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National 12 Dinghy Shack National Series – Royal Harwich Virtual Regatta

by Graham Camm 8 Jul 21:27 BST 4 July 2020
National 12 Dinghy Shack Virtual Regatta Zoom participants © Graham Camm

The National 12 fleet were disappointed that the fourth event in the Dinghy Shack National series, scheduled to take place at Royal Harwich, had been cancelled due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions but were delighted that Dinghy Shack once again agreed to sponsor the second virtual regatta in its place. The National 12 fleet took to the water using the Virtual Regatta Inshore app/website.

The now well experienced Race Officer, Felix Camm (age 10), ran the racing through a Zoom video conference and chose a range of boats and courses to challenge and entertain the fleet. The fleet had a gentle introduction in race one with the easily manageable off-shore racers. Races two and three were more challenging with the foiling Nacra 17 and F18 chosen. Henry Camm showed the fleet the way around the course in race one sailing a blinding race winning by many hundreds of metres.

Racing finished with the ubiquitous Laser which is a recent addition to Virtual Regatta. Henry Camm had an unlucky wind shift on the first beat and never recovered whilst John Meadowcroft sailed a solid race to win the fourth race. Olli Meadowcroft had a very consistent series to take the overall first place with just 5 points overall. The top five were very close with only a few points separating them.

The F18 catamaran course was the same layout as used by the F50s with a reaching start and gated windward mark but without the added constraint of course boundaries. Despite having sailed the F50s in the first virtual regatta, many in the fleet once again struggled with the course because it is so different to the traditional triangle, sausage or trapezium courses.

It was again the younger end of the fleet who showed their prowess at virtual racing, combining their excellent sailing skills with fine keyboard/tablet skills to take three of the top five places.

Racing was followed by a "Bring Your Own Question" quiz with 9 virtual teams pitched against each other over Zoom. Each team provided a round with topics ranging from; facts about children's stories, olympians, physics, is it a bird a fish or an insect, sailing, facts about the Orwell Bridge and the history of Royal Harwich Yacht Club. The fleet is now aware that the Orwell Bridge has 18 spans and that a "sarcastic fringehead" is a type of fish.

Overall Results:

PosHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1stBig Man Wilf ‑ Olli Meadowcrowft21‑325
2ndWhitebait13 ‑ Robert Stewart3‑7148
3rdn12dad ‑ John Meadowcroft72(DNC)110
4thCatch the sun ‑ Chris Day43‑8310
5thCammy ‑ Henry Camm182‑1011
6th5370 Chris Hampshire‑555515
7thN123513 ‑ George Finch844‑1116
8thBaloo3330 Emma Hampshire66‑7618
9thHappyHour ‑ Geoff Camm‑1096722
10thBoat65895 ‑ Graham Camm‑13129829
11thN12 PRO ‑ Felix Camm‑1410101232
12thBabel Fish ‑ Zoe Ballantyne1113(DNC)933
13thKatyMeds9(DNC)DNC1445
14thboat46017 ‑ Freddy Camm1211(DNC)DNC45
15thAngus Beyts(DNC)DNC111346

Quiz Results:

1st The Meadowcroft Family
2nd The Camm Family
3rd The Stewart Family

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