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After two weekends with strong winds which resulted in race cancellations we finally had a weekend with gentle breezes forecast – maybe too little to race! Nevertheless 8 boats turned out to race on the Saturday and 6 on Sunday. Both days the PROs set courses which could be easily shortened but by circling a ring of buoys it gave a wide variation of sailing angles.
With downwind sails forbidden some legs could have been very slow but on Saturday there was a little more wind than promised. Indeed, after a 15min start postponement the wind backed to the west and and kicked in reliably and even peaked at 18 knots! I am sure we all enjoyed a sail with some brisk and some gentle legs in the sun though cooled by the sea breeze.
Sunday was a more gentle race with a peak wind of around 13 knots but the fleet all completed a slightly longer course.
Just for a change the weather has been poor during the week but cheering up for the weekend! So tomorrow we can hopefully (trying not to tempt fate here) expect racing to go ahead with a gentle breezeg.
The start is scheduled at the convenient time of midday and we hope many of you will be able to join us. As per the Race Instructions (www.ccrc.co.uk/wp-content/files/event-instructions/2020-TR.pdf) if you can let the Sailing Secretary know you are participating today.
Guest boats are also very welcome (www.ccrc.co.uk/guest-entry).
Once again I am sorry to say that we (PROs, Sailing Secretary and Commodore) have agreed we must postpone the races planned for this weekend (4/5th July). The forecast is for average winds of 20 knots with gusts of 30 knots. After all those weeks in lock-down looking at the super weather this is very frustrating. Normally we would not decide this early but forecasts are getting more accurate and the weekend forecast has been stable for some days.
We hope for better weather the weekend of 11/12th July when the long range forecast shows the jet-stream a bit further north (fingers crossed!).
If you use the SeaPro navigation software and find your waypoints and routes aren’t working this season then the explanation is at https://www.euronav.co.uk/eurohelp/techdocs/TN077.htm
I found the first, small, download worked.
Ten boats turned out for the Commodore’s Bender at the weekend which consisted of two innovative races with distant socialising lunch at anchor between them. It was fortunate the event was delayed from Saturday to Sunday as the weather then provided plenty of wind for racing but a calm and sunny anchorage for lunch. It was a shame a few were unable to take part due to the date change. The races allowed competitors to decide on their own start time (within limits) which made for an easier start but more difficulty seeing how you were performing. As for lunch the bay was popular but plenty of room for all, and some hung off other anchored boats to save hassle.
A super day and great to be back on the water.
Each year our Commodore invites CCRC members to take part in a different format of club event called the Commodore’s Bender; and this is normally at the end of the sailing season in October.
For obvious reasons this year is already very different so this year the Commodore’s Bender takes place in June – Saturday 13th June.
The Bender will consist of two races of a different type plus an anchored lunch break. Of course members can choose to just do the races or just go and anchor for lunch.
The event recognises what we can and cannot do at present – i.e. no overnight stays onboard and continued social distancing while exercising/sailing. It should provide a bit of a shake-down sail, a change from our usual activities (or inactivities!), a little exercise and competition, and some distant socialising (as opposed to social distancing), while keeping risks low.
The races will both have a start time decided (within limits) by your skipper; so you will need to declare both your start and finish times. This means you have the added challenge of deciding the best time to do the race, and it allows some flexibility for travelling to your boat in the morning and avoids contention on the start line.
The lunch will be at anchor in Priory Bay near Bembridge.
Race Instructions are on the CCRC web site – www.ccrc.co.uk/programme.
Those CCRC members who enjoyed yesterday’s Virtual Yacht Races (and even if you did not take part) might be interested in joining a trans-Atlantic race starting at midday today. Even if you miss the start you can still join in later. “IntrepidBob” is taking part so we might even make up a little CCRC flotilla. It is free though there are extras you can pay for.
In view of the current COVID19 epidemic we have had to review the forthcoming programme for 2020.
CCRC is cancelling all events (social and racing) until the end of May at the earliest.
For June and beyond we will review the programme closer to the time but even if we decide racing etc. is possible we may also change the actual programme in terms or Bay or Passage races and destinations.
Please stay safe and keep well over the coming weeks and months.
Members of Yacht Owners Associations are invited to a one-off race between members and their associations in the Solent on Saturday 9th May 2020.
This is intended to be a fun event to promote on-the-water competition and socialising between the participants and the Owners Associations.
Following the race, participants are invited to gather in Cowes Yacht Haven and attend a prize-giving dinner.
The event is organised by Chichester Cruiser Racing Club which has organised races for boats in the Chichester Harbour area for over 70 years.
Our thanks to our member presenters at the Winter Social which proved still more popular this year than last. Ross talked and showed a video about his Round The Island race where they did well to finish in such light airs; Richard and Pam talked through their escapade involving a lobster pot requiring a lifeboat off Cherbourg last summer; and Patrick and Amanda presented their cruise round Scotland, across the North Sea and down the coast of Norway. I think we all appreciated the presentations and range of topics.
We also talked through the CCRC programme for this 2020 focussing on some of the changes from the usual programme or innovations for this year. Then we all retired to the bar at Itchenor Sailing Club for some sociable drinks before the carvery roast dinner.