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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