The 2011 RMYC Regatta at Beaumaris
After strong winds had necessitated the cancellation of the West Kirby Regatta on Wednesday the portents for the RMYC Regatta the next day were not good. An undesirable forecast of up to SW force 6 in the morning, with the prospect of a moderation around midday saw a wet, misty, windy morning dawn over the on the moorings, with WSW winds at 20 knots meant that even at 1000 conditions were not looking very promising.
The Commodore, after consulting experienced Menai sailors, and despite many sailors having their doubts, hoisted the one hour postponement signal. The sailors scepticism adding to the unattractive prospect of racing. But the Commodore's decision was vindicated and at 1155 the first of the 13 Class sequences started. A well waterproofed but dripping line team stuck it out with all the Classes present getting away as planned.
Of necessity the course for everyone was kept to a visible, just, distance from the line. The challenging conditions were met with equal stoicism by a large proportionof the yacht crews that were entered and good racing was had by all, even though it was necessary to shorten to 3 and 2 laps for different Classes.
The Commodore expressed his thanks to all the safety boat crews, the line team and also to Royal Anglesey Yacht Club for their the usual warm hospitality.
Racing Results and other information available at:
Menai Strait Regattas website
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- International Etchells Northern Championship 2011
Over the weekend 23-24th July the Etchells Northern Championships hosted by with slightly calmer winds on the Sunday. Last year’s runner up, Pointless, skippered by Ray Huntington, made a clean sweep this year, winning all 4 races.
Race 1 saw a long northerly beat down river and into the choppy waters of wind-over-tide. This was followed by an energetic reach back up the river, where boat positions constantly changed with all boats in close proximity, but eventually finishing Pointless, Disco, and Invader.
Race 2 a slight swing in wind direction resulted in a course change, creating a running start to maximum use of the river’s width to create a long windward second leg. A downwind start led to all the fleet reaching the leeward mark together, but it was Pointless who emerged from the battle first and chased closely by Disco and Faldetta.
Race 3 In slightly calmer winds, the race began on another running start; all boats hoisted their spinnakers as soon as they crossed the start line, which meant they all arrived tightly packed together at the first mark before Pointless once again took the lead, with Atlantis Gold coming out second. Up the beat the fleet split direction but the close positioning maintained throughout the race, with all finishing within a couple of minutes of each other; Pointless maintained her lead with Disco second and Invader third.
Race 4 saw Invader take the early lead but a broken tiller extension caused a near broche at the second mark, allowing Disco to take the lead. However, this was short lived as again Pointless pulled out into the lead and although there was a tacking duel up the last beat between Pointless and Disco, Pointless still came out on top, finishing just a couple of boat lengths at most ahead. Both boats were closely followed by Faldetta, Invader and Atlantas Gold.
1 Pointless - 2 Disco Volante - 3 Faldetta - 4 Invader - 5 Atlantas Gold