Friday 21st July saw 6 Access 303’s take to the water for races 15 and 16 of the Sailability Summer Challenge.
Conditions were challenging with a strong, gusty SSE wind gusting to 25 knots (F6).
Given the conditions the RO was able to set some longer courses, a triangle for race 1 and trapezoid for race 2.
Clive and Rachel led the way in Race one with Roy and Meg working their way through the fleet after a ‘poor’ start to gain second. Barbara and Wilf took the third place with Sam and Henry in fourth.
In race 2 Sue and Karen made a good start and won the race with Roger a close second and Roy and Meg in third, Sam again achieving fourth.
The leader board is very close with Roy and Clive/Rachel sharing 11 Nett Points. Chris still holds the third position with Roger close on his transom...
The table below and the Sailwave Results Table treat discards in different ways, and so may present different overall placings as the series progresses.
This table uses all scores until more than 10 races have been held. After that the best 10 scores from races sailed so far will be counted and the other scores discarded.
The Sailwave table progressively discards scores in proportion to the number of races held. So for example after 12 races only 5 scores count with 7 discarded, after 20 races 9 count with 11 discarded and so on.
After race 22 both tables count the best 10 scores, so the overall placings will then agree.
Overall points and placings shown below may vary from Sailwave results due to the method used for discards. Click here for information on discards.
Photos by Robert McIntyre
Report by Chris Dabbs
The HANSA sailors were welcomed by summer sunshine and a building breeze at Pitsford reservoir on June 3rd that allowed Northampton Sailability to run the full programme of four races on a trapezoidal course.
The morning’s light winds weren’t to everyone’s taste, but 2.3 winner Lindsay Burns made the most of the conditions. "It was very shifty and a really excellent challenge. The place to make up time was at the top of the beat as you got close to the dam as it swung around a lot. Coming from Frensham we learn to read that sort of wind, so I was able to make a lot of ground."
Tim Scarisbrick and Janet White took the double-hander honours despite have a "lousy" first two races, according to crew Janet White. "In the first race we got clouted on the line, then caught someone ourselves which meant we had to do a 360 at one of the marks. In the second race we misheard the hooter as a general recall and lost a minute or more. So we had it all to do after lunch."
But the windier conditions after the fine repast laid on by Elaine and her team, suited them and as helm Tim Scarisbrick said: "We were going like a train in the afternoon."
303 2-person helm Phillip Hall came in third and commented. "It was a good day’s racing. Apart from the last race where I came last. Thank goodness for the discard. As we were in the wake of some boats we thought we would tack off. Then when we tacked back they were miles away."
Liberty class winner Paul Phillips said: "It was a fantastic day, with perfect conditions in my opinion as it was shifty enough to keep it interesting and there was good, close racing. I was lucky enough to benefit from other sailors’ mistakes by keeping out of the tacking duels that developed and it seemed that the left side was better with the gusts lifting you."
The best-placed Northampton crew were Roy Child and Priscilla Davies, second in Class. Like eventual double-hander winners Scarisbrick and White they thought it was a General Recall in Race Two, and then seemed to be chasing Scarisbrick and White in the rest of the races. Northampton crews Chris Dabbs and Pete Windatt and Meg Elliot and Christine Allen were literally touching distance away from each other on a couple of Downwind legs and finished 4th and 5th respectively, while race novices Sam Ravenscroft and Chris Bignall weren’t far behind in 8th.
Current 2.3 champion and highly experienced HANSA sailor Lindsay Burns paid tribute to the event’s organisation: "It was a lovely day’s racing, and I want to pay tribute to the organisation on and off the water, especially the shore crews who were very efficient so cheerful too. Thank you, Northampton."
Photos by Robert McIntyre
Hansa 2.3 Class
Hansa 303 Two-Person Class
Hansa 303 One-Person Class
Hansa Liberty Class
Photos by Robert McIntyre
Priscilla Davies, Treasurer of Northampton Sailability writes:
An old friend or ours, Clr Jim Harker, along with his wife and grandchildren, came along to Push The Boat Out Day in June last year. He had often heard me talking about Sailability at Pitsford and wanted to come along himself to see exactly what we did.
He was very impressed with our activities, so much so that a few days later he contacted me to say that he would like to nominate Northampton Sailability to be one of his two chosen charities for his year as Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, and had we a wish list! Heads together and up came the idea of a new Bahia dinghy to replace the aging Sport 16.
Obviously I said we would be delighted to accept his kind offer and this started a whole year long series of events, many of which I was personally involved in, one of which was a meal with a difference at an Indian restaurant in Northampton attended by quite a few of our members and volunteers. Eventually a new Bahia was ordered, delivered to Pitsford and Jim and colleagues were invited to launch the boat with glasses of bubbly at the ready, followed by an excellent afternoon tea.
After much head scratching on Jim’s part, our new boat is named County Rose to reflect the County Council’s association. Jim did actually have a sail in the new boat and came back onto dry land without any mishaps!
Our new Hansa 303 and Bahia have been put into service. Both were out on the water on Friday April 7th.
Emma and Henry in the Bahia
Roy and Jean in the new Hansa 303
Sadly we have to announce that Martin Gibbs passed away on March 22nd.
His widow, Rosemary writes:
This is just to let you know that Martin died on Wednesday 22nd March at Coventry University Hospital. He had had a series of bad infections over the last two years which gradually weakened his powers of resilience. He has been in Full Time Care since Jan. 2015.
I had hoped to be able to bring him back to Sailability but he had become more anxious generally and didn’t feel he could cope.
I visited Martin regularly and I am so happy that as most of the stress was lifted we could have better times together. He felt secure and my patience and love returned more strongly.
I do thank the Club for the happy times you enabled us to have out in the open and on the water. It did seem to be the one thing that gave him a bit of his old spark of enjoyment.
Learning to sail was an experience which I treasure and I do thank you all. The tranquility of the views from the Club House was balm to my stressed state.
Thank you for everything especially the support, friendship, training and opportunity for adventure.
Special thanks to Roy and all who took Martin out for an hour or so of freedom on the water.
Best wishes, Rosemary Gibbs.
On Saturday 25th March a Swimarathon was organised by Northampton Rotary Clubs to raise sponsorship for both Sailability and other local charities.
Cath, Emma, Roger and Angela.
The 5th annual Rotary Swimarathon was held at Moulton College, near Brixworth.
Teams swam from 13.00 to 17.00 in 1 hour slots with approx 5 teams of 6 swimmers in each slot.
Northampton Sailability put in a team of swimmers, Angela, Emma, Cath and Roger and swam a mile in 45 minutes, raising over £1000 in individual and team sponsorship.
Great fun was had by all, swimmers and supporters.
Well done Team! - Ed
Karen Cragg writes:
Richard and I are at a conference about well being for people with learning disabilities!
Sailability were asked to sign a manikin made by a group from Wellingborough that make them!
Richard was kind enough to 'model' it. Sailability signed the left part of the chest!
Report from Richard Elliott
The conferance was organised by the Northants LD partnership board to promote health and well being. It was attended by lots of people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
We were in a room with lots of stalls with different organisations about advice and support and activities. The conference sessions included a choir, dance and activity sessions for lots of sports in the sports hall.
We did not have a boat but we did have models, see the front of the photo on a map of pitsford, we had a dice game to sail round the course but most people prefered trying to fit the masts in the boats!
Everybody enjoyed the photos and we could talk about groups and individuals in the Drascombe Longboats and the 303's.
There were several interested groups and families who we encouraged to come along and have a look.
It was a great atmosphere and well worth taking part but I was aware that getting to Pitsford was quite a barrier for people from Kettering and Corby.
Thanks to Karen for her suppoort and to Meg for the map and her picture.
The following students passed the course on 11th Feb and look forward to putting it into practice on the water.
The course was taught by Jenny Jeffs, John Norman and Mike Hulands as volunteer instructors.
The Rotary E-Club District 1070 chose the occasion of their Burns Night Charter Dinner to present Northampton Sailability with a new Hansa 303.
Pictured are Sailability Committee members with Colin Bain and Michael Potter of Rotary E-Club.
Lesley Mulligan reports:
The RNLI event at the George went really well yesterday with the opportunity for Northampton Sailability members to meet and greet.
I have had some great feedback to say that the food was good and people really enjoyed the event.
The bring and buy sale raised a total of £94.60 for RNLI.