Racing Sat 09/09/17

Series H
Sat 09/09/17 corrected corrected
Ken L/Davy L 1 1582 1 1783
Anton H/Joy W 3 1677 2 1990
James McL (Laser) 2 1616 3 2138
Ciaran M/Eva M 3 DNF 3 DNS

Great to see James McL out sailing in a club laser. He has been awarded an LFYC handicap of 1195.
Based some recent good results Anton H and James P H have had their Laser handicaps reduced from 1180 to 1175.

Sailing today at full tide. Good wind F4, gusting and shifty. Race one, Gilmores, Power Station Faughan (1 lap) and in race 2 Harts, Gilmores, Power Station (2 laps).

Anton H sailing with Joy W went for a swim in race 2. Over in a gust. Recovered well and sailed on.

Ciaran and Eva M got tangled with the navigation mark near Faughan forcing a DNF. They escaped the encounter only with minor damage.

Ken and Davy L impervious.

Phantoms UK Nationals

Challanging conditions. Plastic phantoms looks great though….

Racing wed 06/09/17

Wed 06/09/2017 corrected corrected
Series G Race 6 Race 7
James Peter H Jnr (Phantom) R1 (Laser) R2 3 3150 1 1724
Anton H (Laser) R1 (Phantom) R2 1 3062 4 1895
Ken L/Davy L 2 3145 3 1821
Bill J/Joe McC 4 3181 2 1811
Kevin T 5 3308 5 1910

The course tonight was just two marks, Harts and Faughan. A reasonable breeze F3. Anton H and James P H swapped boats after the second race. Anton H found it hard going in the Phantom after a gap of several years.

That race marks the end of summer sailing on wed evenings. Just Saturdays from here on in.

BTW: This year for the first time ever(?) in LFYC we will have a Laser frostbite series in November. It consists of 4 race days. Everyone welcome (open to all). We are planning to have three short course races each day, starting at 10am each sat.  If you have a Laser sitting in your garage and fancy a bit of winter sailing, now is the time to shake off the dust and check the rigging.

Racing Sat 02/09/17 Series H

Series H (moved)
Sat 02/09/17  R1 corrected  R2 corrected
Bill J/Mary J 2 1962 1 1946
Ken L/Davy L 1 1959 2 1977
Ciaran M/Eva M 3 2116 3 2019
Kevin T 4 2170 4 2164

A temporary OD was working today (who shall rename nameless) and it didn’t go well. He or she gave two courses out, one course to one boat and a different course to the other boats.
To offer redress two actions were taken (a matter of the least unjust remedy).
1. The boat that took the shorter course was given a time penalty of 30 seconds in race 1 and 60 seconds in race two (relative to the perceived advantage gained).
2. The Foyle Cup which was today and in which silver ware was to be decided has been moved to Sat 23/09/17, as it seems a bit unfortunate to decide silver on a day such as today. Todays race will count as Race 1 and 2 in Series H.

We will welcome Big Pete back to duty as OD with renewed enthusiasm next week. 🙂

Other than that matter above it was a great day out sailing. Windy enough, maybe F5. Massive shifts. All boats declined to fly spinnakers. Course from the slipway to Power Station, up to Harts (through the line?) down to Faughan. It was very reaching course (with no dead run). Kevin T had a very sporty time, in the reaching friendly Laser, seen flying by the point at high speed only to capsize in an overtaking maneuver. Ciaran and Eva M handled the bigger winds with case – nice sailing guys.

Many thanks to James H and Kevin L who did rescue today.

Racing wed 30/08/17

Wed 30/Aug/2017 corrected
Series G Race 5
Ken L/Davy L 1 2423
George G 2 2514
Bill J/Mary J (skipper) 3 2713
Kevin T 4 3109

the last race of August, the nights are beginning to close in so there was time for just one race tonight.
Great to see Mary J sailing and taking over as skipper from Bill. George G sailing well in the Solo.

Racing 26/08/17

Series F Race 3 Race 4
Sat 26/Aug/2017 corrected corrected
Ken L/Davy L 1 2095 1 1848
Anton H (Laser) 2 2096 3 1981
Bill J/Joe McC 3 2116 2 1882
Ciaran M/Eva M 4 2168 5 2012
George G (Laser) 5 2175 4 2003
Kevin T 6 2214 6 2164
Nigel McB (Laser) 7 2768 7 2366

A beautiful sunny morning.

Race 1, Start at the slipway, Gilmores, harts, around the mark at the slipway. A big ship was coming into port and being turned by two tugs so we raced in culmore bay without going into the channel. He gave us a big warning hoot anyway. Two laps
Race 2, Start at slipway, harts, Faughan. Just one lap. On the way back up to the finish line we encountered a huge amount of debris from the flood. You had to navigate through the gaps, not easy, everyone got tangled and had to stop to clear centre boards and rudders. The race must go on!

Eva M officially gave the new ladies changing room its first use. She said it was very nice. Many thanks to the Port and Docks.

Thanks also to Liam on the rescue boat and to big Pete as OD.

Series G Wed 23 Aug 2017

Wed 23/Aug/2017 corrected corrected
Series G Race 3 Race 4
Anton H (Laser) 1 1556 2 672
Ken L/Davy L 3 1630 1 665
George G 2 1562 3 751
Kevin T 4 1672 4 716

Racing today in Culmore bay, Windy enough. Anton H going very well in the club Laser. There was lots of debris on the course – after the flooding on Sunday night.

Culmore Regatta 2017

All the usual preparations were made, marquee set up, new ladies changing room installed, sandwiches made, teas, coffees, soups, cakes. The Lough Foyle Punts were gathered in the boat yard….but alas it was blowing a gale and the Punts could not sail. We all held on through the morning to see if the Dinghys would sail. At 3.00pm the OD said OK to launch. Just three GP14 class boats ventured out in very strong winds.

Here are the results and times:

Culmore Regatta    
19/August/2017    
Culmore Regatta Cup   Times
Bill J/Owen McC 1 46.27
James H/James L 2 47.36
Anton H/Jack H 3 48.14
     
Magnet Cup    
James H/James L 1 37.36
Bill J/Owen McC 2 37.37
Anton H/Jack H 3 38.31

Times were very close. Race two was decided by just a second with less than a minute between first and third. Many thanks to the sponsors and the event organisers and to all those who came down to the point to support the event.

Earlier that day there was a boat naming ceremony as Ken D launched his new Punt

Why do people make such a fuss about launching a boat? It is because of the analogy. A boat carries you across the water – through life to your destination – heaven. A boat is crewed by family – it has value – like land, except it is not stable and travels through waves and wind the most ephemeral and powerful of things. People christen boats with Champagne and babies with water but the symbol is the same – to mark a new life and the voyages within. Yes, I am certain it is the analogy that causes people to make a fuss and that fuss making is somewhat glorious.

And so it was with the launch of Ken D’s new boat; a Lough Foyle Punt that he made himself. Here he is pictured with his crew Stuart D and Ciaran H and his wife Joan. It is a family and community occasion most certainly worth marking. So, simply to say fair winds to Wild Wing III.

 

 

racing 16 August 17

Series G
Race 1   Race 2  
Wed 16/Aug/2017   corrected   corrected
Ken L/Davy L 1 1570 1 820
James Peter H Jnr (Phantom) 3 1686 2 868
Bill J/Anton H 2 1673 3 951
Kevin T 4 1771 4 954

Strong winds tonight. Anton H went out with Bill J who assured him it would be very easy and a nice wee sail. No sooner had they launched except the wind picked up and was extremely shifty with much leaning out and jumping back in.

Racing Sat 12 August 17

Series F Race 1
  Race 2
 
Sat 12/Aug/2017   corrected   corrected
Ken L/Davy L 1 1739 2 1187
Kevin T 2 1872 1 1183
Ciaran M/Eva M 3 RTD 3 1217

Great to see Ciaran and Eva M out sailing again and doing very well. A good win for Kevin T in his Laser.