Please select your home edition
Edition
Wessex Resins 2019 - Pro-Set - 728x90

Vane 36R 'The Woods Cup' at Fleetwood Model Yacht Club

by Tony Wilson 2 May 2019 17:01 BST 27 April 2019
The Woods Cup for Vane 36R fleet at Fleetwood © Tony Wilson

Another Vane event and another storm to deal with. After last week's glorious sunshine with light winds on most days, today's forecast was for winds in excess of 50 mph. Welcome storm Hannah.

An email early morning to the local guys that live up in Fleetwood and they were positive for the day to a go ahead and downplayed the intensity to how bad it really was.

Three guys were already waiting to go and we somehow cobbled a fourth boat together to make it even numbers. Because it was fairly rough, the plan was to sail only the upwind beats. The waves were lashing over the foot way just below the bridge and the smallest rig you could find was the only one to use.

Helpers were at hand again. Darren to assist John, Eric.A. to help Peter and also Bob was going to shuttle between Tony and Keith. First two yachts to the start grid and it was John and Tony that had to duck the waves as they released their Vane boats. Tony was still working on old trim values so John took the win on that one. Peter was also able to get to the top first as Keith's main sail line came undone.

The next pairings and Tony lost out to Peter as the drain plug disappeared and the boat filled up. Peter also won against John as he had troubles and the base of the mast broke off. Keith then lost his Jib against Tony and also went back to the cabin for some quick repairs again. John and Keith were to sail their remaining race from this round straight after lunch as time was marching on.

Peter was doing really well as he hadn't lost against anyone. John and Keith sailed their first race and John eventually pipped Keith to the finish.

On to round two and Keith left Tony about half way down the lake to realise he had now also lost a drain plug when the vane safety line got caught on it and had dropped it into the water. In full eagerness and just about emptying it in enough time just before Tony closed in on him, as it would have been a giveaway steal in the many minutes it took to drain the hull. How these boats don't fully sink with the amount they had taken on is any ones guess.

Tony was now up against Peter again and after a fail start they were off again. Almost neck and neck right up to the very top, Peter made a bit of a mistake and took a gamble. Tony now well trimmed had been steadily gaining on him all the way up the lake. It was a now or never pole off which awarded Peter the blue flag. This was the only race Peter had lost all day giving him a total winning score of 15 points. John's boat 'Nerenuf' had had enough, so John forfeited his last race due to the ongoing repairs just as Keith had dropped down and readied his boat with yet another smaller sail.

Honestly speaking we didn't really think the day was going to happen, but we endured it and for some, it was fun. Did any other sailing events go ahead anywhere else? Thanks to Eric Watkinson for race officer duties and to the helpful hands on the far bank.

Results

1 Peter Whiteside 15 pts
2 Keith Wiseman 9 pts
3= John Plant 6 pts
3= Tony Wilson 6pts

Related Articles

Marblehead Mermaid Trophy at Guildford
17 entries from 8 clubs enjoy sailing in 'A' rig light winds A marvellous day's racing, as part of the GAMES series for Marbleheads, saw 12 highly competitive races completed with 17 entries from 8 clubs sailing in 'A' rig light winds on Guildford MYC's Abbey Meads Lake. Posted on 18 Mar
RC Laser Series concludes at West Lancs
Series had also seen DF95 and DF65 sailing on alternate days The forecast was looking kind for us being dry, with an 18 MPH breeze and from a somewhat Westerly direction, so it was all go ahead for RC Lasers at West Lancs. This the last in the series and again a double up. Posted on 17 Mar
RC Laser Winter Series event 12 at Medway
Practise your knowledge of the Rules but with a new dimension To my mind everyone should have a go at sailing radio controlled model yachts; not just in the pond at the RYA Dinghy Show, but on a lake when there is a 20mph breeze blowing into your face and the windward mark is 50 metres away. Posted on 17 Mar
RYA Dinghy Show Exhibitors' Model Yacht Race
Fast, furious and a lot of fun! On Sunday 1st March at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 the YachtsandYachting com RYA Dinghy Show Exhibitors' Model Yacht Race was held at on the boating pool at Alexandra Palace. Posted on 13 Mar
IOM racing at Fleetwood
One Metre radio-controlled keelboat fun With winds coming from the South West, not the best. Anything with a bit of South in it is not too good, but up at around 18 - 20 MPH so should be doable. Posted on 10 Mar
RC Laser Winter Series at Fleetwood
A twenty metre advantage at the windward mark? With Derek and John S. being away sailing elsewhere, we only had Top Laser skipper Shaun to try and beat. When you see Wild Geese emigrating in formation, usually the front runner gets tired and drops to the back of the fleet for a rest. Posted on 9 Mar
RC Laser Winter Series event 11 at Medway
Collisions can sometimes cause the 'off' switch to be activated Again, the wind did blow but the day dawned with beautiful blue sky and wind of 15 knots, gusting 20. The direction was SW. Too much battering and late skiing reduced the fleet to 7 racers. D rig was the only option. Posted on 9 Mar
Marblheads at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth
Met & Southern District Interclub & GAMES 3 Thirteen boats entered for this prestigious event at 3 Rivers Radio Yachting Club, Bury Lake, Rickmansworth and were greeted by bright sunshine and a moderate 14 - 18 mph SW wind with occasional and brief stronger squalls, forecast as twice this. Posted on 5 Mar
RC Laser Winter Series event 10 at Medway
Plenty of practice of how not to nosedive After three weeks of watching storms Ciara and Dennis pass through and the boats tucked up we watched Storm Jorge approach, promising to lash UK with 70mph winds. Friday saw a possible reduced wind for Sunday and a decision was made to race. Posted on 4 Mar
RC Laser Winter Series at Fleetwood
Strong winds call for very small sails With rain fizzling out by 11:00 am. and after 3 weeks worth of storms, the weather was looking favourable again for a spot of Club racing. No rain and a draft of about 16 MPH from just North of West was the perfect receipt for our lake up at Fleetwood. Posted on 29 Feb