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
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
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
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.
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We now have all the race marks out on the river, 2 safety boats on the pontoon and dinghies ready on the shore !! So looks like Sunday 18th April sailing/practice racing is ready to go ….. Let me know if you would like to use a club boat.