Scamp racing got an extra adrenalin rush from Paul’s turbo charged boat; it sounds
like an F1 car when on full throttle. It didn't even need full power and Paul wisely
kept the speed down on the corners. It has a motor that can rev up to 38000rpm, hence
the amazing sound.
Paul won the first 2 races but had control problems on the next 2; overall he came
second, a very impressive debut. He had the same points as George but the 2 wins
broke the tie.
George and Simon had some close battles on the last 2 races.
George who came third overall, parked in the reeds on race one and Cliff tried to
leave the pond via the outlet in race 2!
Simon’s boat also had a new motor which got quicker as time went on, He won the last
2 races to finish first overall.
Victoria racing was better this month as we had more wind but there were still dead
After coffee we did our usual trek to half way down the reed bed in the sun, this
was to give us 3 good races in the breeze, with 3 different winners.
Louis, our race starter did a good job as usual but he thought it would be fun to
change the start/ finish posts to random ones on the island, when we realised we
tipped a bucket of pond water over him, he won't be doing that again!
Linda had 2 firsts a second and 2 thirds, because Simon had exactly the same we
had to go by the last race where she was one place ahead so she came first overall.
Peter could not get in the groove but was pleased to win the last race to come 3rd
George and Harry each led a race for a while.
We had a joint event with Dell Quay Sailing Club on 22 Aug 2018
Here is Simon Bell’s report:-
The pond today was full up with Victorias, It was the most I have raced with and
all 19 skippers did well to avoid each other.
Ian Jackson had a special device on his mast for catching wayward Victorias, he caught
at least 2 near the start line!
Boat number 4 had 2 skippers Jean and Gordon but despite this it ended up needing
rescuing by Linda from the reeds.
The top 7 places were taken by Selsey skippers so I decided not to calculate which
club did better.
The westerly wind made it difficult to set a course so there were a few changes during
One of my courses had us sailing through the series of posts, as I approached them
I was thinking that maybe I should warn the dell Quay sailors of this hazard, should
I shout out? This distracted me and I ended up hitting one head-on and breaking my
jib sheet, I am just too caring!
George had a respectable 7th place despite having to change his number from 20 to
120 no 201 or was it 105?
Race winners were Linda Simon and Paul C, Paul won the day with some consistent results
and could have done even better if he hadn't been stopped by a big carp.
Top 3 sailors from each club:-
Selsey Paul Crozier, Simon Bell and Peter Fisher.
Dell Quay Bill Greening Chris Sprules and Peter Matthews
Bill Greening showed off his lake sailing skills and in one race Peter Matthews parked
on the island for a short tea break.
Chris Sprules did well and could improve if he stopped ramming Linda and Simon's
boats away from the marks, or was this a planned tactic?
We all seemed to enjoy the morning and look forward to another joint event.
Many thanks to the race recorders, Val and Peter who did a good job.
Scamp racing with 7 boats had lots of bumps and some jumping, John W finally bought
a new battery and won the first 2 races with it but then there was a burning smell
and the boat came 2nd then 7th; now he needs to buy a new motor!
One of the clashes in race 1 made a hole in the side of George's boat, this was quickly
patched up and if anything made it go faster!
George did very well with his boat getting 2 firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd, he had the
same points as John but George won overall on count-back.
Simon’s boat was on a go slow but managed 3rd overall.
The yachts had an easterly wind which meant we were starting halfway down the pond
The racing was difficult as there were zones of turbulent air between regions of
Colin Dean did very well and led a few races; his three 2nd places gave him 4rd place
overall. Peter Fisher won the day with some good sailing and some good recoveries
from bad starts. Simon was only one point away but was happy to get 2nd, Linda won
a race and came 3rd overall.
Richard was often up with the front of the fleet and consistent sailing gave him
lots of 5th places.
Louis thought he would have some fun again and made Colin L do an extra lap even
though he had actually won the second race; he was sailing so fast Louis missed him.
Sunny and some decent wind for a change
8 scamps seemed to have no problems starting even though they were blown around a
bit by the wind. Hang on Linda has just told me this is wrong and there was a large
jumpy crash on the first race! what do I know.
The hyper fast orange-ish boat was raced again but Paul had an excuse this time for
lack of control, he had been ill with bronchitis for 3 weeks.
I am not sure what happened to it in the first 2 races but there was a whiff of burning
wire in the air, All sorted it won race 3, but in race 4 a steering overshoot caused
it to be sideways in the path of Simon's boat, the crash creating a large hole in
the side, Paul carried on racing, only to realise he was watching the wrong orange
boat, His was parked on the island full of water!
Cliff's boat ended up on the far bank then after a rescue it motored across to park
on the island, maybe lack of steering was the problem.
Richard too had trouble in race 1 and spent the rest of the time trying to rescue
it from the outlet area reeds with 2 poles strapped together.
Kevin did very well and won 2 races with his re-motored boat coming first overall
Simon had one win and came 2nd overall, George was up with the leaders and had the
same points as Simon but came 3rd overall on count-back.
The Yacht racing was kindly run by Paul as his boat was in pieces, I think that's
what he said.
Despite the decent breeze there were still many patches of no wind which meant that
it was possible to catch up from a bad start sometimes.
Talking of bad starts there were still boats getting tangled up despite Paul and
Simon explaining which direction to sail to be on starboard!
There was a close battle at the front between Linda Simon and Peter, Simon just getting
the win ahead of Linda.
Richard did very well, his four 4ths and a second gave him 4th overall
Chris had a good day getting a 3rd place, coming 5th overall
George was in 2nd or 3rd in one race and was even ahead of Peter when bad luck struck
and his Victoria ran aground near the island.
Phil did well in race 4, coming 3rd, but then wanted to leave early to paint a shed!
we managed to persuade him that Victoria racing was much more important.