Dinghy Racing: April 19th

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Thursday 19th April Variable NW 3-5 – Culdrose NW 4-5 RYA PY Line Start – 1 triangular NW course

Ollie & Ed Bolitho: on winning by staying upright the entire race

Helm Crew Class Name-No. PY Race 1
Ollie Berryman Ed Bolitho RS400 588 948 1
Phil Samuel Laser 186886 1085 2
Roger McDonald Beccy Kestin RS400 958 948 3
Adam Mason Solo 4099 1150 4
Stephen Brooks Radial 179651 1110 5

A good stiff breeze tending to West on the south shore and 70 degrees higher on the north demanded a lot of thinking in not a lot of time. Having laid a good compromise to the NW Phil & Carrie could now enjoy a fine start.

Phil Samuel emboldened and resplendent in new black tie deftly tacked in front of the reaching fleet to lead at the penultimate hooter. With the weather end favoured, your cautious correspondent was able to watch the impending chaos as Phil moved to close-haul. Without pinching, Phil’s was generous enough to leave sufficient room for Ollie & Ed to squeeze the red RS400 past the boarding pikes of the committee boat. The cork now firmly in the bottle, McD & Beccy forced the purple RS 400 to an impromptu pirouette. Never disconsolate, McD was soon back in contention as Phil cuffed the windward mark at Trebah and thereby obliged to perform his own version of Swan Lake.

From Trebah to Voose the wind picked up and moved to west. Whilst Phil confidently bore away for the run to Gew, Adam Mason & Stephen Brooks in Solo & Radial paused to pull up tutus and added a tack. A run back to Gew in shifty stiff breezes seemed a little less unsettling for the lasers as they appeared to sail closer to a dead run than the Solo.

Surprisingly the whole fleet stayed dry – meaning Ollie and Ed – in spite of some close manoeuvring around the solid geology of the Gew? In staying erect and maintaining blistering pace the red RS just beat Phil, himself 12 fine seconds ahead of the McD & Beccy.

There does appear a need for a bar copy of RYA Racing Rules to assist with post match debriefs for those amongst the racers less certain of their Elders recollection & interpretation.

Captain Dinghies Beccy Kestin thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day
Marshalls: Phil Philpott & Carrie Hoskin
Safety cover: Paul Greensmith & Nick Glossop
Photography: IA

PY Handicap race accounting means the fastest boats get to the bar first without necessarily winning the race.  A great credit to all those behind the action for selflessly putting themselves forward for duty.


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