21 June 2017: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 21 Jun 2017
Points Week 2017 will go down as one to remember.
The sailing was extremely competitive, the socials were spectacular and the weather was superb. What more could we ask for? The Gwaihir team thought they were in for a quiet week with one or two of the recent fast boats unable to make Points Week but it was not to be. Their long time nemesis Harry and Prue Roome, currently taking a sabbatical from Swallow sailing, couldn't resist a return at the mid point of their off season to take control of Tony Glover's Darter. It was game on again! After four races these two were equal on points and positions. The two races on Thursday were to be the decider. Gwaihir took the first, and Darter needed the second to stay on terms. It was to be so close that Gwaihir lost a piece of rubbing strake in the little pile up off Pilsey Island in 1.1m of water but that was enough to make catch up impossible for Darter.
For the first half of most of the races the first six were within boat lengths of each other and a small slip or wind shift made the difference. Migrant had a good week taking three seconds but having to fight very hard with Buccaneer, now fully back up to speed after her re-rig. With the trophy named after their boat the omens were with them. Marengo was consistently in the mix but without her usual all girl crew wasn't quite scoring the bullets. Whimbrel won the Fisher Mug for mid fleet boat.
Our own Tony Glover was instrumental in the splendid social programme. To see a band playing, where else but on the bandstand, was a sight and sound not to be missed. Friday's start in the late afternoon was a big success with the prize giving rolling into a Fish and Chip supper.
1st Gwaihir. Mark Struckett, Mike Wigmore and Charles Hyatt.
2nd Darter. Harry Roome, Prue Roome, Tony Glover and Helen Williams.
3rd Migrant. Charles Fisher, Richard Thompson and Nigel Glennie.
4th Buccaneer. Mike Bond, Mike Burnford, Marcus Irwin Browne and guests.
Full results are HERE
Photos Gayle Palmer.
Invitational Event Saturday 8th July.
Now don't all stay at home just because it says Invitational in the book! It will be normal club racing that day, with some special one-off prizes, but as it follows the night of the 100th O&CSS Varsity Match Dinner we are expecting that some of the guests that evening will want to stay on and take up our invitation to come and crew a Swallow the next day. If they are good enough you might even want them to helm for you. The guests are expected to be past participants not from the current crop.
Please sign up as usual on C2C and we can then match volunteer crews to boats.
And speaking of Club2Class.... You may be wondering why you have recently received an email inviting you to Register with Club2Class when you are already on the system to look for, or offer to crew. The answer is there is a difference between a "Class Member," as most users currently are, and the new enhanced category "Registered User" with allows enhanced functionality.
If you are a class member and happy with how it all works currently you need do nothing. If you would like to...
- contact available crew or boats requiring crew via the site
- follow other classes in addition to the Swallows
- have a personalised consolidated view of the events and results for all classes.
- edit your event responses at any time
........then you will need to become a registered user.
Our big trip to Cowes is now less than a month away. The Vernon trophy passage race goes on Friday 14th July, Our National Swallow Championships are at Cowes organised by the Royal London on 15th and 16th July and Cowes Classics follows from 18th-21st July. There is even a regatta race on Monday 17th July for those who don't want a day off! For those staying on for Cowes Week there is a one week break (Don't forget to arrange scrubbing with Lallows through Charles Prescot) before the fray starts there. The new six day regatta and enhanced social programme starts on Saturday 29th July. (Series from Sun 30th)
If you can only do one, then the big event not to miss is the Championships. The RLYC have the experience to run a superb event and the dinner on friday night with after-dinner speaker Round the World sailor Alex Thompson is now included in the deal so, please make sure you have your entry in and tell us you are going to be there, or if you would like to crew when the Club2Class emails come out at the end of this week.
Please can anyone who is in need or a crew or would like to crew contact Christine HERE She will try to put you in touch with each other.
For more info on the Championships contact Tony Glover HERE.
For more on Cowes contact Anthony Lunch HERE.
The Championships notice of race is HERE. The Sailing Instructions will be agreed soon and available on the RLYS website HERE in advance of the event. Cowes Classics Week and Lendy Cowes Week are both easily located with a search if you want details to enter.
and...Charles Hyatt's big birthday party.
Commodore and Swallow sailor Charles says....I am holding my 60th birthday at the Club on the evening of Saturday 1st July. Any of you that are sailing that day or otherwise around would be most welcome to join Helen and I between 630pm that evening and the start of the dinner at 730pm for some bubbly - it would be lovely if you could make it. Could you possibly let me know if you are likely to so I can arrange accordingly?
If anyone needs any crew that day I am hoping to be able to get some of my guests on the water - again it would be great if you could let me know.
PW Brass Tacks
Well they tack superbly, are fast downwind and are seldom found to be lacking tactically. However the real reason for Gwaihir's superlative performances are Classic Magnums before and after.
It probably helps to have three very competent helms aboard. With the Buccaneer Trophy secured with a day to spare, Commodore Charles got the stick on Friday and repeated the dose and even more impressively.
It is sometimes said (per Clarkson) that we don't care for our boats enough. Apparently the cockpit area of Migrant needed some TLC so Carol got out the marigolds and Dulux Brilliant White and made it look like new again. Just a pity that in the bright sunlight the crew can no longer look into said cockpit cos of the glare.
Back on (bird) song: Blue Tit was flying in the surf on the way back from Treloar in that fantastic 2nd b2b on Thursday. Where did Whimbrel find overdrive too? Some excellent results from inspired windward legs. Are they now into the numbers game too?
Good to see Harry and Prue breaking their sabbatical to energise Darter and become the only boat to beat Gwaihir and twice over too.
Christine was awarded a bottle for her departure from Skua via the emergency exit after a gybe at Treloar but thoughtfully continued to trim the spinnaker from underwater and from a few yards behind.
B2B? Well the detractors say that we lose the opportunity to see the whole harbour. However such was the skill and care of Roger W and his expert team on BV that we had the benefit of two starts and did not really lose out in the scenic stakes either. It was all great every day too.
Obviously it would be inappropriate to mention the sailmaker that supplied the first two boats.
Well we didn't go to every mark in the harbour during PW (a cherished ambition for Roger Wickens) but the changing wind direction allowed us to go to most and it is great to sail over the Winner and Stocker banks with impunity and at the top of a spring HW.
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