SailSec Blog #19 – Biggest weekend of the year at RLSC

This weekend promises to be an exciting weekend down at the club. We have four major events running on Sunday.

  1. Trophy Day, this is one of our main 1 day regattas, with three races at 11.30, 1.30 and 3.15. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner, first Abacore, first junior (and there may be other pizes depending on turnout) first handicap and first solo.
  2. Founders Day – we mark the founding of the club and over 20 of our former members will be coming down to the club for the day
  3. barts logoBarts Bash – Rudyard will be part of a world record attempt for the biggest sailing race ever in memory of Bart Simpson. This will be the 1.30 race. We have 29 boats already signed up and hopefully we will see a last minute flourish. Worldwide over 15,000 boats will be taking part – amazing. So its not to late to sign up, please click here. Don’t worry if you have not signed up yet – you can do so on the day, but it will help no end if you can do so in advance.
  4. Book Launch – we will be launching Rudyard – the first 50 years by a well known local author who will be down on the day to publicize the book and for a pint of beer at the bar may even sign your copy.

In other news, I forgot to mention that Amy Sanderson (RLSC member often seen crewing for Paul Gimson) led the London University to the prize for top University team at Southport last weekend – well done Amy, and good tactics positioning your tents next to the RLSC crowd for extra cheers as you went round the top end of the lake.

At committee we discussed proposals for new sailing formats for next year which were approved by both the Sailing Committee and Main Committee. Thanks to everyone who has provided ideas and input to me over the last few weeks. I’ll write a blog summarizing the main ideas and then they will be put to class meetings over the next few weeks for discussion and input before the AGM in December.

Our president models the new RLSC Sweatshirts

Our president models the new RLSC Sweatshirts

Last, but by no means least, Our President Trish Ordsmith (seen here modelling the new RLSC Sweatshirts) has recently been appointed to the  RYA Midlands Regional Team as the new Sailing Development Officer (SDO). Well done Trish.

The RYA website commented:

Senior Instructor Tricia has been helping drive participation at her Leek club, where she has been a member for over 20 years, since taking early retirement last summer.

This has included cultivating very successful Saturday Go Sailing sessions, with over 15 boats regularly out on the lake enjoying informal coaching or just honing developing skills, as well as helping Rudyard Lake become a new RYA OnBoard club.

Now Tricia is relishing the challenge of transmitting that knowledge and enthusiasm at a regional level.

She said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Midlands Regional Team and to help continue the great work Tom has done. 

“Through the work we’ve been doing at Rudyard Lake I’ve had a lot of dealings with Gareth Brookes (Regional Development Officer) and Brett Cokayne (Sailing Development Officer), and the positive, ‘can do’ attitude the RYA Midlands team has towards getting more people out on the water has really impressed me.

“I got into sailing in my Twenties through a club, Debdale SC in Manchester, thinking outside the box to get people through the doors. Now I’m really looking forward to being able to help other people get the same opportunities I had back then to get involved in this fantastic sport.”

 

 

Southport 24 hour race report

Arial view looking North

Arial view looking North

2014 saw one of the most successful Southport 24 hour races for many years. A great weekend in terms of numbers of people attending, the bringing together of all sections of the club and overall results. One of the most famous sailing races in the world, it is run along the lines of the Le Mans 24 hour race with 64 boats sailing round and round Southport Marina lake for about 60 laps. One boat, many crews. For the first time this year a drones was used to take pictures.

RLSC Base camp

RLSC Base camp

 

With a great turn out, everyone got established in our “usual” spot at the south end of the lake ready to cheer Rudyard round the top mark on each lap. Thanks to Trish and Larry for getting down early to stake out our patch, and to Paul and Mike for sorting out getting our boat down. As you may know we now have a very competitive Enterprise thanks to fund raising by the Jybaz.

 

The brave souls who counted laps through the night

The brave souls who counted laps through the night

Larry and his chosen crew (Avril) set us of in style (as is tradition) and came off the water in 28th Place. What a start. Through the afternoon our position varied between 41st and 31st – a solid mid table placing. A wide variety of helms and crews got on the water.

 

As we approached the night, everyone settled in for some serious “not sleeping” – good that we have some youngsters that can do that.

Tom Darlington and the RLSC Horn!

Tom Darlington and the RLSC Horn!

 

Thanks to Mike Scott for coordinating the night slot. How the Jybaz managed to stay awake following a hard night partying on Friday is however beyond me.

 

Trish returned from a pleasant afternoon partying with family to find out that she had got the 1am slot. She took Tom Darlington out for his first Southport night sail, and Tom managed to stay awake – most of the time.

Our very own dawn chorus

Our very own dawn chorus

He earnt himself a Broken Rudder nomination, you will have to attend the Annual Dinner on 22nd November to find out why. They were followed onto the water at 3am by Emma Smith and Beth Haselden. Its great to have the Jybaz there who seem to be able to do all these night slots and still be OK then next day.

 

I then got on the water at 5am to do the Dawn race with Emily Bethell – we managed a very respectable 7th place overall and 3rd Enterprise. As I came off the water, everyone surprised Alex with banners, hats and badges for his birthday. They certainly managed to liven up the dawn crew who were looking a bit jaded at this point

 

Happy Birthday Alex

Happy Birthday Alex

Larry and Avril then returned to the water and despite not knowing there was a timed lap race, managed a great 13th place in the 8am breakfast race.They were then followed by Emily and Megan Smith for the ladies race.

Emily and Megan (I think) in full flow (boat needs to be flatter!)

Emily and Megan (I think) in full flow (boat needs to be flatter!)

 

Again a great result in 17th place and by this point we were up to 31st place.

Mark then went out with Beth again for the final hour, and thanks to some great crewing by Beth, we managed to overtake some of our closest rivals and move up to 29th place at the finish.

 

Overall a great event. Thank you to everyone that came down, both those that sailed, the many helpers and supporters both before and during the event. It was great to see so many different parts of the club sailing together, learning from and supporting each other. An especially big thank you to Mike Scott and Paul Gimson for transporting the boat there and back.

 

Some of our more experienced Jybaz who sailed

Some of our more experienced Jybaz who sailed

I’m looking forward to next year already. If you would like to see the results, click on this link to the southport results. Detailed lap times are available here. Award for the fastest Lap goes to Larry Muir and Avril Banks (90%) and close runners up all on 91% were Mark Jacot/Beth Haselden, Andrew Lorquet/Emma Smith, Mark Jacot/Emily Bethell, and Larry/Alex on another of their laps. THe absolute fastest lap was Eric Haselden and Lucas Barrow at 17.72mins.

Mark Jacot – Sailing Secretary