In this issue: Solo Open Report and Results; Topper Open Reports and results; Trophies, AGM; Heron; Sailing Sec's Reort
Thanks to Alexandra Hogg for these pictures of our resident Heron
AGM Reminder - Thursday 3rd December - 8.00 pm
Reminder that the AGM will be held mainly on-line this year, but for those who cannot access online platforms, space will be made in the clubhouse, government regulations allowing.
Further access and procedure details in the next newsletter, which will also contain links to various reports for the meeting.
In addition to the usual business of the AGM, Notice is hereby given that following representations from a member, a proposal will be put forward to the meeting regarding admission of dogs to the club.
Signal from the Sailing Secretary
October saw a busy season of Open Meetings, with the Laser, Solo, Topper, Firefly and Scows all holding special events.
It was very pleasing to see high turnouts to each event especially Toppers with 34 and Solos mustering 38 with 16 visitors.
Highlights included the Laser Open being won by James Hall with Simon Hamment supporting. Top PSC Toppers were Kaitlyn Wyatt and Leo Yates and 5 out of the top 6 places in the Solo Open going to PSC members, with James Boyce winning the event with his old dad coming 6th – well done team Boyce. See below for reports and results.
Lockdown 2 unfortunately meant we lost the last scheduled race in our Summer Series and our Champion of Champions Regatta, which will be rescheduled in the New Year. Your Commodore, Fraser won the Summer Series with numerous firsts and only one 2nd and a 3rd to count. Amer Sarssam came third and Jenny Snow was first lady. Results on the button below. (Editors Note - Frank is being coy and came second)
Well done to all the competitors, especially the podium finishers.
So long as restrictions are lifted early next month the first race in the Autumn series will be on Sunday 6th of December, racing starting at 10.45 with three back to back GH races. See you there. Winter clothing rules apply and everyone must wear a wet suit or dry suit.
New Racing Rules of Sailing.
As you are probably aware the Racing Rules Of Sailing change on 1st January in line with the World Sailing 4 yearly update and, as a Club, we will adopt the new rules as from then. The main rules we use during sailing have not changed greatly but changes can be seen on this button:
As soon as regulations permit us to re-open the clubhouse, please return your trophies polished to a sparkle.
The Topper Open Two reports of the topper open from different perspectives:
From the Class Captain: Having cancelled the Open scheduled for April it looked like Papercourt wouldn’t have a Topper Open this year, however with another South East club cancelling their event Papercourt stepped in with less than 2 weeks notice.
It was an extremely stormy Halloween and a number of questions were raised as to whether the event would take place. The Topper team and PRO (Andrew Boyce) met on the morning and felt with the relative safe surroundings and the ability to man extra safety boats with volunteers fro the Topper parents we decided to let the Topper kids have some fun and they’ve not had a lot of that this year.
There was some fantastic racing with all the kids coming off the water smiling and thanking all those that had put on the event.
The event was won by Hugo Valentine from Chipstead SC and with the new lockdown that has followed that victory wrapped up the series. There were many Papercourt sailors taking part, Kaitlyn Wyatt finishing 4th overall, First Girl and First Papercourt sailor in the 5.3 fleet and Leo Yates winning the 4.2 Fleet.
Many thanks must go to all those who manned the safety boats with the conditions resulting in them all coming off the water completely soaked through even with the best waterproofs.
From the PRO: Having agreed to be Principal Race officer for the Topper open last Saturday I was glued to the weather forecast from Wednesday onward, the march of storm Aiden was bringing ever worsening forecasts by 6 o’clock on Friday evening they were forecasting high winds gusting 40 knots for Saturday morning. You may imagine my concern, a youth fleet with over 37 boats registered. The Topper team upscaled the safety boats to provide the maximum number and we agreed we would arrive promptly on Saturday morning to make a decision!
I listened to the wind all night! However when I arrived at Papercourt at 8.30am on Saturday morning the dire wind forecasts were not realised, an early trip to the lake reassured me that we were go! Either the worst of the weather had missed us or the nature of our water provided sufficient shelter in these conditions, the wind was very strong and frequent big gusts and squalls ran down the lake shifting 15 degrees to the right which would ensure the Toppers and their sailors were fully tested, by the way rain was pouring down!
After a quick discussion with the Topper team, Andy Wyatt, Paul Irons and Youth lead Jeremey Riley we agreed that we would run the open. Our Competitor briefing would include, as well as the Covid bit a confirmation of the conditions and a ‘sail within your ability’ section. Meanwhile the safety team also had a brief, including the procedures in the event of a short notice racing abandoned!
As promised at the briefing the large safety fleet and race team of myself and Paul Irons were on the water by 10.10am to allow to launch the fleet, multiple capsizes followed however it was clear the conditions were saleable, the speed of recovery by sailors was impressive and as soon as they were up write they were off! The first warning signal was at 10:25, in the interest of safety to competitors we had at the brief recommended a cautious starting strategy as multiple starts would waste both precious time and energy. At the start the line was just clear, the direction of the wind allowed us to set a beat for the entire length of the lake around buoys 1 and 2 then run down to buoy 3, fast reach to buoy 5 gybe, fast reach to bottom mark buoy 6. laps were completed in 10 minutes for the leaders. A small regatta fleet of two boats started five minutes after the main fleet.
After 30 minutes of racing and three laps the order is well settled in the main fleet the regatta fleece completed one lap, we shortened 33 finishers!
We realised that speed would be the order of the day after the briefest of pauses Race two warning signal started the next sequence. This time a clear line and the regatta boats had merged into the main fleet, 30 finishers.
Two mores races followed at the end of race 4 we moved our committee boat to the top mark nearest the clubhouse. At the designated finishing time a back marker was approaching the line, I enquired if they wished to be finished? The answer was “No please could they complete another lap, Fantastic!
One of the most he most impressive aspects was the way the entire fleet were coping with the conditions, obviously the hot shots of the front were revelling in the challenge but all through the fleet good battles and FUN was being had. There was a slow attrition rate as gear failed or energy levels were reached which took people off the water
27 boats completed all 4 races which although slightly shorter than usual were none the less hard fought, conditions were moderating to just windy as the morning passed and the wind as predicted finally clocked to a South westerly direction.
With the line close to the Clubhouse sailors were off the water sharply and the drenched and cold safety fleet gratefully came ashore.!
Final thoughts: 1. what a great boat the Topper is, really fun and manageable in the conditions particularly with the new 4.2rig for the smaller types. 2. What a great bunch of young sailors, it was a pleasure to PRO for you! 3. Well done the fleet and parents for putting on the event at short notice and in challenging conditions Papercourt at its best.”
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