21 April 2017: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 21 Apr 2017
"Swift" wins the boat end start in race two of the Deep End Trophy. Photo Sue Glover.
Deep End Trophy report.
A small but perfectly formed flock of nine Swallows participated in the Deep End Trophy in varied wind conditions and generally much sunshine.
Race 1 was up to Star and back to East Head. Three boats were over at the start with only Solitude returning. A close bunch of four scrapped it out at the front, with Migrant, helmed for this race by Chris Fox, breaking free from Ka Nyenga for a good win.
The second race was up to a new zone mark off Thorney with Solitude arriving first, before heading off briefly towards the wrong second mark. Down to Ella Nore and then a wonderful long beat to Mill Rythe twice in a shifting wind from the north-west. Swift managed the shifts best and lead to a convincing win.
Sunday started quietly. Migrant picked the right spot at the pin end and made it first to Dunes before Swift took a brief flyer in the shifting and patchy north-westerly that worked well and lead at SW Pilsey. This was followed by a run down to East Head and back round again, with much place changing. Again Swift excelled for her second win in the series, followed over the line by Bluff also showing good pace.
After lunch the wind had shifted to the southwest, steadied and built to something more substantial. A smaller number of starters enjoyed a splendid beat up to Calvert, with Solitude and Migrant on equal points vying for supremacy! Everything was again going well for Swift before she rounded Astra the wrong way allowing Solitude and Migrant to slip through before correcting, and those places were held to the finish.
It had been an excellent weekend series in some interesting winds, and marked by two races with lovely long beats at the top of the tide.
The party on the Saturday night was well attended and enjoyed by many Swallow teams. It was good to see the club well attended and in buoyant mood for the Easter weekend.
Overall: 1st Swift; 2nd Solitude; 3rd Migrant.
Full results HERE. Please note the "Sailors" listed is a work in progress on the new club C2C scoring system. In due course it will list the "Owners" as the club book. If you have more than three owners please tell Mike who you want to appear here for this year, or you will get the first three on the list by default.
Belgique Plate. New format for this year.
This year, to coordinate with other classes, the racing programme consists of two back2back full length races on both Saturday and Sunday 29/30th April. The good news is that you get a lie-in on both days with the first start at 11.30 but remember to take your sandwiches because you wont be home for lunch.
On the Saturday evening the Belgique Plate Supper will be 19.30 for 20.00.
Sea bass and Samphire with a champagne and vanilla sauce, with a side of seasonal vegetables followed by Lemon Posset, mixed berries and biscotti biscuit. £16.50. Please book at the club office
Wednesday Evening Racing. First Race 3rd May.
This year we are having a big push to get Wednesday evening racing better supported. It's very informal, turn up at the club at 1700, two up is plenty. Sign the sheet before going on the water if you want supper afterwards. There is no formal race organisation so the odd volunteer will be required to help. If you live within 50 miles of the club, be there. (Yes that includes Wimbledon!)
If you are short of crew or need crew or just want to say you plan to be there, please coordinate through Caroline Marriage HERE. Lets see half a dozen out on the 3rd May.
Club and Class Open Day Sunday 7TH May 2017.
It is just two weeks to go to the Club & Class Open Day on Sunday 7th May. It would be great if you could arrange your guest crew and plan your entry in advance. Contact Tom for assistance if required with potential guest crew and/or let him know if you are able to volunteer some time to man the Swallow class stand. Please note the Swallow race start is at 11.15am and is not b2b, a change from the club handbook. The entry requirement is that each boat should carry at least one guest, potentially a future Swallow sailor! Please invite your own guests as it's a "No Guest, No Sail" day and your choices will make the best Swallow guests. The Club Swallow Team will try to help with filling any guest crew gaps. But contact Tom HERE early if you need help.
New Sailing Instructions.
The new ISC SIs come into force this year, and there are quite a few changes. If you couldn't come to "Ready to Race" there will be another chance to hear all about it this Saturday 22 April or 1st July, or look in the racing documents on the club website where there is also a one page update on what's new. From this year you will need a VHF radio for any racing outside the harbour so go shopping if you don't have one already.
Try a Swallow.
Svala will be available again this year for guests to come and join us Swallow Racing in 2017. She is still available for Points Week and the Championships. Who do you know who might like to take her? We are keen that she is out on the race course.
And of course some Brass Tacks. From our anonymous scribe.
So with his 'let's maximise the return' hat on Peter got the Whimbrel team afloat early this year. Several 2nd places later and what happens a fishing boat takes down their mast whilst on the mooring. Many commiserations hope you got some sea bass.
Good to see Carol T out for part of the Easter (Deep End) w/e and Meridian (Stewart Becker) too the boat has been resting far too long.
What exactly were Robin Richardson and Christine G doing in an ISC bathroom with a pair of long-nosed pliers. Ad hoc delivery room?
Talking of Skua, why did the mainsheet traveller and main halyard not fail Harry last year? Who is this new bionic crew person? The charter party are hugely indebted to him for putting everything right again.
You may have thought after a couple of benign weekends that there was no further need for the thermals. Not so - the BP w/e looks to be a tad chilly (with W 11 knots and big tides). When was this event last held in April?
To validate the wisdom of those who revised the SI's last winter (applause for our CC), frequent use has already been made of (I am a) Walrus, Spit (Roast), and Creek Post (Yellow Brick Road) but beware the Z in the course! You have read you new SI's and been to the teach-in?
Good to see the Deep End tussle at the top Swift goes swifter?
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