Results for 22nd June, 2015
|HFW||Mark Thompson||Jamie Robinson||2||3||1||6||1|
|Thomas Miller||Julian Brown||Sue Jamieson||1||4||2||7||2|
|HFW||Guy Main||Sihmron Lajm||3||1||4||8||3|
|Brookes Bell||Duncan Tanner||Alan Smaridge||4||2||3||9||4|
|Thomas Miller||Rupert Cree||5||6||5||16||5|
|Britannia||Denise Dellow||Chris Getty||6||5||6||17||6|
|Thomas Miller||Duncan Miller||Jerry Long||7||7||7||21||7|
We were greeted at the sailing club by sunny skies, a blustery wind and the view of regularly capsizing boats in the dock. This wasn’t due to capsize training, but a particularly gusty wind which tended to shift about 30 degrees in the gusts. Throughout the evening, most of the mariteam boats had a "moment" or two and some required significant bailing.
The race officer laid a triangular course with all marks to starboard. The wing mark was located close to the side of the dock, in a relatively sheltered position compared to the prevailing wind strength elsewhere. The mark was also on the line of wind shift that made gybing round the mark "interesting". The start line also posed an interesting tactical challenge. In terms of direction, the line was heavily biased, with the starboard end of the line being favoured in terms of being further to windward than the port end. However, the starboard end of the line was also in the same wind shadow as the wing mark and the port end of the line had a significantly stronger and more consistent wind most of the time.
There was very close racing between the top four boats, with each taking the lead at different times in each of the races. Indeed, in the final race, all four finished within seconds of each other, and any change of position would have altered the overall results. Congratulations to Mark and Jamie for the win, but only by a point. A special mention is also due to Sihmron, who crewing for Guy Main, came a respectable third, on her first time out in a boat.
In summary it was one of the best evenings sailing I can remember at docklands, partly due to the "lively" wind conditions, but mainly due to the very close racing at the front of the fleet.
The next race, on Monday 6th July, is the last of this years spring series and is followed by prize giving and a BBQ. We are looking for as many boats as possible, so please do come and join us.
Results for 9th June, 2015
|HFW 1||Guy Main||Steve Hill||1||1||1||1||1|
|Brookes Bell 2||Duncan Tanner||Alan Smaridge||2||3||6||2||2|
|Brookes Bell 1||Roger Daniells||Serdar Isik||5||4||3||3||3|
|Jackson Parton||William Jackson||Lenka||7||5||2||3||3|
|Thomas Miller||Rupert Cree||Rod Lingard, Sue Dunning||8||2||4||7||5|
|Brookes Bell/WKW||Kieren Dodworth||Polyanna Cleridou||6||9||5||5||6|
|Thomas Miller||Julian Brown||Amanda Hastings, Priti Patel||3||6||8||9||7|
|Brookes Bell 3||Graeme Bowles||David Moore||9||8||7||4||8|
|Tindall Riley||Campbell Wilson||Denise/Stuart||10||10||9||8||9|
|Thomas Miller||Claude Cochet||Stephanie Tag, Ellie Scudder||4||7||10||Disq.||10|
The fourth session of the Mariteam 2015 spring series was held on 9th June at the Docklands Sailing Centre. Once again we had a nice evening with the usual fluky and on occasions, gusty winds.
A total of ten boats (of which four were helmed by Brookes Bell (Duncan, Roger, Graeme, Kieran)), with a mixture of crews and helms from various companies raced on the evening.
Four races were held in the variable conditions, which made for some interesting, and on occasions frustrating sailing. One minute the helm and crew were leaning over the side as a gust came through and the next minute they dived into the boats to stabilise them. A good workout was had by all. There were a few bumps and scraps, and the crew of one boat went for a swim (not their fault). The offending helm was sent to the naughty step!
Despite being under the weather Guy Main and his lucky crew (Felicity Burling) triumphed at each race, with Brookes Bell, Jackson Parton, Thomas Miller, and Tindall Riley vying for the runner up places.
After the final race, all the boats made it safely back to the pontoon and were then packed away, before we all enjoyed a well earned refreshment at the bar. Another good fun evening was had by all (even those who went for a swim.
It was again nice to see some new faces at the event. The next session will be on Monday, 22nd June, and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Results for 26th May, 2015
|HFW 1||Guy Main||Steve Hill||1||2||1||1|
|Brookes Bell 1||Roger Daniells||Serdar Isik||2||1||3||2|
|HFW 2||Mark Thompson||David Moore, Christie Pinto||3||3||5||3|
|Brookes Bell 2||Duncan Tanner||Duncan Miller, Jerry Long||4||5||2||3|
|Thomas Miller||Rupert Clee||Patricia Lagos, Dan||5||6||4||4|
|Thomas Miller||Claude Cochet||Stephanie Tang, Priti Patel||6||4||6||6|
The third session of the Mariteam 2015 spring series was held on 26th May at the Docklands Sailing Centre. Once again we were blessed with a glorious evening and even a little bit of wind, but not as much as on the previous occasion.
A total of six boats, with a mixture of crews and helms from various companies raced on the evening.
The start of the first race was the usual frantic affair, with a few bumps at the start line (no names mentioned) and penalties were taken. Amazingly, the Brookes Bell 1 boat helmed by Roger Daniells and crewed by Serdar Isik was in the lead to the windward mark, followed by Mark Thompson of HFW and then Guy Main, also of HFW. Brookes Bell 1 held the lead until the final beat covering Mark Thompson tack for tack. Guy Main, being a shrewd campaigner, broke away and got a massive lift at one side of the dock, and sailed through both the leading boats before they realised it! So first race honours to Guy Main with the second and third boat helms scratching their heads to work out where they had gone wrong!
The second race was again held in light winds which were fluky on occasions. Another slow tactical start in the light winds found Brookes Bell 1 to be in the lead again (this was more fluky than the winds!). However the lead was maintained this time to the finishing line, with Guy Main in second place, followed by Mark Thompson in third.
There appeared to be a little pattern developing in the races, but in the third race the lead from the start was taken by Guy Main, with Brookes Bell 1 hot on the tails, and Brookes Bell 2 boat (helmed by Duncan Tanner) in third. With Brookes Bell 1 challenging Guy Main for the lead, a sudden gust followed by an unintentional gybe, and the sheet warped round a leg, led to Brookes Bell 1 being partially out of control (well that is my excuse) which allowed Brookes Bell 2 to slip into second, with the positions being maintained to the finishing line.
After the final race, all the boats made it safely back to the pontoon and were then packed away, before we all enjoyed a well earned refreshment at the bar. Another good fun evening was had by all.
The next session will be on 9th June, and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Results for 12th May, 2015
|HFW||Guy Main||Felicity Burling, Jamie Robinson||1||1||1||1|
|Brookes Bell||Roger Daniells||Ovidiu Acomi, Ellie Scudder (Elbourne Mitchell)||4||2||2||2|
|Brookes Bell||Graeme Bowles||Alan Smaridge, Christie Pinto||2||3||5||3|
|Thomas Miller||Rupert Clee||Lisa Clark, Ioanna Magalaski||5||4||3||4|
|Thomas Miller||Mark Dawson||Sue Jamieson, Jerry Long||DNF||5||4||5|
|-||Claude (the Frenchman)||Stephanie Tang (EM), Lenka Myroniukova (London P&I)||3||6||DNF||6|
|Thomas Miller/Winter Scott||Amanda Hastings||Helene Sirroneau, Chris Wood||Retd.||Retd.||Retd.||7|
The second session of the Mariteam 2015 series (now in its 20th year) was held on 12th May at the Docklands Sailing Centre. The participants were blessed with a glorious evening with the sun setting across the city skyline – and even better, there was some wind (well for some a little too much!)
It was a pleasure to see so many new faces at the sailing, and once all sailors had been allocated or had rigged their boats, the fleet entered the water to get accustomed to the conditions (blustery) before the racing started in earnest.
Four races were held in the brisk westerly wind, and despite a few bangs and crashes amongst contenders, nobody capsized, although a few boats were close to it! Yet again Guy Main of Holman Fenwick Willan (despite having to take a few penalties) with his intrepid crew was triumphant, pursued in each race by the rest of the fleet.
After the final race, all the boats made it safely back to the pontoon and were then packed away, (after being emptied of quantities of water) before we all enjoyed a well earned refreshment (or three) at the bar.
The next session will be on 26th May, and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Results for 28th April, 2015
|Thomas Miller||Julian Brown||Laura Butcher||24||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|HFW||Guy Main||Mark Thompson||14||1st||1st||1st|
|Brookes Bell||Duncan Tanner||Ellie Scudder (Elbourne Mitchell)||15||3rd||3rd||3rd|
|Jackson Parton||William Jackson||Lenka Myroniukova (London P&I)||23||6th||4th||4th|
|Tindall Riley||Campbell Wilson||James Satterwaite||20||7th||6th||5th|
|Thomas Miller||Amanda Hastings||Ioanna Magalaski, Helene (Winter Scott)||22||5th||7th||6th|
|Brookes Bell||Roger Daniells||Ovidiu Acomi, Natasha Hughes||17||4th||5th||7th|
The first Mariteam sailing session of 2015 (now in its 20th year) was held, once again at the Docklands Sailing Centre, on the evening of the 28th April. Attendees were blessed with fairly clear skies, sunshine, and unusual for the venue, - wind, albeit as fluky and unpredictable as ever!.
Seven boats raced on the evening, some with those who sailed before and others crewed by newcomers.
The first race in good winds had the usual hectic start, but what became the pattern for the evening, with Guy Main of Holman Fenwick Willan leading the way, chased by Julian Brown of Thomas Miller, with the rest of the fleet following.
The second race was very much a carbon copy of the first race, but in the third race, Guy Main made an unusual error at the start line hitting above competitor! He quickly did his penalty of a 720° turn and was back on his way, chasing the majority of the fleet who now ahead of him - yay!
With the very unpredictable wind direction, Guy thence picked up a massive lift and promptly sailed past the fleet to take the lead again which he held until the finishing line.
The fleet then made its way back to the jetty, put the boats to bed and adjourned to the bar for the customary drinks, chatter and food.
So it is all to sail for next time, and hopefully with a few more boats, Guy's hold on first position can be eroded.
A good evenings sailing was had by all.