FF Race Review Sunday 08th February
With eight FF’s rigged along with a good many Handicap, Asymmetric boats and the CAT series a busy Sunday morning of racing was promised. 2 new boats – helmed by Brett Dingwall and Stephen Hopson joined us for the first time this year.
A steady but pleasant 7-8 knot wind would set the pace for a competitive. A very full reservoir (well done Thames!) allowed a relaxed and easy launch on to the water.
Heading off into a westerly breeze to start the FF’s headed off on a familiar pattern towards Windsor castle on the windward beat four on port and four on starboard.
After rounding the mark spinnakers went up and the fleet settled into a regular pattern with John & Helen 3954, Nigel & Ed 3703 and Richard & Howard 4011 jostling for the lead. The boats then gybed on the mark and headed towards the leeward mark. At this point the wind decided to drop away and leave the boats on a slow reach back up towards the windward mark with John & Helen forging ahead.
At this point on the second leg the wind decided to shift somewhere between 90 – 120° (although I did hear 180° in the club house?) to the NNE / NE which left boats on the return leg on a reach and close hauled towards the finish mark!
Most fifteens had rounded for the final leg as the committee boat “shortened course”! So following the additional leg
John & Helen took the win in the first race ahead of Nigel & Ed to second.
After an elongated respite while the committee boat viewed where best to re-locate and reset the course the fleet, once it had observed where the committee boat had actually gone dashed up to the new start line for the second race.
The wind by now had picked up to 10-12 knots with stronger gusts of +15 knots promising a more challenging race.
This time with the windward mark towards the club house the tight formation of fifteens headed off together.
Once again the two lead boats from the first race forged a steady leady over the rest of the pack. However the middle group provided an entertaining race maintaining a very close competition over the race.
The race finishing with the results reversed from the first race with Nigel & Ed 3703 taking the win from John & Helen 3954 with a closely packed group following over the line
For the days results and current series standing go to
Next Sunday the winter series continues and it’s good to see the fifteen fleet again out in force with the club racers pitting against the seasoned internationals who have returned for winter series.
So all please dust off the boats and get that practice in for the Mercedes Open next month
Finally not to forget the dinghy show at the end of the month, please see the club or RYA website for further details on that.