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Race Report – BYC v Law Soc and Sheffield Uni Alumni 6 June 2021 by Robin Powell

We had a successful day’s racing after a slow start. The planned 4 way team race was reduced to 3 teams when the House of Commons failed to appear. The Bar fielded a full team against the Law Society and Sheffield University Alumni. The race officer was Hugh Edowes.

The teams were

  1. Alex Charlton (H), David Hunt, Helen Dennis in Halluf
  2. Nick Francis (H), Andrew Venables, Tim Lamb in Scuttle
  3. Rory Caslin (H), Giovanni Passamonti (H) and Robin Powell, in Jade

The day started in leisurely fashion with little wind and the briefing at 9.30 am was extended to account for a change in race plan due to the HoC team not attending. After consultation with the Race Captains from each team hybrid race rules were adopted with all three teams racing together and against each other using team tactics. The low points system was used to score.

We were taken out to the fleet to rig at 1100. Casting off the mooring bouys we were just able to make way against the west flowing tide in a very gentle southerly breeze. The entire fleet made graceful progress in line astern rounding yacht Crystal moored off Seaview. There was insufficient wind to race and so the fleet returned to their moorings and we came off the water for an early lunch. SVYC served an excellent roast and we were joined by the Commodore who came over from the Royal London at Cowes after hosting a splendid dinner the night before attended by 30 members and including many past and present officers of the club. We were also joined by Michael Briggs who was cruising in Mikado which was a pleasant surprise.

We set off again at 1400 with the promise of a breeze in Seagrove Bay which could be seen on the surface of the largely still Solent. With a little paddling the fleet assembled around the committee yacht and a short square course was laid with a windward start, spreader, leeward and another spreader to make the final mark.

Alex Charlton and Nick Francis helmed throughout, Rory Caslin in his first outing in a Mermaid helmed for the first three races when he was replaced by Givovanni Passamonti for the last race. Rory sailed a Firefly for the Bermudan national team but quickly adapted to the slower rudder response time of the Mermaid likening it to a supertanker in the time taken to execute a turn.

In the first race of one round of the course the Bar executed a blinding start and maintained their dominance throughout with audacious team sailing by Rory Caslin who set a trap at the windward spreader allowing Nick Francis and Alex Charlton to sail through and gaining 1 and 3 with Rory 4 winning overall with 8 points. Sheffield were 2, 5 and 7 (13) and the Law Society 6, 8 and 9 (23).

Race one proved to be the high point for the Bar and Sheffield narrowly won the second race with 1, 8 and 4 (13), the Bar 3, 6 and 5 (14) and the Law Society 2, 7 and 9 (18)

The third race was won by Sheffield 1,2 and 9 (12). The Law Society took 5, 8 and 3 (16) and the Bar 4, 6 and 7 (17),

Giovanni Passamonti took the helm from Rory in the fourth race which was extended to two races. The result was 1, 2 and 4 for Sheffield (7), 3, 5 and 7 for the Bar (15), and 6, 8 and 9 for the Law Society (23).

The overall results were Sheffield 46, the Bar 54 and the Law Society 80. Nick Francis was the best boat for the Bar with 15, Alex took 18 and Rory/Giovanni 21.

The verdict from all competitors was that it was a great day’s racing to be repeated. It was the first time Nick Francis and Rory had sailed the event and both expressed a wish to sail in the event against Seaview on 4 July.

Robin Powell

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2021 Important Statement

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Bar Yacht Club – City Sailing Series

Bar Yacht Club will participate in the 2021 City Sailing Series. These are weekend Regattas with approximately 15 City Clubs participating from Cowes over Saturday/Sunday with a social event on the Saturday evening.

Dates of the Series:

Portcullis Regatta – 10 & 11 July

Arrangements are in had for running the regatta on the due date with two races on the Saturday for the main trophies followed by a race on the Sunday morning. Moorings having been reserved in CYH, with hopefully a pontoon party followed by a BBQ on the Saturday evening.

Finn Trophy and Spread Eagle Regatta – 18 & 19 September

Arrangements are in hand for the event with moorings having been reserved in CYH and a booking at RYS for the Dinner on the Saturday night. It is likely that there will be two races on the Saturday for the main trophies with a further race on the Sunday morning for the SESC Navigator’s Trophies.

John Lewis Regatta – 2 & 3 October

The Club is hopeful that the event will take place. Arrangements are in hand with the racing and socials being run out of the ISC. Arrangement are being made to moor in Shepards Marina.

Charter Arrangements

BYC members are invited to contact Rachel Spearing at rspearing@serjeantsinn.com for further information regarding participating in any of these events. Rachel has Chartered a boat with David Hunt QC to represent the BYC in the series.

The Commodore and Committee wish to encourage our new and younger members to get in touch with Rachel if they’d like to participate. A subsidy has been made available to support those under 3 years Call, or those practicing in areas of work subject to public funding.

The Boat

The boat is a Reflex 38, designed by Christian Stimpson, built in 1999 by Harley race boats in Cowes. The owner was the launch customer, having input into the design and build, specifically to custom for offshore  and round the cans racing.

The boat is ISAF Cat 2 rated, has competed regularly in The Fastnet and has a competitive IRC rating certificate. Best Fastnet race result 5th in class 1, but winning the sea school trophy. The boat has won the 3 Peaks Yacht race 4 times and still holds the race record. Our owner is familiar with the series, charting with Dresdner Kleinwort / Commerzbank, winning quite a few of the bank series races and one with HSBC.

As a race boat she is quite basic but is fitted with pipe cots and comfortable cabins and working cooking/heads for sleeping aboard if you wished.

Covid Regulations

We will be following and complying with the RYA guidelines on Covid safety for sailing and events. Current information will be updated with any participant prior to the weekend sailing.

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