Toby pips William to the post in the inaugural virtual race series

Posted on January 13, 2021 6:51 pm


Toby pips William to the post in the inaugural virtual race series

The first series of Teesdale SWC virtual sailing races came to an end yesterday with some excellent sailing and some very close finishes. As ever the races were competitive but friendly; a couple of annoyed emojis (tongue in cheek) were hurled across the water, but there ere also friendly conversations between competitors. We also had a welcome new arrival in the disembodied voice of John. Switch your camera on next time John! It was good to hear him, and with a bit of coaching from James he soon got rigged and took part in a race, before losing his bearings at the downwind mark and retiring. We look forward to seeing John next week.

Elcarim is still having issues with his broadband, and drops in for a while each week. Come on Keith, change your broadband supplier, we’d love you to stay longer. The Waggett’s broadband was also giving problems, but Daisyboots did the honourable thing. In the equivalent of jumping out of a sinking ship she retired with the result that Steve and Toby stayed afloat!

As always there were some interesting tactics and incidents. Ian tried to force Luney into a penalty right on the finish line but instead missed the ODM himself. Wavey continued to pull off his flying port tack starts, and the wind shifts in New York had to be seen to be believed. One in particular was so extreme that it completely changed the race order just before the windward mark. Phantomant continued his steady improvement from last week and was frequently up with the leaders, and recorded a second place in the Offshore Racer.

This week we had five races at five different venues in five different boats. Starting with a the slow two sail Star we built up the speed so that by race 4 we were in 49er skiffs. There was a cry of we should have some of these at the club. After a discard the final race was in Lasers and to make it interesting counted for double points. Wavey who had a 4 point lead after four races saw it cut to a winning margin of just one point.

When all the results from five weeks of sailing were number crunched we ended up with two sailors on equal points. Wavey and Toby both had two firsts, a second and a third each. So taking the discard into account Toby wins as he discarded a fourth place and Wavey discarded a fifth. It was that close.

Next week will be the start of a two week, ten race series to decide our club champion who will represent the club in the RYA Regional Championship in February. More on that later.

As always, if you would like to get involved (and why not? It’s good fun) get in touch with Richard H.

Race Day Five Results

Psuedo Name Result 1 Result 2 Result 3 Result 4 Result 5 Best  4 Place
luney 4 4 2 3 14 23 5
wavey 1 1 1 8 6 9 1
jch723 6 7 6 5 12 29 7
strummer 9 8 5 6 16 35 8
rwl 3 5 4 2 8 17 4
6572 2 3 8 1 4 10 2
phantomant 8 2 7 4 10 23 5
daisyboots 7 10 10 10 20 47 10
stevewag 10 9 10 7 18 44 9
IanY12 5 6 3 9 2 16 3

Overall series results

Psuedo Name Result 1 Result 2 Result 3 Result 4 Result 5 Best  4 Place
luney Richard H 2 2 6 3 5 12 3
wavey William 2 3 1 5 1 7 1
jch723 James 3 4 4 7 7 18 5
strummer Paul 6 9 7 8 8 29 8
rwl Richard L 5 5 5 2 4 16 4
6572 Toby 1 1 3 4 2 7 1
phantomant Anthony 13 7 8 5 5 25 7
daisyboots Deborah 13 6 10 11 10 37 10
stevewag Steve 13 7 8 9 9 33 9
IanY12 Ian 13 13 2 1 3 19 6