Fickle light winds greated us, not the 7mph with 20 mph gusts that were forecast, nor was the direction correct still we manfully soldiered on. With Mike Ewart away on another mini break and a number of skippers turning out without yachts it was a small but selective fleet that took to the water.
The DF95 of Tim Leese suffered more than most with the lack of wind, apart from the odd race where it blew up a little and it came steaming along, it did however look somewhat diminuative along side the fleet of sixes. I couldn't persuade the gongoozlers on the bank to take on the challange of sailing my rinky-dink pink DF95, (was it the colour chaps?) so unfotunately Tim didn't really have anyone to sail against.
A couple of prospective club members joined us to sail as guests Paul Risdale "did I forget to mention his Renaisance is salmon not pink" who we know well and Grenville Thornhill with his newly completed Romanza. Messers Shepherd & Jackson made adjustments to mast positions just before the event and so consequently spent most of the races slowly getting their sails set up back to where they should be! (that's our excuse and we are sticking to it, never mind the "lost" keys!).
Geoff Raygada went well whilst he was sailing keeping it consistant and would have probably gone on to win however family commitments meant he had to cut his racing short, with the tricky wind and the close perfomance of all the yachts everyone had a turn at the front. When I got the chance I kept Paul Risdale honest out tic-tacing him for a couple of race wins.
Help was gratefully recieved from the gongoozlers Ian, Derek & occasionally Tim, can someone send me some photographs?
I didn't think I would have much to write about but it seems I have babbled on for sometime so I expect you will want to get to the results.
The light winds and slightly foggy day greated us and for a time it looked as if no racing would be possible, even with the Footy class yachts which generally have no difficulty in light conditions with a large sail (power) to weight ratio.
The overall weight is heavier than previous incarnations with an all up displacement of around 500g and a keel bulb to overall weight of around 68%, slightly higher than we have previously achieved, the intention being to make a stiffer more stable boat than the Fat Boy or Slim.
Needless to say these extreme light winds didn't really suit the concept, however the pick up after the tack did appear to better than Fat Boy, probably due to the wider at the hull keel fin an idea we might explore further in the future.
So how did IBEX fair, well pretty well really, the result of the racing could not have been closer with the three experienced Footy skippers battling it out to finish after eight races all on 10 points each and having to be seperated on countback. Mike Ewart being declared the winner having danced his way into the lead in the final two races!
Seven stalwarts braved the cold this Saturday for the second round of the Icicle Winter Series of club races. The wind was onshore so Mike Ewart and Keith Bell set a simple course with the start adjacent and parallel with the bank to a windward buoy and the a spreader, back to the start, which was now a gate and back to the windward buoy followed by a downwind finish. The wind was light and fluky until we had finished.
We were pleased that John Burgoine joined us as a guest with his recently completed Wee Nip, which passed scrutineering with no problems. He had not sailed his boat before the event and then proceeded to be in the lead throughout the morning, hopefully he enjoyed his experience sailing with us and will join us in the future. Mike Ewart was consistent as usual and came in second place with his pink boat.
Tim Leese and Ian Bell were fighting it out at the back of the fleet until Ian's borrowed 101 boat developed a problem with the rudder servo and had to retire, consequently we retired to the warmth of the clubhouse and did the results over hot beverages.
The Abington Park Wee Nip is an ideal starter model for those who wish to start life in Radio sailing by building their own model, as a club we have now provided over 100 “kits”, we make all the trickybits for you, to prospective model yachters throughout the UK and abroad. If enough Hollowell Skippers express an interest then we would be happy to run a build workshop should they wish to participate.