No report yet but results are in for 18th November
No report for 11th November but here are the results.
Dinghy report 4th Nov 2017.
7 Lasers turned up in the gusting F7 harbour at Holyhead Sailing Club.
With helpers coming out of the woodwork it was decided to have RYA race officer Richard Date in launch 2 backed up by Sue as time keeper and flag men Ken and Bernie. Elfryn and Stretch manned the oppy rib to provide safety cover.
Cogger and Dave S were well and truly caught by the laser pack on the starting line, both being pinned on the pin end boat as the gun went and having to reverse off, resulting in them coming last and next to last in the two lap triangular course. Mike T covered Craigie who in turn covered Ricardo up the beat and runs. These positions didn’t change to the finishing line.
With 7 Lasers tacking and covering each other up the beat the inevitable happened when a monster gust hit the fleet, Jamie B in son Harri’s Radial Laser on port was unable to miss Craigie’s starboard call and T Boned him (please refer to Craigie’s GoPro coverage of the ramming moment complete with Jaws music on Holyhead sailors posting). Jamie got flung forward and head butted his kicking strap cleat. As Jamie said later a little bit of blood mixed with water goes a long way. He said sorry as Gentleman Jamie would and headed to the beach to recover his composure. The safety rib of Elfryn and Stretch went to beach to check Jamie was ok i.e. That he had’t broken his nose.
Gareth noticed that Cogger’s plan to get close to the beach and have a rest had backfired resulting in him planting his mast into the shallows twice and stood by shouting words of “encouragement”.
Racing resumed with the return of safety rib and pin end boat where there was a call of OCS with sound signal at the start. Mike T returned to start line only to find out he was clear and it was Cogger pushing it who also got in the way for Dave S start with a lot of sorrys being shouted by Cogger.
Mike worked his socks off to get back in the lead just before the finish.
Cragie had more jam than Hartley’s and survived many close capsizes.
Ricardo finished 2nd with Gareth 3rd but losing out on handicap by 9 seconds to Cragie but he still beat Cogger by 4 seconds. It just goes to show there’s only seconds in it with these 10 Minute races.
This race will be remembered for the silver fox Ricardo’s screams of annoyance at himself as he was leading all the way around the sausage course, only to gybe at the bottom mark with the laser wolf pack right behind him and roll it in. He went from 1st to 5th in seconds.
How everybody missed him in the roundup at the mark boat was pure, luck it was mayhem just ask Stretch. First to finish was Mike T then Gareth who went to 5th on handicap. 2nd was Cragie 4 seconds ahead of 3rd Cogger who was 3 seconds ahead of 4th Ricardo, who was 3 seconds ahead of Gareth - one bad gust cost a lot only seconds between the fleet.
Jamie’s nose wasn’t broken and he met the returning fleet on the slipway becoming trolley dolly and even towed the blue rib home to the dinghy compound.
Much banter was expressed in the apres sail tea and biscuits (supplied by Hon Sailing Sec Dawn)
All ready for next weekend Saturday 11 o’clock meet, start at 12 - 4 races back to back.