Weekend Racing Report 8-9 October 2016
Although not a trophy Regatta weekend, a few Illusions took to the water and had some fun races over the weekend. Fortunately the easterly swell that had been around for most of the week had disappeared so on Saturday with the threatened increasing wing strength as the afternoon progressed not apparent, it was decided to set the course for the seven boats just outside the harbour off Silver Beach.
After a lengthy postponement waiting for the tide to make, the first race got away to a clean start. Philip Bown took an early lead and never looked like being overtaken in the three round race. Second was John Raymond who also finished some way ahead of the rest of the fleet. Ed Eddy & Mike Toogood were never far apart but by the finish Ed was ahead and was third.
The start of the second race saw Ed very nearly caught over the line, however, he just managed to keep the correct side. John Raymond was first round the windward mark and looked set to keep in front for the three round race. However, it was not to be and on the second round he was overtaken by relative new comer to the Illusion fleet David Russell-Jones who benefited from a significant wind shift on the third round beat. Philip Bown was third.
Although Ed Eddy were over the line at the start, he came back and were soon in pursuit of the rest of the fleet. David Russell-Jones was first through the leeward gate, but had to then retire when the win of the day. Mike Toogood was second & Ed Eddy third.
With even later tides on Sunday, a bit of a chop outside the harbour in the Northerly breeze and only four Illusionist’s wanting to race, it was agreed that at least four one round races in the harbour would provide some useful starting practice as well as being quite fun. The first race went pretty convincingly to Philip Bown; the second, by quite a way, to Tom Preston. The third went to Ed Eddy and the fourth was looking all set up for a win by Mike Toogood, however having been first round the windward mark, he mysteriously went the wrong side of the spreader mark and so had to return to round it correctly which unfortunately put him out of contention and provided Philip with his fourth win over the weekend.
As conditions were almost perfect, the weekend’s racing was finished off with a best of three team races with Philip & Mike against Ed & Tom. Despite being ahead at times, and whilst it was certainly not a whitewash, the former were out sailed by the more aggressive younger pair who won 2-0. A nice finish to the day.
Next weekend (15th & 16th October) sees the first of this season’s Regattas; the Trafalgar Trophy.