Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Illusions at Bembridge - Piers Janaury Jacket

by Rudy Jurg on 24 Jan 2011
. ..
On a brisk Saturday morning with a Northerly breeze of 3-4 Beaufort with occasional sunny spells 20 Illusion sailors came out to play in Bembridge. Water temperature is still 3C and the air was not much warmer so it was multiple layers of thermal gear.

Race Officer Mike Samuelson decided to race outside the harbour just of Silver Beach. There was a small chop which made things interesting and just as some of the marks were set the rescue boat broke down. It was therefore decided to sail inside the harbour. With a fast mark laying boat missing a course was set which was not entirely square so at the first start pin end was the place to be and Rayomond Simonds took off. However, he was closely followed by the Baileys, 1st Julia and then Graham. Despite various attempts by Graham to overtake Julia held husband back right to the finish line.

In race two James Axtell discovered the importance of a good start and together with Graham Bailey, Philip Bown and Rudy Jurg sailed away from the fleet. Graham build up a considerable lead, followed by James Axtell. Rudy Jurg just beat Philip Bown on the finish line to his delight.

In the last race of the day it was the Baileys again who took the lead. This time however it was Julia Bailey who beat her husband to the finish. Rupert Holmes who despite some spinnaker troubles took third place and Barnaby Edwards, who had been released from family duties, a fourth place.

On Sunday the breeze had increased a bit to 4 Beaufort from North North Easterly direction, overcast and grey (typical English winter weather). However this did not stop the enthusiasm on the water. Race Officer Hugh Eddows set an almost perfectly square course and port, middle and starboard up the beat seemed to work on different occasions. In race one it was the ‘Flying Dutchman’ Rudy Jurg who nailed the pin end at high speed and together with Raymond Simonds and Graham Bailey sailed away from the fleet. It’s ‘easy’ when you have clear air! Rudy Jurg held on and took the gun. In the second race all the top boys and girls decided for pin end again. Mark Downer and Graham Bailey looked good, Rudy Jurg who was with them but could not hold on, tacked early, ducked 4 boats but came out first at the top mark to his own amazement. He did not give this position away and took the gun for a second time on the day. Mark Downers other half, Jo Downer had tacked across early with Rudy Jurg on the first beat and finished a very credible fourth place. Note that each race consists of 3 beats and two runs so you have keep working hard as there are so many mark rounding’s and shifty winds that there is plenty of opportunity too loose on tactics and boat handling .

Graham Bailey had already pretty much secured the series but still needed a top placing in the last race, however 2-4th place would need to be fought for. Despite a square line the pin end always seems to attract the top talent. It compromised of many of the aforementioned names but with shifty winds there was plenty of place changing between Graham Bailey and Mark Downer who had the lead and Raymond Simonds and Rudy Jurg who were fighting for third place. It was a close race between this group but never under estimate the ladies because with some good tactical sailing Julia Bailey joined the top group and passed Raymond Simonds to take a fourth place. Eventually Mark Downer would take the gun followed by Graham Bailey in second and Rudy Jurg in third.

Overall victory for the Piers January Jacket went to Graham Bailey, second Dutchman Rudy Jurg and third on count back, Julia Bailey.

Photos and videos to follow on http://www.bembridgesc.net/ and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Illusion-Class/248612339896

Next regatta is the Invitational Match Racing on 5-6th February and rumour has it that some top international match racers will decent on Bembridge Harbour.

For more information go too:

http://illusionclass.org/
http://www.bembridgesc.net/
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Illusion-Class/248612339896

Happy Sailing!
Southern Spars - 100Mackay BoatsPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – FX Girls running away With the title
In the driving seat in the Womens Skiff, 49er FX, Germany’s Victoria Jurcoz and Anika Lorenz currently look unstoppable The Finn class sailors holding counsel, not making any premature judgements about the format innovation which responds to the need to deliver easily understood, exciting, televisual finales to the Olympic events.
Posted today at 7:30 pm
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – A day of snakes and ladders in Palma
Rising stars James Peters-Fynn Sterritt continued their consistent form at the front of the 49er fleet on Thursday It’s been a day of mixed feelings in the Nacra 17. Ben Saxton-Steph Orton, who paired up for this regatta after just a week training together, were pleased with their day. The duo now sit in fifth place overall, but remain focused that the regatta is still about learning and enjoying it.
Posted today at 7:03 pm
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – Perfect day of three wins
Making the difference so far is the Germans' superior strength and experience, as one of the crews in Palma Hungry to make their mark at the 49er FX European Championships when they come to their home water of Kiel in June, the duo who have sailed together since 2011 have been a class apart so far at the European season opener.
Posted on 29 Mar
Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
It was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta. From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.
Posted on 29 Mar
Princesa Sofia Iberostar– Breeze shuffles fleet but Karpak still leads
The first race of the day was won by Hungarian, Zsombor Berecz, from Alessio Spadoni of Italy and Piotr Kula of Poland. The first race of the day was won by Hungarian, Zsombor Berecz, from Alessio Spadoni of Italy and Piotr Kula of Poland. Max Salminen of Sweden, then won the second race from Alican Kaynar, of Turkey and Ondrej Teply, of the Czech Republic.
Posted on 28 Mar
Roster announced - 2017 US Sailing Team
US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named 18 Olympic-class athletes to the 2017 US Sailing Team. US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, has named 18 Olympic-class athletes to the 2017 US Sailing Team. The national team is selected annually and is comprised of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Posted on 28 Mar
Princesa Sofía Iberostar – New wave of passion in Palma
Laser Radial champion Alison Young did not have the regatta she dreamed of in Rio. But she is back in the boat she loves For many of the 833 sailors racing at the opening day of what is effectively the start of the new four year Olympic cycle of European regattas brings a unique excitement.
Posted on 27 Mar
Princesa Sofia Iberostar – Karpak consistent as format test begins
A 15-20 knots in first race rose to more than 20 knots, before dropping from 15 down to five knots in the second race. Karpak got away to the best start at with a 3, 2 scoreline, leaving him at the top of the fleet, on a day when many sailors picked up wildly different scores as the wind played tricks with the fleet in the second race.
Posted on 27 Mar
2018 Zhik 29er World Championship - NOR and entry open
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Zhik 29er World Championship 2018. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Zhik 29er World Championship 2018. Eligible skippers are invited to apply for entry to this premier event.
Posted on 27 Mar
O'pen BIC brings X-Games to youth sailing
Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O’pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.
Posted on 26 Mar