Combined Report of Junior and Adult Novice Racing Regattas
Two sailing events were held on the 22nd of July and 23rd of September to promote racing to both juniors and adults in a beginner friendly way. Adults who considered themselves ‘novices’ at racing were encouraged to take part to enable them to build confidence and get some close races with others of similar abilities. Juniors competed to gain extra knowledge and have new experiences, with some starting their first ever proper race. There were three categories to enter based on age and experience criteria, Adults (self-explanatory!), Junior Gold (for sailors’ stage 2 and above) and Junior Silver (for ‘newer’ sailors aiming for stage 1).
Saturday 22nd of July 2023
The previous agreed date was postponed due to very high winds and a new date was set before the BBQ summer social which was planned later that afternoon. Due to this last minute cancellation and an unseasonably cold, wet and windy day, numbers were lower than expected. Despite this the sailors took on the tricky conditions, spurred on by the promise of prizes and of course the amazing BBQ after. Racing was extremely closely fought at the top end between both the junior and adult fleets, with lots of position swapping and nail biting finishes. It was two races to count from two so no slip-ups could be afforded if the competitors were aiming for a medal. The results are as follows below.
Rhiannon (Splash) – 3 points
Andy (Splash) – 4 points
Gary (Laser) – 7 points
Jane B and Jane M (Wanderer) – 8 points
Chris and Angus (Heron) – 11 points
Henrietta (Optimist) – 2 points
Evie (Optimist) – 4 points
Matthew (Topper) – 9 points
Nicholas (Optimist) – 10 points
Saturday 23rd September
Saturday 23rd of September 2023
With the end of the Friday evening junior celebrations the day before, spirits were high and the turnout was great with 19 boats taking to the water. The wind was a shifty and gusty westerly, with some sailors opting for reefs to manage these conditions and all dressing warmly for the cooler air. The day started off quite windy and cold, but by lunch time the sun made an appearance but took the wind away! Again there was very close racing to be had in all fleets but this time sailors were allowed to discard their worst result from the three races with countback being taken into consideration. The rescue boat crew worked hard, relaying information about shorten courses and giving the newest racers in the junior silver fleet some additional guidance and support to get around their course. Things went down to the wire in the final junior gold race, as first place could have gone to anyone and the positons at the top end were constantly changing. Everyone displayed great tactics and skill to navigate the headers, lifts and patchy wind often inadvertently ending up with two beats! Slower boats seemed to benefit as their ‘good’ handicaps worked out well in the hotly contested races where most boats finished close together. By the end of the last race the wind had dropped to almost nothing and some boats drifted round to the finish. The sailors had well-deserved prizes waiting for them and the results follow below with a more detailed breakdown available in the club house.
John (Laser 13) – 2 points
Suzanne (Topper) – 3 points
Andy (Splash) – 5 points
Ed (Laser) – 7 points
Don (Solo) – 8 points
Toni (Pico) – 10 points
Henrietta (Optimist) – 2 points
Matthew (Topper) – 3 points
Evie (Optimist) – 5 points
Kerry (Topper) – 7 points
James (Topper) – 11 points
Adam (Pico) – 11 points
Eleanor and Elsa (Wayfarer) – 12 points
Nicholas (Optimist) – 14 points
Una (Optimist) – 17 points
Josef (Topper 4.2) – 2 points
Bronwen (Optimist) – 4 points
Jack (Topper 4.2) – 4 points
Ketty (Optimist) – 7 points
A huge thank you is owed to our rescue boat crews, training team and the parents who all volunteered their time to help the event run smoothly. Another big thanks is given to all competitors who came out to support the club at these new events and showed such great determination and racing skills. A special mention also goes out to those juniors whose very first races were had as they all did amazing, taking to the race course in some challenging conditions and all completed at least once race. We look to run more events in the future so keep your eyes out! The team looks forward to seeing more of you out on the water racing on Sundays, doing the Wednesday Evenings Series next summer and the junior blocks in 2024, or just out for a casual sail next season when the weather returns. We hope you have enjoyed this season’s programme and will hopefully see you again sometime!
The Wednesday evening series has now finished for this year and was once again enjoyed by Club Members. Thirty-five different helms took part with about twelve boats out each week. Two nights were lost because of thunder and lightning arriving at the wrong time, but racing took place over sixteen summer evenings.
Although this series is known for a relaxing time the pursuit race is still keenly contested. The early leader was Phil Alison this year sailing his newly acquired “fast Harrier.” Followed by Clive Girling and Henrietta Highfield the series looked close for some weeks.
It was nice to see Roger Wilson out with his lovely Classic Merlin Rocket. We were all pleased to see new sailor Andy Adcock improving his position each week in the splash. Daniel Harvey was regularly racing again and getting very good results in his laser, but with his personal handicap increasing to plus 6 minutes he was having to work hard at the end of the series. As usual with the pursuit races the boats closed together towards the end of each race with competitors checking their watches to see who would end up in front of whom at the bell.
After discards kicked in and at the penultimate race, Phil Alison and Henrietta Highfield were level on points. The series winner would come down to the last night. Henrietta crewed by Dad Phil in the Mirror started in front and held the lead until passed on the last lap by Bob Hawkins in a Wayfarer. With Phil Alison and Daniel Harvey close behind Henrietta manage to hold on to second place and so take the series trophy. Phil came second overall with Daniel third just leading Clive Girling by 2 points.
So well done to Henrietta whose personal handicap this year has increased from -4 to +3 minutes.
We are all looking forward to next years series with the current handicaps carried forward.
SO reserve your Wednesday evenings for Rollesby in 2024
The recent poor weather improved on Boxing Day and 16 boats turned out on a sunny morning with a varying N.E. Breeze. Kevin & Joe Edwards in their Norfolk set of first at the start of the Pursuit Race followed by daughter Ellie in her Splash. These two held the lead for three laps but were eventually passed by the faster boats.
Roger Wilson in his Solo built a substantial lead by laps four and five but during the sixth lap a number of the positions changed.
David Houghton and John Symmonds in their Wayfarer came through at the end to take first place and won the “Bent Vase” for the third consecutive time.
Mulled Wine and mince pies, organised by Roger, warmed competitors up between races. Three helms took part in the Watson Cup Race by sailing double handed boats with no crew. Tony Fulford in the Comet Trio and Ian ayres in his Leader raced in close proximity for all three laps. At the line Tony was just ahead but Ian took the Trophy on handicap result.
Seven boats stayed for the Allcomers race. Howard Astley-Jones lead the way round in his Vareo and finished a few seconds ahead of Dan Bull in his Laser. Dan took the win on handicap.
Race Management Evening at RBSC Friday Nov 11th at 7pm in the clubhouse
Now the evenings are pulling in we thought it would be a good opportunity to get everyone together in the clubhouse to go over some Race Management best practices and share with one another our experience running the races at Rollesby on a Sunday. Whilst primarily intended for those on the OOD duty list it should also be of interest to anyone interested in learning more about Sailing Race Management in general. We would also like to take the opportunity to familiarise everyone with the race management tool we have been trialling this year. This has got the “thumbs-up” from all those who have tried it so we are proposing to formally adopt the use of this App at the club going forward.
Please come prepared with any questions you may have and to share your own experiences (if any) from running races, not only at Rollesby but at any other sailing clubs you have been involved with in the past. I’m afraid we have no bar at the club so it will be a question of bringing your own refreshments !
Hope to see as many people as possible…Everyone is invited. Any question please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you.
Summer Series concludes with convincing win for Howard Astley-Jones
Sunday’s sailing marked the end of a competitively fought summer series. The winner was never in doubt with Howard Astley-Jones enjoying a stella series and sealing an impressive 10-point margin victory, securing a 2nd and 1st place in the final two races of the series. 2nd place was all to play for with Daniel Bull just pipping Tony Fullford into 2nd place on countback, having secured a 2nd place in the final race of the series. 3rd was then Tony, with Richard Bailey and Ian Curtis in their Wayfarer close behind in 4th . There were 38 entries and 14 races in total with 15 competitors completing the qualifying number of races. Members completing in their first series at Rollesby included Mike and Jenny Harris in their RS Vision who finished a respectable 16th and Keith and Jane Minster who finished 13th in their Albacore. It was also nice to see Merlin Rocket “Warpath” crewed by various willing volunteers (for some their first taste of racing!) successfully qualifying in 10th place after a 40 year absence from Rollesby. The afternoon series was also won by Howard, with Tony 2nd and Bob Sparrow in his Wayfarer 3rd. The full set of results are on the website. Trophies for all the summer series will be presented at the AGM on the 16th Oct.
As we reflect on a glorious Summer Series and the temperature begins to drop it’s time now to don our wetsuits and drysuits and get ready for the Autumn Series which kicks-off this weekend with a one-day Autumn Regatta which is open to both club members and visitors. 3 races, split into two fleets, with best two results to count. We also look forward to welcoming back our winter members in the weeks to come as they start to return from their summer adventures.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS SUMMER 2002 – END OF SERIES REPORT
The evening races again proved to be a popular event this year with 36 different helms taking part. The entrants spanned the generations from young Henrietta Highfield in her mirror to the “long time members” in their favourite boats. One evening saw a record 17 boats joining the pursuit race and several others out practicing sailing.
The lovely warm evenings made this year series particularly enjoyable and it was nice to see new members from the training courses coming along. The event also attracted non sailing spectators out for an evening by the water.
The early series leader was Ian Curtis sailing his Wayfarer crewed by Richard Bailey with a number of first places. Later months though, saw Ian unable to attend enough evenings leaving the way open for David Taylor to take the trophy sailing his Enterprise single handed. Great to see David winning the series as a relative new comer to sailing and racing. With a changing personal handicap he will have to work hard next year!