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Asymmetric Weekend, October 20 & 21

Asymmetric Weekend, October 20 & 21

In the brisk South-westerly winds on Saturday, race officer Graham Priestley and his team set a course with the start line in front of the clubhouse and the windward mark down the lake, round the corner from the club. There were two starts, one for the VX Ones and an ACH fleet and they all sailed four races in freshening winds, with a vicious squall hitting the fleet during the final race, keeping the safety boats busy.

The spectators from the shore enjoyed watching for spinnakers to appear round the corner and in the VX One fleet, the yellow kite of Nathan Batchelor of Tynemouth SC, crewed by Ben Hawkins and Richard Watson was up there most of the time, winning three races. The other VX One race winner was Simon Hawkes and Paul Birbeck of Castle Cove SC.

In the ACH fleet, Jono Shelley of UYC in an Musto Skiff, was the overnight leader with two firsts and two seconds, closely followed by Matty and James Lyons of UYC in a 49er who were winners of the other two races.

Sunday brought threatening black clouds, a beautiful rainbow and such strong gusts that the start of the racing was delayed while the conditions settled.

The VX Ones completed two races and a first and a second were enough for Nathan Batchelor to clinch the event. Hawkes/Birbeck also came first and second, taking second place overall. The ACH fleet sailed just one race, and by coming first, Jono Shelley was the overall winner.

Seven races had been scheduled, but the wind shifted dramatically to the north, requiring a complete change of course, and the race officers reckoned everyone had done enough swimming and called it a day.

But UYC is not calling it a day, just yet… Sunday, October 28 sees the start of the November series which is open to all. The series will be held on five Sundays, ending on November 25 with three ACH races starting at 11am. There is already strong support for the series from classes including Flying Fifteens and VX Ones. Contact Jon Abbatt, for details.

Asymmetric Weekend winners:
VX One 1. Nathan Batchelor, Ben Hawkins & Richard Watson, Tynemouth SC, 6 points

2. Simon Hawkes & Paul Birbeck, Castle Cove SC, 10

3. Neal Piper, Dave Shilling & Mel Landermore, Tynemouth SC, 16

ACH 1. Jono Shelley, Musto Skiff, UYC, 5

2. Matty & James Lyons, 49er, UYC, 9

3. Josh Moran, Musto Skiff, UYC, 15

Full results are under the Events tab...Racing Results... Open Events

Posted on 22 October 2018 (Archive on 19 November 2018)
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