Busy Weekend at Whitefriars

Once again the British Moth fleet descended onto Whitefriars SC at the Cotswold Water Park for their annual training and open weekend. The Saturday morning session comprised heavy wind tacking and gybing, and effective mark rounding. This was quite poignant this year as there was more than enough wind to make this exercise fun for the spectators. As the boats planed off into the centre of the lake there were sufficient capsizes to keep the rescue crew busy. As the boats were led round the V shape course advice given out. After the morning session on the water the sailors were in the clubhouse watching themselves before going out and trying it all over again.

Training Video 1

Training Video 2




Day 2 saw the fleet increase in numbers and albeit a little calmer it was also cooler. The Race Officer set a beat across the lake before taking it off to port to the corner of the lake, and then treated the fleet to a long reach diagonally across the lake , close to the clubhouse, before going across the lake once again to an area of tricky wind conditions before heading back to the leeward mark and then round again.

The fleet got away from the start line but Toby Cooper (Broxbourne) had a clean start at the committee boat end getting to the first mark in pole position. He was followed swiftly by Andy Mathews (Chew Valley) these two were not contested for their places even though two new boats from Claridge Composites were on the water for the first time. There was a battle between Abbie Freely, Tim Davison (Medley) and Robert Paynter (Medley) for third place. But with Paynter misjudging the shifts in the wind capsized leaving the door open for Freely and Davison to capitalise.

Eventually Roger Witts (Frampton on Severn) got to grips with his new steed and worked his way through the fleet and eventually took third place.

The second race was sailed, back to back with the first. With the course been slightly varied the fleet again left the starting blocks in one group and headed in the same direction as before. However the fleet positions were slightly different with Davison being briefly in the lead. This was soon taken away by Cooper who then led the way round the rest of the course. The helms of the new boats had now got to grips with their boats and started to dominate the front of the fleet. Once again the mark in that far corner became the bogey erea this time with Colin Hall (Hunts) capsizing in the same place as Paynter in the previous race.

Cooper once again finished in first place followed by Witts and Davison.

After a filling and warming lunch the depleted fleet head out to the start line for the final race. This time the tightly bunched group headed to the first mark, being led by Witts and Davison. By now the wind had decreased a little making it easier for some of the lighter helms. The fleet soon split itself into two distinct areas of completion: those at the front and those at the back, each of these providing loacal competition.

The eventual winner of the race was Witts followed by Davison and Mathews.