STS – Race Report from Llangorse – Great Turnout !!

LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2014

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

17th & 18th May 2014

This was the first event of the 2104 Southern traveller Series and 11 visitors from as far away as Scotland made the journey to the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where 10 Classic, 7 Silver and 4 Open Fleet competitors had a fantastic two days of very competitive racing. Both days were blessed with both sunshine & wind (Llangorse wind comes from many directions depending where you are on the course)! The event was run on 2 starts. Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.

On Saturday the day dawned with a mirror calm lake but by mid-day there was a variable breeze building nicely down the main axis of the lake. This enabled the OOD to set a course that had a long beat to the windward mark near the Clubhouse, followed by a series of three reaches and gybes across the lake down to the leeward mark.

Race 1 – Open & Silvers was controlled from start to finish by Nick Taylor (3751) & Peter Card (3114)             both Llangorse Members.

– Classics was closely contested by David Morgan (2663).Bobby Salmond (627) – (renewing old rivalries from the 2011Hayling Worlds) – and Johnny Craddock (2695). It was finally decided on the last beat when 627 whist leading covered 2663 allowing 2695 with a Llangorse shift to sneak through!

Race 2

– By now the wind was building nicely with wind shifts all over the lake.

– Open & Silvers was again dominated by 3751 & 3114.

– Classics, by now really “revved-up”, had a general recall (The race office said they were all over!) Very soon after the re-start there was a big wind-shift which meant all those on the right side of the course were at a serious disadvantage. However, 627 was clear and away followed by Colin Fletcher (2582) and Jeremy Soulsby (55), which is the grand old lady of the fleet lovingly and skilfully restored by Jeremy and Katherine for the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Cowes in 1997.

Race 3

-The tightest of the reaching legs was by now a challenge having become very shy.

– Open & Silver were normal service with 3751 & 3114 taking the result and the Tatlow brothers showing consistency as 2nd place Silver in every race.

– Classics was won by 2582 followed by 2663 and 2695. Meaning that at the end of the day there was everything to play for between the top four boats.

Sunday dawned with the same glorious sunshine and a firm wind from a more Southerly direction, which meant the orientation of the race course was changed to include the mark in the notoriously variable south end of the lake.

Race 4

– is traditionally for the Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies and is sailed on a windward / leeward course, with the whole fleet starting together.

– The start with 21 boats on the line and lots of wind was a great sight. However, not content with the 3rd place on Saturday FF55 managed to be over the line. At the start 2663 popped out with a great start to lead the fleet for the whole race closely followed by 627 & 2582 – all Classics! It was normal service in the Silvers 3114, but in the Open Bill Anderson 3453 got through to finish 1st.

Race 5

– There was a change of course for the final race with the race officer putting in a very challenging shy reaching leg right up the main axis of the lake in the increasing wind. Some managed to carry spinnakers some did not, especially on the last lap.

– Open & Silvers results were as expected with 3751 and 3144 dominating.

– Classics had a really close race with lots of place changing and at the finish 2663 and 627 were at the front with Richard Taylor 2626 coming through to 3rd.

Thanks to our Race Officer Robert Dangerfield.

Open Meeting Results

Open. Nick & Claire Taylor 3751

Silver. Peter Card & Katharina Turner 3114

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663. (After count back)

– Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies

Open. Bill Jackson & Sally Farrant 3453

Silver. Peter Card & Katharina Turner 3114

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663

 

 

 

 

 

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