10 July 2019: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 10 Jul 2019
National Championships July 2019
This Edition's Salty Wisdom
And, above, a nice picture of Solitude, not insignificant to the Championship outcome.
Championships 2019 5/6/7th July
Another fabulous weekend on the Island!
For a report, our correspondent defers to the Y&Y and Sailweb reports which include lots of live video action!
We offer some 'Championship weekend what ifs':
Blue Tit had travelled further on starboard tack in mid-Solent in the Vernon Trophy as it was Skua (at one point with a mega lead) had to work hard to cover BT as they creamed in from the East. BT always does well in the VT!
Osprey's dyneema forestay splice had parted in R2 and ironic that it should fail in relatively modest breezes after many much more demanding races. A tough test for the soft luff jib too.
The soggy cool Sunday weather had disappeared it would have made it a completely stellar weekend.
We are not quite so used to (quite legal) match racing tactics. Certainly Solitude wasn't complaining!
Dell Quay SC Regatta 7th July
The reason why (Kansu) did not sail in the DQSC Regatta .... James Birkett reports below ...
In advance of DQSC regatta I undertook some pre winter preparation which included the removal of a dead limb from a tree. In snapping the dead twigs I secured a 2 inch cut ½ deep requiring stiches (now glue). Medic (Amanda) prescribed 7 days of water sports (no water sports?) so despite all my interference last week I was a no show. I hear that 3 people turned up but do not know the winner!!!!
Sunday Morning Racing
We do not appear to be routinely able to muster a decent number of boats on Sundays and on occasion none at all. Should we surrender our 'first off' slot so that the V & X fleets are not hanging around for no good reason? We could slot in at the end of the sequence rather than forfeit our start altogether and charging through the V's and X's would add an unusual dimension? Please let me know your views asap.
Bonjour encore c'est moi, Charles!
Ici beaucoup de velo, beacoup de montagne, moins de bateau! Mes progrès:
Great to see Stage 6 with the pros lived up to its billing yesterday - it has been the most memorable of our trip so far when we did it last week, all those climbs on the buildup then the final, so steep! A couple of pics below from that day.
I am riding with a great group, which makes the mileages so much more manageable and sociable. You do still pass quite a few Loop riders riding solo though. I have had a personal letter of thanks from Rick Wates for the fundraising so far - thanks again for your various donations to this amazing charity.
The first high mountain day was hard yesterday, though Peyresourd is only 13.2km at 7%, we had ridden 140km before we got to the start of it and that combined with the heat took its toll.
We are riding the course of the individual time trial today in Pau, just 28km, and two nights in the same hotel - lovely!
Soulour and Tourmalet tomorrow, staying at the top of the Tourmalet, then a monster on Sunday for our last day in the Pyrenees: 189km from Limoux to Foix through a beautiful national park and including 3 cat 1's and a cat 2, almost 5,000m of ascent and the Mur de Péguère.
PS Qui a gagné les championnats?
Saturday 20th July Bosham SC Regatta start 12.30
Sunday 21st July Thorney Island SC Regatta (best teas in the harbour) provisionally 13.30
CCW now 14 boats entered! Will entrants please let me know asap when they might wish to sail to Cowes. The Sunbeams plan to set out at 10.30 on Saturday (27 July) and there is some merit in sharing their safety and escort cover. I will let boat managers know if there is a concensus and what that is as fleet cover is desirable whenever. We could even have a race!
CCW2 - undeterred by the 2018 goings on, the social event of the Swallow Year, the Whimbrel/Tit Bleu cocktail party is on for Sunday 28th July, 18.30, details as follows:
on road called "No Access to Park" off the end of Barrs Hill off Castle Road.
only £10.00 per head, no Scottish notes or Euros please
please let us know if you are planning to attend.
ties not necessary!
Letters to the Editor
I am Captain of youth sailing at Bembridge SC, a dinghy and keelboat club towards the East of the IoW popular with many DFL's.
Through binoculars last Sunday I saw a Swallow dinghy failing to sheet its jib correctly while sailing upwind. Thinking of any younger members watching does this not set (letter cut short for reasons of space).
Name and address supplied.
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