Up River Training Day & Open Meeting

Up River Training Day & Open Meeting

Caroline Hollier’s Race Report and the official (UPDATED & CORRECTED) Race Results from Up River… The first event of the Noble Marine Insurance Travellers Series of the Lightning 368 Class took place at Up River Yacht Club in Essex, over the weekend of 6th/7th April, and Sunday’s racing on the water was shared with the Comet Class. On the Saturday, 14 very keen sailors arrived from as far afield as Yorkshire and Cheshire for a special Lightning Training Day led by Simon Hopkins, with an opportunity to do a bit of boat tuning, practice starts and a chance for the inland sailors to get a feel for the salty stuff. A good wind allowed some great fun, a capsize or two, and the fleet were able to try out the spare Mark 3 that class builder John Claridge had brought along with an experimental carbon lower mast section. A guest who joined us for a test sail was so impressed he placed an order for a new boat with John there and then! The Sunday was the Open Meeting, and we lost a few who could not stay, but gained the Up River club boats for a respectable entry of 15. While Saturday was the perfect wind, Sunday was pretty dire, and Matt Pickett our race officer for the day, decided to change the published race programme to 3 back to back races, due to the light wind conditions. Courses were set using the Upper Crouch navigation marks. Race 1 got underway, with 3 boats over the line, including Simon Hopkins who had obviously not listened to his own advice from the day before. Due to the wind direction, the fleet set off on a reach down the river to the East mark. Penny Yarwood and Ben Harris got off to a flying start, hotly pursued by Jeremy Cooper, sailing for the first time on this tidal river. Bryan Westley meanwhile was trying out the new proposed rig, with a borrowed better sail, and had a storming first leg. The fleet headed off down the South Bank and had been advised in the familiarisation walk earlier that morning to cross the river at Brandy Hole due to the strong current round the bend. Meanwhile Penny Yarwood, Robbie Claridge and John Claridge bucked the trend and hugged the South Bank. Penny was first to the East mark, followed by Jeremy. Robbie’s hunch paid off as he rounded 3rd, closely followed by Ben, Bryan and Caroline Hollier. Up the beat to the Clements mark, Caroline, who was pointing higher than Ben and Bryan, got past them both. The finishing leg took the fleet back towards the East mark. At the finish it was Penny, Jeremy, Robbie and then Caroline. Race 2 got off very soon after the last Comet had finished. The course this time was Clements, Stowe, East, Clements, Finish. Robbie was quickest off the very biased start line, followed by Marcus Ingram and Ben Harris who elected to start on port behind the fleet. Caroline Hollier was doing her best to try and get past John Claridge whilst being pursued by Penny Yarwood. Going right paid, and Ben and Marcus led at the first mark, but were soon overtaken by Robbie down the reach to Stowe. After gybing at...

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Next up, a trip across the border into Wales

Next up, a trip across the border into Wales

Locals Jeremy (Germany) Cooper and Mark Heaton are excited to be welcoming the keen travellers to their club just on the Welsh side of the border from Cheshire on  Saturday 27th April for their 2019 Lightning 368 Open Meeting  The start time of the 1st race is at 11.00am, with registration from 09.30am and a briefing at 10.30am.  Entry Fee £10.For the full Notice of Race click HERE There will be 3 races in total, with all counting towards the 2019 Noble Marine Insurance Travellers Trophy Series.   Contact details for the club Sailing Secretary are in the Notice of Race The address of the club is :off Weighbridge Road, Deeside, Clywd CH5 2LLplease follow the directions off the A548 on the map...

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We’re off to Essex for the kick-off to the Season….

We’re off to Essex for the kick-off to the Season….

We now look forward with great anticipation to the start of the racing season, and the annual trip down to the River Crouch at Up River YC in Essex…. We now look forward with great anticipation to the start of the racing season, and the annual trip down to the River Crouch at Up River YC in Essex…. We start with the Up-River YC Training Day on Saturday 6th April and the 1st Lightning 368 Open Meeting on the Sunday 7th April with 3+races to count for the 2019 Noble Marine Travellers Trophy series. Up River Yacht Club is situated on the River Crouch in Essex. It can be found in the village of Hullbridge just next to the Anchor Public House. Up River Yacht Club Pooles Lane Hullbridge Essex SS5 6PA Postcode for your SatNav is SS5 6PA The Notice of Race can be found HERE Let Simon Hopkins or Penny Yarwood know (via the Lightning 368 Facebook Group or by Facebook Messenger) if you plan to attend. There are only limited sleeping places nearby with the locals, but there is plenty of space for hardy campers and wimpy campervanners and motorhomers from Friday afternoon at the club as long as you notify Simon or...

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It went all the way down to the wire…….

It went all the way down to the wire…….

The 2018 Traveller’s Trophy came down to the wire at the Rum & Mince Pie Open Meeting at West Oxfordshire SC on 10th November, with Robbie Claridge displaying unbeatable form, taking all 3 races and snatching the series from Penny Yarwood in the very last race…

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