Please select your home edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 20 at Royal Anglesey Yacht Club

by Mike Hardie 19 Sep 2021 22:27 PDT 18 September 2021

On a quiet and rather grey day, with little wind, 10 Fifes decided to brave the elements and venture forth to see what delights the day held. With a light NE in place and a strongly ebbing tide, Chris and his team, after consultation with Guy the Bosun in the trusty Bronwen, decided to set a relatively short (and mercifully simple) X course of, Friars, Hwfa.

Onboard all boats there is an established crew dynamic, with some making decisions and taking the blame as a team, on other boats the helms word is law its all the crews fault when thing don't turn out as planned, whilst on others it's a constant squabble with blame being apportioned at random (but that said, its rarely the helms fault). On 41, Nicki and father Barry (AKA Family Yates), the roles are clear, Barry is the tactician and Nicki the talented helm, an established combination which has worked well over the years.

Having seen the small fleet out, Barry decided to take the tricky and potentially risky option of a port tack start on the Anglesey shore and they carried it off in great style, probably one of the best starts this season, (take a bow, Barry), this took them into an early lead which they held all the way to Friars.

Behind them the remainder of the fleet who had opted for the safer Starboard tack start, scrapped their way to windward trying to find the most favourable tide and best wind, 35, Tak and Dave (who is Dave) rounded 2nd followed by 37, Rhys, Helen & Rowan and 34, Tom & Paul.

Meanwhile, 29, Trigger & Dave (who isn't Pete) playing the tide in an outrageous fashion, went from 8th to 4th, as 7, Howard & Leo, 42, Tim & Mary (Aka Family Booth), 38 Mike & Steve and 5, Andy & Pete (who isn't Dave) watched in disbelief (as 'he's never going to make it', changed to 'he might make it' to finally 'he has made it!!) fortune favours the brave as the saying goes.

On board 41, master tactician Barry, still glowing from his brilliant start decided to stay away from the Anglesey shore and the rest of the fleet to avoid being blanketed by the chasing pack, always a problem on a light wind run against the tide, as the fleet tends to compress (it's also the case that sometimes there is a little more breeze further offshore, thus negating the stronger tide). Nicki, following Dad's orders, watched quietly as the fleet, in less tide, first caught and then passed them to leeward, thus wiping out all the Brownie points Barry had earned for the stunning start, from hero to zero in a flash!

35, moved to the front to round Hwfa with a clear lead, which changed from good to enormous as they hit the favourable tide on the Anglesey shore. 29, 34, 37, 5 and 7 rounded in a gaggle amidst some discussion as to rights? 41, 42 and 38 rounded peacefully (it's a much nicer class of person at the back I find). With 24, Pippa and Simon having closed considerably on the run to round in a competitive last place.

The beat to Friars saw 35 extend away, with 29 in second and 37, 7, 5 and 34 not far behind, 41 rounded next followed by 38 and 42, with 24 still in touch. The run back to the finish (the course having been shortened, as all the fruit cake had been eaten) was slow, very, very, very slow, as the fleet hugged the Anglesey shore in the slowly dying breeze in an attempt to minimise the effect of the tide.

Approaching Beaumaris, it was decision time for the leaders, stay on the Anglesey shore and sail the shortest distance, or head for the limit marks in foul tide to start with but with tidal relief once they got there? 35, 37 and 7 chose to cross, 29, 5 & 34 chose to stay on the Anglesey shore whilst dipping all the way. 29, who was lying second at this point, was momentarily distracted by his watching family and friends on the beach and promptly ran aground. With all the grace of a young Hippo, Trigger leapt overboard to push (see attached photo's) much to the confusion of Lizzie his daughter on the beach, who was heard to ask her Mum why Daddy was in the water? In a feat of super human strength, he managed firstly to get 29 off the bottom, but even more impressively get back on board, with the grace of a leaping salmon, without any help from Dave (who isn't Pete), who had woken from his afternoon nap to find a strangely wet Trigger at the back of the boat.

Meanwhile, at the distance marks, 35 had taken a handsome win, from 37 with 7 collecting the final canon for third. A rather damp 29 recovered to take 4th with 5, 34, 42, 38, 41 and 24 finishing in that order. A special mention to the crew of 24, who new to the boat this season and with limited experience, but commendable persistence, can now read the sail numbers of the boats in front and certainly had those of us at the back of the fleet casting worried glances astern, roll on next season.

So we sadly arrive at the last race next Saturday. This will be followed by the inevitable celebrations and post mortems, as we contemplate the season passed and look forward to the next.

Related Articles

Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 16
Last chance to fine tune ahead of the Menai Strait Regattas With Menai Strait Regattas starting on Monday it was a last chance to fine tune the boats before the festivities commences. With 22 boats now on the water, it should be a cracking fortnight, free from the pressures of the 'A' series. Posted on 31 Jul
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 15
Forecast - Ffffresh to Ffffrightening As the nation sweltered through the week, the Fife fleet were keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts for Saturday. Surprisingly for once they all seemed to agree that it was going to be windy with 20+ mph being a common theme. Posted on 24 Jul
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 13
Summer finally arrives in Beaumaris Summer finally arrived in Beaumaris, marked by a outbreak of bare legs and red (sorry, bronzed faces). Posted on 11 Jul
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 11
None but the brave (or foolhardy?) On a day when the ‘Crema' blew off one's Cappuccino and seagulls flew backwards, things were not looking promising following an early morning pitch inspection by Nick, Race Officer for the day. Posted on 26 Jun
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 10
Glandore weekend - a match made in heaven? Like many sailing clubs the R.A.Y.C. has close links with other clubs formed over many years, with us there is a particularly strong bond with Glandore Harbour Yacht Club, which goes back to a visit to the Classic Regatta in 2005. Posted on 20 Jun
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 8
A long and winding road (not!) Following the previous day's Jubilifications, Race Officer Nick and his crew were faced with a difficult decision, with a healthy NE breeze and a lumpy sea evident from Race Control headquarters, it looked like the long distance race was a non-starter. Posted on 5 Jun
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 7
To tea, or not to tea?, that was the question As one would expect with a Royal yacht club, the Jubilee gave us all sorts of ways to celebrate (any excuse for a party). With an afternoon jubilee tea organised (you can tell we are 'posh', the crusts were cut off!!). Posted on 4 Jun
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 6
Looking like a bumper year for the fleet With 19 Fifes now afloat, it's looking like a bumper year for the fleet and if race 6 is anything to go by, it's going to be no pushover for whoever emerges triumphant at the end of the season. Posted on 29 May
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 5
It seemed like a good idea at the time... Maybe, just maybe, having a gin tasting night on Friday 20th was not such a good idea? It became apparent as we gathered for the day's racing that several (who shall remain nameless) of our number were slightly jaded. Posted on 22 May
Conwy Fife One Design 'A' Series Race 4
Rear, sorry, Pier of the year Bangor Pier, built in 1896 has been voted Pier of the year by no less a body than the National Piers Society, and so in honour of this accolade the Race Officer, Garth was talked into making a trip to the pier part of the course for Saturday's race. Posted on 16 May
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER