Pracc Round 4 at Askern

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 A promise of even lighter winds was worrying but fortunately the wind picked up and settled in on direction making course setting a little easier. Still a reaching start but it is what it is. Skippers seemed to have got used to the buoys as few incidents. 

Bob Conner got of to a flying start with 4 wins out of 6 but then Mike Ewart sailed a better second half. Shaun Holbeach not in the frame this time as plagued with rudder problems.

After 16 races Mike and Bob were on 27 points each, each had 5 wins but Bob taking it with 2nds to Mike’s 3. Roy Stevens having a better day with a good third place.

Nice to see some visitors and good sailing and sportsmanship.

Thanks to Brian Cheetham for keeping things moving and wrestling with the conditions.
Thanks to Paul Rudkin for the report.

Note to self, make sure you have the correct date in the diary before your girlfriend organises Sunday lunch with friends. Hence Damian only sailing till lunchtime. Although my tiller arm sailed the afternoon in Shaun’s boat.

Just a reminder we have an A Boat open on Sunday 17th October 2021 which I believe may become a Northern Area Championship. All welcome.

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Pracc Round 3 and Veterans at Askern

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With a forecast of light winds from the southeast (our least favourite direction) it was always going to be a difficult day.

Fortunately, the wind filled in a little, allowing us to get 16 races in although finding a beat was difficulted for Brian Cheetham the Race Officer. A reaching start was the order of the day which didn’t cause any problems.

Shaun Holbeach mastering the conditions best of all was the man to beat but with 11 wins was the easy winner with Mike Ewart and Bob Connor also sailing consistently well.

A few missed and hit marks created a buoy colour discussion.

Thanks to Paul Rudkin for the report.

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Pracc standings after Rounds 1 & 2

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Pracc Round 2 at Bournville

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Sunday 15th July 2021

Sunday dawned and the 14 skippers and 10 different designs were greeted with a more constant but still at times fluky wind that could allow big gains or losses. 14 RA’s on the start line at the short end of Bounville did make interesting starts but to be honest there were very few start line instances of boats coming together, the biggest issue was always the short beat to the bank and starboard boats trying to force boats back that had just tacked for the bank – RA’s might be able to turn within their length but they are 2m long so there were a few instances of collisions along the bank. A few tried splitting at the start and heading for the far bank to try and get a longer beat on starboard and miss out a couple of tacks compared with the boats on the near bank, this tactic sometimes worked with them coming out in front half way up the lake – Richard Aucot did this very well with some high finishes towards the end of the day.

This time Peter Wiles came out at the days winner from Shaun Holbeche. Both had some good recovery races where they had to climb back up through the fleet to maintain their good overall finishes.

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Pracc Round 1 at Bournville

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Saturday 14th August 2021

Twelve skippers arrived at Bournville for the first round of the 2021 Pracc series. All skippers were glad to be back on the water sailing their RA’s, some for the first time in over a year, while others had been sailing this summer at their home club. All agreed it was great to be back on the road experiencing different challenges. To this end Bournville lived up to to it’s reputation of light variable winds. Some times the wind would disappear completely only to come back in a totally different direction, so skippers had to have their wits about them. From the off several skipper showed their intent and continued with high finishes through out the days sailing. Good to see that most skippers showed glimpses of possible stardom with the wind sometimes putting paid to their thoughts of finishing first in a race.

Seven Different designs took to the water and as stated above most skippers showed glimpses of finishing in the top three of a race, showing the class rule still works after all these years.

Congratulations went to Shaun Holbeche for coming first and lifting the Midland District RA Championship for 2021.

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