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Two days later, on Sunday, a goodly force-three going on four, but on Saturday no wind at all greeted the start of the Autumn Series. (Saturday sailing because late evening high tides would have made it too dark to sail on the more usual Sunday) This absence of wind was serious because you see, to a dinghy sailor, lack of wind is the equivalent to attending a Formula 1 meeting to find that nobody has provided any petrol.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is an agonising dilemma and everyone, as always, has sympathy for the unfortunate race officer, on this occasion, Neil Drew. There he is on the bank, two fully manned safety boats and a crew of four for the committee boat, all itching to get out there and organise a thrilling contest. He also has twelve hopeful competitors and their dinghies, all lined up on the beach, steaming gently inside their wet-suits, with their little hearts pounding with anticipation of their weekly fix, and what does he face?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAbandonment? Failure? Disgrace? Opprobrium? (No, not opprobrium, this is dinghy racing for goodness sake and everyone is a volunteer and beautifully brought up.) \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDesperate to avoid sending everyone back to the changing rooms he takes his crew out on the water in search of wind. Any wind. A tiny smidgen of wind. A miniscule Zephyr. A mere hint of cooling on an up-raised wetted fore-finger. And, with Michael Bennett in his Solo acting as wind-finder, over in the far south-east corner of the Dittisham sailing area, wafting deceptively off the Greenway estate, he spots something on which he can pin his hopes.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe racing is on. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith a fast-flowing flood tide, the next problem is can the competitors, (for they too are easily seduced by this phantasm) actually reach the sailing area without being swept round the corner at Gurrow Point and off towards Stoke Gabriel?\u0026nbsp; It is fairly common for boats to be towed home AFTER an evening race as the breeze dies, but to need towing OUT to the start line? Several were!\u0026nbsp; Those not towed managed to get there with much pumping of sails and tiller waggling, (all perfectly legal before racing begins.)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe five minute warning signal sounds, then the four and, finally, the one minute. Now at this point racing dinghies are usually all neatly lined up, mostly on starboard tack, adrenaline flowing through the veins of their helms, gently jostling for position along the start-line and shouting rules at each other. This time, at the start gun, this fleet resembles nothing less than hand-full of autumn leaves gently scattered at random onto a perfectly still pond. Some face left, some right, some have their backs to the course.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll are motionless. All are silent.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSomehow, two boats, at the port and arguably the wrong end of the line, spot something vaguely resembling a ripple over near the Greenway shore. Crouched painfully under their booms and with concentration worthy of a chess grand-master, they creep off up-wind. Two more boat set off in pursuit, maybe copying them in desperation, but it takes some of the others up to fifteen minutes to even cross the start line. Eventually a benign little breeze deigns to visit the scene for a few minutes, propelling the leaders even further into the lead but largely ignoring the stragglers, until after nearly 40 minutes and a single lap of a short windward/leeward course the leader crosses the finishing line. It takes a whole 70 minutes for the last of the fleet to finish and join the rest of the fleet being towed back to shore.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNot surprisingly there was no outcry in support of the scheduled second race.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSome discussion about whether racing should go ahead under such circumstances and how to legislate for the future, will now take place but when twenty masochists put on rubber suits and willingly submit to torture you will never put a stop to this cruel practice!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOh, I almost forgot.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe veteran pond-sailor Jonathan Weeks was first in his Solo with relative new-comer Ged Yardy sailing a D-Zero, second. The third slot was filled by Mike Bennett at the helm of his Solo. Who says a bit of pre-race practice does no good?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRacing returns to its usual Sunday slot next week-end with two races, starting at 10.00hrs. Will readers all please pray for a proper steady force-three breeze to help us get this series launched serendipitously?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eD\u003c/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eateline Dittisham Thursday 15\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e August.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt was not only the poor holiday-makers who suffered from the (typical) August weather over the past few days. Horror of horror, Dittisham sailing club had to abandon their two-race part of the village regatta on the Saturday. Then, the following day, the picnic planned as the high-point of a cruise to Stoke Gabriel was cut short when the violent winds encountered as the fleet rounded Gurrow Point threatened to dunk the sandwiches into the salty Dart. Some exciting sailing preceded a premature return to the safety of the club-house where the grub was consumed with more decorum and less danger.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnd so to the mid-week series race on Thursday evening.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs every amateur Meteorologist knows, statistically the wind is at maximum strength at mid-day and weakest at midnight. It is therefore somewhat naïve of the hopeful band of DSC sailors who turn out for this series to expect a good strong breeze at six o’clock in the evening. A dying, fickle, zephyr is what you are entitled to, and that is what you usually get. This Thursday the statisticians were right (again).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eArriving at the Club the sailing area was deliciously awash with wind. By the time the 15 sailors had donned their wet-gear there was just a little bit left in the Galmpton corner of the estuary. Miraculously this held and the wind even piped up enough to get the fleet over to Race Officer Mike Webster’s course, a simple triangle with a half-mile beat.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe mixed fleet, sailing against each other on handicap, then did exactly what it always does in light airs, broke into three. Off went the fastest boats, James Dodd in his Phantom, Martin Thomas in the D-Zero and Craig Franklin and Chris Bates in the RS400, to battle with each other in a three-way, largely irrelevant but very enjoyable tussle, for line-honours. At the back, the five or so slower boats (including a couple of beginners) fought to not come last.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMost of the action was focussed on the middle group. Eight Solos, with Steven Black in a Laser, desperately pretending to be one, all swapping places, getting the shifts right one minute and then hopelessly wrong the next, were having a splendid race. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn the penultimate leg of the last lap this entire group, within fifty yards of each other, were becalmed in the lee of Gurrow Point. Spotting their predicament, one venerable Solo sailor, who had got things mostly wrong all evening, pulled wide into a little band of personal wind and, from second-to-last, sailed serenely by, tucking himself in behind the leader. (Who says luck does not come into it?)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs the wise heads on the beach had predicted it had turned out to be “a Solo evening” with the marque taking the first three places on handicap, and seven out of the first eight! John Clarke, Jonathan Weeks and Richard Allen were the top three, (the later having managed the comparatively rare feat of keeping the tip of his mast out of the fundus mud.) \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMartin Thomas in the D-Zero was fourth on handicap while the RS400 of Craig Franklin claimed line-honours, with James Dodd’s Phantom second across the line. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLater, from the terrace of the Red Lion, with Richard Allen the proud winner of that evening’s Land-ladies prize, the assembled crews looked down onto the estuarine scene of their adventures of just a few minutes past and what did they see?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e A fine breeze rippling the entire reach from end to beautiful end!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA statistical aberration no doubt?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eDateline Dittisham Saturday and Sunday 27/28\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nJuly\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eSaturday-The Solo Open\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ctable\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/Solo%20Open%201.jpeg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"311.0732984293193\" height=\"233\" style=\"width: 311.073px; height: 233px;\"\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/Solo%20Open%202.jpeg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"177.60824742268042\" height=\"236\" style=\"width: 177.608px; height: 236px;\"\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe habits of dinghy sailors would make a splendid subject for a PhD in Anthropology. What are the essential characteristics of a Laser Sailor, for example? At what point in the seven ages of man do people change, as they inevitably seem to do, from an Optimist to a Topper to a Laser and then on to a series of wildly unstable/unsuitable boats before either going back to a Laser or retiring (as some would, unkindly, put it) to a Solo and finally, if they live long enough, into something that does not usually involve swimming? \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwenty-two Solos appeared, as if by magic, at the Dittisham Sailing Club Open Meeting this last Saturday. Twenty-one were chaps, of, shall we say, a certain demographic.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePerhaps we could dub them MAMOTHS, (Middle-Aged Men On THeir Solos?) All keen sailors, some had come a hundred miles or more, but few, if any, were under fifty and one or two were well beyond three-score-and-ten. What else bound them together? Were they all graduates? Vegans? Left-handed? Married to petite blond ladies all named Sue?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe shall never know and were much too polite to ever inquire!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhat we do know is they all had absolutely splendid day. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNever mind the racing results, they were treated to four hours of exciting physical activity and problem solving; two races to start with, then a splendid lunch; a final race and a traditional cream tea; all for the unbelievable sum of ten quid!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn some pubs you can’t get two pints for that.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJames Dodd and his expert team of race officials set a leeward/windward course and just in the nick of time a freshening breeze down Long Stream got the first race under way.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMike Webster, a Ditsum member, ever the gentleman and somewhat to his own astonishment, led the visitors round from start to finish. John Steels from Starcross and Peter Hammond, Ditsum, could only get to within a few yards of the leader and were second and third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe usual train of events in an Open Meeting is that the visitors sweep the board and the club members taking part all end up hoping there is a prize for best local helm but in race two John Steels was again bracketed in second place by Ditsum sailors. This time it was Peter Hammond and Steven Black (the later, remarkably, in a borrowed Solo, sailing one for the first time anyone can remember).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter a brief pause for lunch the final race started at around 1500hrs with everything still to race for. A cluster of the leading boats crowding down to the pin end resulted in some near misses and one or two un-intended bad starts. Surviving this melee Peter Hammond read the tricky Dittisham shifts the best. John Steels was second for the third time, while Mike Webster recovered from a disappointing second race to come third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe overall result was a replica of that result with Hammond, Steels and Webster on the podium.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter the prize-giving all agreed that the weather, the venue, and the racing had all been as good as it gets.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSpecial mention was made of the solo effort of Valerie Kirkin, wife of the day’s organiser and fleet captain Trevor, who had done all the catering. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTo cap a splendid lunch of sandwiches, pasties and quiche with a cream tea and home-made cakes with more than enough food for over thirty people was a splendid achievement. Perhaps we could draft her into cooking for us every Sunday and create a small café on the Dittisham fore-shore? (Patisserie Valerie anyone?)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe final verdict on the day was delivered by John Steels, who is also the South-west Solo representative. “This is the best venue and event on the South West Calendar” quoth he. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThose of us who sail here every Sunday can only agree.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eSunday-Fleet Racing\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn spite of the Solo Open the day before the DSC fleets were all out again this Sunday. Eight Solos got pink tickets from their partners to do it all again while another two or three emerged from the woodwork with their excuses for not being there the previous day carefully honed.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePeter Symons, the Race Officer, went against all conventions by mandating a starboard rounding of the first two marks in the second of the two races, both figure-of-eights. The wind, almost non-existent for the first half of race one, then blew up to such an extent that boats were planing around at high speed by the end of the second. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Safety Boats were rumoured to be offering season tickets to certain Solo sailors, whom, clearly overwrought by their efforts the previous day were capsizing all over the estuary. At one point, in a manoeuvre worthy of a gold medal in Olympic Synchronised Swimming, four Solos flung themselves into the comfortingly warm waters of the Dart within seconds of each other. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn race one there was the sort of wind at the outset which made you wonder why you had not stayed at home to do something more interesting (like reading about Brexit.) This ennui soon gave way to a period of intense concentration as the wind, insulted by our evident distain, threatened to upend the unwary with much greater pressure and a few lusty gusts.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the 14 strong PY fleet, which went off first, Sue Thomas returned to form with first place in her Laser Radial while Paul Honey in a full-rig Laser was second. Janie Dodd mastered (mistressed?) the tricky conditions to take third spot in her Streaker.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe relative calm of the first Solo race saw the usual order of finish with John Clarke returning to his winning ways and Peter Hammond second. Bob Thomas, putting in a welcome appearance after a long lay-off was third. Only 3 seconds separated the top three.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy Race Two the wind had set in with some bite in it and it was greatly to the credit of the Laser sailors that they mostly stayed upright. Once again in the PY fleet it was Sue Thomas and Paul Honey first and second while James Dodd, who afterwards confessed that his Phantom and he were on the outer limits of survival, came third. The only two two-handed boats, the RS400 and the Albacore, both had their moments, leading at various times in the race but the superior planing ability of the chasing single-handed boats told on handicap.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe drama was not over in the Solo fleet. In Race two Peter Hammond and John Clarke swapped places into first and second respectively while Les Moores took third spot.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOf the ten Solo starters, only five finished the race, a consequence of the\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; collective capsize mentioned above.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;All helms got back to shore safely.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNo Solos were injured during the running of this race!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwo splendid days at Dittisham. Dare we hope for even more before the end of the season?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eDateline Dittisham Tuesday 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nJuly (Mid-week series) \u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStanding on the deck of the Red Lion (not a man-o’war but a pub-o’pints) last Tuesday evening, twenty or so Dittisham Sailing Club members had a superb view down onto the Dart estuary and across the battleground of their most recent tussle with the elements.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNow that might sound as if it had been very windy, with much drama and many a capsize. The opposite was true. The elemental battle was not with the over-powering forces of nature but something more subtle, gentle but insidious, a strong flood tide and a very fickle wind.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;The choices were, did you go up the middle of the estuary against the worst of the tide in the hope of more favourable wind, or do you take the longer route and creep up the shore out of the tide, risking going aground, tangling up with a running mooring and running out of wind? \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEven if the latter choice worked out, how were you to get back to the middle of the river, where the turning mark had been laid, without being swept away, upstream, past it and towards Stoke Gabriel?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAt the beer-lubricated inquest (nothing exactly bacchanalian let me quickly assure our readers) it seemed that the leaders had made the right choice every time, while the rest had had what can only be termed, a bag of mixed results. John Clarke, senior Solo sailor, sailing serenely successfully, won by a nautical mile on handicap with Commodore James Dodd, probably following John’s course, but from slightly ahead, if you follow, came second. Martin Thomas, the only sailor to get away with sailing clean up the middle every time without getting becalmed, was third. To much cheering, the winner of that evening’s Red Lion spot prize was the Commodore himself. \u0026nbsp;Mike Webster’s sybilline (Boris eat you heart out!) explanation of the rules appear to mean that any individual can only win the Land-lady’s generous donations once in a season of this evening series.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn the terrace, as the also-rans explained to each-other what had gone wrong, much in the manner of golfers re-counting to their “fascinated” wives the stroke-by-stroke replay of an entire round, but of course much, much more interesting, many a tragic incident was uncovered.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJohnny Moulsdale in his Solo, in search of a few yards advantage, had put himself neatly aground. Paul Honey in a Laser, doing something similar, had knocked a big chunk off his dagger board on a submerged rock. Roger Morley in his d-Zero found a gargantuan Sargasso Sea just off the club-house, which brought him to a gentle standstill.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStewart Richardson, sailing his Phantom, appeared to have mastered the brute when he suddenly challenged the leaders. However, his momentary excitement was sadly short-lived when it was pointed out to him that\u0026nbsp; he had not bothered to go round the wing-mark and in doing so had saved about a quarter of a mile off the official course.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll in all a fascinating lesson in the tricky business of sailing the Dart in a dying evening wind.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eSunday July 21\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e Fleet racing\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSomething wonderful is happening at Dittisham Sailing Club this season. (It is always wonderful there but this year especially so). It cannot be the Cricket World Cup, it cannot be the Ladies Net-ball and it certainly has nothing to do with Formula 1 or Wimbledon. Maybe people are fed-up with staring at their i-phones or watching Netflix but whatever it is more and more are turning out to race.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the mid-week series numbers have almost doubled this season and this Sunday, for a routine pair of races, not a special event or a regatta, THIRTY-ONE dinghies came to the start-line including NINETEEN Solos!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe first race incorporated the Half-ton cup (where the more geriatric sailors, that is to say very nearly all of them, get an additional favourable handicap based on how much older they are than fifty.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis meant that in order to calculate a winner of the Half-ton Cup the\u0026nbsp; two fleets had to be combined for the first race. For this Race Officer Ian Wakeling, very wisely, set a good long start-line. His reward was a whole bunch of boats over at both ends of the start-line and a general recall.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe fleet got clean away the second time leaving the race control crew the daunting task of keeping track of 31 boats of differing speeds sailing round the same course where, inevitably, they would start to overlap. At the briefing the fleet was told that if they ended up in indistinguishable clumps they would have to sail on until clear gaps appeared so their times could be accurately recorded. After four laps the team relented and the event brought to a well-managed conclusion. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt took a great deal of skill and patience to unravel the fleets and work out who had one the Half-ton cup but the provisional results were that in the PY fleet Nick Barrett, Sue Thomas and Paul Honey all sailing various species of Laser topped the podium in that order. In the Solos Peter Hammond got the better of the seemingly invincible John Clarke with new(ish) member, Andrew Middleton, a close third. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Half-ton itself was won by Nick Barnett in a Laser and second was Peter Hammond with Sue Thomas (surely not qualifying for ANY Half-ton premium points?) third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBack to normal for the second race of the day in a strengthening breeze and some tiring helms. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis time, in the PY fleet, Paul Honey in his Laser worked his way up to first place with some skilful reading of the wind shifts with Martin Ely a fraction behind on handicap in second, sailing a Laser Radial.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNick Barnett, winner of the first race, could only manage third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe wind was causing some problems for the 19 Solos with one capsized on the start line and three more up-ending on the way round. The most spectacular of which was Richard Allen’s gybe at the wing mark on the last lap. The buoyancy sleeve atop his mast proved a good investment, saving him from a muddy fate, and he was soon back in the fray having lost very few places. Phillip Hammond bested John Clarke for the second time that day and this time Michael Webster bagged third spot in his brand-new Solo “Beer Witch”.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBack at the club-house even the folk at the back of the fleet all agreed that it had been a really good sail and it is clear that if this level of enthusiasm carries on not only will the club have to press on with their plans to expand the facilities but they my have to beef up the Race and Safety teams - what a delightful problem to have!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(54, 96, 146);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(54, 96, 146);\"\u003eDateline Dittisham - Saturday 18\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e April 2018\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(54, 96, 146);\"\u003eEarly Summer Snakes \u0026 Ladders Champs 1 \u0026 2\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAt last, Summer arrived at Dittisham, or at least a dull, overcast, windless, grey and not overly warm approximation of it, with the much anticipated Early Summer Points Series kicking off at the same time as the FA Cup Final elsewhere.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConfronted with a forecast of not a lot of wind veering through 270° backwards and dropping to Force 1 more or less at start time, coupled with the added delight of a strong incoming tide, race officers Craig Franklin and Trevor Kirk did the only sensible thing, and guessed.\u0026nbsp; A small triangle was laid, with decisions on which triangular point to head to first left until everyone was on the water and the wind made the decision for them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs forecast, the wind did indeed move from northerly all the way round to south-westerly before and during the race, and the tide incame strongly, but the promise of a Force 1 proved to be somewhat optimistic, with wind strength throughout most of the race being measurable in fractions of a Beaufort Scale.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSummer, as well as bringing the prospect of sparkling sailing in balmy weather and strong sea breezes also ushers in the division of the sailing fleet at Dittisham into the Solo Class, and the rest under the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) Handicap flag.\u0026nbsp; Everyone likes this, with the 5-minute gap between starts stopping the sedate Solos being bullied by bigger, faster boats, and keeps the pesky Solos from embarrassing the same bigger, faster boats by beating them over the water, let alone handicap.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe fickle wind eventually allowed a course with a short first beat into the demonstrably unfickle tide, followed by a couple of short non-screaming reaches.\u0026nbsp; Craig and Trevor set a line that was extremely biased to those clever or lucky enough to be actually on it as the hooter sounded.\u0026nbsp; Those that weren’t were left stranded behind the line with even more of the nasty tide to stem in next to no wind.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe beat, although unusually short (probably not more than 250 yards), caused huge consternation throughout the fleets, as sailing turned into a wet game of snakes and ladders (with large gobbets of seaweed thrown in to ambush the unwary) in the approach to the first mark.\u0026nbsp; After plodding along 245 of those yards into the vicinity of the mark at a less than healthy snail’s pace into the tide and alleged wind, actually rounding proved a nightmare for many of us.\u0026nbsp; A tack at the wrong time close to the mark could lead to disappearing down a conveyer-belt tidal ladder, ending up further away than when we’d started tacking.\u0026nbsp; On the other hand, making it round the buoy and heading off down-tide on the subsequent reaches was like shooting up a ladder in a jet-pack having thrown a double-six.\u0026nbsp; Boats that had approached the mark together could end up several hundred yards apart within minutes as one whooshed off and completed the first lap with the other still struggling with the slippery snakes at mark one.\u0026nbsp; Many sailors were left feeling very Watford-like in the face of a remorseless tidal Manchester City.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBut as always seems to happen, the cream rises to the top of the snakes and ladders board, and in spite of all the early summer climactic challenges and mixed-metaphors thrown at them, the top sailors seem to cope best as usual.\u0026nbsp; In the Handicap Fleet, birthday boy Paul Honey in his Laser managed to sidestep all the snakes to make it round the infamous first mark first time in both races, and to almost glide round the rest of the course effortlessly to record two resounding victories.\u0026nbsp; Quaffing his birthday beer later, Paul admitted it to being the best result he’s ever had on his birthday (sailing-wise), and he’s had a few of them (birthdays and/or beers).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTrailing frustratedly behind in the first race, but rather less frustrated than those way behind them were Paul Mogridge in his Laser and new sail, with James Dodd and his Phantom in third.\u0026nbsp; The second race saw as much snaking and laddering as the first, with Steven Black ascending an extremely fortunate ladder on the last lap to catapult himself into second on handicap, with Bevis Wright in another Laser unlucky to be overhauled just before the line taking third place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Solo fleet saw serial series winner Jon Clarke dust off his brand-new antique pea-greenish Solo called Bashful.\u0026nbsp; Nearly all the Solos at Dittisham are now state of the art plastic-fantastics, but 40-year-old Bashful takes us back to another century, when proper boats were made of wood, and most of the current venerable Solo helms were in junior management.\u0026nbsp; But Jon demonstrated once again the old adage, that if you point a piece of wood in the right direction in tricky conditions, the lack of modern composite fibres matters nought.\u0026nbsp; In Race 1, Bashful sailed Jon beautifully into a splendid first, embarrassing many of the supposedly faster handicap fleet by overtaking them, even though they’d set off 5 minutes earlier!\u0026nbsp; Terry Phillips demonstrated his mastery of the light conditions to nab a highly popular second, with Pete Hammond third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRace 2 saw plastic reassert its pre-eminence, with Pete Hammond’s mere strippling of a 7-year-old boat knocking Jon \u0026 Bashful back into second, with Richard Allen talking third.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSadly, this was our last occasion to enjoy Ben Altman’s company, as he is returning to the US, and won’t be back until he takes up his Spring sailing residency next year.\u0026nbsp; Ben has been a splendid addition to the Laser fleet, and will be much missed.\u0026nbsp; Ben could have signed off on a high note with second place in BJMC1 up to Tuckenhay quickly followed up by another second in the recent Midweek Points, and must have been thinking that this Dittisham sailing was quite a breeze.\u0026nbsp; But unfortunately he came along this Sunday and suffered horribly with the rest of us, especially in the last race…See you next year Ben!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBank Holiday weekend sailing at DSC will be particularly exciting next week, as we have 4 races over two days on Sunday and Monday, with a Belles Beach Feast \u0026 Social Sailing on Sunday afternoon after racing for all club members, whether racing or not.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSee you there…\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003eResults\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003eEarly Summer Points 1\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHandicap Fleet\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1 \u0026nbsp; Paul Honey \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2 \u0026nbsp; Paul Mogridge \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Shore Thing”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; James Dodd\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Phantom\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Shady Lady\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSolo Fleet\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Jon Clarke\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Bashful”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Terry Phillips\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Subito”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Pete Hammond\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Do”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003eEarly Summer Points 2\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHandicap Fleet\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Paul Honey\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Steven Black\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Ain’t Misbehavin”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Bevis Wright\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSolo Fleet\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e1\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Pete Hammond\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Do”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e2\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Jon Clarke\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Bashful”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e3\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Richard Allen\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Ocho”\u0026nbsp; \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eDateline Dittisham - Sunday 14\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nApril 2019\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eEaster Points 5 \u0026 6\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eNobody minds a bitter chill in the air for the Iceberg Trophy between Christmas and New Year, but given this was meant to be mid-series Easter Points racing, there was a certain level of whinging from competitors at the icy blasts whipping onshore from the East.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith a rather strong but unstable wind out on the water, and gust bombs dropping in from all directions, race officer Paul Honey parked his committee boat in the middle of the Dittisham deeps and composed a simple triangle around it.\u0026nbsp; At least, simple in shape, if not in execution.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eFifteen sailors left the shore and their misgivings behind them, to tackle the Force 6 gusts head on.\u0026nbsp; Once out there, it proved not to be too awful, except in those randomly generated Force 6 gusts.\u0026nbsp; Everyone behaved themselves impeccably on the start line and set off up the first beat of the first race.\u0026nbsp; Johnny Moulsdale in his Solo timed his start to perfection, and at speed and on a huge lifting gust looked like he might make the first mark without tacking.\u0026nbsp; But that was as good as it got for Mr Moulsdale, as the wind swung back viciously the other way, several times, and others led the fleet round.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThereafter the afternoon’s racing became a tale of two Solos, showing the rest of the fleet how it should be done.\u0026nbsp; In both races Pete Hammond and Jon Clarke traded places regularly, vying with much faster boats for the lead on the water, and absolutely waltzing into the first two places on handicap.\u0026nbsp; The only doubt was which of them would come win overall, as at times they seemed to be falling over themselves to let the other one into the lead.\u0026nbsp; In race one, Pete Hammond had overhauled Jon Clarke towards the end of lap one, only to hit the leeward mark and let Jon back into the lead for the next lap, with Jon then letting Pete back through on a tricky beat towards the finish.\u0026nbsp; \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAs the gusts increased in strength even further during the second race, Jon Clarke fell over himself at the gybe mark.\u0026nbsp; A rare event - so rare indeed that Mr Clarke claimed afterwards that he had forgotten what the build-up to a capsize felt like, and was frozen into inaction until the freezing water reminded him what he should have done in such circumstances.\u0026nbsp; This handed back the initiative back to Pete Hammond, who sailed on flawlessly to his second victory of the day, with Jon Clarke putting his indignity behind him to claim his second second place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAll the way down the fleet everyone was having some exhilarating sailing, often verging on the deeply worrying as sudden gusts propelled them to great velocities, or just as suddenly tipped them in.\u0026nbsp; But this did not stop some extremely close tactical racing also going on among the many Solos, and particularly the two Laser Radials of Martin Ely and Ian Wakeling, who in between fighting for control of their boats found time for some boat-on-boat dog fights and rule discussions.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe second race was notable for the two fastest boats, Craig Franklin and Chris Bates in their RS400 and the Albacore of Jonathan Weeks and Christine Carmichael, actually pulling away from the supercharged Solos of Messrs Hammond Clark for a change, and planing off into a considerable lead on the water.\u0026nbsp; Seeing the be-spinnakered RS400 at full tilt on the reaches was quite something, but in spite of finishing several minutes ahead of the field they were buried on handicap.\u0026nbsp; Slightly statelier in its progress behind, the Albacore did manage to hold its handicap to claim third behind the Solos.\u0026nbsp; On being asked after the race how the vicious gusts had affected the Albacore’s handling, octogenarian Weekes claimed that they had caused his hat to fall off (twice), once again demonstrating the advantage of sailing a boat with a crew (someone to retrieve it from the bilges and place it back on his venerable head).\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/Albacore%20powering%20up%20the%20beat%20small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003eJonathan Weeks \u0026 Christine Carmichael powering to windward in Adrenaline,\u0026nbsp;\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003ecomplete with recently displaced and replaced hat!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003ePhoto:\u0026nbsp; P.Honey\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003eResults\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEaster Points 5\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\u003cli\u003ePete Hammond\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Solo\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eJon Clarke\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;Solo\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;“Dog \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eMartin Ely\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Laser Radial\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eIan Wakeling\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; Laser Radial\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Whixxi”\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003c/ol\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEaster Points 6\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\u003cli\u003ePete Hammond\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;Solo\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eJon Clarke\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Solo\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; “Dog\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eJonathan Weeks \u0026 Christine Carmichael\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Albacore\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;“Adrenaline”\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eIan Wakeling\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Laser Radial\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;“Whixxi”\u003c/li\u003e\u003c/ol\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eDateline Dittisham - Sunday 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e\nMarch 2019\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eEaster Points 3 \u0026 4\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe 2019 racing season at Dittisham Sailing Club spluttered into action at the second attempt last Sunday, after a false start two weeks previously, where strong winds had scattered elderly/delicate gentlemen/ladies in Solos, Lasers and attendant safety boats to the furthest reaches of the Dittisham lake, necessitating eventual abandonment before racing could actually start.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSeason-Opener Take Two brought forecast strong winds again, which fortunately didn’t quite materialise; suitably bolstered safety cover; and a club-line start and finish.\u0026nbsp; A very healthy early season eighteen-boat fleet turned up as well, in spite of the slightly dicey weather outlook.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe first races of the Spring Series are always a time of renewal and relearning, in such matters as boat-handling, remembering where bits of rope and toe-straps are located, timing of starts to the second (or not), and just as importantly, listening to pre-race instructions.\u0026nbsp; It takes some longer to relearn than others…\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eGiven it was the very first race of the season, Race 1 saw a surprisingly competitive start, with lesson one relearned by the Albacore of Jonathan Weeks and Christine Carmichael, arriving at the line too promptly for British Summer Time and having to restart at the back.\u0026nbsp; However, a storming first beat took them back to the front with the leading Solos of Jon Clark and Pete Hammond, just in time to relearn lesson two (where’s the course?), as all three headed off perpendicularly to where they needed to go; much to the glee of the rest of the fleet, led by Mike Bennett in another Solo, who planed off at speed in the right direction.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eLap one concluded with the first six boats rounding the leeward mark and sailing through the start-finish line as directed.\u0026nbsp; The rest of the fleet in its entirety, not wishing to miss out on the lifelong relearning experiences on offer, somehow managed to sail past the far end of the start-finish line rather than through it, which was to cause quite some consternation later.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAfter three laps of long tricky beats and variable offwind legs, the Albacore received the first finisher’s hoot of the season, but having a faster handicap than its pursuers, didn’t manage to win on corrected time.\u0026nbsp; First place went to Jon Clark (Solo), after a monumental tussle with Pete Hammond (another Solo), who finished just five seconds behind.\u0026nbsp; Paul Honey in a Laser Radial came in third, Mike Bennett in yet another Solo fourth, Ian Wakeling in another Radial fifth.\u0026nbsp; And that was that results-wise.\u0026nbsp; The other two-thirds of the fleet crossed the finish line in eerie silence, having sailed the wrong course earlier.\u0026nbsp; Triangles can be difficult concepts to grasp this early in the season.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eHarsh lessons learned, Race 2 saw everyone start the correct side of the line, and sail the course as designed and explicated at the briefing.\u0026nbsp; Boat-handling and toe-strap location still caused a few issues, with the odd occurrence of mark-hitting, falling out and capsizals clearing the winter cobwebs away, but all in all a very well contested race.\u0026nbsp; Although the faster boats, the Albacore and Ged Yardy in his sleek new D-Zero took their rightful places at the head of the fleet on the water, the race was once again a Solo and Laser Radial benefit on handicap, with all the usual culprits from the first race in the reckoning.\u0026nbsp; However, a brilliant tactical decision by Martin Ely (Laser Radial) on the last lap to take the side of the beat less-travelled over on the Greenaway shore took him from very much mid-fleet mediocrity to overall victory by several seconds on handicap.\u0026nbsp; Messrs Clarke, Hammond, Wakeling and Honey trailed in his tactically magisterial wake.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA special mention must go to Denise Winks of the Ditsum Belles, who in the slowest boat in the fleet (her Laser 4.7), kept in touch with all the faster boats all the way round.\u0026nbsp; Such was delight in her performance that she even threw in an impromptu capsize drill at the very last mark metres before the finish.\u0026nbsp; But it was alright, nobody saw it…\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eUnfriendly tides mean no racing this weekend, and the season restarts in earnest on Sunday 14 April at 12.30pm, thereafter providing non-stop entertainment until late-December.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cu\u003eResults\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEaster Points 3\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\u003cli\u003eJon Clarke\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Solo \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003ePete Hammond\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Solo\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003ePaul Honey\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; Laser Radial\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eMike Bennett\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;Solo\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “The Boat from Beer”\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u003c/li\u003e\u003c/ol\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEaster Points 4\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\u003cli\u003eMartin Ely\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; 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