Bryan Waite Dinghy Race – Race Report
Date: 21 July 2019
Weather: Sunny with clouds building
Wind: SW 3 gusting 4
Course: Triangular course with gybe mark off Essex shore.
Turning up to race started off a little unpromising as the wind was very light and the tide racing out. Happily, the right amount of faffing to get a course set and everyone briefed and on the water, and we started racing only 17 minutes late. The wind had picked up and the tide slowed a bit. The first race saw a shocking start from Jeremy who attempted a port hand flyer from the bias end only to be stuffed up by John in his laser. Lesson learnt!
The tide was still ebbing as we raced up to the windward mark with some forgetting to keep close in shore. The fleet split, with some going to the gybe mark while others sailed down the moorings taking advantage of the angle for the spinnaker (well done Alan!) and the tide (Hugh & Eve). The second lap saw everyone remember the tide had turned now and actually raced a quicker lap time.
The race finished with a clear win for John with Alan and then Jeremy just behind – think we need to review all that rig tuning that’s been going on with the 2000s!!! J
The second race saw a better start for everyone, with Hugh arriving at the start about 10 seconds beforehand!! From the start John was off again with the rest following along. Jeremy managed to overtake Alan and Hugh and maintained the lead despite some antics on the boat as he bullied his crew – sorry Baljeet. You did exceptionally well for someone who had just past a Level 1 course and never flown a spinnaker. The wind began to gust too, so there were some great times to plane down wind. In fact it got so gusty that Alan and Jeremy had to drop the spinnakers to reach the downwind mark.
It was a great afternoon racing and Paul Gately is to be commended for his multi-tasking and general unflappability. The conditions were perfect for people to get out and enjoy themselves. The unofficial prize for the 100 metre doggy paddle goes to Nigel and Dave who found capsizing their 2000 was so fun that they had to repeat it 3 times!!
|RACE 1||Corrected Time|
|Laser Radial||John Cant||1145||0||37||40||1|
|Dream On (2000)||Alan & Jan Thomas||1112||0||41||40||2|
|2000||Jeremy M & Baljeet||1112||0||42||44||3|
|Laser 4.7||Harry Gately||1207||0||44||05||4|
|2000||Hugh O'B & Eve P||1112||0||45||44||5|
|2000||Nigel K & Dave||1112||DNF||6|
|RACE 2||Corrected Time|
|Laser Radial||John Cant||1145||0||31||12||1|
|2000||Jeremy M & Baljeet||1112||0||32||42||2|
|Laser 4.7||Harry Gately||1207||0||34||25||3|
|Dream On (2000)||Alan & Jan Thomas||1112||0||34||53||4|
|2000||Hugh O'B & Eve P||1112||0||40||51||5|
|2000||Nigel K & Dave||1112||DNS||6|
[Edited: Harry Gately was in a 4.7 but was originally down as Radial]
Out of curiosity, the times from each race have been added together to give an overall result as if it was a 4 lap race…
|Laser Radial||John Cant||1145||1||08||52||1|
|2000||Jeremy M & Baljeet||1112||
|Dream On (2000)||Alan & Jan Thomas||1112||
|Laser 4.7||Harry Gately||1207||1||18||30||4|
|2000||Hugh O'B & Eve P||1112||
|2000||Nigel K & Dave||1112||DNS/F||6|