Club Cruiser News and Race Reports


'Absolution' leads 'Crazy Suzy', 'Quixotic', and 'Monkey Business' towards West Mersea No. 12
Photo - Geoff Wass

2016 Race 7 
Marconi Cup

Report and Results

A strong Easterly wind forecast - just what was needed to balance up the dominance of light westerlies so far this season. A good Force 5 and a very lumpy sea on the Marconi start line for the 19 boats present, all except Tommy Mills First Class 8  ‘Geronimo’ and Eric Reynolds’ ‘Absolution’ with a reef in the main, and most with small jibs.
Race Officer Richard Collis had a true wind reading from Walton Pier and decided that the long Easterly wind course would give too long a beat to Wallet No. 3, with the potential of stronger wind coming, while the medium course would not give enough sailing time, so selected course 9 as the best compromise, with cross tide legs K and W to start and finish.
Immediately after the start ‘Ned Kelly’ protested to the Race Officer that ‘August Sky’, ‘Absolution’, and ‘Carolanti’ had passed the wrong side of channel mark no.1 - Goldhanger Spit. The message was not heard in the busy conditions, except by ‘Absolution’, who assured the RO that they had passed correctly, but did not hear any reply.
‘Geronimo’ shot off into the lead, heading for West Mersea 12 off Pewit Island, then to WM1. On the way the fleet had a good sight of the last day of Mersea Week, with Squibs, dinghies, J80s, and classic gaffers with huge spinnakers.
It was going to be a strenuous beat all the way to the outer mark, with a trip up the Colne to Colne 8 first - a reach both ways for a bit of relaxation, but no spinnakers to be seen. ‘Soprano’ was observed as the only boat with full main and large genoa, but she took a reef in later. ‘Caroline’ looked particularly good, it could well be her day. A one sided beat to the Spitway, some quite large seas but not too confused, then a reach back straight to the North Eagle - a change from the usual beat to get there. North West Knoll to starboard, up and down the Colne again, and a bigger gap opening up between the main fleet and the tail end of ‘Ned Kelly’, ‘McGregor III’, ‘Carolanti’ and ‘Sophie’. 
A broad reach back with the flood to WM1, with the wind just starting to ease a little, some reefs being shaken out. Unfortunately, we then heard on the VHF that ‘Absolution’ had been dismasted just before Bradwell, one of the Kevlar running backstays having broken with no obvious provocation. ‘Triton’ was next behind, and stood by, but they sorted it out and motored back up river. After WM1a few more spinnakers were hoisted - ‘Aloha’ experienced a few broaches which discouraged ‘Dan Dare’ from following suit for a time. Most others carried them for a proportion of the way home .
A few more casualties - ‘Monkey Business’ tore her mainsail and retired, and ‘Poohstick’ and ‘Quixotic’ made the ‘W’ course error and also retired, but most finished in good order, and enjoyed a different, slightly more energetic day, with special credit going to the short handed boats.
The Protest was investigated by Marconi Committee, and as a result ‘August Sky’ and ‘Carolanti’ acknowledged that they may not have sailed the correct side of Goldhanger Spit and retired. ‘Absolution’s assurance that they had observed the mark was accepted.
5 minutes redress was given to ‘Triton’ for standing by ‘Absolution’ , and ‘Quixotic’ also escorted her  part way up river - thanks from us all.
‘Caroline’ emerged a worthy winner after an excellent performance, followed by ‘Soprano’, also in weather to really suit her, with ‘Geronimo’ third, less than a minute behind, and having finished first over the water, after a no doubt exciting time, with only three crew. In IRC ‘Triton’ again beat ‘Blue Moon’, with ‘Crazy Suzy’ third.

BJRC
First - 'Caroline' - Andy Ellis - Marconi SC

Second - 'Soprano' - Pat Murphy -
Blackwater SC
Third - 'Geronimo' - Tom Mills - 
Maldon Little Ship Club

IRC
First -  'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts -
Marconi SC
Third - 'Crazy Suzy' - John Littlewood -
Marconi SC

BJRC Brown Cup.

Hat trick for MBSC as Eric Reynold's 'Absolution' scores another IRC win in last Saturday's BJRC Brown Cup.



Summer weather, and the fleet heads down river

2016 Race 5 
MLSC  Brown
Cup
Report and Results

A whole month since the last race, and a fine sunny day, with temperatures at last reaching a more seasonal level, and a forecast of a steady westerly of F3 - 4, better sailing weather than so far this season. Race officer Tommy Mills set the longest course available, out to Wallet no 3, but with some concerns that a sea breeze could make things difficult. All the regular boats were present at the very late start time of 1230, with the exception of ‘Quixotic’, whose crew are enjoyong themselves at Cork Week. Who will now show the way round?
Wind quite light at the start, and the main bunch formed up along the Marconi side, with ‘Absolution’ and ‘Monkey Business’ in the lead. After Thirslet most headed straight for West Mersea no. 3, off Tollesbury, but ‘Aloha’ hung on in the main tide, dropping across at the last minute to reach the buoy in first place. A gybe, and away to Sales Point, and WM2, then a tight fetch to WM1 and spinnakers up again for a long haul to the Knoll. The wind had increased a bit, and pulled to the south - the sea breeze?, so that from the Knoll to the Wallet Spitway the early boats with spinnakers were set down and had to tack back, while later boats fetched all the way, keeping well uptide, even though the ebb was nearly spent.
Very sunny and warm by now, and a spinnaker roll up to Wallet no. 3, starting tight, but the wind pulling progressively to the south east to finish in a run.Turning back to the North Eagle, the order was  ‘Absolution’ , ‘Aloha’, ‘Crazy Suzy’, ‘Behave’, ‘Easi Rider’, ‘McGregor III’, ‘Blue Moon’, and ‘Caroline’. The leading  boats were able to lay North Eagle comfortably to begin with, while some boats, including ‘Crazy Suzy’ , ‘Absolution’, and ‘McGregor III’ went very high (error or uncanny foresight?), and gained handsomely when the wind started heading back to its original  westerly,  upsetting the processional order. Later boats were faced with a one sided beat, with long port tacks, which continued past the Colne Bar, then back up river with long starboard tacks to WM3, the wind increasing to a steady Force 4 and maybe a bit more at times, giving an exhilarating beat to the line, with many boats still within sight of each other, suggesting a tight result.
No shifty winds - just a slow oscillation as the sea breeze tried and failed, flat water all the way round, it looked like another day for the slower boats, but the final result is a real mix up, with some big gains and losses evident, depending on position during the swings. Congratulations to the winners,  Steve Purdue and his trainee crew in ‘McGregor III’- they’re obviously catching on pretty fast! ‘Poohstick’ looked good all the way round, with four crew making a difference, to come second, and tail enders ‘Moondance’ and ‘Sophie’ continued their high place run with third and fourth, followed by one of the  faster set, ‘Monkey Business.

In IRC the winner, in a fleet of seven, was again ‘Absolution’, followed by ‘Blue Moon’, with ‘Monkey Business’ third.

BJRC

First - 'McGregor III' - Steve Purdue - 
Marconi SC
Second - 'Poohstick' - Barry Ely -
Blackwater SC
Third - 'Moondance' - Rod Martin  - 
Harlow Blackwater SC

IRC
First -  'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds -
Maylandsea Bay YC
Second - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts -
Marconi SC
Third - 'Monkey Business' - Dave Onyons -
Marconi SC

The full BJRC Result here

The full IRC Result here
Brown Cup winner
Marconi training boat 'McGregor III'
skippered by Steve Purdue,
not far behind 'Monkey Business'

The series so far

Five races completed, with the light and shifty weather playing a big part.
In the BJRC series, on the basis of 4 races and one discard, ‘Sophie’ and ‘Moondance’, on 6 and 8 points respectively, are followed by ‘August Sky’ on 12. However,  ‘Absolution’, ‘Aloha’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Dan Dare’, ‘Soprano’, and ‘Triton’ each has a podium to show what they can do, and there are still four races to drop some of those discards. ‘Easi Rider’ and ‘Behave’ are sailing consistently, cunningly staying out of the penalty area. In only two races 'McGregor III' has a first and a second. A few stronger wind days could see substantial rearrangement of the order later on, as the early winners struggle with heavy penalties.
In IRC , on 4 races ‘Absolution’ has 5 points, ‘Blue Moon’ 7, and ‘Triton’ 10. ‘Absolution’ looks pretty unbeatable - but not totally so!


The full BJRC series scores here

The full IRC series scores here

Race 6    
Maldon YC

Cruiser Salver
Saturday 30 July
1200  at Osea


Another Saturday, and another late start. An easterly would be nice, for a bit of variety, and to give a chance for the fast and weatherly boats to come to the fore.

Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman




MBSC cruiser racing success in Blackwater series.

After four races out of the nine race series MBSC 's 'Absolution' moves into overall lead in the IRC class and up to 3rd in the BJRC handicap class with a strong performance last Sunday, finishing 1st in IRC and 5th in BJRC.


'Soprano', 'McGregor III', 'Triton', and 'August Sky' go inside the baffle, while 'Geronimo' stays outside

2016 Race 4 
MLSC
Paget Cup
Report and Results

The forecast said ‘SW backing S, 6 - 15mph, rain, cloudy’, and for a change that’s exactly what we got, with the addition of a very light patch in the middle. 16 boats came to the line, with most of the regulars, plus Marconi training boat ‘McGregor III’, skippered by  Steve Purdue. Race Officer Trevor Holder set course India - 12 - Whiskey, with a reminder not to confuse the ‘W’ with west. 
Spinnakers up, in a  Force 2. At Thirslet most boats took the straight line course to West Mersea no. 6 by going inside the Bradwell baffle, but Tommy Mills’ ‘Geronimo’ and John Littlewood’s ‘Crazy Suzy’ stayed out, and Eric Reynolds in ‘Absolution’ went well to the north,  against conventional wisdom, but made good progress, and rounded no. 6 in fourth place, behind ‘Quixotic’, ‘Crazy Suzy’, and ‘Geronimo’. When they were almost across to WM2  the wind fell very light, and those behind struggled to make it, being swept well down and tacking laboriously up the Sales Point shore. ‘Quixotic’ and co. managed to get round and shot off down river, opening up a huge gap on those behind - “Game over” we thought, "at last the fast boats are going to save their time". ‘Sophie’ alone tacked back up the north shore and hung on until the wind filled in before crossing in one long and a very short tack.
A long run to the Colne Bar and the North Eagle, in a nice F3, and increasing heavy drizzle, then back to the NW Knoll, with  the same four boats in the lead, but with the fleet more closely bunched than usual. The wind pulled gradually to the south, allowing the later boats to lay it in one. A run up the Colne to the Inner Bench Head, then back to the Bench Head - the only real beat of the day, with ‘Aloha’, ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Dan Dare’ following the leaders,  and ‘August Sky’, ‘McGregor III’ and ‘Soprano’ doing well, close behind the middle group. Then to the North Eagle again, a very close reach, with only a few trying spinnakers, and once round it was one single fetch for some boats all the way to the finish, via NW Knoll, WM1 and WM12, with the rain dying out along the way.
It was obviously going to be a close race, and for a time it looked as if the fast boats would escape and dominate, but in the end the southerly shift favoured the later boats, and the winner was,  embarrassingly, your Chairman’s ‘Sophie’, her second win of the season. This is not supposed to happen!  In second place was 'McGregor III' - congratulations to skipper and crew, and in third Pat Murphy’s ‘Soprano’, by two seconds from ‘Crazy Suzy’. In IRC only four boats competed, and the finishing order was as the last race, with ‘Absolution’ winning from ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Triton’, and the corrected time intervals too large for much satisfaction.

BJRC
First - 'Sophie' - Guy Hawkins - Blackwater SC
Second - 'McGregor III' - Steve Purdue -
Marconi SC
Third - 'Soprano' - Pat Murphy - Blackwater SC

IRC
First -  'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds -
Maylandsea Bay YC
Second - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts -
Marconi SC
Third - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC

The full BJRC Result here

The full IRC Result here

The BJRC table shows the revised handicaps for the next race for the first five places, in accordance with SI 2.4.1. The codes R1 or R 2 in the same column shows that these boats fall in the last third of the fleet, and after 3 races in this category a boat is eligible for handicap review under SI 2.4.2. The column 'delays' in the elapsed time section shows any factors leading to a distorted time, which may be taken into account in the end of season Elapsed Time Analysis. Competitors are reminded of the obligation to report any such factors.
Second place in BJRC -
Marconi training boat 'McGregor III'
skippered by Steve Purdue
IRC winner -
Eric Reynolds' 'Absolution' beats towards the NW Knoll

The series so far

The first three races were light and flukey westerlies, and the fourth only a little better, and the slower boats have generally been the beneficiaries, as the fleet stays bunched for long periods, and the wind tends to fill in later, so no very clear conclusions can be drawn on relative performance. Most boats have at least one race definitely headed for the discard bin, and there is a real need to compete in as many of the remaining races as possible. On the basis of 3 races and one discard, ‘Sophie’ on 10 points leads ‘August Sky’ on 11, followed by ‘Absolution’ on 17,  ‘Aloha’ and ‘Dan Dare’ on 18, ‘Behave’ on 19, and ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Easi Rider’ on 21. ‘Moondance’ has only done 2 races, but has a second and a third.

The full BJRC series scores here

The full IRC series scores here

BJRC Handicaps

The points penalty system for the first five places now has ‘Sophie’ 20 points down from her season’s starting handicap, ‘August Sky’ 14, ‘Absolution’ and ‘Aloha’ 10. ‘Moondance’ and ‘Dan Dare’s handicaps from 2015 have been adjusted for new sails of superior material, and ‘Soprano’ has been amended after the review triggered by 3 finishes in the lower third of the fleet. ‘Geronimo’s PN has been revised following amended data to Byron - new sails but smaller spinnaker and shorter pole, and new registration ‘Barcarol’, Kevin Knox, MLSC, also a First Class 8, has been given the same number pending confirmation of identical configuration.

Race 5 
MLSC
Brown Cup
Saturday 16 July
1230  at Osea


Five races still to go, and we hope for steadier, and a few stronger, winds to give a chance for the larger and faster boats. Another gap of a month before the next one, with a late start, and a late return, but Sunday to recover, while I get the results out ........

Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman


3rd Time Lucky for Absolution.

After a 3rd in Race 1 and a 2nd in Race 2, 'Absolution' welcomed Julian back to the helm with an IRC class 1st place on Sunday on the BJRC's Stone Trophy.
'Absolution' was also placed 2nd in the Local Handicap class, her best result to date in that category.


 

 

2016 Race 3 
Stone SC
Cruiser Trophy
Report and Results


Another odd forecast - basically "expect anything, but not much of it", so nearly a flat calm at the Stone line start, with the tide sloshing out. Race Officer Christine Wainright wisely chose a short course, with as many marks as the course card would allow - but no further than the Bench Head. Eighteen boats keeping very well uptide,  so a slow start, with Nigel Sheppard's 'Aloha' getting away well from her kedge, with Tommy Mills' 'Geronimo', and David Onyons' 'Monkey Business', while the rest drifted slowly across, with barely  steerage way. Jim Lawton's Sonata 'Hornblower' was caught wrong side of the line,  could not get back, but decided to sail round with us anyway.

What little wind there was came from the East, so a close fetch, maybe a few tacks,  to West Mersea No 1. After about an hour  the wind filled nicely, and Malcolm Holland's First 27.7 'Behave' came storming through to make up for lost time. Zigzags across the tide to WM2, WM6, WM10, then the Bench Head, with Jerry Flaxman's 'Quixotic' leading 'Geronimo', with a nice red spinnaker, and the second fastest boats quite tightly bunched - see header photo. Return by the same sequence of marks in reverse, but after Sales Point the wind was becoming less steady, with sudden lulls and puffs, and a few headers suggesting a bigger shift to come. Early boats carried spinnakers from WM1 to WM2, gybing and carrying on to WM3, another gybe and across to WM12. Not so for  those behind, already headed before WM1. After WM12 'Geronimo' got a lucky break, carrying her spinnaker towards the north shore, when a nice shift put her about onto a perfect course for Thirslet. Tail enders experienced continuing changes of position as each took turns with the lulls and puffs. Steve Sharpe's 'Rocket found herselt devoid of wind and retired, while the Marconi SC club boat 'Ned Kelly', skippered by  Lydia Coffey, with a crew of trainees, brought up the rear, having no doubt learned a thing or two ......

To start with it looked as if it would be a slow boat day, but in the end the fast boats did save their time, and the result was quite a good mix:

BJRC
First - 'Aloha' - Nigel Sheppard - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds -
Maylandsea Bay YC
Third - 'Moondance' - Rod Martin -
Harlow Blackwater SC

IRC
First -  'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds - Maylandsea Bay YC
Second - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts - Marconi SC
Third - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC

The full BJRC Result here

The full IRC Result here

The BJRC table shows the revised handicaps for the next race for the first five places, in accordance with SI 2.4.1. The codes R1 or R 2 in the same column shows that these boats fall in the last third of the fleet, and after 3 races in this category a boat is eligible for handicap review under SI 2.4.2
Fourth and fifth places in BJRC -
'Monkey Business' and 'Blue Moon'
Photo by Geoff Wass

Race 4 
MLSC
Paget Cup
Sunday 12 June
0830  at Osea


Back to our favourite early start times for this one, a whole month away. Maybe time for a cruise or two before then, but also possibly the Marconi Cruiser Open weekends, also on the BJRC Race Programme.

Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman


MBSC's 'Absolution' misses top spot by 8 seconds!

'Absolution' went one better than 3rd in Race one in the BJRC series by finishing second in IRC in Race 2 on Sunday, just 8 seconds behind Marconi S C's 'Blue Moon'.

Kevin


2016 Race 2 
MLSC Smith Cup
Report and Results


A bit warmer than last time, with a forecast of westerly F3 - 4, just right. However, at the start line off Osea pier there was no wind at all to speak of. Race Officer Trevor Holder set course J 12 W based on the forecast, and a hope that it was correct, but the fleet of 15 drifted across the line with the tide, and kept going that way until Thirslet, with 'Caroline' leading 'Quixotic', 'August Sky' and the 25.7s. Would the wind come in, what direction and where first? Approaching Bradwell  Tommy Mills in 'Geronimo' called it right, going inside the baffle to pick up the first light airs from south east - a sea breeze of all things, in 10 degrees C. Some followed, some stayed in the middle, but those on the north side, including  'Aloha', and 'Triton', who had spotted 'Quixotic' actually heeling to a breeze off Mersea did not share her luck, and were left unable to make West Mersea no. 1 for some time,  ruining their chances.

A fetch and a short tack across to WM2, in a sailable F2, but with a curious sight of spinnakers astern and boats beating ahead - going in the same direction. Then a long fetch close hauled on starboard to the Colne Bar and the North Eagle, with 'Quixotic', 'Geronimo', 'Dan Dare', 'August Sky', 'Behave' and 'Caroline' all going well. Approaching the Bench Head 'Quixotic' radioed the Committee boat, as requested, to report that there was now plenty of wind, and no need to think of shortening the course.  'Aloha' finally caught and passed 'Moondance' and 'Sophie' before the Bench Head, but 'Triton' was still stuck some way back.

Back to the NW Knoll, up the Colne to the Inner Bench Head, then a second trip out to the North Eagle before heading for home, in an increasing wind, swinging S, with occasional gusts of F5, and more chop. On the way to WM1 'August Sky' , who had been doing really well, was kindly advised that were on the wrong course -  they had fallen into the 'W trap' and were heading straight for WM 3  instead of WM1, which lost them some time in correcting.

It looked as if it would always be a slow boat's race, with the initial calm, and the fast boats having much less time in the stronger wind. There were sterling performances from 'Dan Dare' and 'August Sky' of the faster boats, but in the end it was 'Sophie', without her owner, followed by Rod Martin's 'Moondance', and Alan Hoy's 'Dan Dare', with 'August Sky' fourth.

BJRC
First - 'Sophie' - Guy Hawkins - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Moondance' - Rod Martin - Harlow Blackwater SC
Third - 'Dan Dare' - Alan Hoy - Blackwater SC

IRC
First - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts - Marconi SC
Second -  'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds - Maylandsea Bay YC
Third - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC

The full BJRC Result here

The full IRC Result here

The BJRC table shows the revised handicaps for the next race for the first five places, in accordance with SI 2.4.1. The codes R1 or R 2 in the same column shows that these boats fall in the last third of the fleet, and after 3 races in this category a boat is eligible for handicap review under SI 2.4.2
Second place in BJRC went to Rod Martin's 'Moondance'
Photo by Geoff Wass

Race 3 
Stone SC Cruiser Bowl
Sunday 15 May
1000  at Stone


We have been promised appearances by 3 more boats for this race - 'McGregor's III and IV, and veteran BJRC racer 'Ned Kelly', and there could even be a bit more wind!

Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman




'Absolution' struggles to make the start line!

After encountering problems with the launching trailer 'Absolution' was afloat at 10:30 Sunday plus with a shortage of crew meant there was little time for preparation. However the boat just made the start line on time and ended a credible 3rd in the first BJRC race of the season.

 


2016 Race 1 
BSC Blackwater CupReport and Results


A very cold start to the season, despite a lot of sunshine, but a good turnout of 14 boats on the Osea start line. The forecast was for no more than F3 from NW, so Race Officer Paul Su set a short course, with the Bench Head and Colne 8 the outer marks.

Before the 10 minute gun a one minute silence was held in memory of Geoff White, a regular competitor in 'Waratah'.

All the fleet got away cleanly, led by 'August Sky', in a light NNW wind, except 'Absolution', with a mainsail batten snagged on a runner, losing them several minutes. New this year were Tommy Mills'  First Class 8 'Geronimo', ex West Mersea, replacing 'Rhombus', and Steve Sharpe's  First 285 'Rocket', replacing 'Red Storm'. 'Soprano' and 'Moondance' sported new laminate sails. Most spinnakers went up not long after the start, and the shifts led to a mixture of tight and broader reaches all the way to the Bench Head, bar the usual cross tide leg from WM2 to WM1.

The fleet spread out on the run to the Bench Head, but on the one sided beat up to Colne 8 the wind became shifty in direction and strength, leading to changes of position and a bunched arrival of the faster boats. A reach back to the Bench Head, during which Paul Su assessed the wind  situation in consultation with the skipper of 'Quixotic', and the course was shortened by the omission of WM2 on the return, relayed to all boats by 'Quixotic'. The tighter fetch to WM1 allowed the boats with larger genoas to pull away from the First 25.5s 'Dan Dare', 'Aloha', and 'Easi Rider'. 'Quixotic led as usual, but not by enough to score. 'Geronimo' and 'Triton' got into their stride, with 'Blue' Moon' level with 'Triton' all the way to Osea, where she ran aground for a short while on East Point.

Meanwhile, approaching the 'Radio Caroline' ship, 'August Sky' appeared at full  speed from astern, catching up 'Dan Dare' and 'Easi Rider', and going on to win by 5 minutes on corrected time from 'Triton' and 'Blue Moon'. A great start to the season for Maurice and his crew!

BJRC
First - 'August Sky' - Maurice Mutimer - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC
Third - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts - Marconi SC

IRC
First - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Blue Moon' - Marconi SC
Third - 'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds - Maylandsea Bay YC

The full BJRC Result here

The full IRC Result here

The BJRC table shows the revised handicaps for the next race for the first five places, in accordance with SI 2.4.1. The code R1 in the same column shows that these boats fall in the last third of the fleet, and after 3 races in this category a boat is eligible for handicap review under SI 2.4.2
'August Sky', with Maurice Mutimer, John Taylor,
and Beau Copsey, nearly home, to a great win
Photo by Geoff Wass

Race 2 
MLSC Smith Cup    
Sunday 01 May
0930  at Osea


Next up, the Smith Cup, when we hope to see more of the fleet out, and slightly higher temperatures. It would also be nice to see a bit more wind, to allow 'Quixotic', 'Geronimo', and the First 285s to show what they can do in conditions which suit them.

Sailing Instructions


A further reminder to read all the SIs with close attention, to be sure you comply with your obligations, in particular to SI 2.4.1  and the need to notify new sails 'of significantly different material from those they replace':

4.2.1    NOTIFYING CHANGES

Handicaps for each boat for each season are set with reference to her previous season’s performance and configuration. If that configuration is changed between seasons this must be stated on the new season’s Membership Form.  A boat must, in principle, race the complete series in the same configuration. Normal replacements and renewals do not count as alterations, but significant changes, for example fitting a bowsprit,  and new sails of significantly different materials from those they replace, must be notified to the BJRC Chairman, at least seven days before the next race the boat enters, and may result in an amendment of the boat’s handicap.

BJRC Sailing Instructions 2016 - April 2016





BJRC Race 8

After sailing the wrong course in BJRC race 7, 'Absolution' recovered to a strong 2nd in IRC race 8 last weekend, but will need to win in the last race in September to be sure of securing the trophy for MBSC, to add to those from the 3 race BCOSS series that concluded last Saturday.

 

BJRC Racing News
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Blackwater SC
Krohn Cup
Report and Results


Once again the weather forecasts failed to take account of possible sea breezes, so the expected South Westerly came in as a very light South Easterly, veering slowly over the course of the race to SW and ending up a good F4, before dying as usual after the race.
The biggest turnout this year - nineteen starters, with nearly all the regulars, plus Dave Onyons Impala 'Monkey Business' from Marconi SC - nice to see you back!
Race Officers Don and Penny Baines set the shortest course available - K 14 X, and the fleet got away slowly on starboard tack,  but leaving Maurice Mutimer's 'August Sky' caught downtide, fortunately outside the line,  unable to get back. She eventually started some 20 minutes late, with a filling wind, and stormed up the fleet.

All boats took a long time to get to Thirslet, after which those who chose the potentially risky southern route to WM3 were rewarded by the wind filling from that side and bringing them well ahead, led by 'Aloha', 'Quixotic', and 'Absolution'. A beat to WM2 saw many holes in the wind, on 'Sophie' we were caught aback twice with strong gusts followed by calm patches, and most boats probably suffered some setbacks. Across to WM1, then the long one sided beat to the Northwest Knoll, in F3 becoming F4. 'August Sky' appeared from the west, going like steam ...... Next,  two visits to the North Eagle, with a beam wind going and coming. 'Quixotic' had jumped into the lead by this point and was going back the second time while the tail enders were going out for the first time. Early boats set very shy spinnakers on the return legs, but the wind pulled slowly south, and later boats could not hold them.
No more marks after the Colne Bar until WM3 off Tollesbury. The wind continued to veer, spinnakers were dropped, early boats fetched back to the finish, some holding asymmetrics, but late comers faced a beat to the line.
'Quixotic' was back first, 18 minutes ahead of 'Aloha', followed by 'Absolution' 10 minutes later, then closer timings, with a few longer gaps.
The  NHC winner was Nigel Sheppard's 'Aloha', followed by 'August Sky' (So much for the importance of a good start!), and Peter Copsey's 'Triton'.
In IRC  'Triton'  won, followed by 'Absolution' and 'Monkey Business'.

NHC Class
First -  'Aloha' - Nigel Sheppard - Blackwater SC
Second - 'August Sky' - Maurice Mutimer - Blackwater SC
Third -  'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC

IRC Class
First -  'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC
Second - 'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds - Maylansea Bay YC
Third - 'Monkey Business' - Dave Onyons - Marconi SC

The full NHC result here

The full IRC result here

Also available shortly on the BJRC website.
NHC winner 'Aloha', with 'Soprano' and 'Monkey Business - photo by Geoff Wass
IRC winner, and third in NHC,  Peter Copsey's 'Triton' - photo by Guy Hawkins
The Leader Board

The BJRC series will now be decided between 'Aloha' and 'Soprano' on the last race, a month away. Both boats have 12 points, and fourth places as their next discard, but 'Soprano' has two firsts.
'Triton' pushes up into third spot, well behind the first two, on 27 points with a ninth to discard, 'Sophie' is on 28, 'Dan Dare' on 29, and 'Red Storm' on 30, 'Poohstick' on 32, but 'Caroline' on 35, has a 14 point discard available, and 'Blue Moon', on 37, has a 10 to drop. There could be a lot of changing places, and a lot will depend on the weather - will it be the traditional big blow?

In IRC,  'Triton' has 6 points,  'Absolution' 7, and 'Blue Moon' 9, each of them with a second place to discard. No other boats threaten these three

The full NHC series scores here

The full IRC series scores here
Next Race -
Harlow Blackwater SC Weather Mark Trophy
and inter Club
Team Race

Sunday 6 September


At 0900 from the Stone SC line. 
As the last race, on which a great deal hangs, is a month away, and everyone will be waiting anxiously for the revised handicaps, these will be issued in a Newsletter next week.

Also - don't forget to register for the MLSC Passage Races on the weekend of 22 - 23 August, and book your marina berth.

Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman


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2015
Race Programme


Sunday 26 April
BSC Blackwater Cup - 0900 - Start at Osea Line

Saturday 09 May
Evening Pontoon Party at Bradwell marina

Sunday 10 May
MSC Marconi Cup / BCOSS R1 - 0830 start from Committee Boat line near WMYC No. 12

Saturday 30 May
MLSC Smith Cup - 1330  start at Osea Line

Saturday 13 June
MLSC Brown Cup - 1230  start at Osea Line

Sunday 28 June
SSC Stone Cruiser Trophy / BCOSS R2 - 1230 start at  Stone Line

Saturday 11 July
MLSC Paget Cup - 1100 Start at Osea line

Saturday 25 July
WMYC Packing Shed race / BCOSS R3 - 1100 start at Nass line
Followed by BCOSS prize giving at WMYC

Sunday 26 July
MYC Cruiser Silver Salver - 1030 start at Osea line

Sunday 09 August
BSC Krohn Cup - 1030 start at Osea line

Saturday 22 August
MLSC Freeman Cup - 0730 start at Nass Line
Passage Race to Royal Harwich Yacht Club.

Sunday 23 August
MLSC Success Trophy - return Passage Race. Start TBA, finish at the Nass

Sunday 06 September
HBSC Weather Mark Trophy and inter club Team Race  - 0900 start at Stone Line

BJRC Series
9 races. 4 discards.
Dual scoring on BJRC/NHC and IRC handicaps
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Maylandsea Bay SC's 'Absolution' clocks up third IRC class win of the season.

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    MLSC Paget Cup
    Report and Results


    What a fantastic day's sailing and racing! A steady Force 3 - 4  westerly, flattish water, warm and sunny - T shirts only, instead of the five layers we have been used to so far this season.
    Race Officer Trevor Holder, on 'Jelly Bean', set the perfect course for the day - K 14 X - and  sixteen boats got away cleanly. Nice to see Joe Leary's 'Breezy' back in the fleet, crewed by John Dyer - tough guys indeed with that masthead genoa and spinnaker!  Nigel Sheppard's 'Aloha' once again led away, on the south side, then 'Blue Moon' and 'Sophie' - I really enjoyed taking the pictures of all those boats behind us! 'Quixotic' soon broke through to lead, followed by 'Absolution', with her crew of six, then 'Blue Moon' and 'Aloha'. At West Mersea No. 3 the fleet had split into the usual two bunches, then spread out for WM2, a fetch back to WM1, and off to the Northwest Knoll and the North Eagle. 
    A beat back to the Colne Bar - the ebb still running, which was the best way to go? 'Quixotic' still led, followed by 'Absolution, 'Aloha',  'Blue Moon' and 'Triton'. By the next mark, the Bench Head, 'Blue Moon' had clawed up to second place, but then made a 'GPS induced error', heading straight back to the North Eagle instead of taking in the NW Knoll again. She discovered her mistake and beat back .... 
    After the second rounding of the North Eagle it was a beat all the way home. The wind now a nice F4, and at the back of the fleet Maurice Mutimer's 'August Sky' and Ken and George's  'Carolanti' got into their stride once on the wind.
    'Quixotic' finished 23 minutes ahead of 'Absolution', but as is common with a westerly, the fastest boats could not draw out enough of a lead, and the NHC winner was your Chairman's 'Sophie', followed by 'August Sky' and 'Carolanti'. Best fast boat was 'Aloha' in fourth place. Many of the corrected  timings were extremely close - 2 seconds in two instances!
    In IRC 'Absolution' registered another win, followed by 'Triton' and 'Blue Moon', who suffered less from her mistake than she did in the NHC race.

    NHC Class
    First -  'Sophie' - Guy Hawkins - Blackwater SC
    Second - 'August Sky' - Maurice Mutimer -
    Blackwater SC
    Third -  'Carolanti' - Ken Rolland and George Allen -
    Stone SC

    IRC Class
    First -  'Absolution' - Eric Reynolds -
    Maylandsea Bay YC
    Second - 'Triton' - Peter Copsey - Blackwater SC
    Third - 'Blue Moon' - Richard Robarts - Marconi SC

    The full NHC result here

    The full IRC result here

    Also available shortly on the BJRC website.
    Second place in NHC went to Maurice Mutimer's Dynamo 25 'August Sky' - photo by Guy Hawkins
    IRC winner, Eric Reynolds' Evolution 26 'Absolution', chases Jerry Flaxman's  'Quixotic' towards Thirstlet, followed by Ricahard Robarts' 'Blue Moon' - photo by Guy Hawkins
    The Leader Board

    After six races 'Aloha' still leads the NHC points' followed by 'Soprano', with 'Sophie' moving up to third. 
    In IRC 'Triton' and 'Absolution have three wins each, and on best four races are one point apart.
    Three races to go, and some top places to gain. If the wind turns easterly and blows a bit, some different leaders might emerge - at least in NHC!

    The full NHC series scores here

    The full IRC series scores here
    Next Race -
    Maldon Yacht Club
    Cruiser Salver

    Sunday 26 July


    At 1030 from the Osea line. Back to Sunday starts!
    The next Newsletter, with the Revised Handicaps, will be issued  in the week before the race.

    Guy Hawkins   BJRC Chairman


    For more information you can contact me on 01245 260867 or e-mail  g JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
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    2015
    Race Programme


    Sunday 26 April
    BSC Blackwater Cup - 0900 - Start at Osea Line

    Saturday 09 May
    Evening Pontoon Party at Bradwell marina

    Sunday 10 May
    MSC Marconi Cup / BCOSS R1 - 0830 start from Committee Boat line near WMYC No. 12

    Saturday 30 May
    MLSC Smith Cup - 1330  start at Osea Line

    Saturday 13 June
    MLSC Brown Cup - 1230  start at Osea Line

    Sunday 28 June
    SSC Stone Cruiser Trophy / BCOSS R2 - 1230 start at  Stone Line

    Saturday 11 July
    MLSC Paget Cup - 1100 Start at Osea line

    Saturday 25 July
    WMYC Packing Shed race / BCOSS R3 - 1100 start at Nass line
    Followed by BCOSS prize giving at WMYC

    Sunday 26 July
    MYC Cruiser Silver Salver - 1030 start at Osea line

    Sunday 09 August
    BSC Krohn Cup - 1030 start at Osea line

    Saturday 22 August
    MLSC Freeman Cup - 0730 start at Nass Line
    Passage Race to Royal Harwich Yacht Club.

    Sunday 23 August
    MLSC Success Trophy - return Passage Race. Start TBA, finish at the Nass

    Sunday 06 September
    HBSC Weather Mark Trophy and inter club Team Race  - 0900 start at Stone Line

    BJRC Series
    9 races. 4 discards.
    Dual scoring on BJRC/NHC and IRC handicaps
    Copyright © BJRC 2015 All rights reserved.

    The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee coordinates a series of races for its member clubs on the Blackwater River, Essex UK.
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