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D-Zero (Deep) South West Championships – Report and Results

Paul Scullion from Restronguet SC reports on a windy event from the Deep South West:

Restronguet Sailing Club, 30 Sep – 1 Oct

Restronguet hosted 12 sailors from around Cornwall for the Deep South Championships over the weekend of 30 Sep – 1 Oct. The forecast had been showing a lovely 12-15 knots SW breeze, perfect conditions for sailing in Falmouth Bay; but, as the weekend approached the storm clouds mustered.

The fleet launched early on Saturday for a morning of racing in the bay. The forecast stood true and sun, a 15 knot SW and a lovely rolling swell made for spectacular sailing. A 2 round windward-leeward course was the order of the day and the fleet got away cleanly for race 1 with Charlie Ellse making the most of a slight pin bias to tack and clear the fleet followed closely by Kian Andrews, Richard Argall, Paul Scullion and George Cousins.

Half way up the beat the positions held steady only for a rescue boat to speed across the fleet showing an abandonment flag. An unscheduled – or rather delayed – shipping movement meant that a 300m cruise liner was on its way into the harbour via the race course! Charlie and Kian, as the closest to the windward mark and the last to turn around, were treated to a full blast from the ship’s horn and a special visit from the pilot to motivate their return.

Once the boats had returned the race was immediately restarted in a slightly fresher breeze. Charlie again led towards the St Anthony shore but this time was unable to cross Paul and Kian. Kian took advantage of a small lift and early warnings of his ferocious boatspeed to roll Paul before both tacked for the mark.
Kian led round the first mark closely followed by Charlie, Paul, Richard and George and the fleet carved their way down the rollers. Paul was the first to falter, a broken kicker putting paid to his race. George managed to put his blistering downwind speed to good use and sailed round the outside of Richard but there was no catching Kian and Charlie who were battling for the lead.

Kian held on for the win with Charlie a good second and George holding on to third. With lunch calling the fleet returned to the club before an afternoon of racing in the river.

Races 2 to 4 were held off the sailing club on an inner-loop trapezoid course. By the time the fleet launched again the wind and sea were building: the average wind speed was in excess of 20 knots with gusts nearing 30 and a steep short sea.

Charlie was the next to suffer misfortune: with one minute to the next start he spectacularly rolled in to windward on the line giving the fleet a good chuckle, only for it to transpire that the lashing holding his mainsheet block to the boom had failed. Given the breeze and swell Charlie did a great job of reattaching the block using what appeared to be a shoelace but not in sufficient time to make the start.

Kian led Paul and George away from the pin with a slight lift giving George the advantage. George, Richard and Stacey Bray tacked across to the Restronguet shore with Paul and Kian standing on before tacking near the lay line. Kian narrowly led Paul round the windward mark onto a square reach at right angles to the waves. By the gybe mark George had passed Paul to leeward and these three led onto the second lap.

Up the second beat super-enthusiastic newcomer Dan Teubert pushed hard left whilst the rest of the fleet went right and picked up a cracking shift to round just behind Kian. Richard made a similar gain but tried to tack inside Paul at the windward mark, got stuck and had to reverse out. Despite gaining on Paul on the run Richard then unceremoniously went swimming at the final gybe mark meaning the positions held to the finish; an excellent finish for Dan.

The race officer shortened the start line and increased the course length to 4 rounds for race 3. With the wind now averaging 25 knots the Zeros were the only boats on the water.

This time it was Charlie who took the pin with Kian, Paul, George and Stacey stacked above him. Kian held his lane well and the fleet headed out to the left before Stacey broke right. Round the first mark Kian again led George, Paul and Charlie with Dan, Stacey and Richard close behind.

A storming run from Dan saw him move into third before an equally impressive death roll (who sails with no kicker in that breeze?) saw him relinquish his gains. Next out was Paul who paid for laughing at Richard’s earlier capsize by doing exactly the same thing and letting Charlie and Stacey past.

Despite George’s best efforts he was unable to catch Kian who was sailing block to block, traveller up and flat hiked around the course. Kian took his third win followed by George with a good gap to Charlie and the ever-improving Stacey.

Race 4 was ridiculous: the breeze was topping at 30 knots, driving rain made visibility challenging and the turning tide had kicked up a mountainous chop on top of the swell. Kian was unmatched and sailed into a healthy lead up the first beat, George rounded second and Paul, Stacey and Charlie tussled for third.

This time both Dan and Richard careered up from behind, catching the leading boats on the run. Dan was first down, graciously swimming after his boat after it ejected him. Paul went in next, missing his toe straps at the gybe mark before Richard made the third best capsize of the weekend (there were
enough to rank them), death-rolling with such force that he lost all his mast chocks. That was the end of his day.

Stacey edged past Charlie on the penultimate beat meaning that Kian made a clean sweep for the day with George second and Stacey third. Dan and Paul battled down the last run until Dan submarined on his approach to the line and was launched out of the front of his boat. Unbelievably the boat stayed
upright, caught up with Dan and he then managed to swing over the side and hold on to his place: best “capsize” of the weekend.

Kian led comfortably overnight but the battle was on between George and Charlie. Correspondence on social media that night was at best reflective with even the mighty George complaining that he might be too tired to race again. The older members of the fleet were licking wounds; the younger
excited about the coming day.

Sunday dawned with 30 knots recorded in Falmouth Bay and a call from the club to say that racing might not take place. With the wind swinging to the West Restronguet was sheltered, though, and it was in a sub-10 knot breeze that the fleet launched for two further races.

Race 5 was the shiftiest race of the weekend and started with a battle: George leading Kian, then Charlie, then Paul. Charlie edged into the lead half-way up the first beat before Paul took a left shift at the top to round the mark first from Charlie and George. Usual suspect Darren Williams was finally back in the mix having been seriously overpowered the previous day!

These positions held to the last round when Paul fell into a hole approaching the windward mark allowing Charlie to close the gap. The two were nip and tuck down the last run until Charlie pulled out a yard lead at the finish to take his first win. Kian and Darren rode a big gust down the entire run to
pressure George but he managed to hold on at the line.

The wind was back for the final race but the direction meant that the sea of the previous day had flattened out. The race officer shortened the course slightly but unfortunately a 20 degree shift just before the start made the first beat a fetch. With normal service resumed Kian led George and Paul round the first mark with a fast-closing Stacey just behind. Charlie found himself on the wrong side of the start line so was chasing from the back of the fleet.

A seaweed incident dropped Paul to last place before Dan – him again – misjudged his approached to the windward mark and tried to “Australian sheep dip” his way round. A slow capsize to windward followed, a minor entanglement with the mark, an unfortunate port-tack incident and a resultant retirement: second best capsize of the weekend, albeit somewhat less spectacular than the rest.

The battle was raging at the front with Kian and George neck-and-neck, but the two didn’t see Charlie surfing his own special gust down the last run and challenging for the lead. Kian held on from George with Charlie leading Stacey across the line, giving Kian an emphatic victory counting only bullets.
George held on to take second by one point with Charlie an excellent third and new-boy Stacey holding a resounding fourth place.

Thanks to everyone for an excellent – if exhausting – weekend.

 

Rank SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Nett
1st 156 Kian Andrews 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (4.0) 1.0 5.0
2nd 172 George Cousins (3.0) 3.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 12.0
3rd 238 Charlie Ellse 2.0 (13.0 DNS) 3.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 13.0
4th 260 Stacey Bray 5.0 (6.0) 4.0 3.0 6.0 4.0 22.0
5th 178 Paul Scullion (13.0 RET) 4.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 7.0 25.0
6th 132 Dan Teubert 6.0 2.0 7.0 5.0 9.0 (13.0 RET) 29.0
7th 114 Darren Williams 7.0 8.0 (11.0) 8.0 5.0 5.0 33.0
8th 244 Richard Argall 4.0 5.0 5.0 (13.0 RET) 8.0 13.0 RET 35.0
9th 248 Geoff Taylor (13.0 RET) 10.0 10.0 9.0 7.0 6.0 42.0
10th 104 Huge Helene (13.0 RET) 9.0 8.0 10.0 10.0 8.0 45.0
11th 124 Simon Hindley (13.0 RET) 7.0 9.0 7.0 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 49.0
12th 236 Malcolm Bell (13.0 DNC) 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 65.0

Deep South West D-Zero Championships

An event preview has been written by Paul Scullion from Restronguet Sailing Club:

We sail in the waters of the Carrick Roads and in Falmouth Bay. Falmouth is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world (30m+ in the channel); the waterway itself is approximately 1 mile across at its narrowest point so there’s a lot of water available! We use 3 main race areas:

  • Bay – proper sea sailing… swell, clear winds and little tidal influence.
  • Estuary – glorious location but conditions are very dependent on the wind direction! If it’s from the South expect constant winds, swell and plenty of tide to think about. From the North expect oscillations, a flatter sea state and still lots of tide. There’s convergence, wind sheer, tidal wind bend: you name it, we’ve got it.
  • Basin – home to our normal club racing. This is more like a lake: clear winds from the North or South, shifty from the East and West and choppy depending on the tide. There’s less tidal influence than the estuary.

We will probably, and again depending on conditions, be using a trapezoid course. The current plan is to have an inner loop for race 1, an outer loop for race 2 and a windward-leeward for race 3. The advantage of this is that we get 3 different races with each being successively shorter… nice for tiring legs. Full details of the racing will be available in the SIs.

Water and some food will be available between races. See the food section below!

Club

Restronguet is one of the premier sailing clubs in the country and is home to countless pastchampions, not least of which Ben Ainslie who learned his trade with us.

We have plenty of boat parking, wash down facilities, good sized changing rooms, hot showers, a decent bar, training area and excellent catering (thanks to the lovely Lisa). I’m not sure what more you could want.

Boats

Our D-Zero sailors are a pretty keen bunch so unfortunately there will not be many charter boats available unless you can persuade Rodney to provide any! One or two of our guys are not around, though, so you might be lucky… that said, I hear there are some big names who are keen to join in. I
think one is reserved already.

Logistics – travel, accommodation, food

Travel

Here’s the downside: I’m not going to try and persuade anyone that it’s a short trip down to paradise. The sailing club postcode is TR11 5UF – it’ll get you there.

Brief directions are:
• From Exeter you take the A30 all the way down to the Carland Cross Roundabout.
• Take the A39 signposted to Truro.
• Drive through Truro and follow the A39 to Falmouth.
• You’ll go straight across two roundabouts with a Shell garage on the left between them, a roundabout with a Premier Inn hidden away on the right and then head down a long hill to another roundabout next to a river. Once you’ve passed this look out for the Norway Inn pub on
the right hand side.
• Take the second left after the Norway, signposted to Mylor Yacht Harbour.
• Follow the road into Mylor Bridge. Turn left at the end, right in the village and then left at the little roundabout by the park.
• Drive all the way up the hill, turn left at the top and then follow the road back down again to Mylor harbour.
• Once you’re at the harbour drive along the seafront past Castaway restaurant, along in front of the houses and then veer right towards Windsport. We’ll be waiting there to welcome you.

Alternatively, if you can sort out getting your boat down here you can fly to Newquay and pick up a cheap hire car… super easy!

Accommodation

There’s plenty of accommodation available in and around Mylor. Falmouth isn’t too far away (10 minutes) if you feel like something different.
Camping is available at Windsport but only for a minimum of 10 pitches. If you’re interested please let me know, I’ll collect numbers and speak with Brian.

Mylor yacht harbour has some lovely holiday cottages that are very convenient for the club:

https://www.mylor.com/holidays/home/

Food

The galley will be open at the club on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Dinner will be at the club on Saturday evening subject to numbers. I’ll circulate details separately on this. Outside galley opening hours, there is a restaurant and a truly excellent café in the yacht harbour:

https://cafemylor.com/

We will be providing pasties, water and maybe even a beer on the water on Saturday direct from Patrick’s Perfect Pasties in St Mawes and with a little help from our friends at St Austell Brewery.

Support crews

Clearly some of you will be bringing a support team with you. Dependent on weather (and we’ll make this clear when you arrive on Saturday) the best place to watch on that day will be at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. The advantage of this is that there’s an ice cream van in the car park
and some truly astounding views.

Alternatively, a trip across the river on the King Harry Ferry will get them over to St Mawes, a beautiful one-time fishing village and now home of the wealthy, where St Mawes Castle will also afford a good viewpoint.

Sunday’s racing will be watchable from the club.

If you’re being accompanied by children or significant others who think sailing is a total waste of time there’s plenty to do… we’ll be happy to advise you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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