Phil Samuel – Double First at HRSC Dinghies 1st 2012 Outing.
A scholarly and muscular performance sets Phil Samuel at the head of the PY dinghy fleet. Perhaps goaded by a 2011 season bereft of prizes Phil spent the entire winter welded to a mountain bike. Lantern jawed HRSC sailors were greeted by a Spartan version of Phil in cycling shorty confidently striding his laser into an icy Helford. Toned & honed by itself doesn’t beget medals – fused with experience and a shrewdly analytical mind does. That left the rest of the fleet to perform an in race mental spring cleaning – much to the entertainment of Committee and Safety boats. Post race debriefs the worst offenders quietly taken aside, ever so nicely given a verbal and marshalled of for Tuesday night race training. And that’s where we would be delighted to see you. Leave the pride at home and in return HRSC would love to give you the confidence to get sailing – get racing!
Many thanks to those supporting the fleet on the day
Marshalls: Steve Kestin and Margaret Statham
Safety cover: Dave Church & Dan
Photography: Chris Griffin
Very Welcome beach reception: Robert Floyd
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 .
Roger MacDonald and Beccy Kestin with the RS00 nicely positioned after the 1 minute hooter
Phil Samuel and Andy Biggs lead the Lasers
Stephen Brooks cautiously joins the fleet –whilst Roger and Beccy forge ahead in the RS400
Phil leads the lasers on the 1st Lap run to Trebah
Biggs and Brooks fight it out to the leeward mark
Race 2: Minute hooter blown, the RS400 is off to the start line
A divine wind allows the radial to close on the RS400
3 lasers bearing down on the RS
Good turnout for the Laser training. The wind wasn’t too cooperative, but a fun and useful couple of hours (with Duncan Skingley providing entertainment with his no-wind capsizing skills ).Many thanks to Keith Wilkins and Linda for running the session.
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
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]
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.
1st R Kestin & R McDonald, 2nd M Broad, 3rd P Philpott 4th R Hosking
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
Here are this years Dinghy Racing Instructions and Entry form. If you can have a read and bring a signed Entry form that would be great, I will have some at the club tomorrow if you dont!!