Blaze Inland Championships 2014

The theme this autumn has been light winds, the pattern had to break sometime and it did so well and truly at Northampton SC on 18th and 19th October for the Blaze Inland Championships. The forecast was southwesterly 20 to 30 kts for both days and it did it. Moreover there was no limp wristed cancelling races and other such PC nonsense the races started on schedule and ran their full length, if you weren’t happy (or wrecked) you could always go in.

Considering the forecast a healthy entry of 27 turned out and had spectacular sailing in heavy conditions. The event was shared with Finns and Europes which worked well for all classes and will be repeated at various events in 2015; it meant there were 60 odd boats on the water, a good size meeting.

Joint favourites for the cup were Ben Pickering (Chase SC) current National Champion and inland expert and Rob Jones three times Champion and someone who revels in the heavy stuff. Courses throughout were round the cans making the most of the area available and where possible avoiding the Finns who tend to sail in a tight pack which at times can be pretty impenetrable.

Race one, slight port bias and Martin Hattersley (Chase SC) crossed the fleet on port and dominated the first beat, hotly pursued by Pickering and Jones. The breeze at this time averaging 15kts with gusts to the mid 20’s. Matt Burnett (Felpham SC) also found the conditions to his liking and was consistently in the pack. At the finish Pickering led from Jones, local Andy McGaw posted a third place with Hattersley fourth.

A new front arrived for race two and increased the breeze to 20 kts average with gusts to high 20’s and twenty degrees shifts. There appeared to be no pattern to it and you went up the beat making it up as you went along. Myles Mence (Lymington Town SC) nailed the start and tacking on to port cleared the fleet. At the windward mark turbulence over the edge of the dam made for a fast heart rate in the bear away. Down the first run a tight bunch lead by Jones and Pickering ran hard by the lee trying to weather the next mark and yet avoid gybing. Christian Smart (Pembrokshire SC) rolled in to windward with a dramatic bang the first of several fresh water rinses he opted for over the weekend. Nick Ripley (Paignton SC) also in the pack and enjoying the conditions kept out of trouble and was able to post a 4th at the finish, Jones beating Pickering.

The breeze now increased still further for the third race with gust exceeding 28kts and the fleet started to thin out. Once again Pickering and Jones sparred for the lead up the first beat. Where possible one played the shifts tempered by the fact that tacking had become a tricky manoeuvre which needed to be rationed and that it was beginning to be a race of survival. Jones’s kicking strap broke allowing Mence into 2nd place and fellow Warsash sailor Ian Clark moved up to 3rd with Christian Smart 4th. Pickering took the gun. Ashore the fleet gratefully retired to hot showers and the most enormous portions of curry provided by the excellent catering ladies at Northampton SC.

Mike Lyons the class SMOD meanwhile was doing fast business selling the new Fire sails. These measure in at 8.8sq m compared to the standard sail of 10sq m and aimed at those who are not quite as quick as they used to be across the boat in a blow; the new product had found its time.

Sunday morning and the relentless wind increased now averaging 24kts with gusts over 30. Christian Smart led up the first beat of race 4 from Pickering and Jones showing great talent and technique as he weighs a good two stone less and was sailing with an alloy mast. Jones meanwhile retired with yet more equipment failure, this was to cost him the championships. At the finish Smart led from Pickering with Mence another lightweight in third place and Ian Clark 4th.

The fleet had now started to thin out with helms suffering gear failure or just plain exhaustion from multiple capsizes. A bright low sun caught the crests of the whitecaps ragging the water of the reservoir, the wind was relentless and gusts were stronger than ever. A stalwart few came to the line impervious to the conditions. Port bias line again and Mence got away at the pin end pursued by Jones who was now back on the water having effected repair. The conditions were truly demanding as together with keeping the boat on the plane on the wind one had to react to each gust by playing the sheet or you were over; the race became one of endurance. At the dam there was always a gust on the critical point of the bear away and then straight into a gybe to get to the left hand side of the course for the run, helms desperately scrabbling aft to keep the bows up in yet another massive gust. At the finish Jones took the gun with Mence 2nd, Pickering 3rd and Clark 4th.

For the 6th and final race only four boats came to the line: Pickering had done enough to win the event and so went ashore leaving Jones, Mence, Matt Burnett and stalwart Bob Yates (Burghfield SC) to spar. Plenty of room on the line but Mence’s pin end flyer did not work this time with the others hooking up inside him. Burnett found the conditions to his liking and was contending for the lead. Jones relentlessly pulled away and was first at the windward mark followed by Mence and Burnett. The gusts down the run were at times astonishing but thankfully the course had been changed so that a gybe was not necessary straight after the bear away and one had time to pick the moment. Triangle, sausage and at the end of the second triangle the Race Officer decided Jones had an unassailable lead, that it was time for lunch and shortened course. We headed in tired but  satisfied, it had been a good scrap.

The next Blaze meeting will be at the Draycote Dash on 22nd/23rd November 2014.

MEM 20/10/14

 

 

Blaze Inland Championships - 18th & 19th October 2014

Northampton Sailing Club

Results as of 13:28 on October 19, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 27, Scoring system: Blaze - Appendix A

Rank

SailNo

Boat

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

769

 

Ben Pickering

Chase SC

1.00

2.00

1.00

2.00

3.00

(28.00 DNS)

37.00

9.00

2nd

678

 

Rob Jones

Warsash SC

2.00

1.00

5.00

(28.00 DNF)

1.00

1.00

38.00

10.00

3rd

7571

 

Myles Menth

Lymington Town SC

(5.00)

3.00

2.00

3.00

2.00

2.00

17.00

12.00

4th

568

 

Christian Smart

Pembrokeshire YC

7.00

6.00

4.00

1.00

7.00

(28.00 DNS)

53.00

25.00

5th

682

 

Martin Hattersley

Chase SC

4.00

5.00

8.00

5.00

6.00

(28.00 DNS)

56.00

28.00

6th

767

 

Matt Burnett

Felpham SC

6.00

11.00

(28.00 DNF)

6.00

8.00

3.00

62.00

34.00

7th

811

 

Pete Barlow

Burghfield SC

8.00

7.00

12.00

8.00

5.00

(28.00 DNS)

68.00

40.00

8th

704

 

Julian Owens

Pembrokeshire YC

9.00

9.00

10.00

9.00

10.00

(28.00 DNS)

75.00

47.00

9th

695

 

Ian Clark

Warsash SC

12.00

(28.00 DNS)

3.00

4.00

4.00

28.00 DNS

79.00

51.00

10th

796

 

Bob Yates

Burghfield SC

19.00

19.00

17.00

(28.00 DNF)

9.00

4.00

96.00

68.00

11th

805

 

Andrew McGaw

Northampton SC

3.00

10.00

6.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

103.00

75.00

12th

545

 

Nick Ripley

Paignton SC

10.00

4.00

7.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

105.00

77.00

13th

800

 

Simon Beddows

Burghfield SC

11.00

8.00

11.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

114.00

86.00

14th

774

 

Mark Blackham

Chase SC

16.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNF

7.00

11.00

28.00 DNS

118.00

90.00

15th

637

 

Pip Warner

Hornsea SC

15.00

14.00

9.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

122.00

94.00

16th

781

 

David Entwhistle

Burghfield SC

13.00

12.00

13.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

122.00

94.00

17th

720

 

Nick Thorne

Warsash SC

14.00

13.00

14.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

125.00

97.00

18th

592

 

Alastair Smith

Hornsea SC

17.00

16.00

16.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

133.00

105.00

19th

779

 

Andy Whitcher

Pembrokeshire YC

20.00

20.00

18.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

142.00

114.00

20th

688

 

Sam Parkinson

Burghfield SC

24.00

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

10.00

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

146.00

118.00

21st

625

 

Kevin Butler

Thorpe Bay

18.00

18.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

148.00

120.00

22nd

663

 

Mike Holmes

Paignton SC

21.00

17.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

150.00

122.00

23rd

799

 

Richard Botting

Draycote Water SC

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DNS

15.00

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

155.00

127.00

24th

775

 

John Deacon

 

(28.00 DNF)

15.00

28.00 DNF

28.00 DNF

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

155.00

127.00

25th

751

 

Paul Taylor

Burghfield SC

22.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

162.00

134.00

26th

772

 

Bob Cowan

Warsash SC

23.00

(28.00 DNF)

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

163.00

135.00

27th

812

 

Mike Lyons

Burghfield SC

(28.00 DNS)

28.00 DSQ

28.00 DSQ

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

28.00 DNS

168.00

140.00

Scoring codes used

Code

Description

Points

DNF

Started but did not finish

28

DNS

Came to the start area but did not start

28

DSQ

Disqualification

28

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Blaze Inlands 2014 Northampton Sailing Club

 

   
         

 Kevin Butler

 625  Thorpe Bay yc    

HELM

 

BOAT

 

 

CLUB

 

 

   
         

Ian Clark

 

 

695

 

 

Warsash SC

 

 

   

Simon Beddows

 

 

800

 

 

Burghfield SC

 

 

   

Paul Taylor

 

 

751

 

 

Burghfield SC

 

 

   

Pip Warner

 

 

637

 

 

Hornsea SC

 

 

   

Mike Holmes

 

 

663

 

 

Paignton SC

 

 

   

Nick Ripley

 

 

545

 

 

Paignton SC

 

 

   

Jon Saunders

 

 

789

 

 

Felpham SC

 

 

   

Mike Lyons

 

 

812

 

 

Burghfield SC

 

 

   
 Andrew McGaw  805  Northampton SC    
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

INLANDS AND WINTER SERIES.


The Inland Championships take place at Northampton Sailing Club over the weekend of 18th/19th October. The club is located at Pitsford Lake, North of Northampton off the A508 at Brixworth – NN6 9DG

We will be sharing the event with the Finn Class for their Inlands as well as a few Europe’s at their Open Meeting. We want to aim for at least 40 entries as Northampton is centrally placed with excellent facilities. Free camping on-site is allowed for the Saturday night, but there is a charge of £10 for the Friday night. Anybody planning to arrive Friday afternoon will need to contact the club office before 1p.m. (01604 880248) to obtain the gate lock code.

There will be 3 races each day plus a social and meal on the Saturday evening. Given good winds a great weekend is promised. Don’t forget the AGM at 6:30 p.m. in the Classroom on Saturday.

The Blaze Class including Halo and Fire will be joining the Sailjuice Winter Series for our Winter Series. Our 4 events will be:-
Draycote Dash  - 22/23rd November
Datchet Flyer  - 13/14th December
Oxford Blue  - 9th January
Steve Nicholson Trophy 24th January
Best two results to count.

The first official Blaze event to be open to Blaze, Fire and Halo will be the Burghfield Open on 11/12th April 2015.

 

 

BLAZE/FINN/EUROPE INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS – NORTHAMPTON SC 18/19 OCTOBER 2014

 

Firstly we apologise for the lack of information re this event. This is because we have not been able to get a detailed response from Northampton SC despite a number of attempts over the past month. So here are the details as far as we know them: -

 

  • The event will be open to STANDARD BLAZE ONLY, we have made this decision as this is is a joint championship event with the Finn Class, running three starts will have an impact on race timing and duration.

  • There will be 3 races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday with 1 discard assuming all 6 races are sailed.

  • Assume racing on Saturday will start at 12:30 (to be confirmed) with an earlier briefing and 10:30 on Sunday.

  • There will be a social on the Saturday evening after the Class AGM.

  • There is an accommodation list on the Northampton SC website. I can confirm that camping is permitted on site.

  • Entry fee to be advised.

regards

Paul Taylor Chairman Blaze CA