12th September 2019
A warm, somewhat muggy, day at Chipstead, with a steady 12mph westerly producing an opportunity for a beat to the 1st mark – always a plus. John, Fleur & Paul were in the race hut. Last week we used flags in the start process in addition to the sound signal. This week we raised all 3 flags at the 3 minute, then lowered 1 with each of the 2, 1 & 0 sound signals.
There is a video showing from 3 minutes before the start to when the boats get to the first mark “A”. There’s a bit too much movement on the mobile phone. Next time a tripod. Its interesting to see what everyone was doing in the build up to the start, and maybe contrast it what you were doing and how it evolved into the start. Keith Eeles (6th) made probably the best start from the middle of the line, crossing ahead of Mark Cayzer (2nd), who’d made an excellent start at the very crowded windward end. Peter Wagner (3rd) also chose to be in clear air at the leeward end of the line and set off well. But after about 30 seconds, he was caught on port by Mark Cayzer. Peter Gregory (1st) was close behind Mark, followed by Fay Wilson (5th). As the first leg evolves, Martin Norman (4th) follows Peter Wagner from the leeward end in clear air.
Of course starting isn’t everything. It’s interesting to see that while Peter Gregory was behind by Mark at the start, and was 4th by the 1st mark, by the end he was 1st overall – how does he do it? Derek Preston was just that little bit too impetuous, and had to go round and restart, yet pulled back to 7th.
If you do a web search for “Dinghy Racing Start Techniques” there are a good number of interesting articles, which go into quite some detail about ideas such as checking the line bias to decide on which end to go for, timing runs to the line etc. both in articles and videos.
Result of Summer Race 6
1 Peter Gregory Liberty 22
2 Mark Cayzer & Ann 303 11
3 Peter Wagner Liberty 21
4 Martin Norman & Sebastian Martin 125
5 Fay Wilson & James 303 10
6 Keith Eeles Liberty 25
7 Derek Preston Liberty 24
8 Imogen Fletcher & Helen 303 7
9 Steve Farmer 303 9
10 Malcolm Hill Martin 126
11 Mike Blatchford Liberty 23
12 Geoff Taylor 303 4
13 Ian Gubb 303 8
14 Ben Gubb & Brian 303 6
2 comments on “WS Summer Race #6”
This was a race that I missed, but it would still be fascinating and educational to see the video. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a link to the video. Or am I being even more dumb than usual? Can anybody enlighten, please?
David – Just read your comment. There is a video but due to technical difficulties it has not been possible to upload it to the website. Apologies for that.