Coronation Cup - Race Report - August 2019

Clacton Sailing Club raced for the Coronation Cup last Sunday which will also count as the 5th race in the Summer Series

Pete and Helen - Holiday Cup 2017

Pictured above: Second place - Peter and Helen in their Wanderer Dinghy

Pete Boxer sailing his singlehanded A Class catamaran claimed the victory but only just ahead of Pete & Helen Lyall in their Wanderer dinghy once the handicap times were calculated. Dan Brzezinski also in his A Class took third.

Its all about 'the start'

The start of any race is critical: With an onshore wind the orientation of the start line meant the fleet would start on a starboard reach. Local sailors understand the effects of the flooding tide and knew they could safely push up to the line under control without risk of going over early. A tight bunch of sailing boat gathered near the buoy each with their own strategy

Racing Rules

The racing rules of sailing give ‘luffing rights’ to the leeward boat when an overlap is established with the windward boat. This explains why in the closing seconds Pete Boxer and Ian Wright sailing with Maria O’Sullivan in their Dart 18 were manoeuvring to get underneath the other and how Dan being pushed up by Allen Griffiths in his Lazer had no option than to loudly call ‘up, up, up’ on the Hurricane catamaran being sailed by Mark and George Venables causing them to hit the ODM and have to re-start.

The Wanderer and the big F18 being sailed by Brian Allen and Rob Mitchel quietly avoided all the trouble and both cleared the line heading out to sea on the first beat.

Revelled in the conditions

The A Class cats revelled in the condition and out-pointed all the boats. Only when the kite boats could open their secret weapon would the ‘A’s know if their upwind advantage would be enough.

Mark & George Venables had recovered quickly from their bad start and was chomping on the heels of the F18 by the first windward mark.

Mastery of high winds

Ian and Maria could not get their Dart to come alive in the light winds and contented themselves with memories of their last race together when they had demonstrated total mastery of high wind sailing.

Fabulous race

Meanwhile Pete and Helen were having a fabulous race in the Wanderer; nicely powered-up without any need to spill wind the close teamwork of the helm and crew working in harmony sailed a faultless race.

Race Officer Derek Cheek had set a challenging course with a long upwind / downwind sausage in the middle which meant a long race: With the cats completing 3 laps and the monos 2 laps the leaders took over an hour and a half and the tail enders nearly two hours but all agreed it was excellent fun and an excellent way to improve boat trim and handling skills.

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