A very similar day to yesterday. A postponement ashore again waiting in hope that a sea breeze - or any sailable breeze - would materialise. After a short wait on the water, the air movement stabilised sufficiently for PRO James Ripley to set a course and get a start away.
Blue Badge (Beezer & Half Pint Pete) led off the pin, but bottled it and put in a textbook "cross the fleet while you can" hitch which handed the lead to Abacus (Crispin Taylor & Gi Harrill) who gradually extended into an unassailable lead. Snapping at Blue Badge's heels where Gul/North Sails (Alan Davis & Char Horlock) and Trunky (Kathy Sherratt & Josh Wilce). This order remained until final run when, as the breeze waned from 3-4 knots down to 1-2, Gul/North Sails pressured Blue Badge into leaving their gybe in to the finish too late to take 2nd.
The fleet were then sent ashore in the hope that things would improve, but alas it was not to be.
Mexican evening with fancy dress and Tequila in the boat park was a fair substitute, followed by quantities of great Mexican food provided by Paignton Sailing Club.
The forecast for tomorrow looks more promising, so with the top 5 boats within a few points and the potential of a 2nd discard bringing one or two others into play it is basically a reset and start again.
Results after Day 3:
|1st||765||Steve Hollingsworth||Elliot Holman||Restronguet SC||2||7||1||3||-10||13|
|2nd||797||Mark Watts||Matt Johnson||Weston SC||6||3||3||1||-7||13|
|3rd||771||Mike Bees||Pete Nicholson||Brightlingsea SC||1||6||-7||4||3||14|
|4th||786||Geraldine Fermor||Leaky Fermor||10||2||2||2||-13||16|
|5th||78||Kathy Sherratt||Josh Wilce||Weston SC /Rutland SC||3||5||4||-9||4||16|
|6th||787||Alan Davis||Charlotte horlock||Weston SC / Exe SC||-12||1||6||12||2||21|
|7th||762||Chrispy Taylor||Gi Harrill||Starcross SC||4||-11||10||11||1||26|
|8th||770||Simon Hadley||Nikki Hadley||Whistable SC||5||10||8||(DPI)||6||29|
|9th||789||Henry Metcalf||Jasmine Husband||Restronguet SC||-9||9||9||6||5||29|
|10th||764||Tony Blackmore||Meg Baker||Starcross||7||-12||5||10||8||30|
|11th||785||Peter Kight||Alex||Restronguet SC / Torpoint SC||8||8||-12||8||9||33|
|12th||758||Tim Harrison||Anna Marriott||-13||4||11||7||12||34|
|13th||620||Ben Lloyd-King||Jez Page||Restronguet SC||11||-15||13||13||15||52|
|14th||788||Gary Parks||Chris Webber||Restronguet SC||(UFD)||13||14||14||18||59|
|15th||735||Tom Gatehouse||Kate Gatehouse||Netley SC||14||17||18||-20||11||60|
|16th||70||Alicia Clifford||Chaelie Hadley||Whistable SC||15||14||16||16||-24||61|
|17th||7||Carl Raynes||Guy Raynes||16||-18||15||15||17||63|
|18th||766||Barry Price||Adam Kicten||Grafham / Hayling SC||19||19||-21||17||14||69|
|19th||723||Patrick Seyler||Stacey Bray||Porthpean SC||22||-24||17||19||16||74|
|20th||694||Alistair Moppett||Rory Moppett||Bough Beech SC||-23||20||19||18||20||77|
|21st||749||Will Rand||Q van Meurs||Lymington Town SC||20||16||-23||21||23||80|
|22nd||707||Amir Shamsuddin||Al Storer||King George||17||-22||20||22||21||80|
|23rd||358||Mattias Lange||Helge Ludwig||Blankeneser Segal Club||18||23||25||(DNS)||19||85|
|24th||731||Stewart Hadfield||Lewis Kneale||Bala SC||21||21||22||23||-25||87|
|25th||672||Christian Wilms||Daniela Alt||Eastbourne Sovereign SC||(DNF)||25||24||24||22||95|
No breeze (but plenty of sunshine) stopped play today. An attempt was made to get a race in but that was abandoned as the leaders approached the final windward mark. How happy you were about this depended very much on your position at the time...
Apparently some people saw dolphins so the day wasn't completely wasted.
The evening saw leaky games night. Teams raced to raise the cork from the depths of the leaky pipe structure, having to cope with holes, leaky joints and other teams stealing their buckets! Prizes included a brick, sweets and leaky pipe branded wooden spoons which quickly became WoMD.
Tomorrow's forecast isn't promising, but fingers crossed we will get some races in.
Results after Day 2:
|1st||765||Steve Hollingsworth||Elliot Holman||Restronguet SC||2||-7||1||3||6|
|2nd||786||Geraldine Fermor||Leaky Fermor||-10||2||2||2||6|
|3rd||797||Mark Watts||Matt Johnson||Weston SC||-6||3||3||1||7|
|4th||771||Mike Bees||Pete Nicholson||Brightlingsea SC||1||6||-7||4||11|
|5th||78||Kathy Sherratt||Josh Wilce||Weston SC /Rutland SC||3||5||4||-9||12|
|6th||787||Alan Davis||Charlotte Horlock||Weston SC / Exe SC||-12||1||6||12||19|
|7th||758||Tim Harrison||Anna Marriott||-13||4||11||7||22|
|8th||764||Tony Blackmore||Meg Baker||Starcross||7||-12||5||10||22|
|9th||770||Simon Hadley||Nikki Hadley||Whistable SC||5||10||8||(DPI)||23|
|10th||789||Henry Metcalf||Jasmine Husband||Restronguet SC||-9||9||9||6||24|
|11th||785||Peter Kight||Alex||Restronguet SC / Torpoint SC||8||8||-12||8||24|
|12th||762||Chrispy Taylor||Gi Harrill||Starcross SC||4||-11||10||11||25|
|13th||620||Ben Lloyd-King||Jez Page||Restronguet SC||11||-15||13||13||37|
|14th||788||Gary Parks||Chris Webber||Restronguet SC||(UFD)||13||14||14||41|
|15th||70||Alicia Clifford||Chaelie Hadley||Whistable SC||15||14||-16||16||45|
|16th||7||Carl Raynes||Guy Raynes||16||-18||15||15||46|
|17th||735||Tom Gatehouse||Kate Gatehouse||Netley SC||14||17||18||-20||49|
|18th||766||Barry Price||Adam Kicten||Grafham / Hayling SC||19||19||-21||17||55|
|19th||749||Will Rand||Q van Meurs||Lymington Town SC||20||16||-23||21||57|
|20th||694||Alistair Moppett||Rory Moppett||Bough Beech SC||-23||20||19||18||57|
|21st||723||Patrick Seyler||Stacey Bray||Porthpean SC||22||-24||17||19||58|
|22nd||707||Amir Shamsuddin||Al Storer||King George||17||-22||20||22||59|
|23rd||731||Stewart Hadfield||Lewis Kneale||Bala SC||21||21||22||-23||64|
|24th||358||Mattias Lange||Helge Ludwig||Blankeneser Segal Club||18||23||25||(DNS)||66|
|25th||672||Christian Wilms||Daniela Alt||Eastbourne Sovereign SC||(DNF)||25||24||24||73|
Twenty-five boats arrived at the lovely seaside resort of Paignton, for the Gul B14 Nationals hosted by the super-friendly Paignton Sailing Club and supported by Bays Brewery.
Day 1 dawned with what looked like a reasonable WNW blowing, but as the fleet launched for a 1pm start it started to drop away. After a short on-the-water postponement the sky cleared and the breeze started to build from the SE. PRO Ian Bullock and his team quickly laid a course and after a general recall the fleet was away with everyone on the racks.
Race 1 set a pattern of sorts - the first boat round the windward mark sailing away to an untroubled win. In this case it was Mike Bees/Pete Nicholson who came out of the left on the first beat. The other podium spots were taken by Steve Hollingsworth/Elliot Holman and Kathy Sherratt/Josh Wilce.
Race 2 followed the pattern to an extent, in that Alan Davis/Char Horlock cleared off into the distance but this time the right hand side was king, and remained so for the rest of the day. Next were Gerry & Leaky Fermor, starting a superb run of consistency, followed by Mark Watts and Matt Johnson.
Race 3 followed straight on with the conditions unchanged. This time Watts/Johnson took an early lead from Hollingsworth/Holman but those positions swapped mid-race as the early leaders had a brief sleep. Gerry & Leaky also slipped by for second.
With conditions looking poor for Friday, the race officer wisely added a 4th race. With the short races putting a premium on starts there was a bit of carnage on the start line, leading to a bit of protest/arbitration action. Watts/Johnson cleared off to a win, again followed by Gerry & Leaky followed by the also so-consistent Hollingsworth/Holman.
Welcome refreshment was provided in the dinghy park by Bays Brewery to cap an excellent afternoon in the sunshine
With another 10 races scheduled it's still early doors but the first three overall are showing ominous consistency.
The classic fleet is currently lead by Ben Lloyd-King & Jez Page.
Results after Day 1: (top six)
1. Hollingsworth & Holman, 2, (7), 1, 3, 6pts
2. Gerry & Leaky Fermor, (10), 2, 2, 2, 6pts
3. Watts & Johnson, (6), 3, 3, 1, 7pts
4. Bees & Nicholson, 1, 6, (7), 4, 11pts
5. Sherratt & Wilce, 3, 5, 4, (9), 12pts
6. Davis & Horlock, (12), 1, 6, 12, 19pts