Newhaven and Seaford SC
18th May 2013
The 3rd event of the Streaker Southern Paddle series was held on Saturday 18th May at Newhaven & Seaford SC in Sussex with bright skies, sunshine, a pleasant south-westerly breeze and no breakers on the beach. Disappointingly only five boats turned up, including the lone club helm Laurence Venus – those Streakers that failed to arrive missed a fabulous sail in glorious conditions!
The RO, Rupert Smith, on a two masted yacht anchored in the bay, set an Olympic triangle/sausage course with a gate half way up the beat. In race 1, Laurence Venus was the early leader, just ahead of Veronica Falat and Alan Simmons. Veronica and Laurence pulled clear and continued to battle it out throughout the race, each in turn taking the lead. At the finish line it was Laurence just a length or so ahead of Veronica.
After a lunch break ashore race 2 was started over the same basic course. Alan Simmons held the lead round the first triangle but lost out on the second beat to Veronica and Laurence who then again engaged in their own private battle; this time it was Veronica who crossed the line first after three laps.
In the third and final race Veronica and Laurence again rounded the first mark very close together but this time Laurence was unable to make up sufficient ground to pass Veronica downwind and she eventually finished with a 20 second lead, with Alan in third place. This meant that Veronica was the overall winner.
Newhaven & Seaford SC ran the event in a very friendly and efficient manner. The courses were excellent and the help provided in launching and getting boats ashore on the beach was much appreciated.
|Name||Boat No||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Overall|
|Veronica Falat||1654||Waveney &OB YC||(2)||1||1||1|
|Alan Simmons||1700||Lancing SC||3||3||(3)||3|
|Gary Hogan||1757||Emberton Park SC||4||4||(4)||4|
|Nick Carter||1828||Burghfield SC||5||5||(5)||5|
Report by Alan Simmons and Veronica Falat
Photo: Bett Simmons
20th May 2013
Streaker Scottish Championships
East Lothian YC
1st-2nd June 2013
Only 2 weeks to go to the Scottish Championships at East Lothian YC at North Berwick. Like last year, this will be part of ELYC’s annual regatta.
Check out the ELYC website for full details and entry form.
Registration from 10am on Saturday with a Briefing at 12 noon, with racing from 1pm. Entry fee for Streakers: £27.
It’s a really great venue and an excellent regatta. Enjoy!
17th May 2013
2013 Streaker Nationals Update
The Notice of Race, Entry Form and Sailing Instructions for this year’s National Championships are now available on the Northampton Sailing Club website. It promises to be an excellent event – Northampton SC are well used to running open meetings and championships for a wide variety of classes and they are looking forward to welcoming the Streaker fleet. Also, we’re very fortunate in the continuing sponsorship we receive from Noble Marine Insurance which enables us to keep down entry fees. I hope you’ll agree that this year’s Nationals will be a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event.
So, what’s the programme?
The racing will take place on the weekend of 29th-30th June, but we’ve got a Streaker Training Day organised for the day before (Friday 28th June). Steve Cockerill has very kindly agreed to be our coach. Anyone who has been coached by Steve before will know just how good he is and how much you can learn from him. He suggests that you and your boat should be rigged for action by 12 o’clock on the Friday. The cost for the training will be £8 per person if paid by June 21st (see the Entry Form) or £15 if you pay on the day.
The club will be open for hot drinks and snacks during the day on Friday and then the bar will be open during the evening. We’ve got our class AGM scheduled for 7.00pm.
Then on Saturday registration will start at 9.30am. Please remember that you must be a fully paid-up member of SCOA to enter so if you need to pay your subs, please do so before the event. Don’t wait till the Nationals because our Sailing Sec. will be rigging his boat and won’t want to get side-tracked by late payers!
The Entry Fee for the Championships is £32 if paid by 21st June (see the Entry Form) or £38 on the day. In both cases you will also receive a meal ticket for the Saturday evening Streaker class meal in the clubhouse. The Northampton club caterer is highly recommended and so is the singer we’ve booked to entertain us afterwards!
Extra meal tickets can be purchased for £8.50 each.
The racing programme is to have a briefing at 11.00 on Saturday morning followed by the first race at 12.00. Then lunch and two more races back-to-back in the afternoon.
On Sunday the first start is scheduled for 10.00 with the 5th (final) race straight afterwards. This should allow for a good prize-giving before everyone heads home.
Camping is available at the club. The fee is £10 per tent/caravan/campervan per night. Please pay the club at registration.
Any queries, just contact SCOA Secretary Veronica Falat.
Northampton Sailing Club website http://www.northamptonsailingclub.org
Report by Veronica Falat
14th May 2013
Report of Streaker open meeting at Chipstead SC
Sunday 5th May
Chipstead SC hosted the second event of the P&B sponsored 2013 Streaker Southern Paddle series on Sunday 5th May and provided a very warm welcome to the 8 visiting boats that came to race against the club’s only Streaker sailor. It was a joint event with the Graduate class, the 17 Grads starting 5 minutes ahead of the Streakers but in the light and fitful breeze the two fleets were generally racing as one large group. In the first race Ian Bradley and Gerry Ledger were the early leaders but eventually Ian got clear away and disappeared in amongst the Grads while Gerry was left to fight off the challenges of Steve Garrett and Veronica Falat who both overtook him on the last lap. For much of the race these boats were well clear of the rest of the fleet but as the breeze varied in speed and direction, everyone closed up before the finish and Ian Mansfield moved into 4th spot.
Race 2 was held after lunch but the conditions were as before – warm and sunny but the breeze still very patchy. Again Ian Bradley took the lead early on and never looked like being caught. Steve Garrett was second for a long while but Veronica squeezed past on the last beat and they finished in that order, with Gerry 4th.
A general recall for the Graduates at the start of race 3 meant that the Streakers had the bonus of sailing in clearer air. Ian Bradley had now already won the meeting and had swapped boats with Amanda Randall who was sailing in her first Streaker event; the chance of having her boat race-tuned by the open meeting winner was not one she was going to turn down! Steve and Veronica were the front runners in the race and again Gerry was well placed in the early stages. Veronica took the win with Steve second and Ian Mansfield 3rd, ahead of local sailor Alex Reindorp.
The light variable conditions had provided tricky racing conditions but the club ran the event extremely well. This was the first Streaker open there and hopefully it won’t be the last!
|Sail No||Helm||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Total Points||Nett Points|
|1||1817||Ian Bradley||Ouse Amateur SC||1||1||-6||8||2|
|2||1654||Veronica Falat||Waveney & Oulton Broad YC||-3||2||1||6||3|
|3||1807||Steve Garrett||Bough Beech SC||2||-3||2||7||4|
|4||1723||Ian Mansfield||Alton Water SC||4||-6||3||13||7|
|5||1819||Alex Reindorp||Chipstead SC||-6||5||4||15||9|
|6||1780||Gerry Ledger||Up River SC||-5||4||5||14||9|
|7||1757||Gary Hogan||Emberton Park SC||7||-8||7||22||14|
|8||1828||Nick Carter||Burghfield SC||-8||7||8||23||15|
|9||1439||Amanda Randall||Wilsonian SC||-9||9||9||27||18|
Report by Veronica Falat
13th May 2013
Streakers at Rotherham
Nineteen Streakers entered the second event on the Sail Register sponsored Streaker Northern Paddle series on Saturday 4th May. The wind was fairly light with some interesting gusts, the direction continued to shift during the day. And as a small water the dam wall and the trees gave some interesting challenges for most of the day. In the first race the boats quickly headed to the windward mark at. In the fairly light wind, the windward mark came in and out of the wind which meant that hard fought leads came and went in the leg. Ian Jones (Dovestone) established an early lead followed by John Hollis (Pennine) and Alan Gillard (Sheffield Viking). On the second lap Alan passed John, but he couldn’t catch Ian and had to settle for second. John Hollis (Pennine) ploughed a lonely furrow never challenging for second but also never looking in danger of losing third.
After an excellent lunch, the OOD set a new course and the wind shifted again leaving the boats going onto the water wondering where the beat was! Harthill water though did not disappoint and beats arrived on some legs and then as quickly disappeared. Alan Gillard this time showed steely determination at the start led the pack at the windward mark and then simply sailed away from the chasers. In second was John Burgoine (Tamworth) followed by Ian Jones and Matt Whitfield (Tamworth). Ian Jones eventually found second and held on to ensure a third race decider, with John in third leaving the fleet behind. By the middle of the race Robin Jones a junior from Hykeham had worked his way up to fifth, but was eventually caught by Nick Lovell (Ouse Amateur) who squeezed passed Matt on the final lap. In the middle of the fleet positions changed with baffling regularity making the OOD sheet somewhat challenging. A tight course to get full advantage and challenge from the wind meant at times it looked like a red arrows display with boats crossing and close quarters all race.
In the final race, the wind had swung some more so the final course had a committee boat start!
Wind shifts again were a feature and the advantage of the dam wall came and went making the reading of the gusts and lifts an absolute priority to gain advantage. The fleet started on starboard, but Matt Whitfield and Peter Cogill (Rotherham) started on port, finding a gap near the committee boat and dam wall; John Burgoine led at the first mark with Ian Jones second with Matt and Peter not far behind. At the end of the second lap, Ian squeezed passed John, followed by Alan, Matt and Ian Whitfield (Tamworth). In the first few laps Ian Lees (Scammonden) worked his way through the fleet to fourth. On the sixth lap Alan passed John for second. On the penultimate lap Ian Jones seemed to have the race and meeting in the bag, however a drop in the breeze and some boats to be lapped though slowed his march to the line and Alan Gillard closed the gap and looked on the run to take the lead. Ian Jones though took a slightly better line and crossed the final mark in front and then held off the challenge in the last lap to win by 9 seconds. The pack though forgot about the gate finish and some interesting tacking to recover their line was much in evidence
The overall results were first Ian Jones, second Alan Gillard and third John Burgoine
SCOA prizes were won by Jon Aldhous (Beaver) and Ian Whitfield.
|2nd||1832||Alan Gillard||Sheffield Viking||(2.0)||1.0||2.0||3.0|
|4th||1769||Nick Lovell||Ouse Amateur||4.0||4.0||(5.0)||8.0|
|14th||1790||Dave Smith||Welton||10.0||13.0||(20.0 DNC)||23.0|
|16th||1616||Peter Kitchen||Tees & Hartlepool||13.0||(15.0)||12.0||25.0|
|17th||1621||S J Chiltern||Yorkshire Ouse||(17.0)||17.0||16.0||33.0|
|18th||1488||Denis Webster||Rotherham||18.0||18.0||(20.0 DNC)||36.0|
|19th||1545||Janet Bell||Rotherham||19.0||19.0||(20.0 DNC)||38.0|
10th May 2013
Streakers at Hornsea
Saturday 20th April saw 21 travelling Streaker sailors join 6 from the host club for round 2 of the Sail Register sponsored Streaker Class Owners Association Northern Paddle Series.
The event was blessed with sunshine and winds which varied in direction and strength from force 2 to a solid force 5.
There was a General recall on race 1; mainly caused by a significant wind shift and quite a short start line for the 27 eager Streaker sailors. After resetting his line PRO Dave Berger got the fleet away, John Burgoine – Tamworth, Phillip David – Ripon and Stuart Hoare – West Riding were all in contention at the 1st mark. There was a raft of Streakers as they all attempted to round the 2nd mark, the wind having strengthened from behind allowing for the fleet to close up. There were plenty of changes on the 2nd beat as the wind continued to shift; Alan Gillard – Sheffield Viking played the left side to pull through and round in 2nd behind John. Phillip was holding on to 3rd although there was quite a battle close behind lead by Ian Lees – Scammonden and his club mate Ben Ratcliffe. On the final lap it was Alan that claimed the 1st with Philip David also pulling through John in the beat to the finish.
Race 2 was even shiftier than race 1; a change of course was not respected by the shifting breeze. Initially off the start line it looked as if the starboard end would be favoured, but as the gun went a major shift came in which saw the guys who were at the port end all cross the fleet on port. Dan Phillips –Ripon took full advantage and sailed off from the rest to win the race convincingly. The wind though after this major shift continued to strengthen as the race progressed, by the time lap 1 was completed it was up to a solid force 5, white tops and all. The race for a good number became survival stuff, whilst others were revelling in the conditions. Alan Gillard, one of those caught out by the wind shift at the start slowly pulled through to claim 2nd, followed by the consistent John Burgoine, Phillip David and Nick Lovell – Ouse Amateur.
Again the race officer needed to change the course for race 3. A number of sailors decided that 2 races was enough for them but it was all still to be decided at the front. The wind had finally steadied its self in direction, so what was the intended beat stayed that way. The race was away 1st time, lead by Nick Lovell at the windward mark closely followed by John Burgoine, Ian Whitfield and Alan Gillard. Alan passed Ian on the 1st reach. Whilst Nick and John battled for the lead they forgot which mark they should be going to next, advantage was fully taken by Alan who sailed off for the rest of the race to win by a comfortable margin. John won the battle with Nick to claim 2nd.
Yet again Hornsea SC on the east coast of Yorkshire showed what an excellent place Hornsea Mere is to sail, sunshine, wind and hospitality all in one event, fabulous.
|Rank||Sail No||Helm Name||R1||R2||R3||Total||Nett|
|4th||1407||Philip David||2||4||(33.0 DNC)||39||6|
|10th||1790||Dave Smith||5||13||(33.0 DNC)||51||18|
|17th||1754||Chris Wright||18||14||(33.0 DNC)||65||32|
|18th||1616||Peter Kitchen||23||10||(33.0 DNC)||66||33|
|19th||1792||Stuart Hoare||9||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||75||42|
|20th||1651||Paul Jago||10||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||76||43|
|21st||1648||Mike Mooney||14||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||80||47|
|22nd||1805||Rob Parnaby||17||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||83||50|
|23rd||1544||Robin Jones||21||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||87||54|
|24th||1669||Malcolm Clack||22||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||88||55|
|25th||1599||Tony Ridley||24||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||90||57|
|26th||1601||Ernie Linguard||25||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||91||58|
|27th||1644||Mike Knight||27||(33.0 DNC)||33.0 DNC||93||60|
Report by Alan Gillard
28th April 2013
Emberton Park SC
Saturday 13th April
The first event of the 2013 Streaker Southern Paddle Series, sponsored again this year by Pinnell & Bax, took place at Emberton Park SC on Saturday 13th April. It was also the first time that the club had hosted an event for Streakers and 11 visiting boats arrived to join the single Streaker that resides there. The club was most welcoming and provided a good day’s racing.
In Race 1 the fleet arrived in a bunch at the first mark. Alan Gillard soon pulled ahead, leaving the rest of us scrapping for 2nd place. In the shifty breeze, the windward legs were tricky and it was possible to make big gains and losses. Veronica Falat managed to get clear of the pack after she was just able to fetch a mark that others had to tack for. For a while it almost looked like she would catch Alan but by the finish he was again well ahead. Last year’s series winner Ian Bradley took third place, after fighting off the challenge of John Burgoine.
There was then a break for lunch before two races back to back in the afternoon. The breeze had increased and become very gusty. The course was changed to give a longer beat and the fleet had to pass through a gap between an island and the bank to reach the windward mark. This gave rise to great excitement, especially on the first lap, with lots of calls for ‘Water’ and ‘Starboard’, often at the same time! Again Alan Gillard got clear and was never troubled by the rest of the fleet. Meanwhile behind him there was a good battle with lots of place changing. John Burgoine was in second when a capsize at a gybe mark messed up his chances, which were further ruined by another capsize near the windward mark. Veronica briefly led the bunch but lost out to Nick Lovell and Ian Bradley on the beat and those two pulled away. It was only after the race that we realised that Alan Gillard had suffered a capsize – his lead was big enough for him still to finish a long way ahead and we had been so engrossed in our own battles we hadn’t noticed his mishap!
With just one race to go and having already won the meeting with two firsts, Alan decided not to race too seriously in the third and used a Streaker ‘Wave’ sail. It’s a smaller sail but he was still able to keep up with some of the fleet although the wind was only gusty, not consistently strong. Ian Whitfield led at the first two marks, hotly pursued by Nick Lovell but these two then headed for the wrong mark much to the amusement and surprise of everyone else as we were supposed to be doing exactly the same course as in the race just finished! This handed the lead to Veronica and although Nick managed to catch her briefly half way through the race, she eventually finished clear ahead. Nick took second and John Burgoine was third, with Ian Bradley fourth after a capsize.
It was raining hard as we packed up but the club generously gave us free sandwiches and cake at the prizegiving and the class really appreciated the hospitality shown by Emberton Park SC. Alan Gillard took first prize, Veronica was second and Nick third.
|1st||SHORTY||1832||SHEFFIELD VIKING||ALAN GILLARD||1.0||1.0||(13.0 DNF) 1||5.0||2.0|
|2nd||SKIPPY||1654||WAVENEY & OULTON BROAD YC||VERONICA FALAT||2.0||(4.0)||1.0||7.0||3.0|
|3rd||BANG TIDY||1769||OUSE AMATEUR||NICK LOVELL||(5.0)||2.0||2.0||9.0||4.0|
|4th||BINKY||1817||OUSE AMATEUR||IAN BRADLEY||3.0||3.0||(4.0)||10.0||6.0|
|5th||DIZZY||1713||TAMWORTH||JOHN BURGOINE||4.0||(13.0 DNF)||3.0||20.0||7.0|
|8th||BOUY RACER||1640||STEWARTBY||IAN PARISH||(8.0)||5.0||7.0||20.0||12.0|
|9th||LAST BASH||1700||LANCING||ALAN SIMMONS||(10.0)||9.0||8.0||27.0||17.0|
|10th||SPARKS||1757||EMBERTON||PARK GARY HOGAN||(11.0)||8.0||9.0||28.0||17.0|
|11th||AGAINST THE GRAIN||1791||STEWARTBY||BILL STRANGE||9.0||10.0||(13.0 DNS)||32.0||19.0|
|12th||CHAOS 4||1828||BURGHFIELD||NICK CARTER||(13.0 DNF)||13.0 DNS||13.0 DNS||39.0||26.0|
19th April 2013