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.
A huge thank you to Beccy from all the dinghy sailors for 3 years of excellent work as Captain
Dinghies and a personal thank you for her help as I take on the role and familiarise myself with the responsibilities.
The dinghy sailing calendar has now been finalised and kicks off with a season start meeting/get together on Friday 5th April at 19.00 hrs. This is a chance to meet up before the first race on Sunday 7th April and have a chat about the coming season.
With a total of 49 race dates, hopefully everybody who wants to race can find dates that are convenient. The Wayfarer Cup returns to the calendar on Sunday 7th July and I will be asking racers to pre-book Club boats so that sailors know that they have a boat and crew. With a 15.00hrs start it gives plenty of time to get rigged up and familiar with the boats.
The Laser Plate this season will be held over 3 dates. There are 5 races scheduled and 3 race results to count.
The Dinghy Regatta is on Sunday 30th June. I apologise that this is the weekend of the annual Helford to L’Aber-Wrac’h Race but it could not be avoided as none of the tides in July are suitable for an all day Sunday Regatta.
Thank you to Steve and Margaret for volunteering, once again, to run an average lap series of races. This season these will be on the weekends during May.
Anyone who is interested in dinghy racing please get in touch, as there is a fantastic opportunity at the Club to experience this exciting sport in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Andy Biggs – Captain Dinghies
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]
Regatta Sunday 30th June Westerly 2-4 PY Fleet Trapezoid, Fevas Windward Leeward
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.
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
4 Races 3 to Count