1st Keelboat Shoreline Challenge - Friday 3rd August
The day dawned with no wind however by race time there was plenty - a south westerly breeze got up to speed the entrants round the shoreline course. This is a new annual race for keelboats / cruisers and the inaugral event was won by Dave, Wendy & Zandra in Black Pearl; Second was Tommy & Ben and third were Jamie and Tim - both in Elites. All the competitors toasted the first race with a glass of bubbly followed by a some lively post race discussions. Both the cup & bubbly were donated by the Taylor family.
High Performance Week 2018
Does Loch Earn ever fail to deliver?
After the sublime warm weather with lovely conditions for those completing their level 1- 4 at yet another amazing training week, came a weekend break, and then the arrival of the anticipated westerly…yeehaw!
Like last year the skiffs had their covers off as coach Duncan Hepplewhite entered the car park. After a chat with each sailor on their aims for the week the boats headed out for time on the water. Boat handling was the order of the day for most on the first day. The westerly rose throughout the morning with spells between 12-16 knots. A full morning of activity led into a rapid lunch eaten upstairs served with video analysis and feedback (as became a daily recipe). The participants bounced ideas and shared experience whilst the coach gave invaluable insights. The afternoon was more of the same with manoeuvres now being performed on a tighter windward/leeward course. With the coaching completed for the day the teams took a break before heading back onto the water for an evening pursuit race.
The second day saw the same champagne conditions and a brisk westerly with the teams now performing on an even smaller circuit. With the wind rising in the afternoon with sustained periods around 20 knots the boats teamed up for some upwind tuning. After all the tight courses and boat handling we had been working on, it was an absolute pleasure to stretch the legs and head up the loch. Three quarters of the way to completing a Lochearnhead race the group stopped and we set off downwind. Gybing in 20 knots of breeze was going well and several sailors couldn’t stop, heading right past the club to buoy three. At the end of the sailing day, the conditions were too good to stop sailing, so we didn’t. Duncan set up the Waszp which he had brought along as promised. It was magic! Well worth a try. Next job is to convince the committee on the wisdom of buying ten….
On Wednesday the Loch decided to utilise the 80:20 principle. 80 percent perfect conditions and 20 percent rest time, which was actually much needed. The morning was really hot with not a breath of wind. The RS800 and the 29er were rigged up and capsized on land before we pulled at various control ropes and analysed the shape of the sail. Reading, looking at pictures and talking are all good, but doing is better. It was an excellent session and when the wind took us back to the 80 percent section of the week (good wind again), we were dispatched to the loch to apply what we had picked up in the boat yard. An excellent day of real learning was followed by another pursuit race.
Thursday had fantastic sailing conditions and boats were again focusing on boat handling. Inevitably by this time there were minor some boat breakages. The advantage of having a coach who also specialises in repairing boats meant all were back sailing as quickly as possible although it did mean there was not the time to focus on starting practice as planned. However the wind persisted and after a full day sailing we carried on with a pursuit race. Following that the Waszp was again on the water and the sailors finally came in off the water at 9pm for dinner.
Friday started with a session on rules as we were back in the twenty percent zone weather-wise. In the afternoon a light wind enticed us to try and complete the starting practice. We hit the water and completed the session but the wind had gone and it seemed slightly futile. What was interesting was that when we analysed the session on video it proved remarkably educational. The Friday evening was time for some to pack up but the wind looked like it might kick in nicely. With the packing on hold, the wind was enough to tempt us back onto the water for the final pursuit race, with Aaron winning the series with a reassuringly (for him) ‘consistent performance’. A small prize giving with offers of thanks all round closed another highly successful week at Loch Earn Sailing Club.
Our gratitude goes to Duncan who went overboard with his availability and effort in making the week such a success.
If you would like to see more pictures of the action from the week, please go to the Gallery page/2018/High Performance Week
Sailing Secretary Report - Volume 1 Issue 1
Welcome to the inaugrual issue of the Sailing Secretary's Report. It is my intention to send out a Sailing Secretary’s Report regularly throughout the season.
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