20 October 2019: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 10 Oct 2019
This Edition's Salty Wisdom!
The final trophy event of the year the Finella Cup is this Saturday! 3 races all b2b so take a snack! Lunch will be available on our return.
The Club Autumn General Meeting follows at 17.30 come and make your opinions known!
On Saturday 26th October, and after the final races of the season we have the Laying-up Supper (LUS) and annual prize giving at 19.30 for 20.00 there is still time to book via Beth in the Office.
Please note the dates for clearing out any stuff you might have in the sail room and lockers and for the stage working parties in November and December.
The NSCA winter wonderland weekend is confirmed for 11/12 January more details anon.
2019 and 2020 programme
The Club 2020 programme is now in it's 16th draft no changes to the key Swallow events from the programme given out at the Class Meeting - but some others. A final version will be sent in early November. The Class Meeting minutes have been written up and will be available shortly.
We need a Socials organiser! If you (or anyone else within the Swallow orbit) can help with our modest programme please let the CC know asap.
The Club triumvirate (Tony, Paul and Tom) stand down next September so if you might be the person to take the Class onwards and upwards do let one of us know.
Reach Trophy 5th October
We continue to enjoy decent turnouts with 11 Swallows making it to the start line even this late into the season for the Reach Trophy, a beautiful painting of Itchenor Reach which normally hangs in the Club towards the back of the Bar.
The weather was not so sure with a very light SE breeze just about allowing a start for the first b2b race towards Wear where Blue Tit led Osprey and Migrant round towards a special mark. Osprey picked up the lightest of gusts and disappeared, never to be headed and followed over the line by Curlew and Cockersootie.
The second b2b got away with the breeze so fickle that much of the fleet struggled to get over the line. Blue Tit and Curlew managed to find some wind and tagged each other all the way to the first mark, Itchenor, at which point 'S' was flown and the race finished as Blue Tit, Curlew and Solitude enjoying the podium positions.
Although initially lighter still, a F2/3 breeze got up for the afternoon race which saw Migrant, Osprey and Curlew get away early on on a course to Itchenor and then Wear and Park. They finished in that order, giving the trophy to Curlew. The podium was:
S70 Curlew (Simon Slater, James Baron, Caroline Marriage)
S86 Migrant (Richard Thompson, Charles Fisher, Chris Fox)
S95 Osprey (James Hartley, Jeremy Sibthorp, Rob Sutherland).
Course Conundrums (Conundra?)
Richard Thompson has kindly provided the following 'model answer' to Course Conundrum No.1.
Note that if a member of the Race Committee it is more than helpful to note number of laps each competitor completed.
First in a new series!
In a short 5-lap windward/leeward course with final leg to the finish in fickle wind competitors are starting to lap each other by the time the leaders are about to complete lap 3.
With the wind starting to fail and ebb starting the PRO decides on an urgent change of course; straight to F after B and this is signalled through the necessary flag C, hoots and course board close to B.
Competitors Jasper and Stewart are running in parallel but on different laps, Stewart having completed the greater number. Both see the course change, both sail directly to F. Jasper gets a gust and takes the winner's gun.
1 Stewart protests that he is the winner but does he protest Jasper or the Race Committee?
2 And under which rule?
3 Does Stewart have a valid case against either?
Given the lapping potentially introducing confusion is there any better way of enacting such a course change?
Both boats complied with the course requirements signalled by the race committee and neither has broken any rule. The only remedy for Stewart is to request redress because of an improper action of the race committee. His request should be granted and fair redress would be to give all boats that sailed 3 laps and then finished places ahead of boats that sailed fewer laps.
However, for races sailed under Itchenor SC sailing instructions, the race committee simply score boats in accordance with SI 13.1.
Last updated 09:55 on 17 June 2021