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RC Laser Nationals and TT at Gosport Model Yacht & Boat Club

by Amy Brown 1 Nov 2018 13:52 GMT 27-28 October 2018
RC Laser Nationals and TT at Gosport © Amy Brown

Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club was the location for the 2018 Nationals. The Nationals event lasted for two days, however the Friday was kept for practising, registration and weighing. We had a fantastic turnout of 33 boats with three international boats from Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland.

Saturday was a cold and windy start to the event with North & later North Easterly winds of 18 to 25 miles an hour, which lead the skippers to use B and C rigs. Saturday was the final TT of the year, we started racing about 10.30am. All the skippers were sorted into A, B or C fleets to start seeding process to then place the skippers into the right fleet. The course raced was a simple port – handed triangle sausage course with a good long downwind leg. All the starts were very tight as everyone was keen to get into the lead.

One race had to be restarted as more than half the fleet got tangled up by the windward mark. We completed twelve heats giving four races in total. After the racing had finished we had our yearly AGM meeting.

On the Saturday evening we had our social event to end the TT Series of the Year, awards were presented. We had a two-course meal at Hardy's, a short walk from the Gosport Club. It was a lovely evening for everyone to socialise.

TT Series Prizes won:

1st Adrian Tomlinson
2nd Dave Fowler
3rd John Sharman
4th Robert Wheeler
5th Roger White
6th John Armstrong
7th Roger Atkins
8th Eric Reid
9th Derek Priestley
10th Tony Wilson

Spirit of Laser Trophy – John Armstrong
Most Travelled – John Armstrong
First Lady – Amy Brown
Best Improver – Eric Reid

Day 2

Sunday was a cold and windy start to the end of event with north westerly winds of 20 to 28 miles an hour, which lead the skippers to use B, C and D rigs. One skipper was very ambitious by using an A rig for one of the races (GBR 42) But it all ended badly for them.

Sunday racing started about 10am. Due to the wind direction change and a few retirements form the Sunday, skipper's heats were reduced to A and B, to get as many races into the day before 3:30 last race deadline. The course was a simple port and starboard handed course with a good downwind leg.

By the end of the racing event everyone had improved their sailing ability, with the boats finishing very close together at the finish line. Over the weekend we had completed 24 heats giving 10 races in total.

There was also a raffle based on sail numbers, including new A, B sails Servos, Transmitter Mitts etc. However, all the entrants had something from the raffle. All the prizes for the raffle were supplied by Nigel Seary, President of the RC laser association. Our thanks must go to him for his generous donations.

Well done to everyone who took part as it was a very challenging weekend of sailing due to the gusty winds and wind direction.

I would like to thank Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club for holding the Nationals this year, for organising the event and setting the course for both days as it was very challenging due to the gusty winds and wind direction.

I would also like to thank Diane for registering every skipper into the Nationals and Robert Wheeler for kindly donation RC Laser parts for the raffle prizes.

The next RC Laser Event is at Burwain on Sunday 11th November 2018

Please see www.rclaser.org.uk for information.

Overall Results:

Most Improved – Paul Nesbitt
Best Newcomer – Tim Hulse
1st Lady – Chrystal Cracco
1st International – Taco Faber
Persistence, Completing Every Race and Coming Last – John Batson

PositionSkipperSail #Club/CityR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1Derek Priestley670Fleetwood1521112111210
2Adrian Tomlinson30RTYC23731321831129
3Dave Fowler840Blackpool Fylde1284944184229
4Lawrie Draper27Gosport1415115766331
5Taco Faber1Netherlands12166566122436
6Crystal Cracco168Belgium87111027327642
7Alex Curtis772PRYC33497785412144
8Tim Hulse42 2133243181918550
9Brian Holland59Abersoch212152315189118779
10Alex Mills11 62018156158139880
11Oliver Miles699Poole12241713812103111382
12Paul Nesbitt66Gosport718131931112711.91982.9
13Phil Walker48RORC385810131827183183
14Terry Connell72Eastbourne51625272991155985
15Philip Udall28Gosport41141123191415182396
16Roger Atkins977Droitwich Spa1214201419221591010103
17Nick Ryley25Gosport661418171420142316105
18David Swainson179Gosport391216142023211815107
19Roger White36Ardleigh5171920202326101314118
20Robert Wheeler60Blackpool Fylde1229259121731242118138
21Alan Butt81Gosport10302629251013162018138
22Richard Filer35Gosport6192224181621201926141
23John Armstrong1008NDS12152517162118312421144
24Len Buurman41Gosport5213021242619263122164
25Ken Binks83Eastbourne4101012343434343434172
26Tony Robbins785Gosport10272925262422182524174
27Jeremey Kindell1123Gosport9283126212524252820178
28Robin Antcliffe96Gosport11262830303025232225190
29Andrew Clarke7PRYC7312728272727222627190
30Mark Barker34Gosport9231622233434343434195
31Amy Brown101Ardleigh8253231322928282929207
32John Batson125CYC12343433282829292728214
33Peter Smith53Poole4222134343434343434217

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