Hampton Court Rounds 1 & 2

April 25, 2022 Comments off

Thank you to Hampton Court for staging the first two rounds of this years series.

Saturday – 11 boats came to the line on Saturday and competed in some challenging conditions which rapidly found any gear weaknesses.There was some close racing but top honours went to Peter Wiles who won 10 of the 13 races.

The conditions certainly brew the cobwebs away after the winter months. Several boats were found waving their rudders to the skippers when the strong gusts came through. Most boats started in top suit or flat main, but soon most changed down to 2nd suit or a combination of top jib and 2nd main. A few even had to go down to 3rd suit to keep control.

The shifts could be vast with you loosing 15m in as many seconds.

Sunday – The fleet had reduced to 8 boats, but again some exciting racing with Peter not getting it all his own way with 6 skippers taking at least 1 win each out of 14 races.

Welldone to the race team for keeping us racing but allowing boats to be fixed between batches of back to back races.

Many thanks to Mike Kemp for taking some excellent shots on the Saturday morning when most of the fleet were still in top suit, although you’ll soon see why boats were changing down…
Click on the images to make them full screen for the waw factor.

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Hampton Court – PRACC Rounds 1 & 2

April 12, 2022 Comments off

The team at Hampton Court lead are ready to hold the first two rounds of the Pracc series on the 23rd and 24th of April at this great club. Get your entries into Colin via the MYA online entry system, or call Colin direct.

Several travelling skippers have already booked in, along with the home skippers a fleet is starting to build for the weekend. Remember you don’t have to do the whole weekend, as each day are separate events. There’s no other big events in the south of the country this weekend, so come along and get some practise with these graceful yachts.

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Peter Wiles the 2021 PRACC series winner

November 5, 2021 Comments off

After a truncated series covering 3 double header weekends and the Nationals, Peter sailed the most consistent of any one, with 3 firsts and 2 seconds.
As can be seen it was very close at the top with 16 points separating the top 4 and the series not decided until the final weekend.
From the stats compiled by Bill Green there was an average of 14 skippers per event with a total of 30 different skippers getting their RA’s out on the water. Some new faces were seen at most of the events, which is a trend we hope to continue seeing in 2022.

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Pracc Round 6 at Poole

November 2, 2021 Comments off

The strong winds and torrential rain through the night luckily blew through the early part of the morning to leave clear skies and a more manageable wind. I say manageable, the fleet opting for third suit. Even third suit saw all skippers taking an expected nose dive on the run at times when the big gusts came through. There were plenty of shifts that suited one side of the course more than the other an times. I (Damian) started with a second suit jib that had never been used, turns out the cord was too light for the bowsies so had to be tied on with no adjustment. The last race before lunch saw one of Peter’s winches completely pulled out of the carbon plate inside the boat, surprising what cord and super glue can do during lunch to enable him to continue sailing in the afternoon. The afternoon saw the wind increase with the resulting nose diving happening each race at some point. I got caught out with a gust when I was too close to the bank at the start and ended up on the bank pulling the jib off the boat. After a repair she was back out for the next race only for the jib boom to fail, likely from the impact the race before which cut short my racing. Peter again came out top of the fleet. With Nick, Bob and Richard only 3 points separating the three of them behind.

Thank you to the Poole members for putting on the events in not ideal conditions for watching RA’s in.

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Pracc Round 5 at Poole

November 2, 2021 Comments off

The members of the Poole club kindly put on two days of racing in weather not often seen by the RA fleet. The race officer stated that we had an observer for each skipper – better keep it clean. The racing started with a wind that looked to be building, so two skippers opted for 2nd suit while 4 stayed with top suit. The wind didn’t built as expected and after a short break for everyone to fit their top suits racing commenced at a brisk pace with the PRO altering the cause as the wind swung around. Peter Drake of Poole was entering his first open RA race after just taking to the class got his first win in race 3 showing that the home favourite of Peter Wiles wasn’t getting it all his own way. At lunchtime it was very close between Peter, Nick and Damian. After lunch the wind did increase to the extent that I (Damian) changed to my flat main so that I could continue to use my trim tab, something that was working to good effect in the conditions. The afternoon saw Peter sail the most consistently, to stretch away from the chasers to record a victory from Nick in second. The scores may show a 12.5 points difference between the top two, but the racing was very close but fair on the water.

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