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17 April 2018: Swallow News

Published 15:51 on 13 Apr 2018

In at the Deep End at Easter

Off and running thanks to Andrew Reid for his report of our first weekend of racing and our first trophy races.
Marengo crew Jeremy Sibthorp, David Sloper and Peter Bentley.

A small but perfectly formed fleet got the Swallow season off to start over the Easter weekend for the Deep End trophy. The weather forecast was far from encouraging, but we got through both days dry but with little wind.

For Race one PRO Ted Roose sent us up zigzagging towards Gardner against a strong flood tide in some 8-10 knots of shifty wind. Those taking the Itchenor shore (Marengo and Whimbrel) came out well ahead as they gained from the better tide and shifts. Marengo, with Jeremy Sibthorp steering, kept her commanding lead to the finish with Whimbrel holding off Gwaihir who was catching up rapidly. Lonely Solitude languished. The afternoon was wisely kept short and sweet, given the building ebb, with a windward- leeward three laps course Park to Itchenor mark. There was place changing for a couple of laps until Gwaihir wriggled free on the final beat and pulled well ahead. Order: 93, 82, 67, 60.

Sunday's wind forecast was even less encouraging, and proved a challenge for Harry and Prue Roome who were now in charge on Betivuka. Just two of us came out. It was a matter of judging the strong tides correctly and although Solitude finished the course she had been towed off the mud, Marengo failed to make headway against the tide as the wind dropped and so both retired. With the ebb now coming and just the tiniest wind we did not try to sail in the afternoon.

Congratulations to Marengo (David Sloper and team) for winning the first trophy of Swallow 2018. Good to get out on the water again. It is now time for more boats to join us!

The nag list

Have we all paid our 2018 NSCA membership subscription and ISC race fees? If not your results will not count!
To save some awkward situations and embarrassment we will all book our Swallow social events well in advance. Friday afternoon or Saturday morning ain't helpful.
Have you read (or re-read) the current rule book. There have been some imaginative interpretations of clear-cut issues which leave a bad taste. Don't be afraid to go for an advisory or even a full protest if you feel wronged. Rule observance is paramount and doing a turn is actually a relatively small inconvenience (and you will probably feel the better for it).

If Only...

There was more wind on Sundays. Easter Sunday and last Sunday (8th) both canx cos there wasn't any (and the persistent rain didn't help either). Well done to Migrant for getting out of bed in those conditions only to return home to the papers, the fire and the Bahrain GP. Forecast for the next two weekends looking much better.
S95 would appear so that we can all marvel at the rumoured layout and gizmos. Those that have been privileged to see it have been well impressed.
There could be a headline sponsor for Points Week.
Everyone could kindly use C2C to indicate their race intentions.
All PRO's could be as conscientious as Charles Hyatt who has been planning and consulting for his duty over both days this weekend for eons.
Marengo had let out her spinnaker halyard last Saturday afternoon by 8 cm they would have beaten Gwaihir it was that close at the finish.

Diary Notes.

The Spring General Meeting this Saturday 14 April at 17.30.

Ponder Challenge Cup on Saturday 21 April 3 races during the day (b2b pm) with spring HW and (atm) nice forecast.

2UP races first is on Saturday 28 April. We have endeavoured to arrange enough races (some dual-designated) to satisfy the request for more. If you believe in these please come out and play - or they will not re-appear next year.

Royal Yacht Club de Belgique Plate The first of our premier events on 5/6 May. Afternoon HW, undiluted bonhomie, sparkling racing and supper* on Saturday evening. Brenda Offredi (who with Annie Creak is masterminding our socials) has nobbled the House team to get superior grub - Rump of Lamb with port and rosemary jus, dauphinoise potatoes, baby veg with Chocolate Fondant and ice cream for dessert, followed by coffee and mints all waitressed served) for just £20. This is a slightly exceptional deal so do please come along. Book (with payment) at the Office and as there is another event also going on book it early! Supper*= casual!

Wednesday evening racing starts on 9 May. Swallows are first off this year (at 18.10) and on that first day HW is conveniently at 19.24. We are going to take our turn with the XOD's at RO and SB duties by doing the first Wednesday in each month. Volunteers required starting on 2 May. When Caroline Marriage has stopped singing for her Wednesday Supper she will take over the organisation meanwhile please use

Points Week Details of the social programme will be out shortly.

Cowes Classic Week the new event website is now live enter soonest to ensure we have our own start etc.

The Survey.....Please help with some event planning!

Are you intending to sail in the following premier events?
Boat managers and syndicate heads might like to reply to me please at
Royal Yacht Club de Belgique Plate (5/6 May)
Norman Moore Trophy (26/27 May)
National Championships (7/8 July)
Cowes Classics Week (23-27 July)
Cowes Week (4-11 August)

TG. April 2018.

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