Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct 2020

Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 7 at Barton's Point Country Park, Isle of Sheppey

by Jamie Blair 31 Jan 16:46 GMT 30 January 2022
RC Laser Winter Series event 7 at Medway © Fiona Blair

The day before showed winds in excess of 25 knots in storm Malik and similar for Monday with storm Corrie. We were in a light airs window WSW that never got above 7 knots. The third event with light winds saw 9 sailors chose the A Rig again.

The start line was starboard biased for all the races before the break leading to some crowding in the seconds before the start. A number were closed out and had to wait for the front line to go. No one was called OCS in any of the races.

Tony Alexander (04) made the best of the early races logging a 1st, 2nd and a 4th. Brian Lev'y (958) had a great start to the day with a clear start in Race 1 to collect a 3rd.

Race three saw the crowd late at the start but with Tim Townsend (45) timing the start just right. He led the fleet from start to finish. Some were left stranded at the start and usual leaders were left carrying results they hoped to lose through discard.

The light and shifting winds (5-10 degrees) along with patchy areas meant that it was eyes out the boat to give the best speed.

Race 4 saw a return to what followers would expect. Tim and Jamie Blair (51) side by side at the start with Tim trying to push Jamie to tack away as give way boat. Both pushed on almost to the port lay line to the windward mark. Jamie found some additional boat speed and led at the windward mark. It was then cat and mouse around the triangle sausage race course. Practice makes perfect and Bob Woolford (76) again getting some clear air kept the rest of the fleet at bay and logged a 4th place. Spencer Pope (62) also in a good place in 5th.

Race 5 was very similar with all but Bob taking similar results. Wind shifts and wind shadow from the land adjacent to the windward mark made that point in the race course the most difficult. So early tackers on to the starboard lay line often led to place changes before the procession of the reach.

Two more races before the break saw Spencer chase behind Jamie to collect a second in race 7. Some boat-on-boat contact saw penalty turns by Tim to add a higher result. Charles Pegram (72) took advantage of multi boat parking at the windward mark to collect a 3rd place. At the break it was close between Jamie and Tim and Tony was just 3 points adrift from Tim.

After the break the line provided a hint of pin end bias and the windward mark adjusted to give a good beat. Tim added some high scores, with Tony, Mark Penny (03) and Jon Moon (84) adding low numbers to their overall scores. Race 11 saw new front runners with Jon taking a well-earned bullet, Mark 2nd and Tony 3rd. Brian also brought home a 4th with Jamie and Tim clocking a 6th and 5th.

Race 12 saw Jamie add to his line of 1st places and Tim follow him in at the finish. Bob again with a result that he must have been very pleased about in 3rd place.

At that point the wind shut off completely and "N over A" metaphorically hoisted. Jamie won the day with Tim in second and Tony on third. A tough day but full of some good racing with best results of the series.

We look forward to the next round on Sunday 6th February, with light winds still on the horizon.

Round 7 Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st51Jamie Blair14‑81111133‑6117
2nd45Tim Townsend‑621222‑65215224
3rd4Tony Alexander214‑834‑52123527
4th3Mark Penny45‑93‑7344442437
5th84Jon Moon533‑76‑873551745
6th928Brian Lev'y3756‑97‑86674657
7th62Spencer Pope‑98754529868(DNF)62
8th72Charles Pegram7929563779(DNC)(DNC)64
9th76Bob Woolford86648‑9‑98987367

Related Articles

RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood week 2
Father's Day depletes the fleet for the Harrowside Trophy With just 2 replies as a 'Yes' to Elizabeth's sailing request, it was looking pretty grim and highly unlikely to whether we would be sailing, on what looked to be a reasonably good day. Posted on 21 Jun
RC Laser Queen's Jubilee event at Fleetwood
Traditional dishes for the celebration lunch Fresh Smoked Salmon delicacies, Coronation Chicken sandwiches and Victoria Sponge. Just some of the vast array of treats for our Jubilee Celebration lunch, though ready for later. Posted on 7 Jun
RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood week 1
Skippers greeted with not a ripple on the water With an awkward wind, from somewhere North ish, we were greeted with not a ripple on the water. By about 11:00 we had a light wind drift in, as a fleet of 8 skippers slowly readied their boats for a hopeful day of racing. Posted on 3 Jun
RC Laser Spring Series at Fleetwood week 4
Fleet depleted by IOM Nationals, leaving only 4 for series final With a big handful of our Fleetwood Skippers headed north of the border to Sunny Scotland for the IOM Nationals, we were left with just 4 brave soldiers to make best of the last Laser outing of the Spring series. Posted on 4 May
RC Laser Spring Series at Fleetwood week 3
With no breakdowns or mishaps, the fleet complete the magic 16 races With 8 skippers in attendance bright and early, all were ready for a great day of racing with dry conditions. Posted on 2 May
Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 12
One secret for success is "clear air and keeping out of trouble" Easter Sunday saw a huge crowd to watch the seven sailors take to the water with all in favour of B rigs. Easter Sunday brought spectacular sun and wind from the SE that allowed the course to be set directly in front of the Café. Posted on 22 Apr
RC Laser and Mustang experience day at Fleetwood
An an ideal opportunity for anyone to have a try at radio sailing For the last five years or so, the Fleetwood model boat club has set aside a couple of days for joint Laser and Mustang practise. Posted on 13 Apr
Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 11
Making up for the lost days from high winds in February This outing was added to compensate for the lost days from high winds in February. Round 11 saw seven sailors take to the water with all in favour of A rigs. Posted on 12 Apr
Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 10
Mothering Sunday leads to reduced numbers Mothering Sunday was to blame for the reduced numbers for Round 10 of the Winter Series. Five intrepid sailors took to the water with all in favour for B rigs. Posted on 28 Mar
Medway RC Laser Club TT Open
Sunshine at Barton's Point Coastal Park Medway RC Laser Club hosted the TT Open Meeting at our venue of Barton's Point Coastal Park on Sunday 20th March with Robert Owens taking charge and assisted by Diane Fowler and Frances Tomlinson for scoring. Posted on 24 Mar