Sunday the 29th October 2017 saw Coalhouse Fort RYC host the Thames Cup and Round 6 of the Eastern District IOM Championship Series. It initially was an overcast day with a good wind primarily from the North, and so Race Officer, John Newton, choose a windward/leeward course towards the north-middle of the lake, initially starting between marks D and 8; a beat to mark 5; downwind to mark 11; a beat back to 5; downwind to 11 and finish between marks D and 8. Part way through through the day the wind backed to North North West and so a minor change of course was set, starting between marks 7 and 8; a beat to mark 6; downwind to mark 11; back 6; downwind to 11 and finish between marks 7 and 8. Late in the day the wind veered back to the North and so the course was changed back to the original.
It was a very good strong breeze from the North with skippers choosing to use No.1 Rigs initially, but as the day went on the wind backed to North North West and the strength increased, which Colin Goodman picked up on first and very quickly changed down to his No.2 Rig.
Others continued to struggle with their No.1 Rigs but soon followed Colin’s lead, who had still managed to lead the fleet even on his No.2 Rig. However as the wind veered back to the Northerly direction it’s strength dropped and so various skippers changed back up to No.1 Rigs.
We welcomed two skippers from the Cambridge Club, David Perkins and Stuart Jessop who were attending their first Eastern District IOM event, together with Terry Wright from Coalhouse Fort RYC. Two skippers retired towards the end of the day, namely Jim La Roche with a wet receiver and Stuart Jessup. Although there were various protests, fortunately these were all settled on the water and we thank competitors for this. However, one issue that was highlighted at one point was that some skippers were not completing their penalty turns correctly, although once pointed out this was corrected.
The Race Officer started the day with one fleet of 13 skippers completing the first race followed by a short break to allow skippers to make some minor rig tuning. Following that, back-to-back races were completed allowing a longer break in between, to permit Rig and course changes as necessary. As a consequence a total of 18 races were completed, of which Colin Goodman took 15 wins, in his inimitable style.
Whilst Colin was out in front, there was some close racing between Vernon Appleton, Mark Dennis, Peter Crisp, David Hope and Dave Allinson. After 9 races, Vernon was second followed by Mark with Dave in fourth, but throughout the afternoon, Vernon maintained his consistency, while Mark struggled a bit as did Dave Allinson! This allowed Peter Crisp, who improved, to move up to fourth and David Hope fifth, demoting Dave Allinson to sixth.
There was some really good racing and we thank all skippers for their behaviour throughout the day. We would also like to thank Malcolm Schaffer, Glenn Meekcoms, Henry Farley and Geoff Appleton for their help during the event, all of whom helped to allow the event to take place in what we hope was a friendly but competitive manner.
|1||Colin Goodman||61||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||15.0|
|2||Vernon Appleton||36||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||42.0|
|3||Mark Dennis||19||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||49.0|
|4||Peter Crisp||180||Chipstead SC||Kantun S||65.0|
|5||David Hope||11||Chelmsford RYC||Kantun 2||67.0|
|6||Dave Allinson||4||Chipstead SC||Fractal 2||70.0|
|8||Graham Bartholomew||65||Coalhouse Fort RYC||Wedgw||95.0|
|9||George Startup||72||Chipstead SC||Fractal 2||130.0|
|10||Andy Seymour||85||Southend MBC||V8||147.0|
|11||Jim La Roche||55||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||156.0|
|13||Terry Wright||35||Coalhouse Fort RYC||Kantun||181.0|
Report and Results courtesy john Newton and Photos by Dave Sellens.