Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Streaker Ramblings - Bough Beech Streaker Open - 07.04.2018

The Streaker Open Meeting at Bough Beech Sailing Club was held jointly with a meeting for Finn and Supernovas on Saturday 7th April 2018.On arrival at the club there was but a tiny breeze - force 1 or less - as the sixteen boat Streaker fleet rigged. The Race Officer set a course of a rectangular form with the start from a committee boat to the north west of the club - as shown below. The Streaker fleet was last to start after the Finns and the Supernovas, with a round the ends rule for premature starters.

Yours truly only sailed in the first race, just managing to finish in 14th place and then whilst waiting for the second race I capsized. That would not have been too bad but the boat went turtle and although I managed to get it back upright I was unable to get back aboard due to my buoyancy aid catching on the gunwhale. After a short while the safety boat appeared and I was helped back on board. My dry suit had not been fully zipped and with a couple of pounds of water in each boot I decided to call it a day, went ashore and went to change only to find that the drysuit zip had jammed. After several attempts I had to pull the zip apart - later at home it took best part of an hour to get the zip back together and working with the addition of a bit of greasing.
Consequently I did not see the start of the second race and stayed only for the start of the last race after lunch. The report below is therefore taken, with kind permission, from that written by the event winner Doug Horner of Swanage. Photos include herein are largely those taken by Bett.S but with a couple taken by Doug. to see the video he took during the last race, when he did not sail, please follow the link to https://youtu.be/VMbiaPmvNsE

Race report by Dough Horner:-
A good turnout of 16 boats arrived at Bough Beech for the 2nd round of the Streaker Southern Paddle series and plenty of breeze turned up too.
In Race one, a trio of the more experienced pond sailors, Alex Reindorp and Paul Grace from Chipstead and James Dawes from Redditch all stormed to the front and fought each other round the first mark and down the proceeding run.  Mark Langston and Brenda Hoult made the most gain down the first run, closing in on the leading three boats. 







Up the next beat there was constant place changing between Alex, Paul and James, with James holding the lead around the windward mark and doing everthing he could downwind to maintain the few boat lengths lead that he'd made.  



























On the final lap Doug Horner appeared toward the front after recovering from an abysmal start and somehow took the lead just before the line whilst James held onto 2nd place keeping Paul and Alex behind him.  

Result - Race 1
SailNo
HelmName
CrewName
Place
Points
1
1940
Doug Horner

1
1.0
2
1985
James Dawes

2
2.0
3
1887
Paul Grace

3
3.0
4
1953
Alex Reindorp

4
4.0
5
1920
Mark Langston

5
5.0
6
1681
Rupert Smith

6
6.0
7
2102
Duncan McDonald

7
7.0
8
1975
Brenda Hoult

8
8.0
9
1844
Chris Smith

9
9.0
10
1941
Sandra Hill

10
10.0
11
1620
Noel West

11
11.0
12
1905
P Halldron

12
12.0
13
1958
Simon Herrington

13
13.0
14
1700
Alan Simmons

14
14.0
15
1611
Ceri Thomas

15
15.0
16
1568
Jon Blankley

DSQ
17.0



Race 2 was a different affair with much less place changing.  Doug Horner took an early lead with Brenda Hoult inches away from his transom at all times and not giving him any slack to get away.  Paul and Alex again were towards the front, leading the rest of the fleet around the course but Doug and Brenda never out of first and second. 


Doug and Brenda were in clearly defined roles for the remainder of the race with Doug on the defence trying to hold on to the lead, and Brenda on the attack looking for any opportunity to overtake and so it remained to the finish line.  Behind however, James Dawes had worked his way up to Alex and Paul and managed to slip past them both into 3rd place on the finish line.  
Result - Race 2
    
Rank
SailNo
HelmName
CrewName
Place
Points
1
1940
Doug Horner

1
1.0
2
1975
Brenda Hoult

2
2.0
3
1985
James Dawes

3
3.0
4
1887
Paul Grace

4
4.0
5
1953
Alex Reindorp

5
5.0
6
1681
Rupert Smith

6
6.0
7
2102
Duncan McDonald

7
7.0
8
1905
P Halldron

8
8.0
9
1620
Noel West

9
9.0
10
1844
Chris Smith

10
10.0
11
1958
Simon Herrington

11
11.0
12
1611
Ceri Thomas

12
12.0
13
1941
Sandra Hill

13
13.0
14
1920
Mark Langston

RET
17.0
14
1700
Alan Simmons

DNS
17.0
14
1568
Jon Blankley

DNF
17.0








After lunch the wind had settled a little for race 3 and a few sailors hard retired for the day after 2 hard races earlier.  



Several capsizes and lots of place changing saw Brenda in the lead with Duncan McDonald and Paul forging their way to the front and Rupert Smith only a few boat lengths behind.  An early capsize for James Dawes put him out of the running for the race win but he fought throughout the whole race picking off sailor after sailor as the laps went on.
Duncan finally managed to get into the lead briefly but just before the finish line Brenda took the victory on the line crossing just in front of him.
Result - Race 3
Rank
SailNo
HelmName
CrewName
Place
Points
1
1975
Brenda

Hoult

1
1.0
2
2102
Duncan McDonald

2
2.0
3
1681
Rupert Smith

3
3.0
4
1887
Paul

4
4.0
5
1844
Chris Smith

5
5.0
6
1985
James Dawes

6
6.0
7
1905
P Halldron

7
7.0
8
1611
Ceri Thomas

8
8.0
9
1958
Simon Herrington

9
9.0
10
1940
Doug Horner

DNS
15.0
10
1953
Alex Reindorp

DNS
15.0
10
1620
Noel West

DNS
15.0
10
1941
Sandra Hill

DNS
15.0
10
1700
Alan Simmons

DNS
15.0











In the end Doug Horner won the Bough Beech open with two 1st places, Brenda was in second counting a 1st and a 2nd and James Dawes had done enough to hold onto 3rd place overall.    

Results :-
 
Rank
SailNo
Helm
Name
Club
Race 1
07/04/2018 11:00
Race 2
07/04/2018 11:45
Race 3
07/04/2018 14:00
Total
Nett
1st
1940
Doug Horner
 Swanage
1.0
1.0
(15.0 DNS)
17.0
2.0
2nd
1975
Brenda Hoult
Hayling
Island
(8.0)
2.0
1.0
11.0
3.0
3rd
1985
James Dawes
 Redditch
2.0
3.0
(6.0)
11.0
5.0
4th
1887
Paul Grace
 Chipstead
3.0
(4.0)
4.0
11.0
7.0
5th
2102
Duncan McDonald
 NSSC
(7.0)
7.0
2.0
16.0
9.0
6th
1681
Rupert Smith
 NSSC
(6.0)
6.0
3.0
15.0
9.0
7th
1953
Alex Reindorp
 Chipstead
4.0
5.0
(15.0 DNS)
24.0
9.0
8th
1844
Chris Smith
 Island Barn
9.0
(10.0)
5.0
24.0
14.0
9th
1905
P Halldron
 Downs
(12.0)
8.0
7.0
27.0
15.0
10th
1611
Ceri Thomas
 Broadstairs
(15.0)
12.0
8.0
35.0
20.0
11th
1958
Simon Herrington
 Downs
(13.0)
11.0
9.0
33.0
20.0
12th
1620
Noel West
 NSSC
11.0
9.0
(15.0 DNS)
35.0
20.0
13th
1920
Mark Langston
 Beccles
5.0
(17.0 RET)
17.0 DNC
39.0
22.0
14th
1941
Sandra Hill
 Bough Beech
10.0
13.0
(15.0 DNS)
38.0
23.0
15th
1700
Alan Simmons
 Lancing
14.0
(17.0 DNS)
15.0 DNS
46.0
29.0
16th
1568
Jon Blankley
 Beccles
(17.0 DSQ)
17.0 DNF
17.0 DNC
51.0
34.0


The next round of the Southern Paddle series is at Burghfield on the 21st of April.
  

Alan.S 1700

PS. Sorry about race 3 results - I cannot get the program to position it at far left.