Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden
Product Feature
Lennon Sails International 14 Sails
Lennon Sails International 14 Sails

Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash: A Cherubic Experience

by Emma Pearson 21 Nov 2018 08:46 GMT 17-18 November 2018
Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash 2018 © Malcolm Lewin / www.malcolmlewinphotography.zenfolio.com/sail

Two quite different age and style boats collected themselves together at a near UK midpoint of Draycote Water last weekend for the annual Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash which kicked off the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series.

Saturday's schedule held four back-to-back handicap races with Fast, Medium and Slow fleets all covering the same trapezoidal course. The wind was coming from the East - no good for man nor beast - and definitely lived up to the old saying as it was shifty and gusty as well as going up and down the Beaufort scale (prevailing wind is nearly almost from the West at DWSC).

Almost disappointingly, there was only one small boat-on-boat knock where King Tubby decided she was going to tack onto port on the start line, to try and dislodge the overall leader from his perch. In actual fact, the only thing to be dislodged was a bit of old filler!

Overnight the Cherub fleet de-camped to Chateau de la Pearson for a Pie and Ale night but didn't make it to the pub afterwards due to tired heads, tired bods and the calling of warm beds.

Sunday promised and then delivered a very exciting pursuit race in slightly stronger airs than the day before. Rigging Green Bananas up next to the clubhouse definitely spiked a few other sailors' interest in the boats and the use of T-Foils.

Us Cherubs started at 42 minutes past Datum on a 120 minute race according to the Great Lakes Handicap. This only confirmed to us all that '05 rules boats are handicap criminal bandits but '97 rules have the most fun without the use of a T blade... And a "conventional" course is not too difficult – who would have thought!

Next Stop Datchet.

Related Articles

Cherub Inlands at Queen Mary
Ice skating, a tour of Sunbury-On-Thames and Sunday sailing Seven Cherubs made their way to Queen Mary in London for some sailing, trialling the new Great Lakes handicaps; 970 for 97 rules, 903 for current rules and 750 for foiling Cherubs, but first the rugby... well that was a shame. Posted on 5 Nov
Cherub Autumn Blast at Queen Mary
A pleasant Saturday afternoon sail, some boat tinkering and tea drinking Boats started arriving on Saturday to a slightly damp and grey Queen Mary and a gentle 8 knots of breeze, EJ with Emma and Jimmy, Poppy with Jamie and Georgie, King Tubby with Martyn and Oliver, and The Spanish Inquisition. Posted on 18 Oct
Cherubs at the Weymouth Regatta
Decapitating an enormous jellyfish can slow you down The fleet was sent out into the bay in hope of catching some breeze and was greeted with flat water and no wind. After a brief postponement, racing got under way. Posted on 22 Jul
Cherubs at the Grafham Water Asymmetric Open
Pushing the line hard all weekend Due to exams and it being the week after the Nationals, a diminished turnout of three Cherubs were greeted by bright sunshine and soaring temperatures and what looked like a promising breeze. Posted on 27 Jun
Cherub Nationals at Plymouth
A great event if wet and windy is your thing If wet and windy is your thing then you should have been at the 2019 Cherub Nationals in Plymouth sponsored by Allen. Held over 4 testing days in mid June it was more akin to early season sailing than a summer nationals. Posted on 25 Jun
Cherub Sticky Weekend
Shiny new things for the upcoming season So what is a sticky weekend – it's a weekend where we get together and build shiny new things for our boats for the upcoming season. Posted on 10 Apr
Cherubs at Rutland Skiff Event
An even amount of '97 rules and '05 rules boats for once For the first time that I know and ever recollect an even amount of 97 rules and 05 rules Cherubs rigged up at Rutland SC to what looked like a beautiful 8-10 knots breeze on an almost criminally early morning Posted on 29 Mar
Cherub Inlands at Queen Mary
A fantastic weekend's sailing and socialising After a week of watching forecast, wondering just what the wind was going to do six Cherubs arrived at Queen Mary to be greeted by some rain showers and not a lot of wind, but with the promise of more for Sunday. Posted on 28 Sep 2018
Cherub Nationals at Pembrokeshire
The class has evolved significantly from its New Zealand origins in 1951 For anyone who may be unsure of what exactly a Cherub is, you're missing out! The Cherub is an old class, originating from New Zealand in 1951 where the original boat looked not unlike a Wayfarer or Firefly. Posted on 4 Sep 2018
Cherubs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta
Special techniques required to top the fast handicap fleet Three Cherubs arrived early on Friday to a hot, sunny and sandy boat park at Castle Cove Sailing Club. On launching it was a nice 10 knots building to "cherub optimum" 15 knots as the sea breeze strengthened. Posted on 11 Jul 2018