Well done to Chris Brooks and the team on Qingdao on being first into Punta del Este. If you have not been following it, there are regular skipper’s blogs on the Clipper site. Chris even mentioned our club;
“I'd like to give a big shout out to Leigh Sailing Club. This is my home sailing club, close to the race start at Southend and whose burgee we have been displaying on our port spreader. It’s a great little club with some awesome sailors, so welcoming and a place I really enjoy being. I know some of you are following the race there. Wish us luck today, hopefully we can pull it together for all the supporters and ourselves, but wherever we finish, it's been an epic journey.”
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The sailing races for the Old Leigh Regatta will take place on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September. There will two races on each day, the races will be around a special course with the start and finish line at Bell Wharf with race signals flown from the club house balcony.
Classes to race will be Cadets (under 18) and Adults both as all-in handicap with both Cadets and Adults starting at the same time.
Schedule of Races : Saturday 14th Sept Race 1 12:30 start, Race 2 ASAP after end of Race 1
Sunday 15th Sept Race 3 13:00 start, Race 4 ASAP after end of Race 3 (Race 3 is also the LSC Barts Bash Race)
The Sailing Instructions can be downloaded as below.
ALL are required to complete an entry form and pay an entry fee of £2.00, the entry form can be downloaded as below or completed in the club before the first or third race.
BARTS BASH RACE
Our Barts Bash Race will be used to raise monies for the Andrew (Bart) Simpson Charity – you can either register on line as an individual at https://andrewsimpsonfoundation.org/ Leigh on Sea SC is registered as a venue, and make an online donation or we will accept cash donations on the day at the club or with your entry to Old Leigh Regatta.
Cruiser lift-out will take place on October 26t. This will make the prom unavailable before the tide, and Jubilee will be needed for the lift-out. For the autumn 7 & 8 dinghy racing that day, parking will be on the ramp and the red rib used as support instead of Jubilee. Your support is appreciated.
Saturday 31st August / Sunday 1st September
A small but select group of 13 GP14s gathered at Leigh on Sea SC for the Southern Area Championship races over the last weekend of the ‘real’ summer season. The weather while not a hot as the previous Bank Holiday weekend at least promised some good winds for the racing. Eleven visitors joined two local boats to wait for the tide to cover the mudflats and float the committee boat. While waiting the Leigh hospitality was on form with tea, coffee and bacon rolls from the galley consumed while boats were rigged and assembled on the beach.
Once the tide had covered the mud the fleet launched and with a fairly steady WSW force 4 with a few gusts of force 5 a large number of boats managed to cross the line before the start, result was a general recall. The second attempt under code flag I was a success. James Goodfellow in 14253 with Richard Ham 14166 close behind lead the fleet around the trapezoid course, although the wind seemed to be steady there was a large variation in the middle of the beat which lead to some place changing in mid fleet. James and Richard maintained their 1st and 2nd positions at the gun and Maciek (Magic) Matyjaszczuk in 13870 took 3rd place. The second race saw a clean start with the wind still blowing at F4, James lead the fleet at the first mark. The weather then started to have a say in the outcome, as the temperature rose the sea breeze clashed with the gradient wind and on the second round the wind had dropped to a feeble F1 / 2 with the fleet drifting on the tide. The beat became a real test of light weather skills, the Race Officer decided that in the interests of finishing the race within the time limit he would finish the race at the windward mark. The last few metres into the mark saw some position changes with Nick Hann in 13003 taking 2nd place in front of Richard Ham and Helen Allen 13421.
The club had tea cakes and a BBQ and an evening social with folk music, which resulted in a few sore heads on Sunday morning. But as we had to wait for the tide there was plenty of time for morning tea, coffee and bacon rolls from the galley.
The wind had shifted a few points round to due west and was still blowing at F4 with a few F5 gusts. The start for race 3 with the tide under the fleet resulted in the second general recall of the weekend and a second I flag start. James continued his leading ways by leading all three rounds, with Magic following in second, Richard Ham crossed the line to silence having been judged OCS at the start, allowing Nick Hann to finish third. For race 4 the race team rejigged the course as the wind was now WNW, James lead the early rounds but was harried by Andy Wardsworth 14014 who having recovered his rudder lost during a capsize in race 3 was determined to finish this race in the points. At the finish James crossed first with Richard Hamm moving into second in front of Andy.
After racing the fleet enjoyed more tea cakes and BBQ before the prize giving.
Photos R Knight
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