The Pigeon Trophy Race is on Sunday 19th May and is in aid of the Derriford Oncology Department.
The Race starts at 10am and the course takes you up the Hamoaze and Tamar right up to Cargreen.
This is a passage race and a different challenge than racing around the cans.
There will be drinks and a DIY BBQ at the finish.
Cruise in company back to the Sound after lunch.
Entry via new Facebook page.
All the forecasts are saying the same thing. 25 knots gusting to 40 knots and lasting for 24 hours at least.
I am thinking we should extend the Winter quiz nights into the rest of the (mostly wintery) year.
It’s only 30 knots but gusty conditions added to the decision to cancel this week’s racing.
Thanks to everyone who was ready to race or support in Safety or Race control.
Hoping for a more Spring like experience next week!
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There’s been great uptake on the training sessions so now is the time to setup up and hoist some flags.
If you’ve put your name forward already someone will be in contact with you to get you booked in.
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If you have a boat available to act as a committee boat for Sunday 24th March for our Yacht Spring Series we would love to hear from your. Its 2 races back to back starting at 10am.
You’ll get a ring side seat for the starts!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
A new Enterprise will be joining the fleet for this season. After crewing and helming in previous RPCYC Enterprise races Woody Goodricke has taken the plunge and bought a Prior built Enterprise. Nice one Woody. It’s going to be down on the dinghy park in the next few weeks ready for some pre season tune up.
Welcome Woody and good luck.
There’s going to be a RIB service to move dinghies and trollies onto the RPCYC dinghy park on Sunday 24th March. If you want your boat moved onto the dinghy park you will need to have your boat ready with mast up and cover off at 2pm in Elphinstone carpark.
High tide is at 4pm.
To register your boat to be moved simply add your name, class of boat and email address in Leave a Reply box below.
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Racing for tomorrow has been cancelled due to the high winds forecast.
Sadly any fancy dress efforts will have to be used to to go shopping in the true spirit of Christmas.
Please try and make the Winter Series starting in Early January.
Dates and Notice of Race to be confirmed soon.
The Race Officer Training session will still be held but is delayed until 10am.
If you can help out in the Race Office and want to find out more or have already put your name forward please come down to the Race Office for 10am.
This weekend RPCYC hosted one of the Laser Qualifiers series which is great for RPCYC and great for the sailors, who get to sail in our fantastic sailing area.
Well Done to local sailors Dan Ellis and Robbie Robinon, 7th and 20th out of 89 entered.
If you know of any other local sailors who were competing please add a comment to this page.
See the gallery of pictures here. Thanks to Jon Buckler and Chris Rollinson. I nicked the pictures from your Facebook pages. I also included Archie (Jon and Nikki’s dog) in Chris’s RIB, as he looks very happy.
Thanks for everyone that helped with the event, it was a great success.
There were a number of RPCYC club members and the usual race-makers from around the Plymouth Sailing clubs in attendance.
If you you would like to help out for these events but need a Rib drivers ticket, please sign up for RIB school which currently being organised.
There’s been this new Enterprise on the dinghy park for the last couple of weeks. No one knew much about it, except for Peter who said that being blue it must be really fast. Peter also has a blue boat which colours his judgement.
Anyway, come Wednesday it was Nick and son Doogie who joined the fray in the mystery new Ent. Nick is a sailmaker which is means ‘professional sailor’ in most people’s world. He’s been racing all types of boats but most notably to be found at the front end of the feisty J24 fleet. No pressure then.
The course was set by new Race Officer Chris Hampe who gave us 2 short laps to allow for the early sunset just after 7pm
Wind: North Westerly
Course: South Winter, Ash (Windward Mark), NW Winter, Liberty Yachts.
The line allowed a reaching start to South Winter and all the boats were pretty much on the line for the gun. It was newcomer Nick showing the way forward with good speed from the leeward end of the line.
He was first round South Winter closely followed by the usual suspects. The leg from South Winter to Ash was very shifty with a big incoming tide. Peter Ganderton went up the right side and went from 5th to first in a single leg. Up the left there was plenty of place changes with each gust and shift coming down the Tamar. Nick’s new blue boat has great speed downwind but needs a bit of tuning upwind which resulted in a few dropped places.
Around Ash it was Gandy followed by Martin and Nick, Peter and Chris in Dyskinetic.
After such a dominant upwind leg Different Shade was under pressure as the flood tide against us and moderate breeze meant the downwind section was a bit of wind versus tide struggle. All the chasing boats were brought together in a clump around NW Winter making Peter and Alan very nervous indeed.
The next leg was to the Liberty Yachts buoy in the Cattewater. Martin in No Handles forced The Spoon onto the fresh breeze gravy train up to windward. This left Peters in the middle and Nick coming down the leeward side. By the time the fleet reached the Cattewater all the boats were in a line with Nick recovering the lost ground to take the lead by being the inside boat at Liberty Yachts.
Rounding second was Peter and Alan in Different Shade followed by us in the Spoon.
Different Shade lost a bit of pace down the fetch to South Winter and was overtaken by The Spoon and Martin in No Handles.
The sun was setting on a beautiful evening as we rounded South Winter. Nick lead out on starboard tack to get best tide while we took off on port to get inside the wind bend. By the top of the beat the better breeze paid off and the Spoon had 30 metre lead on Peter Hinkling and Martin Bevan.
The positions remained the same to bring the race and the long summer series to a close.
This was the first race for the new Race Office Chris Hampe and all went really smoothly. Jon Buckler was also away so the Safety RIBS were manned ad hoc. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the race possible.
Our expanded race calendar there’s plenty of opportunity to help support the club and Plymouth Sailing.
Race Control Team
The role of the Race Control Team is to organise the races as set out in the Sailing Instructions.
The team comprises:
- Race Officer – Overall responsibility for setting the courses and making decisions about race situations eg General recalls etc.
- Timing – aka clock watcher. This person is responsible for the timing of all the start sequences, race times for each boat and timeouts at the end of the race.
- Flag Signaling – This person prepares all the signal flags before the race. During the start sequence they hoist and lower the class and sequence flags. During the race this person assists the Timer in recording the race times for all racers.
Role of the Race Team
The objective is to provide the best racing for all the competitors. This means meeting a few key goals.
- Ensure the safety of all the competitors – This relates to weather conditions, shipping movements
- Set a fair course with a true beat and legs that suit the class of boats sailing
- Meet the standard sailing regulations and specific Sailing Instructions
- Manage the start sequence and any issues with boats over the line
- Record all the boat timings to provide handicap fleet results
- Manage safety issues with the safety boats on duty
- Control the race length as the conditions vary
- Finish all the boats completing the course
Race Control – What does it take
If you know your way around a sailing course and have organisational instincts you’ll be in clover as a Race Officer or race team member.
There’s a process to follow as set out in the new procedure manual and you’ll get a opportunity to set an interesting course and watch how the fleet find the best way around it.
Race Office roles http://goo.gl/iL4MZ.
Check out the gunner opportunities. We have a hooter so chances to destroy your sailing nemesis is somewhat restricted.
RYA Club Race Officer Course http://goo.gl/hs03u
According to the RYA details the course is locally run using RYA materials but is not a formalised RYA qualification.
The course will last 1 day and give you all the skills you need to run our regular racing events. This will include liaising with safety boats and using the VHF radio.
To sign up for the Race Officer Course or to help out in the Race Team please fill out the form below.
[form 5 "Race Control Team"]
Gentle WNW breeze – 6-10 knots.
Course – South Mallard, Dunstone, Melampus, Liberty Yachts
It’s the penultimate race and just 2 points separating 2nd to 4th it’s a key race to secure 2nd place in the Summer Series.
Off the line it was a fetch to South Mallard from the pin end of the line. Peter Hinkling pulled a ripper from the far end and was first to South Mallard. Super hot on his heels was Egg & Spoon and No Handles.
The broadreach down to Dunstone allowed the boats behind to blanket those in front keeping all the boats close together. In the Spoon we managed to get down the right hand side of Dyskinetic to secure and overlap at Dunstone. We promptly threw that away with a scruffy rounding lettting No Handles come through from 3rd to 1st by holding a tighter line around the buoy.
The wind was properly shifty and yards were won and lost by taking 50m nibbles into a gust. Martin and Anna (fully Pocahontas tonight) did well and stretched out a 40m lead from the Spoon by Melampus.
Unusually the Spoon was going quite well down wind and we managed to get back to 10m behdind by Liberty Yachts.
By South Mallard it was quite close with No Handles in the lead followed by the Spoon and Different Shade 100m further back.
The leg to Dunstone was a bit floaty and we got onto Martins breeze right before he caught a huge piece of weed on his rudder. We went by to windward whilst Martin was wrestling mermaids or whatever caused the handbrake. In the meantime sneaky beaky Gandy and Alan in Different Shade had a private gust down the left and closed down the 100m gap to challenge for the lead.
Around Dunstone it was all going on with the Spoon, followed by No Handles and Different Shade in close company. Gandy took a big flyer out to sea which was let’s say less than successful. Egg & Spoon kept Martin company up the beat and stayed in front to take the win.
Everyone was at or near the front in this race but by the end we finished in series order.
Check out the results to see what can be done in the last race of the series.
After sailing was about RIB duty and Race officer rotas. Check out the Safety Rib squad post for more details.
With our expanded race calendar there’s plenty of opportunity to help support the club and Plymouth Sailing.
We routinely need three RIBs on the water, each with 2 crew onboard.
Role of the safety boat:
- Escort boats from their launch point out to the start area.
- Lay marks as needed – including windward and start line buoys.
- Provide safety cover to boats needing assistance.
- Manage racing boats versus general traffic. This includes everything from feisty fishing boats to nucleur submarines.
We’re looking for regular RIB crew and also active sailors who can be on the safety boat rosta from time to time. You will get average points for any races you miss.
RIB Pilot – What does it take:
Even if you’re not Maverick or Ice Man you should be able to drive a RIB. There’s a wheel just like on a car or expensive lawnmower and a lever for fast or slow, just like on a jet fighter but with a (slightly) lower top speed.
A spell at Corinthian RIB school will give you the skills, practice and qualifications you’ll need to become a Safety RIB pilot or crew.
If you’ve spent any time driving a boat under power or sail you should find it pretty straight forward. If you’re a sailor you’ll certainly know how to assist another sailor needing your help.
If you have no boating experence at all, being RIB safety crew is a great way to get started on the water.
RIB Crew need a RYA Powerboat Level 2 – this is a standard boat handling certficate. The RIB helm may exit the boat to assist a sailor and the crew will need to be able to take command of the RIB.
RIB Helm will need an RYA Safety Boat ticket – This course covers the specific safety techniques for assisting sailing boats in trouble. Powerboat Level 2 is a pre-requisite for this course but if you have RIB driving experience can be bundled with the Safety Boat training.
RPCYC RIB School
If you’d like to sign up for RIB squad but need to get certified, we’re looking at 2 weekends between now and Christmas.
If you can commit to regular RIB duty RPCYC will cover the costs of training and certification.
If you’d like to get certified and just help out when you can, then the costs won’t be high and Jon will confirm the package once we have numbers.
Signing up for RIB Squad
If you’re already qualified for RIB duty or need to go through RIB school please complete the form below:
[form 4 "Rib Squad"]
We’ll be publishing training dates as soon as we have enough applicants. We’ll also send a confirmation email to everyone who applies.
Any questions please leave a comment or email email@example.com
What a beautiful evening for a sail and with a balanced karma for some of the Enterprise fleet.
Wind was forecast North Easterly but had swung to a Southerly by the sevon knots of sea breeze. It was actually that warm for once.
Nikki Buckler was our race officer for the evening and set a top course of South Winter, Inflatable Stick buoy, North East Winter, Liberty Yachts.
We suffered a bit of paralex error and thought that it was a figure of eight around the windward mark. We were politely invited by an interested party in a safety boat to stop asking questions and sail the course. Quite right too.
Dave Mitchell was guest helm with Peter in Dyskinetic who put the cat amoungst the pigeons by sailing up the very pin biased line on starboard whilst nearly everyone else approached the start on port. On Egg & Spoon we were lucky to wiggle through for a decent start. Makes a change.
The wind was very fluffy again tonight and had lots of pockets of lighter backed wind. Boats 15 metres away would be sailing 20 degrees higher and not much you could do about it. Just suck it up and keep calm.
After rounding South Winter we were on the beat proper and Dyskinetic was rocket like, passing Egg & Spoon to windward. After tacking behind the Spoon got some legs and retook a narrow lead on a port tack leg to the windward mark. Those boats who stood on picked up a lovely lift coming into the mark so all 4 boats were closely bunched.
In first it was Egg & Spoon followed by Dyskinetic, Different Shade and No Handles.
With the flood tide the light wind was even more feeble and we ghosted slowly back into North East Winter at a leisurely pace. Dyskinetic and Different Shade blanketed Egg & Spoon and were soon closing us down. Whilst breezing past Dyskinetic’s boom caught the Spoon’s shroud and incurring a penalty 720. After the turns Dyskinetic was a long way back in 4th place. Ouch. After squeezing every inch of progress around the course it was a big hit for a small touch.
Down the reach to Liberty yachts and back to South Winter the lead didn’t change much. On starboard tack Egg & Spoon was a bit to windward and held a lift over Different Shade who was sailing to leeward. Alan kept plugging away and took speed over heading, gained some separation and got into more pressure and a header to tack on. Bold and audacious or move of last resort, who knows but it paid off and Alan got back in front of the Spoon at the windward mark.
Karma clock had been ticking away by now and after getting 2 turns from Dyskinetic Egg & Spoon got sucked into Different Shade, touched their jib with the boom and we earnt our own 720 penalty. You could almost hear the cheer go up from Dave and Peter that balance had been restored.
Martin and Nick had been towards the back of the fleet at the start but had been plugging their way their way though the rotating competition and were close behind Egg & Spoon after the penalty turns. The Spoon arrested a backward slide and held onto 2nd behind Alan and Pete in Different.
Shoreside it was chicken curry or deluxe sausage and chips. Other big news there’s a NEW mystery Enterprise
on the dinghy park. It looks blue and, according to Peter Hinkley who owns a blue Ent, is therefore very fast. Can’t wait to see how true that is.
Sadly next Wednesday’s Race has to be cancelled along with the RPCYC Regatta 0n 02/09/12 due to lack of volunteers / resources.
Apologies to all concerned
Jon Buckler RCS
It was a swirly affair last night with a nice 10-14 knot West-South-Westerly that swung more Westerly in the last few minutes before the start.
Course: Asia (windward mark), Melampus, South Mallard, West Mallard.
With families away on holiday the start line had plenty of gaps in places. Not that we found one when we needed it.
Most of the fleet fetched down the line on starboard with Egg and Spoon failing to find a gap in the line whilst trying the port tack flier. Fly we did not and had to tack under Dyskinetic to avoid T-bone action.
Martin and Nick in No Handles were at the front of the starboard tack line of boats and tacked back on to port for the longer leg towards the Lido. Dyskinetic overhauled the Spoon to take 2nd place.
All 4 boats overstood Asia as the flood tide was at rip force and lifted all the boats by a good 50m in the last part of the beat.
No Handles led the Spoon, Doctors Dsykinetic and Different Shade around Asia down the broad reach to Melampus. In some kind of slight of hand style wind shadow trickery Dyskentic and Different shade passed the Spoon on either side to leave us trailing in last place by South Mallard.
Up the second beat the flood tide was making it a one tack affair but in Egg & Spoon we managed to get up to Different Shade by Asia. In a tiller juggling act gone wrong Peter and Alan got Different Shade into a spin and then after a near T-bone with the Spoon capsized.
They were quickly back up but with a ton of water to evacute.
With plenty of tide swooshing across the course in Egg & Spoon we tried to vector each leg and managed to close down on Doctors Dyskinetic but by the end of the third lap it was No Handles, Dyskinetic, Egg & Spoon and Different Shade.
For sailing supper: Southern Fried Chicken and better than the Colonel by miles.
Wind Westerly 18 knots
Course PEO#. South Winter, Melampus, North West Winter, Yacht Haven.
After 7 races at the weekend PPSA regatta the wetsuits had hardly dried out before it was back in the boats for the weekly excursions around the Sound.
Along with aching limbs and bruises, any regatta also sharpens the senses and drills, so all the boats were super sharp for this week’s race. Well that’s the plan but the Doctors who could not make the regatta sailed a consistent race for second place and Peter Ganderton who did do the regatta had sharpened his skills to the point he missed the toestraps and fell out of the boat up the second beat.
The start line was slightly biased to the pin end and Gandy got the win off the start by cross the Spoon on port before tacking on to starboard for the beat out to South Winter.
With some sharp tacking and by staying in the boat, Egg & Spoon wiggled in front by South Winter with Different Shade and Dyskinetic in hot pursuit.
The leg out to Melampus was a one sided affair with a short leg at the end to get around the windward mark.
With a nice swell rolling there were some surfing opportunities and with some dance mat type jive action we managed to pick up a few waves down to NW Winter.
The leg down to Yacht Haven was a very broad reach with pole out starboard side and some more nice waves to catch.
At the end of the first lap it was Egg & Spoon from the on form Doctors with a big gap to a tight bunch for 3rd.
With a good breeze the 3 laps were completed at a good lick but in the same positions near the front. Gandy however got from last after the ejector seat moment subsequent capsize to 3rd place. Nice going.
Tandoori Chicken with chips for Sailing supper if you want to know.
Especially during nightmares about physics exam I recall that Force = mass x acceleration. So for the same gust of wind a light crew will accelerate faster than a boat with any pies aboard. Peter and Alan put this to great effect tonight to secure their win in Different Shade.
Wind: West-North-Westerly. Force 5.
Course: Ash, South Winter, North East Winter, Liberty Yachts
The fleet were tightly bunched at the club end of the line for the start into a blustery WNW breeze coming off the Hoe and down the Tamar. Peter and Alan made an audacious start by running the line on port and tacking with 5 seconds to go in position A. Different Shade lead Egg & Spoon and No Handles off the line towards Drakes Island.
At Ash the Spoon had closed down on Different Shade but it was time for Peter to use the F=ma to best effect. Peter and Alan pulled out a 30m lead by South Winter by planing through the lulls to the gybe mark.
By North East Winter, Martin had closed up so the 3 lead boats were in close company for the run to Liberty Yachts.
Up the second beat a trip into Lions Den bay did not pay for Peter, and with Spoon was using more mass on the rail to power through the chop, we closed the gap to nearly cross Peter by Ash.
Down the broad reach to South Winter Peter again pulled out another 30 metres. In a bid to get back in front the Spoon went for a tight gap between a re-righted Pico and North East Winter to close down Different Shade once again. However Peter and Alan managed to stay ahead and pipped the Spoon to the line by a couple of seconds.
We really enjoyed the blasting around but there were plenty of capsizes in other fleets. Not to name names but Hugh Spencer went swimming. There was also a head injury, requiring an ambulance to be called. Nothing too serious I understand but putting safety boats and line crew to capacity and requiring the race to be shortened. Lucky for Different Shade I say, we wuz robbed of the chance to harry them for 2 more laps.
The postponed Pigeon Trophy Race is to be held this Sunday but we’re waiting on final SI’s for the start time.
The price for yachts has been reduced from £15 to £10. Dinghies are £5. Race entry and Paypal payment pages have been updated.
Will keep you posted when we have more details.
Well it wasn’t raining but the much awaited sunshine forecasted did not appear. Wind 6 knots from the South and definitely shortie wetsuit not polar bear drysuit weather. I did some tomato heads out there so some people don’t think it’s warm enough to lose the winter warmers.
Course: West Mallard, Melampus, South Mallard, Yacht Haven.
It’s a reaching start on port out to West Mallard and Dave, the daredevil, is inches off the line and going at full speed for the gun. From one boat length back in the Spoon we can hear plenty of calm reassurance from Anna that everything’s on track. “Dave you’re really on the line now!”. All boats get away safely with a single hooter and Dave in the lead around West Mallard. Up the first beat we get assertively waved away by a fast Police RIB who’s clearing the way for an equally fast moving Frigate which cuts across the Asia Pass at some speed. It was a good job for us as we fancied the right hand side which ended up being completely rubbish. Those who took the left side got a great lift on port coming into Melampus. Martin and Nick in No Handles are first around followed by the doctors, Egg & Spoon and Hell Bent. Alan and stand in crew were chased half way back up the Plym by the Police so end up way back in 5th.
Down the first run Martin and Peter are fighting for first and go off the rhumb line to let us close the gap and get an inside overlap on the doctors at South Mallard. We can’t get an overlap on Martin at Yacht Haven for first so No Handles gets a big advantage up the fetch to West Mallard and pulls out a 40m lead.
At the leeward mark No Handles decide not to cover and heads out to the right. We had a torrid time over there on the last lap so opt for left hand side out towards Jennicliffe and hit that corner bell hard (Ding ding). We get a very late shift in our favour at the last minute. It was quite sad face until that point. Martin, coming back from the right has a portion of header and maybe some advserse tide topping. Peter and Chris, third at West Mallard and on a left of middle line, duck just behind him, so we know the left is best. At the windward mark the Spoon’s got a 40m lead which extends slightly to the finish.
The Doctors round in second for the run but get over-taken by Martin for second place. Dave comes in 4th which is shame after such a blinding start but the Navy did rain on his parade.
With all the ropey weather it was nice to be out in dry weather for a challenging sail followed by top tucker at the club.