Travelling Trophy Reports 2008


Marconi Sailing Club 19th -20th April



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Having seen the dire forecast, PAUL ELLIS and ALASTAIR FORREST watched Dart 15s struggling and diving in steep seas, and agreed to sail only on Sunday.

 

 To PAUL’s consternation, Sunday morning saw sea fog on the Blackwater which did not lift until 13.00.  The wind did fill in and got up to a good F3 by the start of the long distance afternoon race – 2 laps of Osea Island. 

The 2 Catapults had a bumpy sail particularly with wind against tide on the north side of the island.  PAUL was first boat home by a fair margin with ALASTAIR 4th home.

 

Paul Ellis

 

Filey Bay 14th and 15th June 2008

 

    Filey Bay provided testing conditions - shifty, light airs plus a sizeable swell for a good turnout of Catapults with 8 local boats lifting to twelve in the fleet

 

Local lad PETE STOKOE pulled off a port tack flyer at the start of Race 1, but GARETH EDE rounded the windward mark just ahead.  With this move GARETH showed he was the man to beat!   STUART EDE surfed past two to claim 2nd.  PETE climbed back to 3rd despite another penalty and JOHN PEPERELL worked hard for 4th.

 

GARETH led off the line in race 2 having stopped STUART’s port tack flyer and rounded the windward mark first. GARETH, CLIFF and NIGEL hung on to the top three places.

 

GARETH repeated his show of superior boat speed and mastery of the local conditions in race 3 by leading all the way round. STUART took a gamble which paid off to take 2nd while JOHN 3rd got ahead of PETE 4th.

 

In race 4 NIGEL got a cracking start, but again GARETH was at the windward mark first. GARETH increased his lead and charged on to win.  JOHN challenged STUART and the tussle lasted all the way to the finish.  A mightily relieved STUART just crossed ahead to clinch 2nd.

 

With four firsts from four races GARETH had the event sown up. So race 5 was the decider for second place between his Dad and CLIFF.   ANTILL looked to have it in the bag with an early lead with STUART back in 4th.  However, STUART fast reached past PETE for 3rd. Again STUART was pressured by JOHN, but held him off to claim second overall by a one point margin from CLIFF.  GARETH took his fifth win which he could then discard!

 

1st

Gareth Ede

(Filey SC)

4 points

2nd

Stuart Ede

(Filey SC)

10

3rd

Cliff Antill

 

11

4th

John Peperell

 

15

5th

Pete Stokoe

(Filey SC)

17

6th

Nigel Harrison

 

20

 

Below: Gareth Ede shows the way at Filey  

(Photo FSC)   

 

 

Rutland Water TT 6th July 2008

 

This event held on 6 July was fought out in a patchy Force 2.

 

GARETH was first to the windward mark in Race 1, winning out over STUART, CLIFF and PAUL. Despite sailing into a hole on the last lap, he found local pressure and held on to win. PAUL and CLIFF held off a challenge from STUART to take 2nd and 3rd places.

 

GARETH and PAUL were out in front in Race 2, but PAUL ploughed into GARETH at the gybe mark breaking a bowboard. That was effectively the end of PAUL’s event.   STUART took the lead and held off CLIFF to win.

 

GARETH missed Race 3 offering PAUL his spare bowboard. Early leader STUART lost out at the gybe mark to ALASTAIR and then to CLIFF on the reach. These three were in contention but CLIFF held on to 1st.

The event result hung on Race 4. ALASTAIR led at the first mark. STUART snatched the lead on the next beat, but would loose out on the reaches. He proved faster upwind to hang on to first place. CLIFF’s second created a tie for first place overall, which STUART claimed on count back.

 

STUART 1st 5p, CLIFF 2nd 5p, GARETH 3rd 8p, ALASTAIR 4th 9p, JOHN 5th 14p

 

Below: Don't try this at home:  Stuart gets weight forward in extreme light airs and lets the helm decide itself

 

(Photo RSC)

 

Carsington Cat Open - TT 20th-21st September

 

The Boss bosses Catapults at Carsington

 

As I drove past Chatsworth on the way to Carsington on the 20th of September I remember thinking what a beautiful day for golf!  The only weekend of the year with gorgeous sunshine and no wind!  The 4 Catapults swelled the Cat Open entry to 16.  PAUL ELLIS ominously arrived sporting his BOSS hat - fresh from winning the Europeans he proceeded to boss events in the light airs.  PAUL got of to a winning start in the first race.   CLIFF ANTILL and ALISTAIR FORREST fought over second at different ends of the line. 

 

The wind dropped to a whisper for the next race and PAUL again eased ahead to win from CLIFF.   The third race of Saturday saw the wind dropping to a wheeze and PAUL winning again!  CLIFF pulled all dagger boards and rudders up to remove troublesome weed and fell back to last place.  He recovered and challenged NIGEL who drifted into a buoy. CLIFF eventually beat NIGEL to the line by 1 minute and 10 seconds making a habit of skin o’ the teeth finishes

 

 Sunday – Computer says Paul comes last!

 

Despite winning all three races, club results show Paul as last!  This was solely his fault for being so far ahead in each race that he always completed an extra lap over the rest of us!  Paul was actually leading with three wins whilst Cliff needs to beat Alistair in the next race to capture second.

 

Boss loses race shock

 

Sunday saw the winds forecast to fall - how could there be less?   After a delayed le-mans start, we scrambled to the line to catch the barest breath of wind.  This is when PAUL made his fatal mistake.  Thinking the big fast cats would eat us on starboard, he rejected the Port start favoured by the others.  ALASTAIR – on port - stole the line from CLIFF.  The big cats failed to progress on starboard and for a short period three Catapults of ALASTAIR, CLIFF and NIGEL lead the whole handicap fleet.

 

CLIFF was faster than ALASTAIR whilst PAUL found pressure to overtake NIGEL.  Not to be outdone NIGEL overtook PAUL!!   At the line ALASTAIR went for the opposite end that had been favourable for the start (a cunning plan!) – CLIFF hit zero pressure 100 meters out and ALASTAIR got a win.  NIGEL held PAUL off to take third (no mean feat! Ed).

 

Overall results 1st PAUL ELLIS (aka The Boss), 2nd ALASTAIR FORREST, 3rd CLIFF ANTILL, and 4th NIGEL HARRISON

 

Overall Handicap fleet results out of 16:

 

 PAUL 6th, ALASTAIR 8th, CLIFF 10th, NIGEL 12th.

 

The Carsington crowd made us all very welcome - lovely food!

 

Cliff and Nigel slide round inside the Darts                                                 

 

        and get away                                                                (Photo CSC)

 

     Paul gets moving upwind in light airs                                       (Photo CSC)  

 

 

 

Grafham Cat Open 18th-19th October–TT

 

 

 

                                            (Photos GWSC)

 

 

Grafham Water was quite inviting on Sat 18th Oct with sunshine and a F4 southerly.  9 Catapults turned up and it was particularly good to see new man TONY COSTALL who journeyed from Wales.  The race officer judged we were all very fit, tough and had full bladder control as he decided to run 3 races back to back on both days!  Saturday was OK but Sunday the wind increased and the last race became an endurance test with conditions becoming very unpleasant.    

 

From the start of race 1, GARETH EDE put his stamp on proceedings and went on to win all 6 races.  The next 3 places were very close with STUART EDE scoring 14, and CLIFF ANTILL and PAUL ELLIS tying on 15 each.  ALASTAIR FORREST was very consistent and scored 20.

 

The first seven Catapults did well in the open event - outpacing the Prindle 15’s and were by far the fastest single handers. Three D16’s pushed GARETH down to 4th overall with the Dart’s 2 up but flying twice the sail area down wind!  GWSC rated us at 1.235 and the D16 (2 up 3 sails) at 1.268.

 

 

 

Grafham results 2008

Medium Handicap Fleet positions

 

 

 

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

1st

Gareth EDE

4

4

4

5*

3.5

4

19.5

2nd

Cliff ANTILL

8

7

11*

8.5

6

5

34.5

3rd

Paul ELLIS

DNF*

5

9

7

5

9

35

4th

Stuart EDE

7

11*

7

6

8

8

36

5th

Alastair FORREST

9

10*

10

10

9

7

45

6th

George EVANS

14*

13

12

11

11

10

57

7th

Nigel HARRISON

13

12

DNF*

12

12

DNF

 

8th

John PEPERELL

11

17.5

DNF

15

DNF

DNF

 

9th

Tony COSTALL

DNF

DNF

19

DNF

DNF

DNF

 

5 races to count; * = discard

 

 

 

Catapults only positions (for TT Series)

 

 

 

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

1st

Gareth EDE

1*

1

1

1

1

1

5

2nd

Cliff ANTILL

3

3

5*

4

3

2

15

3rd

Paul ELLIS

10*

2

3

3

2

5

15

4th

Stuart EDE

2

5*

2

2

4

4

14

5th

Alastair FORREST

4

4

4

5*

5

3

20

6th

George EVANS

7*

7

6

6

6

6

31

7th

Nigel HARRISON

6

6

10*

7

7

10

36

8th

John PEPERELL

5

8

10*

8

10

10

41

9th

Tony COSTALL

10*

10

7

10

10

10

47

5 races to count; * = discard

 

 

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