Toby to represent the club in virtual regatta regional final

Posted on January 27, 2021 2:47 pm

Toby to represent the club in virtual regatta regional final

Yes, it was the final chance to clear out the also rans and crown our new club Champion e-sailor in yesterday’s January Sails. On the way to deciding who would represent the club in the RYA Regional Championships the usual fun and games was to be had. It has to be said that as a substitute for the real thing this e sailing is very good. It also has the advantages of being warm, no capsizes, and being able to chat to the other helms without shouting. It has also been a great way of keeping in touch during the lockdown and winter months whilst the lake is closed. I think I can speak for everyone though when I say that we all want to get back on the water.

So, what happened in the January Sails part 2? Well, 6572 started conservatively, posting some solid but safe third places. IanY12 after an ominous second place in race one was a little off his game thereafter. Wavey as usual recorded a series of excellent low scores in the early races, and Luney was inconsistency personified with a series of firsts and fourths. Other members of the fleet showed glimpses of speed that suggests they could trouble the leader board in future events. Both Phantomant and Rwl achieved second places, and Boat 70578 and Daisyboots were in the lead on some parts of the course. Strummer enjoyed giving Luney some dirty air, and Elcarim got round two of the races. Jch723 finished in the middle of the pack, but gallantly gave up his own ambitions to help his fellow sailors.

A number of helms seemed to be having problems with their spinnakers in some of the races. Just as in the real thing timing the spinnaker hoist and drop is critical in e sailing. A lazy hoist can result in a large gap opening up at the windward mark, and a slow drop when rounding the downwind mark brings the boat to a stop. Completely forgetting to hoist or lower the spinnaker is not good and results in an interesting course change when VMG is engaged.

Anyway after all was done and dusted Toby in 6572 claimed first place in the final race of the day and with it the title of the first ever Teesdale SWC E-Sailing Club Champion. He has now got some serious training to do and we look forward to watching him action in the regional final in February.


Results from 26/1/21

Combined results from Week 1 and 2