Up River Winter Series – the Final

Well it was all to play for today, one point in it between Penny and I to be crowned Queen/King of the river. I know which one I want. The morning started grey and wet, but the strong winds were fitful due to the direction over the wooded south bank. The race started just as strange. Matt made the mistake of going for a practice beat and I forgot I had snapped the rope holding the kicker block in the previous race. I noticed as I launched and had to return to the bank to make a quick fix.  Launching with 30 seconds to go and I got caught...

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Up River Winter Series 2011 – Battle of the Lightnings Weekend 3

Sunday 27th November and gales swept Essex. Many people were seen standing around on river banks muttering, stupid, mad to go out in that and similar things. After an hour they decided it had dropped off enough which was great as it allowed Simon who could not make the published start time to get there, rig and make the start. The usual three Lightning’s were on the start line but not looking a gift horse in the mouth Simon powered off the line to round the first mark ahead of the Comet and Matt. Penny feeling the effects of the Flu was...

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Up River Winter Series 2011 – Battle of the Lightnings

Sunday was the first of the URYC Winter Series, when we get visitors from Eyotts SC which is even further up river than we are. There are usualy a few bandits from up there. Unfortunatley only 4 Lightnings from the fleet of 11 came out to play, probably more to do with the Prize Giving Dinner Dance the night before than anything else. All told 13 boat were on the start line in the Slow handicap fleet. Race 1 was interesting, Penny started perfectly, proving a hangover is not always a bad thing (except for the pictures on facebook) and sailed...

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National Schools Regatta

Day 1 So here is a quick update after Day 1. Disappointingly they the LN has suddenly become a fast handicap boat for this regatta so Matt and Stephen were sharing the line with Phantoms, Rs300, Rs200, Rs400, etc. Advice from LN coach (self promotion), try to get clear air and sail your own race. At least being the  slowest boats in the fast fleet, anyone they beat on the water was a result! Wind was a very erratic, 4-6 mph and from varying directions usually at the same time! Now by their own admissions in race 1 they “had not got a...

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The Fickles of Fate

I took absolutely no pleasure from the race win at Portishead at the weekend. I should have as it is a feat I have only achieved once before (at Weston) but I felt as if I had robbed it from Matt. Matt took the lead at the first mark and sailed away from the rest of us. When we were approachintg the final mark Matt was a good 30 yards ahead and I was in a lufifng duel with Caroline to try (unsuccesfully) to stop her getting water. What simpler than to tack and the short fetch to the line. Matt tacked then inside me Caroline tacked and when...

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