Dinghy Racing: April 21st

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Saturday 21sth April W- NW estimated 4-5 Culdrose actual 5-6 RYA Average Lap Series – 2 triangular races

Phil Philpot – Laurels for the Solo performance

Ed Bolitho’s six-pack is unable to hold the RS in a huge Gust – trust there is no lasting damage Ed?
Ed Bolitho’s six-pack is unable to hold the RS in a huge Gust – trust there is no lasting damage Ed?

Under big skies the promise of big gusts had already diminished the fleet before setting of on its 6th spring outing. RS400 duellists, Roger McDonald & crew Beccy Kestin vs. talented young usurpers Ollie Berryman & Ed Bolitho set of at breakneck pace. Fortunately there’s still plenty of time for capsize and trawling practice pre RS400 early Autumn nationals. Ed’s six-pack enhanced hiking skill was unable to prevent an untimely dunking – the boom cracking his head forcing early retirement. No retirement for Phil Samuel’s conservatively powered Radial laser, snapping at the heels of the Solo and remaining RS. McD and Beccy threw out a drogue but rapid untangling & gathering of the laundry allowed them to enjoy a closer more social race.

The consummate skill & consistency of Phil Philpot in controlling a rig 45% larger than the longer and leaner Radial was to be decisive. Ultimately it was to the perfect match between helm and craft in Phil’s shorter and beamier Solo that Laurels were deserved and awarded. Adam – think Jockey – a few extra HRSC club puddings should do the trick.

Helm Crew Class Name-No. PY Race 1 Lap Sec Act Sec Race 2 Lap Sec Act Sec
Phil Philpott Solo 4785 1150 1 582 670 1 574 660
Roger McDonald Beccy Kestin RS400 958 948 2 595 564 3 601 569
Phil Samuel Radial 186886 1110 3 605 671 2 586 651
Ollie Berryman Ed Bolitho RS400 588 948 4 656 622 Rtrd

Captain Dinghies Beccy Kestin thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day.

Marshalls: Steve Kestin & Margaret Statham

Safety Cover: Jonathon & Katie Sykes assisted by Christian Griffin

Photography: Steve Kestin

Average lap race accounting whilst demanding of logistics and support is deemed fairest to PY dinghy competition. A great credit to all those behind the action for selflessly putting themselves forward for duty.

Class Mainsail Hull wt LOA Beam 2012 PN
Finn 10.6 145 4.5 1.5 1060
Solo 8.4 70 3.8 1.6 1150
Rooster 8.1 59 4.2 1.4 1050
Laser 7.1 59 4.2 1.4 1085
Radial 5.8 59 4.2 1.4 1110

Helford has yet to see Mark Belshaw’s lovingly restored ’73 wooden Taylor made Finn which achieved 1st place in light airs at the June 2011 Falmouth Classic Finn event. How would Phil Philpot’s Solo winning form on a breezy day compare with the Finns sail to weight ratio?

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