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Summer 2015 calendar

Posted by Terry Smith on September 22, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The proposed racing calendar is up. If anyone has problems with it, let me know and we will try to resolve it. The calendar may change if there are clashes with State/National events being held in South Australia.

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As per the last season, the worst result will be discarded so that members having other commitments will not be knocked out totally by missing just one day.

RESULTS 06SEP14 - HANDICAP

Posted by Terry Smith on September 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This may be the latest that I have posted race results. I apologise, On very short notice I won an all expenses paid trip to Club Med Flinders and I just couldn't turn it down.

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Unfortunately I can give little else than the bare bones of the results as I have no clear memories of the moments that would otherwise have made it a day to remember.

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On the long course Bob won by a barely comfortable seven points from John and Brian.

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On the short course Bevan continued his reign of terror, but did not have it all his own way. I am not sure if Bruce will be racing through the summer series or if his catamaran will take precedence. If Bruce is around, don't rest on your laurels Bevan 'cos I reckon Bruce has got a hedge trimmer with your name on it.

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The leaderboard is shown below. This is not necessarily the end result for the season as I stated, at the start of the season, there would be a one day discard to allow for other family activities away from the Club.

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RESULTS A CLASS 13 SEPTEMBER 2014

Posted by Terry Smith on September 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Right from the word GO I am thanking every member of SEHMYC for making the day a success. Everybody put in regardless of whether it was physical jobs that needed doing through to support for the day via spectating. The one minor mark on the day was the Rescue boat that managed to put two club members out of action before the day began. When we finally got someone to make it to the boat in a physically fit condition, the motor got sulky and went on a go slow campaign.

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A further thanks to the competitors from outside of SEHMYC and the invaluable input they gave regarding various points in running such an event.

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The race results and report have gone to Alan Gold (SEHMYC club member and State Secretary) and it read :-

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He certainly smiled on SEHMYC for the 2014 A Class Championship. What more could you ask for? We had a beautiful blue sky, reasonably consistent light to medium winds, a picturesque location and a comfortable maximum 22 degrees. Not too shabby at all.

 

We had eight entries but Ben Morris was forced to cancel at the last moment. Next year I hope, Ben.

 

The breeze favoured Rob Guyatt and he got away for a flyer in the first race. It also helped that he hit the line at speed 0.001 second after the gun. Way to go to put your impression on a series.

 

Rob immediately followed this up with a DNF and a DNS caused by ................... electronics problems! It wasn’t Rob’s fault, it was caused by some new-fangled batteries. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

 

This gave Philip Scapens a chance to step up and make his play for the Cup had Alan Gold not kicked into gear to take the third race with his virtually new and not yet race tuned Venom.

 

Rob returned with a vengeance in Race 4 and ran together a string of firsts with only 1 second place in Race 5. Well done Rob.

 

Well done also to Philip who hung in there and prayed for another battery failure. It wasn’t to be.

 

Bob Tuohy had an interesting tussle for third place with Alan Gold. Bob was sailing “Shamrock”, the same Foo Fighter that Ben Morris sailed to State Championship some years back. Alan, as mentioned, was sailing a new Venom that has not yet had the chance to be fully race tuned. Don’t discount the older boats. This can also be seen with Ross Eldridges boat that went into the water for a trial run last week after collecting dust for about 9 years. Ross got off for a very respectable third and second after which he took over my normal duties as groundsman and started sweeping up all of the reeds floating around the course.

 

Brian and David provided the “Safety Boat” services.

 

I thank all of the SEHMYC members for making this such a successful day. Thank you also to Rob, Alan and Ross for getting our numbers up to make it a ranking event.

 

Next year is the 10th year for SEHMYC and I look forward to the next A Class Championship being a special day for the Club and the Class.

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The State Title score sheet 2014 is below.

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Point scores do not do justice to the actual racing done. For example, in Race 1 Rob beat Philip by 2.29 seconds. Race 5 Philip beat Rob by 33.99 seconds. In the later races Rob won by an average of 1 minute per race. There were some fantastically close starts and finishes. In all it was a most entertaining day for the spectators.

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The day was also the decider for our Club Line Honours and Corrected Time A CLASS trophies. Congratulations Philip. Welcome aboard Alan.

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On Corrected Time there was a scrum for second place. Well done Bob. Well done Alan for winning the scrum.

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RESULTS 16AUG14 LINE HONOURS/CORRECTED TIME

Posted by Terry Smith on August 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Here we go with Commodore Roger's first scoring day on the computer. Thanks Roger!

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While I was there things seemed to be flowing along well. Sorry I had to leave but I needed my Poppa nap. John Lykke came around to drop the computer off after the racing and couldn;t even wake me with the doorbell.

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It appears that Mr Magoo had no trouble finding his way around the course. Philip will probably claim that it was partly due to an improvement in the scorekeepers skills.

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You can run Philip, but you can't escape from th ehandicapper. As a result of this the new starts for long course are:

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On the short course Bevan starred again. Peter took the day off and relaxed.

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Having a day off didn't help Peter's handicap.

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Corrected Time on the long course was taken by Philip Scapens giving him a clean sweep for the day. Ah McGoo you've done it again.

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In doing that you've shoved your IOM well up the list and you won't get it so easy next time.

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Look at the grouping of scores for 2nd - 4th. You'll be back with them next time, Philip, regardless of which class you sail.

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On the Short Course Bevan came through again.

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Which brings us to the leaderboards. It could be anybody on the long course. I mentioned at the start of the season that there would be 1 discard so that people can attend other family functions etc. This could be the deciding factor after the next race.

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RESULTS 02AUG14 - HANDICAP

Posted by Terry Smith on August 2, 2014 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you weren't there you missed some great sailing. The day started real slow - it took us until 12:00 to get the two first races in but after lunch the wind picked up for a good genteel afternoon's racing.

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I was particularly pleased to watch the level of racing today. We are starting to get some red hot starts and people are thinking more at the buoy roundings with respect to getting through fast and clean rather than forming rugby scrums. All in all you put up a good interesting day to watch. Thanks guys.

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The long course results were close, and would have been closer still if Philip did not have an unbreachable attraction to the second last buoy of the last race. Well done Bob and David tying for first place and Grant Murray just one point off of making it a three way split. Philip's unfortunate Affaire de Couer with that gorgeous bouy took him down to share fourth place with Brian Pennifold.

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Bevan just managed to hang onto the short course after Bruce had a setback in the first race. Well scraped in Bevan and well chased Bruce.

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Peter had a good relaxing day. Saw a Magpie's nest. Ploughed Mr Magoo down. Generally enjoyed himself. A man after my own heart.

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Depending on how close things get the long course leaderboard, the championship may be decided on count back. Grant clawed back another point from Brian to be one off the pace. Brian's equal fourth today could slip to a fifth place if it goes to the countback.

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With John's absence today Bevan has grabbed a bit of breathing room.

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As is usual, most of the chiacking is reserved for the handicapper. I reckon I got some of my own back on the blurters today with the long course results.

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If Philip had not been caught In Flagrante Delicto with that second last buoy and he had won that race the day's result would have been -

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If Philip had not had a sudden rush of blood from the head to the nether regions and scored second the day's results would have been -

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If Philip had not had a lust for that second buoy from the end and scored third the day's results would have been - 

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Moral 1 - You can't get much better handicapping than that so leave the handicapper alone.

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Moral 2 - When you're out in front, leave the buoys alone.

BIG OOPS

Posted by Terry Smith on July 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A bit of a hiccup with the last results. It comes from doing things when you're tired, and from computers doing what you tell them to do instead of what you want them to do.

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Apologies to David Martin who was incorrectly scored on the last Line Honours results.They should have been -

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and -

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I bet that was a bit of a heart-started David.

Rules Tutorials

Posted by Terry Smith on July 30, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I found a pretty good site for basic rules explanations. It explains what is happening, and why. It also throws in some good hints for various situations.

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Room at the Mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGlDxQaCWQ

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Port and Starboard at thw Windward Mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7gEwcARFQ

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Port and Starboard General Rule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84c1TTiFxE0

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Tacking on the Port layline near the mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwzZ4XerpH8

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Starting on Port Tack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSD1PicwezI

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Turning a Jibe Mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvTQwwmyE-g

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Jibe mark in a crowd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KHCM9BWZyw

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Tacking in the Zone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAPHGISjUbQ

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Port Starboard at the leeward mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27mJ7sJW7g

This last one is a bit different in that they were real boats and not radio controlled. In real boats the overlap zone is only one boatlength.

RESULTS 19JUL14 LINE HONOURS/CORRECTED TIME

Posted by Terry Smith on July 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After a series of race days with winds that would suck the beard off of a Cape Horn sailor it was time we had a bit calmer day. But fair's fair for goodness sake. Racing was called off when the fourth race had only 4 boats over the line after half an hour. Consequently the day was scored on just the first three races.

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Having a dig at Grant's quality of sailing on our last race day was just whaat he needed for a bit of motivation, taking Line Honours from John Lykke by 2 points.

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See "BIG OOPS" above.

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On Corrected Time David Martin ran a clean sweep of firsts to take the day with Grant running a creditable second.

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On the Short Course Peter Scapens breezed in with a convincing win over "the beginner".

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Bruce only missed rolling "the beginner" by one point and John Amos continued to be beset by gremlins.

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Bruce made up for his third place on Line Honours by taking first place on Corrected Time.

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The Leaderboards show the crowd looming up behind Bob for the Long Course Line Honours. Bevan looks pretty safe on the Short Course.

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See "BIG OOPS" above.

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On the Corrected Time Leaderboard, Brian is in a similar situation to Bob on Line Honours. The pack is closing in.

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On the Short Course Bevan is once again leading but with a reduced margin compared to his Line Honours results.

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The new starts are

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PETER SCAPENS IS THE SCRATCH MARKER FOR THE SHORT COURSE

RESULTS 05JUL14 - HANDICAP

Posted by Terry Smith on July 8, 2014 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We had it all going on this time. Boats playing submarines, gear blowouts and technological features never seen before.

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There was some great racing between the two A Class yachts - Aries and Shamrock - until Shamrock's technical innovation came unstuck. Bob had a mast that could lower itself when the wind picked up! First off he thought all of his newly replaced shrouds and stays had stretched about two inches. He ran out of adjustment and so he and Roger did the logical thing to shorten them, they tied some knots in them. The same problem happened and that was when they discovered that the mast sections were concertinaing into each other. Well done Holmes and Watson.

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The Lykke and Eckert Marbleheads were running neck and neck until Rex had an unfortunateness in Race 7. Good to see Rex back on the water.

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Grant Murray just sailed shit. Don't take my word for it, he will tell you that himself. Cheer up, you get those days occasionally Grant.

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Today's result let Brian lever Grant out of top spot but there are plenty of races before the season ends. Grant and Brian only have to miss one day and there are about 5 other boats ready to jump into their shoes. 

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On the Short Course fortunes varied through the day. Bevan the Beginner was bemoaning my handicapping system but I think I've got it just about right. John Amos took the day from him by one point. Wouldn't that rip the crutch out of your nightie Bevan?

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 On the Leaderboard only one point separates the two red racers.

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Racing 05 JULY 14

Posted by Terry Smith on July 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Now that we have got away from all of the long weekends for a while our racing programme can settle down a bit.

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Racing this Saturday will be Handicap/Stern Chaser.

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The weather forecast is more favourable than it has been lately. I'll see you there.