Exciting Racing For The Last Day

What a fantastic last race day of the SAMM spring season 2022; full of incidents and excitement. Because the conditions were favorable, all but one of the boats were sailed single handed, even though the normal crew is two or more people.

The Shoestring dinghies just after the start
The Shoestring dinghies just after the start

Race 1 was delayed by 15 minutes due to competitors not being ready and a late arrival. Five boats were planning to compete, Shoestring Group dinghies Uno, Dos and Cuatro plus Balaton Group day boats Ginetta and Sirocco. In the light easterly breeze of only 3.5 knots, four of the boats just made it to the line on the start, but Sirocco was disqualified for using their engine after the 5 minute signal, which is not allowed by the rules. The light winds made the going a bit slow, however all managed four or five laps.

Race 2 started 15 minutes after the end of race 1 and this time all five boats competed. The wind had increased a little to east 4-5 knots and provided a much more satisfying race, with stiff competition among four of the boats to complete five or six laps. Unfortunately Sirocco made heavy weather of it, only completing three laps and just avoided being lapped by Ginetta

With such a mixed fleet it is difficulty to appreciate just how close the racing is during the race and it only becomes apparent once the handicaps are applied. It was great to discover that the last race day of the spring season provided the closest racing for some time. In race 1 Ginetta and Cuatro tied for second place and in race 2 Ginetta took second place by one second pushing Uno into third.

A brilliant end to the season’s races.

At Last SAMM Is Racing Again

A good day’s racing on July 17th after the disappointment of having to cancel the previous six weeks events for a variety of reasons beyond their control. 

With a wind speed of 8-10 knots a square course was set with the first leg upwind and the boats sailing clockwise leaving all marks to starboard for an Average Lap Race.

Race 1 saw an excellent start with the 4 boats all over the line within a few seconds of each other.  During the one hour race John Down in his Laser Radial completed 8 laps laps, Jack Moss and Mark Williams in Shoestring Uno 7 laps, Robert Hudson on Ginetta 6 laps and Julian Pering and Keith McKintosh on Sirocco 5 laps. This was to be expected from the boats’ handicaps.

l to r Keith McKintosh, Robert Hudson, Jack Moss (with the hat) and Mark Williams
l to r Keith McKintosh, Robert Hudson, Jack Moss (with the hat) and Mark Williams

By the start of race 2 the wind had increased to 10-12 knots, so the fleet could do more laps in the hour’s race, with the fastest two completing 8 laps and the slower pair 7 laps. John Down managed a capsize with a boom bump on the head just before the start, but recovered and again all started within a few seconds of each other.  A good day’s racing, but two plus hours was enough due to the heat, especially for the officials.

After applying the handicaps, the winners of race 1  were Jack and Mark in Shoestring Uno and Robert and Keith in Ginetta took the honours in the second. In race 2 Sirocco beat the Laser Radial into third place by just 2 seconds. Fantastically tight racing!