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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 29/07/2018 :  07:56:41  Show Profile
2000 UK Nationals 2018 @ Royal Torbay YC 4-10th August 18.

For the latest update during the event with regards to social and racing information, a WhatsApp group has been set up for all competitors (and race team!). You will need to download the app on your device and then click the link below to join the group.
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2018 :  16:44:39  Show Profile
First day completed. GORGEOUS sunny weather, but the wind never blew above 8 knts. Some of the lighter crews managed to get on to the deck, others didn't! Wind SE'ly - a VERY steady direction for Torbay, although there was slightly more wind (1/2 knot difference, maximum) on the left hand side of the beat. 2 good races, which Simon and Katie used to demonstrate their intentions!

Results are here: http://results.rtyc.org/hosted2018/2000n/2000nos.html

First day debrief, with Kev O'Brien extracting useful information from the top guys while reviewing a video of the start and first leeward mark....
Sit forward in light (sub-10 knots) wind. Helm next to the shrouds and crews well forward of the thwart.
Down wind, lift the plate half way.
Kicker: no tension, use the mainsheet to hold the leech of the sail up.
Cunningham: very loose, not touched all race.
Out haul: About 4 fingers width between the boom and the sail. Looser than normal, in order to give fullness to the sail to drive thru the awkward waves.
Rig tension varied between the leeward shroud just starting to wobble (most of the top people) and keeping the leeward shroud tight with 320-350lbs tension (the race winner!).

Edited by - chrisj on 05/08/2018 18:44:51
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2018 :  16:28:35  Show Profile
The second day had a two hour postponement, during which there was no wind at all in Torquay harbour. But a light easterly sprang up, enough to get the fleet out for 2 races.
What happened? NO IDEA. My crew decided that today was the day to be ill - not having had a day ill for the last 18 months or so.


So all I know is the results: http://results.rtyc.org/hosted2018/2000n/2000nos.html

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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 07/08/2018 :  08:32:59  Show Profile
Lay Day today. Racing resumes at 11:00 on Wednesday.
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 08/08/2018 :  18:28:42  Show Profile
SUPERB days racing today. 2 races, each of 3 laps, each lap of 20+ minutes - so big courses in 15-18 knots of wind.
First race Darren and Natalie led off the pin, and led all the way around. Fast and upright and well powered up down wind.
The second race needed 3 attempts at a start - the first was postponed after a big shift 15 seconds before the start, the 2nd was general recall, and the 3rd we were away on a U flag. Rob and Sarah led away from the committee boat, and kept going to the left hand side of the course while others tacked behind them. Half way up the beat, the right was looking good, but the left hand side and the port lay line came into its own at the end of the beat. Lottie Harland rounded in 3rd place, with Simon/Katie and Darren/Natalie well down.
But it was a long race! And at the finish, Simon/Katie managed the final gybe just a fraction faster than Rob/Sarah to take the win.
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2018 :  18:57:51  Show Profile
The committee boat spent all day on the water: from 09:30 till 15:00 waiting for the wind. Eventually we launched and joined him: great 8-10 knts from the south east (westerly is the forecast!). The first beat was a question of playing the shifts and avoiding the holes. But the run was one complete hole! Shortened course to 1 lap - with Simon winning again.
Then the wind went, then it came back with 10-12 knts from the west as forecast - which then became 15-18 for the first beat. But the run turned into 5 to 8 knots, until halfway down when the 25-30 knot squall ran thru the fleet. The front guys were still racing, while everyone else was surviving or swimming. Once the squall passed, a great 12 knots was back - from the same direction, allowing a very close 2nd lap - which Darren and Natalie won with Iain and Sarah Yardley (4th or 5th at the final windward mark) claiming 2nd ahead of Chris and Gill Jordan.
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2018 :  15:59:17  Show Profile
A windy day to finish a great week of very varied championship sailing at Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Winds generally 15-18 knots, but squalls and hail storms lasting 10 minutes at a time were blowing over every 30 minutes or so - with accompanying 30-32 knots of wind. Darren and Natalie led away from the start line, chased by Rob/Sarah who played the shifts better to lead at the first mark. Darren/Natalie stormed away downwind, while Rob/Sarah took an unexpected swim on the gybe.
The second race was a similar first beat - Darren/Natalie ahead of Chris/Gill (who were still feeling the effects of illnesses earlier in the week and retired after 1 lap). But Rob/Sarah, after the disappointment of the swim, were having none of it! They stormed down the last run to grab the last race win.
http://results.rtyc.org/hosted2018/2000n/2000nos.html
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george

295 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2018 :  18:27:07  Show Profile
Congratulations to Simon and Katie, a well deserved win.
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chrisj

796 Posts

Posted - 16/08/2018 :  07:35:48  Show Profile
And MANY photos are here: https://www.borderphotos2010.com/2000-nationals.html
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