Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2021 - Day 1

by David Harding 23 Aug 2021 11:28 BST 23-27 August 2021

Having been forced to take a year out in 2020, competitors in Bournemouth Digital Poole Week were more than ready to get back afloat this year.

Further encouragement was provided by conditions for the first day of racing that might have been specially designed to tempt anyone on to the water. As the time for the first start approached just after lunch on Sunday, the clouds cleared and the breeze held up at an average of around 8-10 knots although, being from the north-west, it was far from consistent in either direction or strength.

This inevitably presented challenges for the competitors, especially during the second race for most of the fleets when the tide started ebbing and the wind became more patchy, with prolonged lulls and bigger swings in direction. While the front-runners occasionally found themselves sailing into a hole or on the wrong side of a shift, they mostly managed to work their way back into the running and the results after two races showed few surprises.

As is normal in Poole Week, the fleets were split between two courses. Sailing from the committee boat start line in the harbour's top triangle were the Flying Fifteens, RS200s and the ILCA 7s and 6s (Laser full-rigs and Radials as they used to be known). Further down the harbour, using Parkstone Yacht Club's starting platform, were the Wayfarers, Darts, XODs, Dolphins and the fast and slow handicap fleets.

In the Flying Fifteens, Crispin Read Wilson, sailing with Steve Brown, ended the day tied on points with Pete and Jo Allam, each having a first and a second. Jackie Dobson and Dave Mitchell ran away with the first race in the Wayfarers but fared less well in the second. Changes to the course in the run-up to the start caused some confusion among the fleet and team Dobson and Mitchell ended up sailing the wrong one and having to retire.

Strong leaders at the end of the day emerged in the Dolphins, Darts, ILCA 6s, slow handicap and XODs, all of which had double race-winners. As is so often the case, the closest racing was in the slower fleets. In the first race for the XODs, David Laws in Kyperini won by a whisker from Willie McNeill and then managed to put Tim Martin in Corisande between them in the second race to create a three-point buffer.

Sometimes, however, a lead of a few boat-lengths turned into several hundred yards in the space of a few minutes if one boat managed to sneak around the windward mark while another was stopped dead by the wash of the Sunday-afternoon powerboats charging back up the harbour. Such are the vagaries of racing in Poole on an August weekend, but the coming week should see less traffic and the weather experts promise good breezes and plenty of sunshine. There's much to look forward to over the coming five days of racing.

Provisional results on www.pooleweek.org and more photos on www.SailingScenes.com

Related Articles

Bournemouth Digital Poole Week overall
A memorable day to end a memorable week Friday was a glorious day to bring the 74th Poole Week to a close. Even when the sun wasn't actually shining, the weather was still warm and bright, and there was enough wind for all the fleets to sail up to two races as scheduled. Posted on 3 Sep
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 5
It's not over yet, but the first winners are Although there's still a day to go, the top boats in several of the Poole Week fleets have already secured their victories. Posted on 2 Sep
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 4
A different sort of same again The second half of Poole Week started with the wind pretty much as it had been for the first half: a shifty north-easterly that occasionally swung round to the south east and kept everyone on their toes. Posted on 1 Sep
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 3
A real day of Snakes and Ladders It's hard to remember a day when the wind in Poole Harbour has been shiftier than it was on the Tuesday. During the racing, between 2pm and about 5pm when the fleets returned ashore, the wind was flicking between about 020 degrees and 130 degrees. Posted on 31 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 2
Reading the wind, negotiating the tide, avoiding the mud For Poole Week competitors on Monday, it was all about getting on the right side of the wind shifts. There were a lot of them, and they were big. That and negotiating the tide, while some later in the day also had to think about keels and mud. Posted on 30 Aug
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week 2022 Day 1
Not a bad day on the water That was the consensus among competitors on coming ashore after the first day. The wind had blown - not very hard at times, but generally enough - and the sun had shone now and again as well. So it had been quite a satisfactory day, all things considered. Posted on 29 Aug
There's still time to enter Poole Week
Nearly 170 boats are already set to take part Poole Week, one of the country's biggest and most vibrant sailing weeks for dinghies and small keelboats, gets under way in Poole Harbour on Sunday. The weather forecast for the weekend looks perfect and the crews of nearly 170 boats are already entered. Posted on 23 Aug
Poole Week 2022: Early-entry savings until Sunday
There's still time to take advantage of discounted entry fees if you're quick! Poole Week is now only three weeks away, but there's still time to take advantage of discounted entry fees if you're quick! They end on Sunday 7th August. Entries will still be accepted - indeed welcomed - after Sunday, but they will be at the full rate. Posted on 6 Aug
Entries open for Poole Week 2022
Taking place this year from 28th August to 2nd September The British sailing season wouldn't be complete without Poole Week, which takes place this year from 28th August to 2nd September. Posted on 25 May
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week day 6
That was Poole Week, that was For many of the fleets competing in Poole Week, much was riding on the final day. Points were tight at the top - often tied - and it could all go down to the last moments of the last race. Posted on 28 Aug 2021