Sailing Report 12th June
Published 05:52 on 13 Jun 2021
Sunday 6th June 2021 Isted Trophy Race, Summer Series 1 & 2. Race Officer Trevor Tilney. Patrol Boats:
F2-3 S/W. Cloudy turning Sunny
The first 2021 three-race-day was very welcome, with more than decent conditions, start line incidents, great racing, and then splendid grub courtesy of Sasha and Jonty.
The same long-ish course was set for all three races for the whole fleet, normal enough for a trophy race covering a single fleet, potentially a bit trying for the monos for the Series races, but the conditions just about made it tolerable. There was a big drop-off in the number of monos after the first races, with only two participating in the last race of the day. But that wasn't the only trend even the water wasn't keen on hanging around, and r3 had to be curtailed due to receding tide
There are two versions of the report on the Isted depending on which version of the results you believe this is v1:
The Isted trophy race began inauspiciously, firstly with a general recall, and then minor mayhem on the second start as some hopeful but misguided port-tack starters getting in the way. Sorry about that. This aside, things settled down nicely for a close trophy race with conditions just about perfect, certainly in terms of disallowing too much of a clear advantage to the faster cats, whilst at the same time not overly benefiting the monos. This is borne out by the results for all the world it appeared that Caleb/Chloe (D18) had won, clearly taking line honours, but NO!, Andy Ruffer (Laser 1) took the overall on corrected time with relative ease, with the C/C's 2nd. And other notable mono performances catch the eye, with Archie Oakden/Hannah Ruffer in a Feva doing very well to grab 4th, behind Rob/Fi, and I find it difficult to conceal my delight to note that Josh Rawlings, in his nippy Tera, pipped his old man and old brother in their D18 further down the fleet in 9th So, with 22 boats on the water a really good example of mixed fleet racing with rewards for those dedicated monos, especially some of the younger sailors.
Caleb and Chloe won with Rob and Fi second. The rest as above.
The first two Summer Series races ran along more predictable lines for the most part, with Andy Monk/Tom Anderson getting two impressive wins in the Handicap Cats, in front of Jerry Robinson/Phil Spanton. The disappointing reduction of monos in race 2 shouldn't diminish Archie/Hannah's first, and Josh's second, after Andy Ruffer got 1st and Matt Crawley (Laser) 2nd in the first series race. In the 18's, Fi/Rob restored the natural order of things with a good win in the first race, in front of Rod/Sarah, and the impressive and frankly intolerable rise of Debs Waters/Barry P continued in r2 with a win in front of Caleb/Chloe. Rob/Fi had retired due to mechanical issues and I am to tell you that at the point of the gear failure they were well in front. Unfortunately this is a beastly fib, coz they weren't, but nonetheless they accomplished the most graceful retirement-from-a-race-with-mast-foot-issues that I can remember.
The wind had picked up a little for the last race of the day, a bit of sea breeze perhaps, and as is so often the case we were able to contemplate our lunch on the balcony with the habitual "wish we were still out there" feeling, slightly lessened given that the tide was miles out. It still looked good thoughas did the excellent lunch itself I mean to say, Butternut Squash Bhajis with wild rice and some sort of green herby potion what other sailing club would you get that at? None, that's where