors

Results
Overall:   1st M Broad, 2nd R Kestin, 3rd R McDonald,
Juniors: 1st M Broad, 2nd R Hosking, 3rd S Philpott.

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat & Photography: Chris & Emma Broad

 

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Dinghy Racing: June 11th

Spring Evening Thursday 11th June : Linestart NE, Wind 2-3<

Gentle Evening

Results 1st P Philpott, 2nd P Samuel, 3rd R McDonald

Juniors 1st S Philpott, 2nd B Johns, 3rd R Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety & Comittee Boat: A&K Biggs

 

Dinghy Racing: May 31st

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 31st May : Pursuit, Wind NW 4-6

Communal Capsize

Phil Samuels reports “The wind was pretty lively and all five lasers capsized. McD won from Andy Biggs with Phil Philpott in third, on his first laser outing. The two 4.7s had a close tussle with Matt Broad in 4th just ahead of Beks Hosking”

Results 1st R McDonald, 2nd A Biggs, 3rd P Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat: Phil Samuel & Andrew Hosking, Chris Broad.

Dinghy Racing: May 28th

Dinghy Racing: May 28th

Spring Evening Series Thursday 28th May 2015 : Linestart W, Wind 3-5

Turtles on the Helford

Three generations and four members of the Philpott family, together with 5 of their current and former racing dinghies were out on the River in brilliant sunshine.  In an otherwise flawless performance an uncharacteristic turning turtle on the Gybe before the committee probably denied Beks Hosking a podium position in Thursday’s Gusty conditions. Beks was leading her fellow youth & 4.7 sailor Sam Philpott, himself only 10 seconds behind Andy Biggs at third.

Phil Philpott made a wise choice in the slightly smaller Blaze rig but could not get sufficiently far ahead of an inspired Phil Samuel’s Solo, leaving ¾’s of a minute in hand by the finish in Dave Philpott’s former craft. There’s probably no better recommendation if purchasing a second hand boat to go racing, than if it comes direct from, & fully race prepared by the Philpott family. Ben John’s first outing in his recently acquired Laser was not to be as he had hoped, poorly repaired by previous owners the craft leaked like a sieve and was retired.

On its second outing, Dave’s OK – the next biggest rig out for the evening, proved a little too powerful for the fluky conditions, and was retired early after an inversion. Roger Philpot racing for the first time this season in his brothers restored vintage Laser sailed a conservative race; wisely chose a full wetsuit which came into full splendid much appreciated by spectators at the Clubhouse.

Results 1st P Samuel. 2nd P Philpott 3rd A Biggs

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat:

Zodiac: Chris Hosken & Andrew Hosking

FunYak: Nick Glossop & Ed Hosken

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Dinghy Racing: May 24th

Dinghy Racing: May 24th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 24th May 10:30am : Pursuit W, Wind WSW-W3-4

Youth Sailor Rebekah Hosking Wins All

Beks Hosking made the right choice in Sunday mornings freshening westerly with her 4.7 rigged Laser, setting of 3 minutes ahead of Phil Samuel’s Solo and Beccy Kestin’s Radial on the long run out to the mouth of the Helford river. Beks stayed at the head of the fleet the entire race despite a superb effort by both Beccy & Phil to close the gap – Beccy within inches – for a one two three finish. 

Phil Philpott – bosun to the Philpott family fleet – had his work cut out. Alison, his daughter visiting from Oxford, was out for the first time in a renovated vintage ’78 Laser; his father Dave out for the first time racing in two years in a refurbished ‘85 International OK; all required his attention whilst trying to rig his Blaze. Without apparent fluster all three made it in time to the club pursuit start line.

Assuming the mantle of Grandfather of the Fleet from Phil Samuel, Dave Philpott was next of, sailing confidently a conservative first race in the powerful 1956 designed Knud Olsen OK, a smaller version of the Olympic Finn class. Without putting the pedal all the way to the metal on the 2000m run to Toll, Dave was met for the gybe by Andrew Hosking’s Laser 2 and Stephen Brooks’ Laser, both continuing their tussle for middle orders until race end.

Tendered good fatherly advice, Allison Philpott took the opposite tack suggested at the start, and got her first capsize drill out of the way before sailing in the right direction for the remainder.   A saintly Phil Philpott tenderly stood by before Andy & Karen Biggs in the safety boat arrived. Ensuring Allison was fully settled on the run to Toll, Phil had delayed his own charge for victory; nevertheless catching Books on the first reach to Voose, but could not quite make it past the Solo for a podium finish.

Results 1st R Hosking 2nd R Kestin 3rd P Samuel

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

 

Dinghy Racing: May 21st

Dinghy Racing: May 21st

Spring Evening Series Thursday 21st May 2015 : Linestart NW, Wind W-NW 3-4

A Hot Line

Starting in the middle of the river between Bosahan and Durgan HRSC’s PY fleet set of on Thursday evening’s NW course into variously a W-NW moderate breeze and a perfect flooding tide.   Just back from an Italian job, a thirsty McD executed a perfect manoeuvre to get to the head of the Bosahan cream tea queue; except this was race night and the rest of the fleet had gone to Trebah, the short way.

Phil Philpott’s Blaze with its 125sq ft Halo was the first to elegantly round Trebah before the gentle run out to the Gew. Luring no one with him, McD’s Laser rejoined the main peloton at the rear, chattily working his way through its congenial ranks to within 30 seconds of Andy Biggs’ Laser, himself 30 exhausting seconds behind the understated gentleman on the Blaze.

Out racing for the first time this season, Andrew Hosking anticipating a forecast gentle breeze soloed his immaculate Laser 2 against the refurbished Radial rig of his daughter Beks. Both found themselves performing limbo dance like as the shifty gusts on the beat over powered their sails; the more supple Beks finally chalking up a good two minutes ahead of her father.

Phil Samuel’s Solo and Beccy Kestin’s Radial stuck glue like to the Peloton the entire race; their dogged persistence & skilful navigation paid off at the final accounting – Beccy piping the Solo for first by 3 small seconds, and the Blaze with Bronze a further minute behind.

Results 1st R Kestin. 2nd P Samuel 3rd P Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat & Photography: Stephen Brooks

 

Dinghy Racing: May 17th

Dinghy Racing: May 17th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 4pm 17th May 2015 : Pursuit S Wind SW3-5

Beccy’s Breeze

There’s nothing that Beccy Kestin likes more than a good breeze in a 4.7 Laser on the Helford and to prove the point sat at the head of the Helford PY fleet the entire race. Sitting is perhaps not an accurate description of what Beccy does on her sleek craft as she uses all are her skill and agility to keep it upright and pointing in the right direction. Setting of with Beccy were the two other 4.7’s of Beks Hosking, and on his first race of the season, Sam Philpott. Sam made the correct rounding of the Leeward mark at Toll without his mainsheet wrapped around the Laser’s stern. Unfortunately the race camera’s battery had already expired and thus DO Andrew Hosking was unable to capture the tender moment. Steam rose as Beks pulled her sail out of the water and spent the rest of the race chasing down Sam’s superbly prepared hull.

Phil Samuel having mastered a good breeze the previous weekend was well prepared for the gusts in his Solo but despite a sail near double that of the 4.7 at 90 sq ft was unable to quite catch Beccy on her breeze-around. Always putting every ounce of effort into his racing, Andy Biggs can and did catch Kestin at the final can; had he stayed on the same tack, his full rigged laser might have worn Gold. Phil Philpott’s Blaze wasn’t wearing its Halo – possibly needed if Phil could have wrestled the larger 124sq ft rig round the circuit but had nearly made it to the Solo.

Then came a threesome of double handers. Anton in the Comet Trio and Ben Johns in a Feva, risking it without crew, but definitely not risking their spinnakers. Both valiantly made it all the way round to the back of the fleet – but stayed dry. Brooks wisely had a crew, the very trusting novice Vinod Ghantiwala, on his first ever sail & race and was promptly tipped in on the first gybe at Toll. Much to his credit Vinod calmly did whatever he was told and thanked his helm for the experience of racing – keenly observed from the rear of the fleet.

Results 1st R Kestin 2nd A Biggs 3rd Phil Samuel
Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat & Photography: A Hosking, N Glossop

Dinghy Racing: May 10th

Dinghy Racing: May 10th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 9.45am 10th May 2015 : Pursuit S Wind S3-5

It’s a Breeze

Encouraged by a wind forecast set to be strengthening later, Helford’s PY dinghy fleet sleepily set of a little earlier than is usual for a Sunday morning. Chris Broad armed with camera took the family’s RIB out for a rescue duty but was not placed to record the pre race entertainment provided by Andy Biggs’ dunking and Stephen Brooks’ close inspection of Avocets mooring buoy. In complete contrast youth sailors Beks Hosking and Matt Broad set out very impressively in gusty conditions with Beccy Kestin in the 4.7 Laser fleet.

Revelling a breeze, Beccy could not quite find enough of it to hold of Phil Philpott’s charge on the Blaze or the seemingly nonchalant approach of McD’s full rigged laser. Phil Samuel’s reinvigorated sailing with the Solo almost got him to the 4.7, and had there been pedals attached would have made it.

Everyone enjoyed the planeing reaches between Toll and Durgan. Sailing high Brooks was favoured by the gusts and would catch up with Biggsey on the reach but a dipette at Durgan and slothfulness on the beat allowed his quarry to escape. Beks and Matt slogged it out all the race and were only devoured on the penultimate leg with Beks achieving family honours

Results 1st R McDonald 2nd P Philpott 3rd R Kestin Youth 1st R Hosking, 2nd Matt Broad

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day Safety Boat & Photography: Chris Broad

Dinghy Racing: May 7th

Dinghy Racing: May 7th

Spring Evening Series Thursday 7th May 2015 : Ave Lap UXCx2, Wind 2

Beccy Wins Her Halo

A tranquil evening on the Helford was perhaps relished by those who’d ignored DO Andrew Hosking’s good advice at Sunday’s attempt at racing in 30+kts. Anticipating light airs, Beccy Kestin went for max power to weight ratio as did Phil Philpott with a shiny new 11.4 M Halo, navigated to where there was most wind and least tide and came first & second. Phil Samuel had a great start leading the fleet but it was Aeolus who favoured Andy Biggs; despite a modest beginning, slipped past Ben Johns and Samuel by 1 & 3 tiny seconds for a Bronze.

McD did not ask for, nor was given any favours when wafted around the course, but managed to avoid the trap of tide against wind at Bosahan that befell Beks Hosking in similarly clothed Laser. Keen youth sailor Jim Lea earlier leading the other soloed Feva of Ben Johns on his first race of the season, could not, capitalise on the advantage, and in hindsight was retired a little early by DO Stephen Brooks, but not before piping Beks.

Results 1st R Kestin. 2nd P Philpott 3rd A Biggs
Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Safety Boat & Photography: Stephen Brooks

Dinghy Racing: April 30th

Dinghy Racing: April 30th

Spring Evening Series Thursday 30th April 2015 : Linestart NE, Wind 2-3

A Fine Line – By Chris Hosken

A NE line start at Voose was agreed as fitting for the evening’s handicap race, & with no hooter or whistle DO Chris Hosken conducted the countdown by loud shouting. With the usual jostling for pole position, Phil Samuel in his Solo, closely followed by Roger McDonald in his Laser were first off as the rest of the fleet ventured over the line in a close huddle. Ginnie Sykes, taking a dislike to the argy-bargy chose to follow the rest in a neat and tidy way.  Ginnie’s first outing for a couple of years; good to see her back racing.

The fleet split for the first mark at Central; Samuel chased by McD opted for mid channel, while a majority took a tip from Phil Philpott, and sailed the southern shore.  Andy Biggs decided a happy medium was best sailed between the two groups. It was the Solo that reached Central first, followed by Philpott, McD, and Biggs, while Brooks and Sykes brought up the rear.

The Solo and Blaze kept close on the run to Bosahan, the Lasers following looking for any advantage. Again the Solo rounded first, followed closely by the Blaze; the lasers of Biggs, McD, Brooks, and Sykes nearby.

Philpott’s Blaze also on its first outing soon moved away from Samuel’s Solo heading for Toll on the North shore. This mark was misjudged by all, apart from Philpott, & without the extra tack he gained the space needed to get a good lead. Gunnel to gunnel, Samuel and Biggs were next around Toll, McD, and Brooks following. Sykes sailed with thought and clarity and rounded each mark in a very seaman like manner, regaining her confidence on the water.

His lead growing, Philpott blazed ahead to Trebah, rounding at half time. Behind, two schools of thought were evident in the rest of the fleet.   Samuel and Biggs decided centre of the river was the place to be, McD and Brooks were convinced the north side might gain them some time. With all apart from the Blaze closing in on each other, it was McD’s mature Laser that took the mark followed by Samuel’s highly polished Solo – Biggs and Brooks next.

In lighter airs, Sykes decided a graceful retirement was her goal, and sailed impeccably back to the club house.

Heading to the mouth of the river on the final downward leg, the Blaze with its new larger sail continued to stretch the lead.  McD with a never say die attitude had put some distance between himself and Samuel – but would it be enough to beat the Solo’s handicap?  Philpott crossed the finishing line back at Voose in 59m10s, in the same calm and understated manner he had competed all evening.   McD followed 4 minutes later with Samuel at 65.44, the lasers of Biggs and Brooks battling it out to the end with 67.25 and 67.53. At the final accounting […]

Dinghy Racing: April 26th

Spring Weekend Series Sunday 26th April 2015 :
Triangular Average Lap x 2 BCX Wind N3-4

A Pin Tale

A faultless Met Office forecast for Thursday’s racing gave way to one that lost 15 & 35mph gusts over 36hrs for Sunday. Culdrose recorded a sun blessed 11-14MPH during the race – perfect for a spring’s first outing. Thus a cosy little fleet set of from Bosahan without the un-persuaded – usually attired in wetsuit shorties, or indeed shorts of the red kind. The Met Office is still working with their old 2009 £33 million computer – before a new 140 tonne £97 million replacement begins service in September 2015, reaching full capacity by 2017. In the Interim, keep wetting the forefinger.

Each race was decided almost from the start, with Roger McDonald taking a 30 yard advantage the Pin end offered in shifty conditions of the lee shore. It took the first race to loosen the rust from Andy Biggs navigational gyros – giving away, as he did, near 50 seconds per lap. Despite voluntarily acknowledging the error of his starting ways, Biggsey was again lured to the Committee boat for the start of the second race. Giving himself a stiff and unrepeatable talking to, and a kick to the gyros, Andy’s resolve returned and caught McD half way to Central.
Whispering in his old & faithful Laser’s ear with a promise both: to polish her bottom, and buy a shiny new mast before the next race; McD encouraged his charge to victory by 7 small seconds.

Results 1st R McDonald 2nd A Biggs

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Safety Boat: Stephen Brooks

Dinghy Racing: April 23rd

Dinghy Racing: April 23rd

Spring Series Thursday 23rd April 2015 : Triangular Average Lap x 2 UCD Wind ESE3

First Race
It’s always best to get the first race done discretely, particularly if the boat or brain were left in a metaphorical compost heap for the winter. In what could only be described as blatant trolley neglect McD spent most of Thursday evening swapping boats, sails, trolleys, & banter – in quite possibly a novel attempt to distract the opposition. Andy & Hamish Biggs in Committee boat – blissfully unaware of the protracted comings & goings at the dinghy park – had plenty of time to lay a delightful triangular course, and for a quick nap before the fleet’s tardy arrival.

For most of the week an easterly wind had piled surf and sunshine into the Helford, but abated as per forecast to a gentle ESE breeze & swell. Indistinct in the haze, the first mark at Central proved elusive as racers, dressed for Armageddon, sweated, and toiled on the beat to a fuzzy memory of where the mark should be. McD’s memory and strategy proved correct as he first rounded central for the reach to Durgan. Aided by a gentle swell on the shifty run to Trebah, Brooks was clearly overwhelmed by the idea of getting closer to the front of the fleet and went off in the wrong direction at the leeward mark. Phil Samuel’s immaculate boat preparation and bicycling throughout winter led to his seemingly effortless performance in a gleaming Solo as he elegantly cruised to a third, 5 close seconds behind the Lasers.

With a combined age in the region of 180 the top 3 helms on the day prove that competitive dinghy racing is suitable to all. Newcomers, are always welcome at HRSC so if simply dipping your toes in or ready to challenge our teenage hotshots contact Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs via 01326 231006

Results 1st R McDonald 2nd S Brooks, 3rd P Samuel

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Safety Boat: Andy & Hamish Biggs

Dinghy Racing 2015

After the success of the 2014 season I think we are all looking forward to another fantastic fun and competitive season of dinghy racing on the Helford. This season will again be a mix of line start courses, average lap racing and pursuit races. With the number of racers increasing we should be able to increase the use of the Q20 committee boat and have more line starts. Committee boat duties will be requested of racers during the season.

There will be a pre-season briefing on Thursday 16th April at 7.00pm. The weekend races are mainly on Sundays and I hope to organise several fun Saturday events to encourage new sailors and progressing juniors to join the fleet. The formal racing starts on Thursday 23rd April but depending on weather and enthusiasm there may be some informal practice races earlier in April. These events will be notified by email circulation. The Dinghy Regatta Day will be on Saturday 11th July, with the first race at 10.30am. This will be a day of 5 average lap races allowing all standards of sailing ability and speed of dinghy to compete in fun exciting races.

The Susanna May Cup will be held on Saturday 8th August at 3pm. The May family are again hosting this fun race afternoon and party/prize giving event, and everyone is welcome. My thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 season such a success and I hope 2015 is as enjoyable for everyone.

If you would like to try dinghy sailing, experience racing or join the adult sailors in the Club fleet of Wayfarers on a Tuesday evening, then please get in touch. Email me on [email protected]

Andy Biggs – Captain Dinghies

Dinghy Racing: October 19th

Autumn Weekend Series Sunday 2.45pm 19th October 2014: Pursuit SW Wind SW 4-6

Result: 1st R Hosking, 2nd M Broad, 3rd PJ Philpott, 4th  R McDonald, DNF A Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day: Carol Lawrence & Heather Ibbotson for Safety and Photography, Chris Broad: Safety & following

Rebekah Hosking & Matt Broad revel in a good breeze and showed the fleet how keenly the 4.7 match was contested

Dinghy Racing: October 12th

 Autumn Weekend  Series Sunday 9.45am 12th October  2014: Pursuit NE Wind NE 2-4

What is it about the collective British psyche that causes them – even in the most extreme environments – to spontaneously break out into gaudy flamboyant dress? So, what about a Colourful Boat prize to brighten up the final 3 dinghy races of the Helford’s Autumn series?  Oooooooh yes please!

It was Roger McDonald the previous week that seeded the germ of an idea by protecting the seat of his wetsuit with a less than conservative pair of pink patterned board shorts.

Needing little invitation to party, Beccy Kestin took a crow bar to her husband’s dressing up box and relieved him of a fluffy red tutu, red & white striped tights which in combination with the one sensible item from her sailing wardrobe – a red spray top – completed her transition to utter daftness.

McD, Beccy’s Helm in the RS400, had found himself a fine pin stripped purple pinkish dress shirt – a left over from his glam rock days – that perfectly clashed with “THOSE” board shorts.

Thus the RS400’s purple hull and blousy pink spinnaker were transformed into a riot of colour – winning both the days Colourful Boat award and indeed the pursuit race itself.

Phil Philpott, having raced almost every RS designed dinghy in Greece the week previous was not too tired to come 4th in his Red Hot Tamale, the Blaze; trailed by Brooks a long way behind – the only spark in his performance coming from his shorts.

Andy & Karen Biggs clearly demonstrated their passion for exotic swimwear, and for coming second behind the RS400, with a masterful race that took them past an immaculately attired Phil Samuel – leaving him with a third.

Andrew Hosking soloing in Laser 2  jousted with Phil Samuel winning the reaches in the moderate breeze with his spinnaker but lost the beats to the large monosail – but finally managed to catch his daughter Beks’  Laser 4.7

Result:
1
st R McDonald
2
nd A Biggs
3
rd P Samuel

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day: Dave Church and Dan Flunder for safety and camera

Dinghy Racing: Sept 14th

Dinghy Racing: Sept 14th

Autumn Sunday Series 14th Sept 2014: Triangular Average Lap x 3 Calamansac

Easterlies – Never a Grey Day

In the vanity market, a lot of money is spent lined up like sardines in white malodorous rooms on punishing muscles, facials, and other unsavoury & unnatural embellishments.  Dinghy sailors get: to work out in a huge airy room, unlimited isometrics, a soothing algae based spray on tan, and a tingling sea salt exfoliation.  So that’s what Laser 4.7 racers Emily Broad and Beccy Kestin did first thing on Sunday – and got a first and second prize doing it.

The surf was perhaps too much for all to be racing at rivers mouth so a triangular course up river was laid with a couple of solid beats in and out of calmer waters before negotiating a Venturi effect at the windward mark in the narrows near Porth Navas creek.  Records at Culdrose, a mile or two further up, gave 18 gusting 30 knots.  Roger McDonald generously donated the most capsizes of the day – 6 of the very best – a scourge too far and, was thus confined to middle orders.   Three quarters of the fleet fell over on the bare away at this, the windiest of windward marks the club has negotiated this year.  Not so Phil Philpott, who sailed conservatively at the head of the pack battling it out with Josh Redgrave – who paused for refreshment on only 3 occasions to pip the Blaze for a third at the final accounting.

Two double handers out were the venerable Laser 2’s of Andrew Hosking and Chris Hosken. Andrew wisely kept the spinnaker permanently in its tube and would have done without the mainsail had his daughter Beks insisted otherwise, pausing on Calamansac beach to put it up again.  Ed Hosken ensured all the rigging was secure and himself dry despite his father’s alarming preference for a 45 degree list on the beat. A farmer’s aversion to water is well known –   and we presume the tilt maximises the distance between themselves and the briny. A novel, and indeed in the Hosken’s case, successful technique to avoid a bath.  The Hosking’s were less successful in this regard, finding their boat & themselves a lot cleaner by race end.

After 3 exhausting laps, a relieved Church & Flunder in safety boat successfully shepherded their flock back to the clubhouse – exhilarated and radiant with the very healthiest of glows.

Results:
Juniors: 1St E Broad, 2nd E Hosken, 3rd R Hosking
Overall: 1st E Broad,  2nd R Kestin, 3rd J Redgrave

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Race Officer Stephen Brooks

Safety Boat: Dave Church & Dan Flunder

Photography Dan Flunder

Following E Bolitho & E Broad

Beccy takes 2nd

Emily takes 3rd

On the way home

Josh takes 3rd

1st lap Josh over

2nd Lap Josh 1st Over

Church & Flunder see Andrew & Beks over

Chris & Ed – Dry Finish

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Dinghy Racing: August 31st

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 31st August W 2-3 Pursuit W T U V Q ( U V C )

Finley Delivers on a Tall Order

A fine end of summer’s day for the Tall Ships race and, for Finley Walsh-Newton winning the HRSC Juniors section – sneaking a lap or two before viewing the Parade in Falmouth Bay.

Leading the pack Beks Hosking & Ben Johns in Feva expertly navigated convoys of spectator craft headed out to the bay – but held back to a 2nd place as their jib detached itself. Ed Hosken in a Byte – nicely trimmed from run to beam reach as a teasing Westerly blew 5-10kts variously North & West the mile or so to Toll but was trapped on an ebbing tide in the doldrums around Trebah and came 3rd.  Finley’s Byte C2 with a more powerful sail was near perfect for the day, speeding ahead on the run and reach and, as the lightest helm, surprised himself by keeping the sail dry on the fickle beat upriver for a 1st.

Andy & Karen Biggs’ National 12 loves a gentle breeze and a helm that points her in the right direction – and that appeared to be a beat upriver on the south side where the breeze allowed him to head higher with less tide for an almost unassailable lead overall.  A couple of Laser 2’s helmed by the Lizard’s  Hosken & Hosking farming dynasties tried different tactics down river on the first leg but were caught by Phil Philpott’s Blaze and Brooks’ Laser at Toll.  Thereafter Books and Chris Hosken did their upmost to resolutely explore oblivion; whilst Andrew Hosking sailed a blinder with his big sails for third – even threatening the Blaze.

Wishing for a little more breeze on the final triangle between Trebah, Voose, and Central marks, Phil could do no more than watch the clock unwind to the 90th and final minute from his elevated and comfortable position as the Biggs’ escaped the Blazes fire with seconds to spare

Results:
Juniors: 1St F Walsh-Newton, 2nd R Hosking & B Johns, 3rd E Hosken
Overall: 1st A & K Biggs,  2nd PJ Philpott, 3rd A Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day,
Safety Boat: Dave Church & Dan Flunder
Photography Dan Flunder
Following Dominic Walsh-Newton and family

Dinghy Racing: August 21st

Dinghy Racing: August 21st

Summer Evening Series Thursday 21st August WSW 3-5 Average Lap UVGT

Beating a Laser

With Culdrose recording the odd 20kt westerly gust it was time to freshen up outside the HRSC clubhouse for this week’s average lap racing.  Beccy Kestin’s exemplary race preparation allowed her time to clean the 4.7’s sails with a couple of perfectly executed dipettes leaving her the psychological edge to take on all comers.  Roger Philpott and his father Tony – looked as though they might challenge – but were underdressed for the occasion and retired before the start.

Not so Sam Philpott who sportingly coaxed & cajoled a lovely orange bottomed 4.7 around the entire course twice without incident – until that is, his father offered a tow at the end of the race and sunk him.  Chris Hosken and young Barney Hill looked and did threaten – barely restraining their Laser II to less than 45 degrees to the vertical, finishing just 4 fine seconds behind Beccy’s Laser.

It was left to limbo dancers Andy Biggs and Roger McDonald to test the extent of their suppleness before an appreciative Blaze sailor.  Sat out in comfort on his high chair, Phil Philpott could take a relaxed view of the toil ongoing amongst 5 lasers beneath and latterly well behind him.  Nothing so unrefined as isometric exercises on the Blaze; no, Laser racers perspire, Blaze racers glow with pleasure. Well almost, because Phil probably needed near another minute ahead of McD to beat the laser’s handicap.

Results1st R McDonald, 2nd PJ Philpott, 3rd A Biggs

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day: Race Officer S. Brooks, Safety Boat 1, D. Church & D. Flunder 2, T. Marsland & Natalie, Photography D. Flunder.

McD Andy B & Beccy K tiptoe to the start

Sam Philpott crossed foils with Andy Biggs

Phil Philpott takes on Roger McDonald

Beating a laser – the hard way. How did it feel the following morning?

Andy giving & getting a proper beating

Could you clean the window please?

Dinghy Racing: August 17th

Dinghy Racing: August 17th

Summer Weekend Series Sunday 17th August WNW 4-5 Pursuit West

Matt Makes his Move

Low pressure sat between Scotland & Norway dragged a breezy autumnal North Westerly over the Helford shoving adult and junior racers a good nautical mile out to the mouth of the river.   With 20 pairs of eyes on him, first of on his first Pursuit race was Matt Broad in Laser 4.7 – a lonely and worrisome trek without the aid of a course map.  With a hint from his parents following in safety boat, Matt successfully negotiated the correct leeward mark and plundered the rest of the fleet for 3rd overall and 1st Juniors.  Staggering around the staggered start opposite the clubhouse, racers were grateful the rest of Cornwall was still abed as the odd 20kt gust indiscriminately flipped them over.

A used hanky tied to a colander masquerading as a Laser Radial, was proudly muscled back to vertical by Jack Lawrence – just before the full rig lasers set out to devour him.  Which they did, – but not before Jack’s sail slipped down the mast as its head strap failed, forcing retirement with a tow home from Tony Marsland.

Capitalising on Jacks equipment failure, Brook Hill tasked his helm Chris Hosken, to take no prisoners and win.  Missing a helmet, trapeze harness, & spinnaker, Brook could not go as fast as he dared to catch Harry Broad and Ollie Foreman, who in turn did not risk their spinni to keep pace with Beks Hosking and Ben Johns who took a 2nd to their 3rd in the juniors.  Their dilemma – risk a spectacular dunking flying a kite in pursuit of Matt, or stay upright and dry.

Anton Chamberlain found his true metier on a rare Laser outing as he pressed Brooks and Andrew Hosking to the limit.  Andrew, unsettled after a full British breakfast, regularly paused at Voose to recover equilibrium, nevertheless heroically flew back to the melee before agonisingly losing his landing gear on the gunwales.

A collective sharp intake of breath– a knowing smug chorus of “bet that hurt” and accompanying glow of hubris were immediately smothered by Phil Philpott’s Blaze as it scorched through the minnows on its way to victory.  A moment later any re-emergent hopes of glory were scythed in the wake of Roger McDonald’s neon pink powered RS400 expertly trimmed by Beccy Kestin.  Rejuvenated by a week’s working holiday packing and unpacking spinnakers the size of hot air balloons for Tony Statham’s Elsa in Falmouth Week, Beccy was however unable to gather sufficient wind on the remaining short course sections to catch the Blaze.   After several weeks careful listening to the Red Hot Tamale, and a thorough race preparation- man, wind and the machine had come unassailably together

Junior: 1st M Broad, 2nd R Hosking & B Johns, 3rd H Broad & O Foreman

Adult: 1st PJ Philpott 2nd  R McDonald, 3rd S Brooks

Overall 1st PJ Philpott, 2nd R McDonald, 3rd M Broad

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on […]

Dinghy Racing: August 9th

Summer Weekend Series Saturday 9th August WSW2-4 Average Lap CBGT

Bertha sets Blaze alight

It was with some trepidation that Adult and Junior sections of HRSC set out to race in darkening clouds 3pm Saturday. With the centre of a depression, that was the former Hurricane Bertha, between Iceland and Scotland whipping up air dripping with moisture from the Azores – when would she arrive, and what would she do were the questions uppermost in race organisers minds. A lunchtime Met Office WSW 8-14knot forecast proved accurate – perfect for racing. Perfect for Phil Philpott who blazed a trail at the front of the fleet for four laps to take Ist. Snapping at his heels were Andy & Karen Biggs in the N12 and Andrew Hosking in Laser – but to no avail as Phil’s Blaze flew further ahead on the reach between Gew and Toll.
Leading a trio of Laser 4.7’s Beccy Kestin planked her way on the beats but was just 10 seconds shy of a podium finish. It was Beks Hosking and crew Ben Johns who masterfully dealt with the 90 degree wind shifts to lead a trio of Feva XLs for a first in the Junior section. Watched over in the safety boat by parents: the Broad’s and Foreman’s, Harry Broad and Ollie Foreman did them & their Feva proud. There was a battle royal between the 4.7s of Ollie Chamberlain and Matt Broad – swapping positions throughout the entire race with 2nd place only decided in the final leg from Toll in Ollie’s favour.

A plucky Finley Walsh-Newton showed his courage, and great skill navigating a sprightly Byte upright around all 3 laps just behind the leaders. Wolfe Scrimshaw kept his wife Clare dry on their first serious race together and a couple of cuffings of race marks showed restraint upon the mark cuddlings seen at an earlier informal outing. Cuffings however performed without the required 360 penalty (760 if it’s a boat) as advised by Chris Hosken in the safety Zodiac are met with a DQ. Suggestions for the novice: follow the boats in front, gently round marks, don’t hit anyone or thing- protests written on the back of a £50 note. Anton Chamberlain usually a Comet Trio soloist hoping for 15kts plus in a Pico was impeccably behaved at the rear of the fleet shadowing the Byte – hit nothing, and came last.

Results:
Adult Fleet: 1st PJ Philpott, 2nd A&K Biggs 3rd A Hosking
Juniors: 1st R Hosking & B Johns, 2nd O Chamberlain, 3rd M Broad
Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day, Stephen Brooks Committee Boat, Chris Broad & Chris Hosken in Safety Boats.

Andy & Karen Biggs cross the line with a 2nd

A camera shy Andrew Hosking finishes 3rd at the Pin end

Anton Chamberlain chases Wolfe & Clare Scrimshaw

Duellists OllieC & Matt Juniors 2nd & 3rd

Chris Hosken inspects Scrimshaw mark carving

Dinghy Regatta: July 6th

Adult PY

U16 PY

Feva Cup

Josh Redgrave
1st
Beks Hosking
1st
Amy Bole & Jessie Chamberlain

Phil Samuel
2nd
Ollie Chamberlain
2nd
Optimist Cup

Beccy Kestin
3rd
Jack Lawrence
3rd
Thomas Henry Williams

Our thanks to Safety Boats:  Commodore Julian Samuel, Captain Moorings David Blanning,  Dave Church and Dan Flunder (Photography),  Nick Glossop (Photography) & Gary ,  Paul Greensmith.

Download Race Results

Susannah May Memorial Cup

A gentle breeze on Sunday encouraged near 50 sailors out to what has become since the mid 70’s a popular if slightly bonkers friendly on Helford’s dinghy racing calendar. One of the founding families of HRSC – the May’s – with friends distant and of Cornwall relish their summers on and around the Helford. What better way to celebrate lives remembered and acquaintances renewed than a joust – sponsored by Fido May – between the cognisant and novice, native and holidaymaker, exuberant and venerable.

It was to Captain Dinghies Andy & Karen Biggs that the enviable duty of maestro & recorder fell. Orchestrating a discordant bunch aged 12 to 63 sailing anything from tiny Optimists to dreadnaught RS800’s, would require a degree of flexibility hitherto unavailable within the Rules of Racing.

For the first race, those that turned left at the Pin end and got in front, all appeared normal. Behind a cacophony of sound heralded the crunch of wood against fibreglass all to the chorus of “room, water, starboard, oh dear – we (the RS800) just boarded the Wayfarer” Had the RS800 owner known the owner of the Wayfarer is possessed of 3 full sized bronze cannon on his lawn with a clear view of the river, he might have thought a little more carefully about this manoeuvre.

Elsewhere Nell Ruscombe- King’s crew had wrapped himself around the yellow coarse mark whilst still attached to the Feva – and for this and other daft displays was awarded best comedic capsize. Nell’s son Harvey with a good dose of his mothers capsize gene was awarded most capsizes with five of the very best.

A fleet of Wayfarers swallowed up the wind for those left behind – but not before Imperials & South Ken’s finest: Rob McPherson sailed a blinder for a 2nd over the visitors Lucy Gordon and son Ned’s 3rd. Phil Samuel’s protracted nuptials with his Solo found him in raptures first on this short course.

In the second race with a little more breeze, the big sails could go a little faster pulling Roger McDonald and Beccy Kestin in the RS600 whilst avoiding the embraces of a Wayfarer and Albacore to 2nd Phil Samuel had to be content with a third – despite an encouraging nudge forward by a hugely apologetic Laser to his rear. Young Sam Philpott – 12 – stormed though on his Laser 4.7 to take first over arch rival youth sailor Ollie Chamberlain who’d otherwise sailed a snorter before taking an early bath in a gust before Central.

It was left to Commodore Julian Samuel to thank the all those supporting the fleet on the day, the Mays for their brand of Mayhem, and in absentia Fido May for having sponsored and encouraged this fun race for the last 40 years.

Results: 1st overall Phil Samuel,
Race 1st Phil Samuel, 2nd Rob McPherson, 3rd Lucy Gordon & son Ned
Race 2 1st Sam Philpott, 2nd R McDonald & B Kestin, 3rd Phil Samuel

 

Dinghy Racing: July 20th

Summer Weekend Series: Sunday 20th July10.00am NW Pursuit  NESW1-2 

Whilst Culdrose recorded a gentle NW 8–12 mph breeze on Sunday morning Helford did its own thing.  Light airs from every quarter got most of the 19 sailors from the club house to the mouth of the river and back again.  Fortune favoured those that started first or knew where they were going.  Brothers Harry & Ollie Broad, and Matt and Ben Johns got a great start in their club Fevas – staying at the head of the fleet until the big sails of Andy and Karen Biggs in their National 12, and Anton Chamberlain’s Comet reached them.  Further back in the last Feva, the sound of Beks Hosking and Ed Hosken snoring could easily have been mistaken for the put-put of a grey Plymouth Pilot on its way to Gew.

Joining racers for the day was Dominic Horton’s 50 or so year old Albacore. A pleasant reminder when 3 of this class were raced on the Helford some 20 years ago. A 1954 design by Uffa Fox, built by Fairey Marine employing a cross laid ply technique developed from making WWII wooden aircraft such as the Mosquito. Confidently helmed by his young daughter with only the occasional instruction from her crew this lightweight large sailed dinghy took the Hortons to 4th place.

Setting of last in the Blaze – Phil Philpott with the patience of a saint crept past the laser fleet and to 6th place ahead of Phil Samuel.

It was a delight to see the return of Richard Graham-Vivian & crew Katie Sykes in the big Wayfarer – it being the only boat properly organised for the day with paddles – the rest content to drift wherever they wished or Church & Flunder in safety would tow them.

Results: 1st A&K Biggs, 2nd A Cha mberlain 3rd H&O Broad

Andy thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day – Dave Church Safety, Dan Flunder photography

 

Dinghy Racing: July 10th

Summer Evening Series: Thursday 10rd July NW3 Pursuit 18:15 

Joining racers for Thursday’s pursuit race were four dolphins at play on the Helford. Popping up next to Yachts and racing dinghies, blowing bubbles around and playing with the race mark at Gew – even bringing up an old wellington boot – there was no bounds to their curiosity and energy. Racers were enchanted and even a little in awe at their antics coming within touching distance of their craft.

Fortunately, HRSC safety boat’s Daniel Flunder – carefully positioned by his director, Dave Church – was able to catch some of their antics on camera.
Anton and his son Ollie Chamberlain retired to beat a low tide at Port Navas – but not before enjoying the spectacle of Dolphins sneak up behind Roger McDonald approaching Gew on his second run. Earlier, racer Chris Hosken instructing with the Helford River Children Sailing Trust, and his charges, were similarly delighted with a gratuitous demonstration of evolution’s exuberance

Blowing strongly at first – by the time racers had reached the narrows there were signs of some easement, but not before tempting Phil Philpott with thoughts of what might have been – had the gusts pushed all the way to Gew. Andy & Karen Biggs had their sights set on the Phil Samuel’s Solo but like most racers that evening were somewhat distracted and in the final 15 seconds lost their 3rd place to Brooks and Phil Philpott at Central.

Andrew Hosking started well, deliberately avoiding being drawn into the Skerries at Bosahan and chats about navigation around the leeward mark by eventual race leader McD.

Beks Hosking and Beccy Kestin skilfully maintained their lead well into the race despite the odd stray thought about four beaky mouths, each with 80-100 cone shaped teeth , inches from torso’s leant out to balance the gusts. As Beks finished – so it seemed had the dolphins.
Does McD’s PsyOp toolkit contain a special calling signal for dolphins on demand? – if it does he can use it anytime he likes!

Results: 1st Dolphins 2nd R. McDonald, 3rd P. Samuel, 4th S. Brooks

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in the support of the fleet on the day –
Safety & Photography: Dave Church & Dan Flunder Pictures Copyright© Daniel Flunder 2014 [email protected]

This Thursday , joining the Helford’s pursuit race were four dolphins – winners – the Dolphins

 

 

Dinghy Racing: July 3rd

Summer Evening Series: Thursday 3rd July SW3‐4 Average Lap Trapezoid x 2

A Tale of Two Races

A shifty south westerly blew south or west with the odd nail biting gust testing the ingenuity and reflexes of Helford’s dinghy sailors on Thursday. A gentler wind in the first race favoured those with the largest sails and the lightest boats and crews. Temporarily disproving that theory, Beccy Kestin tied for third in her pocket handkerchief sized Laser 4.7 rig with Andy & Karen Biggs in the voluminous National 12. A rapturous Phil Samuel revelling in the early days of his relationship with the Solo, teased her to a second place behind arch rival Roger McDonald, who’d galloped his faithful Laser to the front of the field from start to finish.
Result 1st R. McDonald, 2nd, P. Samuel, tied 3rd A&K Biggs & B Kestin.

A stronger fickle wind in the second race pushed Phil Philpot’s bucking bronco – Blaze ‐ past McD at the head of the fleet. Lacking a consistent near sailor’s gale, Phil could not turn an accounting profit under handicap racing rules. With his filly – the N12 – proving uncommunicative, the Biggs’ were consigned to a rear view of the race to watch Andrew Hosking’s gradual improvement to handicap equalling performance in full rig laser. Beks Hosking’s Pico roared down the flat in big gusts between Durgan and Toll. McD’s usually eager Laser temporarily held back to a canter by a head wind between Toll and Committee, gave Beks ‐ after inspection of the photo finish ‐ a superb tie for second.

Extracting every ounce of advantage from the wind’s vagaries, Beccy Kestin, it was who’d whispered and gently coaxed her frisky little 4.7 to the gate to take a seasons first.

Result 1st B. Kestin, tied 2nd B. Hosking & R. McDonald

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in the support of the fleet on the day ‐
Dave Church & Dan Flunder: Safety & Photography
Stephen Brooks: Q20

Dinghy Racing: June 29th

Scholarly Performance in the Laser

Proving he knew his Geography McD without the benefit of a navigator stuck the lasers nose correctly first across the start line and did the same to finish 56 minutes and 41 seconds later to take first on Sunday. Phil Samuel hearing first a muffled cough and then a blast from an unforgiving race steward’s Vuvuzela, correctly judged he had placed a millimetre to much of his snub nosed Solo in front of McD’s laser. Honourably performing a 360 to cross the start again cost the Solo 1st – but not second place.

It was freshers on full rig lasers: Chris Hosken, and Andrew Hosking’s chance to develop skills against a well tutored Andy & Karen Biggs in N12 and the Solo. All four vessels swapped places throughout the race and had it not been for a cleanliness fetish oft repeated as Chris bathed the lasers sail there would have been an even tighter finish.

Youth sailor Beks Hosking’s shrewd tactic of staying upright, correctly rounding North of the Cardinal at Bosahan, and completing the required number of laps put her purple Pico quietly & modestly in front of her father for fourth place. Beks celebrations were perhaps less restrained – you could have heard her whoopee in Helston!
Results 1st R McDonald, 2nd P Samuel, 3rd A Biggs

Commodore Julian Samuel & Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs look forward to racers joining HRC’s Juniors and Adults at the club’s Open & Free Regatta on Sunday – forms etc on the download page 

 

Dinghy Racing: June 26th

 

England a 123 v Canada

Helford’s summer returned to that of a maritime climate with a soft south westerly and soothingly gentle showers for Thursday’s evening pursuit. A fleet of Canadian Ian Bruce 1970’s designed Lasers and derivatives was comprehensively thrashed by a fleet of English designed craft with their origins in the 1936 National 12 & 1956 Solo. It was Phil Samuel and his Solo that ticked all the boxes for the evening, finding wind and keeping it to rise & stay at the front of the fleet.
Power or rather sail to weight ratio was the key for the day’s success, granted the helm might have had something to do with it! First of was young Ed Hosken in his Topper Byte –in effect a superb 2 foot shorter & 14kg lighter Laser Radial designed for the smaller helm. To the delight of his father Chris, Ed stayed at the head of the laser section & fourth overall. Anton Chamberlain borrowed his son’s Laser but was under dressed with Radial sail and without wetsuit and thus not tempted to test the easy righting characteristics of his craft.
Emily Broad’s welcome return to dinghy racing in smaller clothed Laser 4.7 but with a similar handicap rating to the Byte’s helped keep her in the top half of the Lasers. Laser 2’s need a force 4-5 to get going so a lithe Chris Hosken was just able to keep ahead of Andrew & Beks Hosking sailing the angles with their gennaker. Becky Kestin’s expert trimming of the big pink gennaker of McDonald’s RS400 kept it filled on the reaches getting them past team Biggs’ beautifully sailed N12.
As Church, Flunder and Goy signalled the close of 90 minutes racing it was clear that the rare occasions the wind failed had not allowed the RS to close sufficiently to let loose her final torpedo at the Solo.
Results: 1st P. Samuel, 2nd R. McDonald 3rd A. Biggs

Tempted? why not race at Helford’s Dinghy Regatta 10am – briefing 9am – Sunday 6th July. Download Forms

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day

Dave Church in safety with Dan Flunder & Keith Goy on camera.

Dinghy Racing: June 22nd

Weekend Series: Sunday 22nd June 10.30  E3  90Min Pursuit   B T U B T U ( V C U) All Marks to Port

 

Blazing Performance!

Choosing their day carefully for the National 12, Andy, and Karen Biggs set of at the head of the fleet into a gentle easterly breeze on a flooding tide on Sunday – and stayed there for the rest of the race. Like many thoroughbreds the N12 is an unstable craft, but will reward a skilled crew that treats her gently.

Setting of opposite the Club House the advantage came to those that kept out of the tide by hugging the south shore with a series of small tacks to the mouth of the river. Any attempt to get to close to the wonderful geology of the Lizard is not without risk – hence the reason for keeping north of the cardinal mark at Voose rocks. Brook’s dreams of glories to come were abruptly terminated as was his passage forward, all to the melody of barnacles feasting on fibreglass.

Phil Philpot had other plans in his new Blaze – the first of these red hot Tamales to grace the Helford and wiggled past as Brooks disqualified himself by failing to round Voose Cardinal the right way. Phil’s second race in the Blaze produced another third place with Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin’s RS400 taking most of an hour to catch him for second.

It was an otherwise a quiet day for Dave Church & fleet photographer Daniel Flunder in safety boat – time enough to plot the steady progress Andrew and his daughter Beks Hosking delicately made in coming to an honourable fourth in their Laser 2.

An earlier than advertised blowing of hooter wrong footed the Chamberlain fleet planning a “Just in Time” arrival for the start and, despite their best efforts, were not able to reach the lower orders.

Results: 1st A. Biggs, 2nd R. McDonald 3rd PJ. Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs invites you Join us for Helford’s Dinghy Regatta 10am – briefing at 9am Sunday 6th July – open & free to racers in mid and west Cornwall. There will be a RYA Feva Traveller series, Junior, and adult PY fleet racing. Forms etc on helfordriversc.co.uk

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in the support of the fleet on the day

Dave Church & Dan Flunder: Safety & Photography

Dinghy Racing: May 24th

HRSC Dinghy Race Report Saturday 24th May 2014

Saturday 24th May 14:00 SW 3-4 90Min Pursuit T D U Q T U Q ( T C Q) All Marks to Port

What a Grey Day!

A Russian high obdurately blocking the passage of North Atlantic air eastwards bumped the centre of a slow moving low over Biscay up the Channel. Replacing the soggy front over Cornwall came more of the same dampness with a westerly 3-4 breeze attached- just in time to perk up the remains of a dull bank holiday Saturday.
Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs wisely chose a SW Pursuit course starting with a shifty run from the Club House to the mouth of the river under Toll. An “it’s cheaper than a tummy tuck” slog back up to Trebah, before the slithering back down – this time the gybe being at Committee for a little reach to Toll – and so back & forth.

First to plough the field in a Pico, bend it like Beks Hosking showed the less supple how to touch toes – the reverse way round, and would have finished much further up the field were it not for an error with her satnav.
A plucky Karen Biggs set of in commanding style only to fall victim to a leeward mark, the splash requiring the assistance of Messer’s Church, Flunder, and Goy in safety and so retired.

A wisely reefed Anton Chamberlain was un-Comet like to the start with his son Oliver in Laser Radial although both returned to light speed in race mode. It was to the Laser fleet of Hosking in reefer, Biggs, Brooks, and McGarry on full rigs to chase down Phil Philpott in his immaculately attired yet ultimately unassailable Solo.
Andrew Hosking masterfully sailed the downwind legs with all 3 sails flying (not incl burgee) but was forced to deviate to reprogram Beks’ satnav and so did not finish. Brooks edged just in front for the first 2 legs before McGarry’s power on the beat and a keener sense of navigation helped him ahead of Biggsey until robbed of a podium finish by a pirouette before the final Gybe.

Such was the competition amongst the Lasers that they failed to notice the huge pink spinnaker on the RS400 expertly trimmed by Beccy Kestin cantering past them on the third downwind leg. Leaving the Lasers wobbling in his slipstream around the Gybe, McDonald’s HUD lit up on the Solo in front and despite his best corkscrewing efforts on the beat Phil was gradually reeled in for an honourable second.
Results: 1st R. McDonald, 2nd PJ. Philpott, 3rd A. Biggs

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in the support of the fleet on the day

Dave Church & Dan Flunder: Safety & Photography
Keith Goy: Duty 

Dinghy Racing: May 18th

HRSC Dinghy Race Report Sunday 18th May 2014

10:22am SW 2-3 Average Lap CUV all to port

A Sunny Disposition

The prospect of warm sunshine and a soft breeze, tempted out anything that could float up and down Helford’s spring tide on Sunday. Rescue boat’s Church & Flunder laid a westerly triangular course mid river off Durgan, promising a beat to Trebah, a reach across the river to Voose before a relaxing meander back down to the start gate. Bravely responding to a late night call for a scribe, Dom Brandreth a little woodenly sounded starter’s orders. Unleashed, the RS400 of Roger McD made a precision start to head the fleet and would stay there for the entire race were it not for his merciless nemeses – Messer’s Philpott & Biggs in Solo and Laser taking 1 -2 at the final accounting.

Down the fleet saw the first appearance of pristine new craft. Young Oliver Chamberlain performed the perfect limbo to drive his gleaming Laser Radial in the right direction, beating his delighted Father in Comet Trio – an ecstatic mum Lisa following in supporting Dory.

3 Hurrahs for the return of the Royal Navy’s James McGarry and a shiny 4th place in Laser behind McD. Normally a National 12 crew Karen Biggs in Topaz UNO showed she could go just as competently solo, giving the RS Feva of Beks Hosking and Ben Johns, a good chasing.

Chris Hosken successfully wrestled alone his feisty Laser II on her first outing to middle orders, but she let him know who was boss – tipping him in for the enjoyment of Durgan’s race spectators after race end. Reserving her voluntary capsize practice for an appreciative club house audience, Rachel Brandreth completed her first race ever race in a full rigged laser dry and undamaged – only for a squashed finger to appear with Dom’s help derigging.

Results:
1st P Philpott, 2nd A Biggs, 3rd R. McDonald

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in the support of the fleet on the day

Dave Church & Dan Flunder: Safety & Photography
Dom Brandreth: Duty

 

Dinghy Racing: May 4th

HRSC Dinghy Race Report Sunday 4th May 2014

May the 4th be with you!

Warmed by the hospitality and superb cuisine of new club stewards Jack & Sophie, a majority of Helford’s dinghy and keel boat racers have been content to be lavishly spoilt indoors. For the hardier few electing to be spoilt both in & outdoors; there is no calmer launch in the county, allowing both novice and hotshot alike an essential minute or two to settle before the day’s excitement.

Prematurely warmed in the WIndies, Phil Philpott rediscovered the benefits of his dry suit twice in April’s second race. With a new burgee to replace the one left in an overhanging Oak tree, Phil was the seasoned veteran of 3 races and 2 firsts. Chasing Phil to within two fine seconds, Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin were faultless on their 1st outing and 2nd place in the RS400.

Saturday being a little less breezy than April, stalwarts Andy & Karen Biggs on their third race duty delivered superb average lap racing. A triangular course set from Trebah featured a long beat into a gusty12kt south easterly to the rivers mouth buoy, a planeing reach to Gew, and a surfing run back to the committee boat.

A clewstrapless Brooks knew better and raced direct to Gew by tacking behind Phil’s Solo. Despite early good advice – too late realised the error of his ways, but did enjoy an invigorating pause in front of the fleet and committee boat 50 m from the finish.

For their second 2014 outing, Andrew Hosking, and daughter Beks went their separate ways. Andy bravely single handing a Laser II down the centre of the river – more tide to carry the beat, but less wind and an almost missed first lap baptism. Beks – in Pico quietly sailed an upright immaculate two laps to come third.

Results:
1st P Philpott, 2nd R. McDonald, 3rd Beks Hosking.

Dinghy Report 2013

Another year of fantastic dinghy sailing on the Helford is over and on behalf of all the racers I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered for safety boat duties during the season. The dinghy section desperately needs more qualified people to cover safety boat duties, so if you enjoy being on the water and would be interested in getting trained at a greatly subsidised rate, then please contact either myself ([email protected]) or Paul Greensmith ([email protected]).

If anybody wants to learn to sail or race dinghies next season I will be happy to organise taster or training sessions at a time to suit. Dinghy racing can be fun with any level of experience so if you would like to know more please contact me.

Andy Biggs – Captain Dinghies

Dinghy Racing: Sept 8th

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Sunday 8th September   Summer Weekend Series W 5Kts           Average Lap Triangle UCD

Bonython’s wind turbines revolved quite happily 650ft to the blade tips above the Helford on Sunday morning, but to the consternation of HRSC racers little of that wind had reached sea level.  Race officer Andy Biggs wisely delivered a shortish course for an hour’s delightful average lap racing starting of Durgan for a beat to Trebah, reach / run to Central, reach back to Durgan, and either close hauled or beating to the finish.

Choice in a light breeze at the start was head to the north shore of Durgan for less tide and some wind, or go to the middle for more wind more tide. Brooks went left; found wind then lost it closing on Trebah.  Andrew Hosking single handing the Laser II went with McD & Beccy for a look at the North shore which eventually worked well for the RS400, leaving the Lasers to close race for the remainder.

Neck and neck by the third & final rounding of Central Brooks fell asleep & cuffed the same.  As luck would have it, a following breeze did not quite make it to Andrew allowing the Laser to nip in at Durgan and pinch a tiny second close hauled at the finish. McD meanwhile, had toiled to a couple of legs of the triangle ahead of the lasers and took first.

Results:  1st Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin 2nd Stephen Brooks, 3rd Andrew Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Sunday
 
 
Date
 
 
 

 

Summer Weekend  Series
00:00
08-Sep-13

W1-3

 
 

Helm
Crew
Class

Sail No.

PN

H/cap

Elapsed

Correct

POS

2013

status

time

time

 

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

PY

58:09

15:21

1

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

PY

55:51

17:08

2

Andrew Hosking

Laser II

180

1087

CN

55:56

17:09

3

Brooks last of, heads to the middle for a chance of wind – finds some then looses it while Andy goes North for less tide

Dinghy Racing: Sept 5th

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Thursday 5th September   Summer Evening Series NNW 4-12kts           80min Pursuit N

On Thursday 17 HRSC sailors were to make the most of the last evening race of the year with good turnouts from youth and senior sections.  Ben Johns was first of into a fickle North Westerly bravely nursing a concussion received the previous Saturday in the Chamberlain Regatta when 21 youth sailors fought 3 races in difficult conditions.

Chasing Ben’s Pico blasting across the mouth of the Helford, James Lee and regatta medal winner Beks Hosking in a Feva XL, roared around Gew on their first lap, but were trapped in the doldrums of the second.  The laser fleet was trounced by sparkling performances from Roger Philpott and welcome new crew Joseph Piercy in Graduate (4th) with Andy & Karen Biggs in the N12 always snapping at their heels.

The voracious appetites of 3 RS400s were soon to be satiated despite starting 17 minutes after Ben’s Pico.  It’s not often that the wind on the Helford stays the same for 5 minutes let alone 17 and that’s always a challenge in a handicap pursuit race which is so designed, at least in constant conditions, to get all boats to finish at the same time.

Ollie Berryman and Ed Bolitho eventually pipped the Graduate for 3rd, behind rival successful 707 helms Phil Philpott & Tom Lake crewing together for the first time in Phil’s RS400. A teasing shifty wind constantly tempted the wary and unwary alike to change course: only for the wind to revert to where it was 10 seconds ago, or disappear altogether.

Rebooting his cerebral gyroscope in the salt mines of Wieliczka earlier in the week, seemed to have done the trick for Roger McDonald and his crew Beccy Kestin as they tacked on the headers that behaved themselves, and kept the big pink spinnaker filled on the downwind to take an emphatic first.

Results:
Race 1: 1st Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin 2nd Phil Philpott & Tom Lake, 3rd Ollie Berryman & Ed Bolitho

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Safety: Paul Greensmith

Thursday 5th September   Summer Evening Series NNW 4-12kts                    80min Pursuit NW

G U V ( G C B ) All Marks To Port

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

Status

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

PY

32.39

1

Phil Philpott
Tom Lake
RS400

766

947

PY

32.39

2

Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho
RS400

588

947

PY

32.39

3

Roger Philpott
Joseph Piercy
Graduate

1918

1141

PY

22.57

4

Andy Biggs
Karen H-Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

CN

24.48

5

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

PY

25.39

6

Andrew Hosking
Chris Hosken
Laser II

180

1087

CN

25.39

7

Amy

Laser 4.7

Club

1180

PY

21.00

8

James Lee
Beks Hosking
RS Feva

Club

1210

PY

19.30

9

Ben Johns

Laser Pico

Club

1300

PY

15.00

10

Dinghy Racing: Sept 1st

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Sunday 1st September   Summer Weekend Series NW 4-10kts 90min Pursuit NW

Close racing in the final minutes of Sunday’s pursuit saw Ollie Berryman & Ed Bolitho get to within 10 seconds of race leaders Andy & Karen Biggs having started 11 minutes after Roger and Sam Philpott in 3rd.  Brooks and Andrew Hosking enjoyed their scrap at the rear of the fleet but could not sustain their advance on the leaders.  Carol Lawrence in safety who’d been busy the previous day on the hospital ship for the breezy Chamberlain regatta and yet had energy enough to take 60 wonderful photos Sunday.

Results:
Race 1: 1st Andy Biggs 2nd Ollie Berryman & Ed Bolitho, 3rd Roger & Sam Philpott

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Safety & Photography: Carol Lawrence

Sunday 1st September  Summer Weekend Series NW 4-10kts

90min Pursuit NW

G U V ( G C B ) All Marks To Port

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Andy Biggs
Karen Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

25.36

1

Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho
RS400

588

947

34.35

2

Roger Philpott
Sam
Graduate

1918

1141

23.26

2

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

26.35

4

Andrew Hosking

Laser II

180

1087

26.35

5

Dinghy Racing: Aug 8th

Dinghy Racing: Aug 8th

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Thursday 8th August Summer Evening Series SW 10-20Kts Pursuit South West T D U Q T U Q ( T C Q) All Marks to Port

SW Pursuit

Culdrose recorded a warm 12kt South Westerly 100% humidity and drizzle – as Helford’s dinghy racers set of on Thursday’s Pursuit race. Home from home then for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s successful Laser racer Andrew Richards (3rd in Div A, Middle Island Regatta ‘13) on leave with his young sailing family. Search RHKYC for details of their internationally competing youth 29ner fleets.

First of by the clubs pursuit start line was Beccy Kestin in Laser 4.7 taking the long run to Toll with the odd 20+knot chasing gust in her stride. Adam Mason’s Solo (1st) and Andy & Karen Biggs National 12 (2nd) soon had their sights filled by Beccy’s 50 sq ft sail – being half the pursuer’s size.

Andy Richards pristine 40 year old Laser (no 3413!) fresh out from ~ 20 years storage was next off for its baptismal race at HRSC. There have been over 200,000 lasers built so Andy’s is a rare vintage and he sailed it with a connoisseur’s appreciation leaving Brooks behind to take 4th after his 3rd.

The Laser II fleet started together with Andrew & daughter Beks Hosking taking a lead over Chris Hosken bravely sailing single handed. The gusts were too strong and the sails to big (124sqft) for this inversion prone dinghy and hydrophobic farmer to continue. We expect Beks will be tempted out soon on the trapeze in a good breeze to demonstrate Team Hosking’s true potential. Perhaps former National Laser II Champion Adam Mason can be persuaded to reprise his role as a demo for Beks?

HRSC’s early rising stars Ollie Berryman & Ed Bolitho have been acquitting themselves well this week – a top placing of 16 out of 44 in the RS 400 National Championship Berwick. Now for Falmouth Week!

Thursday 8th August        Summer Evening Series    SW 10-20Kts   Pursuit South West

T D U Q T U Q ( T C Q) All Marks to Port

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Adam Mason

Solo

4099

1148

22.36

1

Andy Biggs
Karen Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

24.48

2

Andy Richards

Laser

3413

1087

25.39

3

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

25.39

4

Beccy Kestin

Laser 4.7

171278

1180

21.00

5

Andrew Hosking
Beks
Laser II

180

1035

28.15

6

Chris Hosken

Laser II

9482

1035

28.15

DNF

Results:
1st Adam Mason, 2nd Andy Biggs, 3rd Andy Richards

Dinghy Racing: Aug 4th

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Sunday 4th August  Summer Weekend Series – Laser Plate Race 4-5 SSW12-25kts  Triangle Dp Cp Tp

Knotty Lessons

Race Officer Adam Mason tasked with providing a steady course in breezy conditions (Culdrose SSW 15-30kts) for the Helford Laser Plate series this Sunday, obligingly started full rig and 4.7 fleets on the north side. If tempted, manageable gusts of Durgan allowed delightful fast reaching along the start line before a nip in at the Pin, and a short beat to Central in the middle of the river.

Still in the prime of youth Roger McDonald’s Laser with a good stiff deck and himself hanging of the side was first to be seen rounding Central, chased by gusts for a speedy run to Toll.  Were McD’s DNA analysed, it would likely reveal a 24th chromosome for driving fast things of which one gene would be stamped with the Laser logo.

With ropes sorted before a firm execution of the gybe round Toll McD shot ahead on variously a close haul and reach back to Durgan.  Behind chaos ensued.  Andy Biggs closest in pursuit briefly fell over rounding Toll but still came 3rd, Brooks enjoying his own dipette pre-race tangled ropes about the boom, spending a couple of head banging minutes sorting the mess back at Durgan.  Emily Broad’s storming form in 4.7 ended with a similar tangle. Beccy Kerstin’s 4.7 stayed upright and knotless to come 2nd to McD’s first.

The second race was a much tighter affair with only a minute and a half separating the finishers over half an hour’s racing. Those earlier chastised by Toll behaved themselves as fleet followers and paparazzi crowded Toll in anticipation of more carnage to follow.  Biggs and Brooks made it to within sniffing distance of McD on the penultimate run to Central, but his ability to grab every opportunity with gusto got him first over the line. Emily Broad’s gutsy return to form got her to 2nd – whilst Beccy Kestin recovering as well as she did from a knot class at Toll eased to 3rd.

Dinghy Racing: Aug 1st

Thursday 1st August   Summer Evening Series   SSW 8Kts  Pursuit South Ds Bp Ts Qs (Dp Cp Tp)

Blow the wind southerly

Low Clouds zipping south to north in an orderly fashion suggests chaotic conditions on the Helford Ria as the wind stumbles over its immovable contours.  Culdrose recorded 10-25kts on Thursday evening, modified by the river to a humid 18C when becalmed in the Narrows or of Bosahan to the odd refreshing 20kt gust mid river.

First of by Bar Buoy in Feva XL young farmers Ed Hosken & Beks Hosking had a fun evening out despite a prolonged entrapment along with the rest of the fleet at Bosahan.

A trio of Laser II’s creaking as noisily as their helms, bravely sailed without crew.  Andrew Hosking who knew what he was doing with an asymmetric spinnaker, left behind the older conventional rigs of Chris Hosken and Brook’s shedding their trail of rivets and boat parts.

McDonald and Beccy (2nd)  in RS400 starting 13 minutes behind E&B’s Feva, avoided most of the debris and delay at Bosahan ultimately to eventually devour Andy & Karen’s National 12 (3rd)  – passing the older Laser II’s twice in the process.

Adam Mason returning to the fold for his first race with HRSC this season wasted none of his 60 minutes racing time to sail his impeccable Solo seemingly without effort clear of the fleet to first.

Results:
1st Adam Mason, 2nd Roger McDonald, 3rd Andy Biggs

Thursday 1st August        Summer Evening Series    SSW 8Kts              Pursuit South

Ds Bp Ts Qs (Dp Cp Tp)

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Adam Mason

Solo

4099

1148

22.36

1

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

32.39

2

Andy Biggs
Karen Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

24.48

3

Andrew Hosking

Laser II

180

1035

28.15

4

Stephen Brooks

Laser II

7666

1035

28.15

5

Chris Hosken

Laser II

9482

1035

28.15

6

Ed Hosken
Beks Hosking
RS Feva

Club

1210

19.30

7

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day
Safety: Dom Brandreth

Dinghy Results: July 25th

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Thursday 25th July Summer Evening Series W-SW 7Kts Pursuit West Leisurely Pursuit

A diverse handicap fleet left HRSC Clubhouse foreshore in complete calm near the top of a high spring tide, then gently wafted by a following wind North towards the club Pursuit start line. Youth sailor Beks Hosking in Laser Pico was first of 15 minutes after Hooter on the long run to the mouth of the Helford. Nearly 20 minutes later & with every scrap of cloth flying the voracious RS400’s of Roger McDonald 1st and Phil Philpott 3rd began the successful chase of all but one of their quarry – Roger & Sam Philpott 2nd in Graduate.

Ed Hosken and Amy on their first solo outing of the season in similarly rated Byte and Laser 4.7 showed their upwind pace – when they could find wind but needed proportionately the vast sail areas of the double handers to get ahead.

Andrew Hosking and Chris Hosken chanced their spinnakers single handed sailing their Laser II’s whilst Brooks stayed coy in full rig Laser. Chris proved himself a capable Multitasker with his conventional spinnaker but Andrew’s speed of launching the less complicated asymmetric proved telling – despite a refreshing dipette mid channel.

Andy & Karen Biggs found & kept the wind in mid channel but were ultimately unable to resist the RS 400’s in the mêlée at the front of the fleet.

Results 1st Roger McDonald, 2nd Roger Philpott, 3rd Phil Philpott

Thursday 25th July        Summer Evening Series    W-SW 7Kts                       Pursuit West

T U V Q ( U V C ) All Marks to Port

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

32.39

1

Roger Philpott
Sam
Graduate

1918

1141

22.57

2

Phil Philpott
Carrie Hoskins
RS400

766

947

32.39

3

Andy Biggs
Karen Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

24.48

4

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

25.39

5

Andrew Hosking

Laser II

180

1035

28.15

6

Ed Hosken

Topper Byte

1462

1190

20.30

7

Chris Hosken

Laser II

9482

1035

28.15

8

Amy

Laser 4.7

Green

1180

21.00

9

Beks Hosking

Laser Pico

2660

1300

15.00

10

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Safety Boat Paul Greensmith & Rachel Brandreth
Photography Paul Greensmith

Dinghy Results: July 7th

Sun 7th July 2013 Dinghy Race Report Helford River Sailing Club

Sunday 7th July          Summer Weekend Series    Easterly 5Kts  Average Lap W/L x 

Perfect Day

Helford had tempted out all who could float, swim, or bask in brilliant sunshine. Race officer Roger McDonald conjured sufficient easterly wind on a flood tide for two gentle average lap races of Bosahan.  By the time that Andy & Karen Biggs’ N12 had rounded the Windward Mark on the first leg the days finishing order was established – save for the battle for 2nd and 3rd between the Hosken and Hosking farming families.

Results  1st Andy Biggs, 2nd Chris Hosken, 3rd Andrew Hosking

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Race Officer:  Roger McDonald
Safety: Stephen Brooks
Photography: Stephen Brooks, Roger McDonald

Dinghy Regatta: June 30th

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Regatta  Sunday 30th June   Westerly 2-4  PY Fleet Trapezoid,   Fevas Windward Leeward

Regatta Success

50 Sailors throughout Cornwall gathered for a 9am race briefing on Sunday for Helford’s annual dinghy regatta.   Two no shows debilitated by pillow Feva & lack of Enterprise did release crew for Anton Chamberlain in his Comet and David Blanning in safety.

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs and his family of race stewards could not have hoped for more favourable conditions in a series of 4 races – 3 to count.  A Westerly force 2-4 suited the tiny little Optimist of Jack Lawrence to the blistering 20+mph downwind pace of Bob Warren’s RS400.

The renowned & sprightly Stephens family of Penzance SC sailing Mirror dinghies swept the board with Gold, Silver and 1st female in the PY Fleet.

Fevas are the modern junior introduction to fast spinnaker sailing.  First under starters orders were 9 RS Fevas competing in the RYA OnBoard traveller’s series slogging their way in to the upriver wind before launching spinnakers on the exhilarating downwind.  Young helms Charlie Pursall and Rachel Thomas swapped the lead back and forth all day snaffling 1st & 2nd

Showing her stamina and agility HRSC Rebekah Hosking in her second regatta of the weekend partnered Lauren Weaver for the first time in a brand new club Feva achieving a creditable 6th.  Their fathers Andrew and Garth, not wanting to be left onshore, took the opportunity to discover the finer points of Laser 2 sailing – rising up the fleet as the wind built in the afternoon.

Oliver Chamberlain in Pico committed sailing parricide on his father as did Sam Philpott in Opi beating his parents Graduate.  Amongst the PY Lasers Josh Redgrave (4th) in not colliding with marker buoys or RYA OnBoard officer Mark Belshaw’s pristine Classic Finn (5th) showed how to get the best from a Radial rig over Emily Broad and Sam Hubbard’s battering 4.7’s.

Thrills – but no (obvious) spills came from the RS400s with team Berryman & Bolitho besting McDonald’s and Philpott’s challenge.  Despite physical superiority on the beat B&B were unable to match the eloquence of Bob Warren & Vicky Bridger downwind.

Commodore Julian Samuel with Guest photographer Nick Glossop made the best of poor trade in safety with a record 150 snaps.  Julian was pleased to welcome tired but elated sailors to the prize giving and thanking Andy & Karen Biggs for their magnificent efforts in organising the day.

Results:

Feva Travellers:  1st Charlie Pursall & Alistair Ross,  2nd Rachel Thomas & Ruth Smith,  3rd James Dowrick & Luke Bilbey.
PY Fleet:  1st Rebecca Stephens & Niamh O’Neil, 2nd Jeremy Stephens, & daughter Lauren, 3rd Bob Warren & Vicky Bridger.  1st Female: Rebecca Stephens.

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the Fleet on the day,

Race Stewards: Karen Biggs and daughter Harriet,  Lisa Chamberlain
Safety Boats:  Julian Samuel & Nick Glossop photography,  David Blanning & Fran Dungavel

Clubhouse: Tom Pinch & Julia Whitbread

Helford Regatta PY Overall
 
30-Jun-13

W2-4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Helm
Crew
Class

Sail No.

PN

H/cap

4 Races 3 to Count

Points

POS

 

 

2013

status

1

2

3

4

Dinghy Racing: June 16th

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Sunday 16th June    Summer Weekend Series      Southerly 4-6     Pursuit South East
Us Gp Tp Up ( Bp Cp Up )

McDonalds Meteorology

Culdrose forecast a southerly 20 – gusting 33 knots for Father’s day.  Racers were greeted under Helford’s magnificently appointed clubhouse with complete calm on the water but low level clouds zipping past.  Roger McDonald, connoisseur of fine winds on and above the Helford advised the heavier laser racers to set full sail.  Out on the course the wind would blow from 0 to perhaps the odd brief tumble to 30knots from east to south and back again over 10 capsizing seconds.

Emily Broad wisely chose the smallest sail for her laser, set of first and stayed upright throughout the entire pursuit race to come second. Brooks and Biggs despite their full rigs languished in the doldrums of the narrows but then capsized at the first gust on the exit to Trebah thereafter never seriously threatening Emily’s lead.

McDonald & Beccy in RS400 took every advantage they could from a capricious wind, nailing first Brooks then Biggs on the first beat down river to Gew.  Had the RS400 looked in their rear view mirror as they rounded Gew they would have been rewarded by the sight of Anton Chamberlain and son Ollie masterfully capturing on camera Biggs’ second capsize of the day and year.

It took somewhat longer for team McDonald  to catch Emily’s small 4.7 sail before Bosahan, to head the fleet over the final stages.

Results:
1st Roger McDonald  2nd Emily Broad, 3rd Andy Biggs

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

32.39

1

Emily Broad

Laser 4.7

173728

1180

21.00

2

Andy Biggs

Laser

138471

1087

25.39

3

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

25.39

4

Anton Chamberlain
Ollie
Comet Trio

417

1085

25.45

Duty

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Safety cover: Anton Chamberlain, Ollie Chamberlain

Guest Photographer: Anton Chamberlain

Dinghy Racing: June 13th

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Thursday 13th June  6.30pm Summer Thursday Series   Westerly 4-6   Pursuit West
T U V Q ( U V C ) 

Biggs’ Steely Resolve

Last Thursday in a stiff Westerly breeze Helford’s dinghy racers burst out of the moorings with lasers planeing straight downwind & a spinnaker fleet slaloming left and right to the mouth of the river.

RS400 heavy weather sailors Phil Philpott & Carrie Hoskins rocketed ahead of Roger McDonald & Beccy Kestin in the early stages only to come to grief on a North Shore gybe.  Surfacing holding the mainsheet block attached to a large lump of shredded fibre glass Phil nursed the wounded RS400 back to the clubhouse.  Thus ended this year’s capsize drought.

Undeterred from a little dipette on the penultimate beat McD and Beccy chased the dry lasers for all their worth but on this particular day the lasers ability to plane happily in the no go zone straight down wind was just sufficient to keep Brooks ahead by the final mark

Andy Biggs in fine muscular form kept his Laser flat on the beat and upright on the run maintaining at least a 2 minute distance over his rival Laser racers.

Results  1st Andy Biggs 2nd Stephen Brooks, 3rd Roger McDonald

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

HRSC Pursuit Time

Pos

After Hooter

Andy Biggs

Laser

138471

1087

25.39

1

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

25.39

2

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

32.39

3

Phil Philpott
Carrie Hoskins
RS400

766

947

32.39

Retd

Helford’s free open Regatta takes place Sunday 30th June

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Safety cover and photography: James McGarry, Dom Brandreth

Dinghy Racing: June 9th

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Sunday 9th June   4pm  Spring Weekend Series      Easterly 2-1     Linestart W/L
EAST U C Windward – Leeward

Heavy wind sailors make light of thin breezes

Phil Philpott & Carrie Hoskins showed their ability in light airs to make full use of the RS400’s massive sail area and win by avoiding the holes in the wind. More or less in order of sail size the fleet finished in 2 laps versus the planned 4 in fading airs near 30 minutes separating the front and rear of the fleet.

Anton Chamberlain was almost in the points but a flooding tide and lack of oars delayed the arrival of the Comet & Anton’s two children crewing until after the race had started.  It was a pleasure to see the Broad family manning the Committee, Safety, and two racing dinghies – Emily in radial and Matt and Harry in the RS200.

Steve Kestin suggested that for the conditions it was very unlikely the slower boats would make headway against the RS400’s.  Nevertheless it must be a strange position for Tom Lake to find himself in lucky 7th given his continuing success in the 707’s with Swordfish.

Results:
1st Phil Philpott, 2nd Roger McDonald, 3rd Andy Biggs

Helm
Crew
Class

Name-No.

PY

Pos

Elapsed

Correct

Phil Philpott
Carrie Hoskins
RS400

766

947

1

34:37

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

2

39:03

Andy Biggs
Karen Biggs
Nat 12

3326

1104

3

42:15

Anton Chamberlain
Oliver & Sister
Comet Trio

417

1085

4

56:12

Matthew Broad
Harry Broad
RS200

1145

1053

5

56:41

Emily Broad

Radial

173728

1117

6

59:03

Tom Lake

Laser

179728

1087

7

62:38

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Committee Boat: Emma Broad & Steve Kestin

Safety cover: Chris Broad

Dinghy Racing: June 2nd

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Sunday 2nd June 6.30pm Spring Weekend Series Westerly 1-3
Line Start North (B) Cs Gp Tp Bp Gp Tp ( Cp Vp Bp )

RS400s lead the Lasers in light airs

Richard Graham-Vivian in light airs laid a Northerly course under the delightful gardens and house of Bosahan which promptly turned easterly for a beam reach across the start line. Seeing a lay line at a perpendicular to the start Brooks decided to sail his proper course by tacking above the RS400s before the committee boat, receiving a verbal clip to the ear for his impertinence.

A fleet of RS400’s and Laser II’s then proceeded to sail in the order they started. McDonald and Kestin finding the faintest of wind where nobody else could stayed at the front to the end.

Fresh from his holiday sailing an armada of dinghies, Phil was pleased to be reacquainted with the curves of his RS400 and repeatedly threatened the lead – but whatever puff McDonald had he wasn’t about to let go.

Bolitho & Berryman stayed with the 400’s but found the holes in the wind between Voose and Bosahan.

It was a pleasure to see young helms & trimmers Ed Hosken & Beks Hosking in Laser II’s directing their fathers’ best efforts to break out of the handicap order but missing a force 4-5 wind necessary to do so.

Results: 1st Roger McDonald, 2nd Phil Philpot, 3rd Ollie Berryman

Helm
Crew
Sail No
PN
Min
Sec
Sec
Correct
Pos

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin

958

947

54

30

3270

3453

1

Phil Philpott
Carrie Hoskins

766

947

57

40

3460

3654

2

Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho

588

947

59

58

3598

3799

3

Stephen Brooks

179651

1087

69

48

4188

3853

4

Andrew Hosking
Beks Hosking

180

1035

5

Chris Hosken
Ed Hosken

9482

1035

6

Helford’s free open Regatta takes place Sunday 30th June

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Committee : Richard Graham Vivian, Dan Flunder Guest Photographer: Dan Flunder
Safety: Andy Biggs, Karen and Hamish

Dinghy Racing: May 25th

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Saturday 25th May    Spring Weekend Series      W2-3     Average Lap W/L C-V 16:20

RS400s Dominate

In perfect conditions on Saturday, HRSC dinghy fleet set out for two races on a windward leeward 600m course set by Steve Kestin on the Helford.   With a constant 8 knot wind the spinnaker fleet would have its work cut out to make full use of their breakneck reaching speed if they were to overcome the snoozers running straight downwind.

The fleet set of just above Central racing buoy with McDonald & Beccy leading the asymmetric fleet line astern over the start line at the committee boat.  On the opposite tack North west from the far Pin end Brooks was equally surprised as others to find himself crossing above their bows in clear air.    Berryman & Bolitho took full advantage of McDonald’s misbehaving spinnaker to take the lead & sped well past Brooks as he sailed down the finish line to oblivion.

A much tighter second race between the RS400s saw McDonald skills paying off to take first 6 fine seconds ahead of B&B

In the smartest Laser 2 of its class it’s a delight to see  Andrew Hosking and his daughter Beks working in harmony to take an improved 4th

Sunday Average Lap Race 1

25-May

SCT

09:59

Standard correct time

Helm
Crew

Class

Sail

PY

Elapsed

Laps

Correct

Pos

Performance

.

H’cap

time

 

time

 

H’cap

%

Ollie Berryman
Amy
RS400

588

947

27:34

3

9:42

1

920

-2.8%

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

28:43

3

10:06

2

959

1.2%

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

22:04

2

10:09

3

1105

1.7%

Andrew Hosking
Beks Hosking
Laser II

180

1035

24:31

2

11:51

4

1228

18.7%

Sunday Average Lap Race 2

25-May

SCT

10:44

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

29:54

3

10:31

1

929

-2.0%

Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho
RS400

588

947

30:09

3

10:37

2

936

-1.1%

Stephen Brooks

Laser

179651

1087

24:03

2

11:04

3

1120

3.1%

Andrew Hosking
Beks Hosking
Laser II

180

1035

25:08

2

12:09

4

1171

13.2%

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Committee Boat: Steve Kestin, Margaret & Tony Statham
Safety cover: Paul Carol Lawrence & Joan Kearsley
Guest Photographer: Joan Kearsley

Dinghy Racing: May 23rd

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Thursday Evening Spring Series 23rd May 18:40 N1-7

Line Start N (B) Cs Gp Tp Bp Gp Tp ( Cp Vp Bp )
Results: 1st Roger McDonald, 2nd Josh Redgrave, 3rd Ollie Berryman

There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall

A mixed asymmetric and monosail fleet set of under the clubhouse with what felt like spent shotgun pellets peppering them as a large bank of grey passed over head. In their heads, a blanked grey matter technique got starters beyond their quivering lower lips & out to the start of Bosahan. Race stewards Andrew Hosking & daughter Beks battling away during the squall had set a lovely line for a northerly wind. Racers thoroughly enjoyed the beam reach heading to Central at the starting hooter as the wind calmed & switched 90 degrees to west.

McD and B&B in the RS400’s were to force the early pace in a fading breeze on an ebbing tide. Gusts dithered between W and NW across river from Gew to Toll allowing a long beat with an occasional tack back to Bosahan. A couple of laps in the RS200 put Josh Redgrave and Emily Broad firmly in contention amongst the 400’s to finish second under par for their class but laggards B&B & Brooks slipping to 3 & 5.5% above par for the 400 and Laser Radial.

Messer’s Greensmith & Brandreth in safety were relieved their charges had maintained their seasons unblemished capsize record, the only real excitement provided by a becalmed B&B plucked to safety before an impending grounding by current above Voose rocks.

Spring Thursday Series 2013
18:40
23-May

N 1-7

50:46

Standard Corrected Time

Helm
Crew
Class

Sail No.

PN

Elapsed

Correct

POS

PY Achieved

%

 

time

time

 

performance

 

Roger McDonald
Beccy Kestin
RS400

958

947

46:55

49:33

1

924

-2.4%

Josh Redgrave
Emily Broad
RS200

1145

1053

53:09

50:28

2

1047

-0.6%

Ollie Berryman
Ed Bolitho
RS400

588

947

49:30

52:16

3

975

3.0%

Stephen Brooks

Radial

179651

1117

59:48

53:32

4

1178

5.5%

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Committee Boat: Andrew Hosking & daughter Beks, Richard Graham-Vivian
Safety cover: Paul Greensmith & Dom Brandreth

Dinghy Racing: May 19th

Sunday 19th May 11am Spring Weekend Series Northerly 1-2 Average Lap N Windward – Leeward

Capsize Drought Continues

The Helford provides the dinghy sailor with relatively consistent sailing conditions when blowing a moderate breeze parallel to its latitude but beware when the alignment is with longitude. Steve Kestin had the daunting task of satisfying racers with a windward / leeward course for light airs that mostly came from the North – otherwise West or not from anywhere at all.

The first of three races was remarkable in fickle conditions for the closeness of the top 3 – no more than 9 seconds between McDonald, Berryman & Biggs. Andrew Hosking and his daughter Beks were firing on all cylinders by the second race & within 6 fine seconds of Biggs in second place. Ollie Berryman and Ed Bolitho suffered mechanical problems with their sky hook in race 2&3 leaving McDonald and Beccy with the tightest times, & indeed the only consistent winning presence on the Helford that day.

And nobody got his or her hair wet – again!

Results Overall 3 races: 1st Roger McDonald, 2nd Andy Biggs, = 3rd Andrew Hoskin & Ollie Berryman

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day

Committee Boat: Steve Kestin, Margaret Statham Safety Cover: TBC

Dinghy Racing: May 5th

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Sunday 5th May – Spring Weekend Series     SW3 Line Start W/L  2pm        

Perfect race conditions this Sunday for family sailing brought out the double handers on the Helford.

With a good length of start line Race officers Steve & Margaret ably assisted by Tony on camera gave plenty of room to ensure those that had not raced this season did not end up on top of each other.  Ignoring the steward’s invitation to stay wide there was the usual attraction to the committee boat’s stern & inevitable fibreglass Sandwich.  Thereafter everyone behaved himself or herself – mostly sailing in the right direction.

As soon as their Spinnakers were up a Triumvirate of RS400’s sailed their own race– dominated by Roger McDonald and Beccy Kestin.  A romantic pairing of Ollie Berryman and Amy in Lurve boat showed their potential providing they kept their eyes on the spinnaker halyards and of each other.

Phil Philpott’s daughter Allison down on a visit enjoyed the mellow ambience of the river putting in a creditable 4th place with her father in the first race.

Andrew Hosking and daughter Beks on their second outing held back by the Laser II’s miles of wet spaghetti sailed a conservative race whilst only able to launch their spinnaker to one side.  Roger Philpott’s quiet co

Dinghy Racing: May 2nd

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Thursday Evening Spring Series 2nd May 19:18     Laser Race NW3-1                   Triangle BUV

Aeolus favours McDonald

A rising neap tide found just enough water to launch for the first of the Laser Plate series on the Helford. Race Stewards Phil Philpott & Carrie Hoskins chose a short triangular course for the light North Westerly breeze knowing that light airs would fade to nothing close to shore. Being one of the most environmentally friendly of sports sailors know they must rely on their wits & their gods rather than petrol.  McDonald’s wits got him first past the Pin at the start from Bosahan for a beat north and west to Trebah. Rewarding McD’s knowledge of Helford’s tides and winds Aeolus was waiting to throw a couple of extra puffs at the laser pushing it around Trebah and beyond the reach of his frustrated rival Biggs. Trusting his own judgement Brooks went the wrong way and found himself in picturesque gyrations with the Radials about Trebah before a mine sweeping duty with trailing mainsheet catching buoys at Voose. Beccy & Emily heading the smaller sailed radials performed slow motion ballet as they gracefully interchanged lead – resorting only to petrol for the tow back courtesy Messer’s Greensmith & Glossop Results: 1st Roger McDonald, 2nd Andy Biggs, 3rd Stephen Brooks

Laser Race
19:18

02-May-13

SW2

35:08

Standard Corrected Time

Helm
Class

Sail No.

PN

Elapsed

Correct

POS

PY Achieved

%

 

time

time

 

performance

 

Roger McDonald
Laser

100387

1087

37:32

34:32

1

1069

-1.7%

Andy Biggs
Laser

138471

1087

38:49

35:43

2

1105

1.7%

Stephen Brooks
Laser

179651

1087

45:49

42:09

3

1304

20.0%

Emily Broad
Radial

179728

1117

47:44

42:44

4

1359

21.7%

Beccy Kestin
Radial

171278

1117

47:58

42:57

5

1366

22.3%

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day Committee Boat: Phil Philpott & Carrie Hoskins Safety cover: Paul Greensmith & Nick Glossop Guest Photographer: Paul Greensmith