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Torpoint Mosquito dinghy Brass Monkey

With a forecast of strong cold winds from the north and the aftermath of New Year’s celebrations,  Torpoint Mosquito’s annual Brass Monkey dinghy race on New Year’s Day saw a good contingent watching from the shore and a somewhat reduced fleet going afloat. However, when the race started, the wind was from the south for a course that headed first to West Mud across to Rubble and then back upriver to Ferry.  There was a tight start as the fleet sailed quickly through the moorings, led by Roger Gibb (Laser) and accompanied by a dolphin that swam alongside the boats as they raced passed the Ballast Pound. Matt Theobald (Dart) went wide and gained ground from the outgoing tide and was first to round West Mud. As the wind moved round, it was a downwind run across the Hamoaze towards the second mark, Rubble.  The tide was viscous around the mark; the lead boats were taken downriver by the current and had to fight their way upriver to pass the mark. Jack Mann and Geoff Hall (Wanderer) stayed high, making good time on the lead boats but a tight mark rounding saw the Wanderer hit the mark with their boom and had to take penalty turns. Theobald and Gibb managed to get away from Rubble and the fleet was now on a reach with the wind across the portside.  The boats were close together and making good headway against the tide.  Theobald rounded Ferry just as the wind swung round to the north and with the current and the wind now pushing the Dart downriver, he built up  a good lead as the Laser and the Wanderer struggled against the tide and wind. Gibb rounded the mark next and with Mann and Hall still struggling to round the mark. As the boats went through the gate, there were now four minutes separating the boats. With the wind and current in their favour, the lead boats opened up a big lead to round West Mud for the second time. The reach to Rubble saw the wind increase and again the boats struggled to round the buoy as the increasing tide swept passed the channel mark. Making the most of the increasing wind strength, Theobald was increasing his lead all the time. Rounding Ferry mark, a short dash to the finish line saw Theobald take first place with a ten minute lead followed by Gibb, and then Mann and Hall.

Results 1. Matt Theobald (Dart) 2. Roger Gibb (Laser) 3. Jack Mann & Geoff Hall (Wanderer)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 9 of 10 25 August 2016

A good turn out for the penultimate race of the series saw sixteen crews set off to fight the currents of the Tamar river in a light five-knots breeze as the tide was coming in. A short upwind leg to Ferry kept the fleet tightly packed as they rounded the windward mark and then most of the fleet headed out into the river where there was more breeze and they could use their spinnakers to head in to the downwind mark at West Mud.  Tony Ayers and Grace Cowd (2000) led the fast fleet with Ronnie Carter and Noah Rees (2000) on their tail, followed by Mark Helyer (Vereo). In the medium fleet Matt Reeves (Vision) rounded the mark first, with Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) holding off a challenge from Chris Rowsell (Enterprise). The close reach to First Yellow saw Carter and Rees take the lead as they rounded the mark. The long upwind leg in light winds made for close racing as Ayers and Cowd battled it out with Helyer, both boats now mixing it with the leaders of the medium fleet;   Mann and Goggin and Reeves were now neck and neck. The boats headed through the moorings, trying not to lose what little wind there was in the shadow of the yachts, and then out into the river hoping to gain some assistance from the incoming tide. Rounding Ferry for the second time, Helyer was leading the fleet.  With only a short reach to the finish, Helyer finished first on the water.  Carter and Rees finished in second place but took first on handicap. In the medium fleet Reeves and Mann and Goggin rounded the mark together but the short leg to the finish saw Mann and Goggin snatch a twenty second lead. Bill Shimell (Comet) made large gains on the last leg and despite being seventh on the water – with such a close race and close finishing times – was promoted to third on corrected time.

Results: Fast fleet 1. Ronnie Carter & Noah Rees 2. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 3. Mark Helyer ( Vereo).  Medium Fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Matt Reeves (Vision) 3. Bill Shimell (Comet)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 8 of 10              

A 14 knot north-westerly wind and a tight start for race eight of the second series saw four boats over at the start and having to re-cross the line, leaving fast fleet boats crewed by Steve Chapple (Laser) and Nik Lye and Sam Lye (National 12) leading the fleet around the Ballast Pound to St Johns Lake. However Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (2000) made up ground on the first leg to lead around the top mark. The next leg saw Mark Helyer (Vareo) – pushing hard throughout the broad reach to Rubble – moving up the fleet to third place.  With the fleet rounding Rubble and on to a tight reach to head upriver to Ferry mark,  Matt Reeves (Feva) and Steve Crowder (Feva) moved up to round the mark in first and second places in the medium fleet. Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) had gained places and were first through the line on the first lap followed by Ayers and Cowd. The second lap saw the wind drop to a light 9 knots and out at the front in clear air, Roberts and Pearce-Casey, increased their lead as they rounded the upwind mark. In the medium fleet the close tacking up to the top mark saw place changes as Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) passed the two leading boats only to drop back as Reeves made good ground on the reaches. And in the fast fleet the long reach back upriver was hard fought with Helyer hunting down Ayers and Cowd. As the fleet rounded Ferry the short upwind leg to the finish saw Roberts and Pearce-Casey take the top spot followed by Ayers and Cowd. Helyer finished three second later. Reeves won the medium fleet race and was followed over the line by Mann and Goggin  but Crowder took second place on corrected times.

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 7 of 10

With a steady force 4 from the north west, race 7 began with a spinnaker start which made for a quick getaway led by Steve Roberts and Ruby Peace-Casey (RS200) down river to West Mud. In the chasing pack last week’s winners, Nik Lye and Sam Lye, (National 12) were getting dirty wind and losing places. Roberts and Peace-Casey, holding a good lead, rounded the wing mark first with Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000) leading the following fleet. In the medium fleet Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) managed to gain a good lead on the downwind leg over the two Solos crewed by Phil Johns and Geoff Hall respectively, as they reached Rubble. A long upwind leg upriver saw the fleet split with most boats – led by Roberts and Peace-Casey – tacking off onto starboard and heading towards the beach expecting to catch the incoming tide out of St Johns Lake. Mann and Goggin tacked for clear air and chose to head up the middle of the river, putting in short tacks to cross the current into Ferry mark. They managed to hold onto their lead in the medium fleet as they rounded the mark. After Ferry the fleet faced a long dead downwind leg against the incoming tide. Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (2000) made big gains with Carter and Smerdon pushing hard for third place. Douglas Langford (Feva) also gained from the long downwind leg as he passed Hall (Solo). With no incidents at the gybe mark, the fleet pulled in their sails to head up wind. The fast fleet finished with Roberts and Peace-Casey (RS200) still in the lead, followed by Ayers and Cowd (2000) with Carter and Smerdon (2000) seconds later. Ayers and Cowd took first place on corrected times.  In the medium fleet, Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) came in first with Johns (Solo) and Langford (Feva) close behind. Langford took second place on handicap.

Results: Fast fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 2. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000) 3. Steve Roberts & Ruby Peace-Casey (RS200)  Medium Fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Douglas Langford (Feva) 3.Phil Johns (Solo)

 

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 6 of 10

With wind speeds gusting to force 5, a good start was made by all for race 6 of the series.  The medium fleet Wanderer crewed by Mann and Goggin led the fleet away to be passed by the fast fleet boat of Roberts and Peace-Casey (RS 200) as they rounded Rubble. The beat to Second Green favoured the boats that tacked early and used the last of the incoming tide to help them up river and into St Johns Lake. Roberts and Peace-Casey (RS 200) rounded Second Green first with Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) next and the Lyes in the National 12 close behind. A tight reach up through the yacht moorings and past the club to round the Ferry mark saw the National 12 take the lead with the RS 200 second and the Wanderer two seconds behind, with Rowsell and Cowd (Enterprise) second in the medium fleet. As they headed downwind on the second leg the fast fleet saw a tussle for third place between Loader (Laser) and Helyer (Vareo). The long beat to St. Johns Lake gave the opportunity for big gains in the medium fleet as Johns (Solo) and Searle and Catchpole (Vision) made up ground on the leading boats. Rounding St Johns Lake and back up to Ferry before the finish line saw Roberts and Peace-Casey (RS 200) take line honours with Lye and Lye (National 12) next, with the National 12 taking first place on corrected times. Having lead the medium fleet for the whole race Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) made a schoolboy error and thought they had finished before actually crossing the line.   The loss of concentration saw them drop to third place on corrected times.

Results: Fast fleet 1. Nik & Sam Lye (National 12) 2. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 3. Steve Roberts & Ruby Peace-Casey (RS200) 4. Rob Loader (Laser) Medium Fleet 1. Chris Rowsell & Beth Cowd (Enterprise) 2. Steve Crowder (Feva) 3. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 4.Phil Johns (Solo)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 5 of 10

Race 5 started at low tide with slack water and a useful south-westerly of around 13 knots to give a pleasant evening’s racing around a course heading first down river on a beat to Second Green.  This saw the fleet tacking through the yacht moorings and avoiding the long strands of sea weed growing in the shallows of St Johns Lake.  Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce Casey (RS200) were first around the top mark in the fast fleet followed by Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) in the medium fleet. The tight reach to the second mark, West Mud, saw the spinnakers fly as Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) sailed along the windward side, gaining places as they went. Gybing round the mark gave the fleet a long broad reach up river to Ferry and saw the Tornado catamaran of Matt Theobald fly through the fleet to attain an on-the-water lead of eight minutes.  After rounding Ferry the fleet headed back to Second Green with some fierce tacking on the way down. The dead downwind leg after Second Green back past the clubhouse to round Ferry saw a real battle between Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000) and Rob Loader (Laser) for third place with the 2000 the final victor. After rounding Ferry the shallow water proved troublesome as the boats hit the muddy bottom with Theobald leading and Roberts and Pearce Casey (RS200) holding on to second place. The reach from West Mud left all to play for as the fleet rounded Ferry and again raced back through the moorings. Theobald took line honours in the fast fleet but on handicap dropped to eighth with Mann and Goggin taking first on the water, and on handicap, in the medium fleet. Phil Johns (Solo) came in two minutes later but dropped to third on handicap after Steve Crowder (Feva).

Results on corrected time: Fast fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 2. Steve Roberts & Ruby Peace-Casey (RS200) 3. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000). Medium Fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Steve Crowder (Feva) 3. Phil Johns (Solo)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 4 of 10

A simple sausage course of West Mud and back to Ferry against an incoming tide and light winds with gusts and lulls, made for an exciting and challenging race for which turned the usual results on their head as the fastest boats in the fleet were beaten on the water by the slowest by over five minutes. At the start all of the fleet headed for St Johns Lake along the Ballast Pound wall and through the moorings  to keep out of the incoming tide. That is all but Bill Shimell (Comet) in the medium fleet who went straight across the river where he was swept back by the tide and took another ten minutes to cross the start line.  However, once on the Devonport side, he gained a big advantage from the lifts and eddies and made it to West Mud first well ahead of the next boat. Second round West Mud were fast fleet boat Keith Watts (Laser) and medium fleet boat Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) who rounded the mark almost together the mark after a sustained tacking battle. The long run back up river split the fleet as they criss-crossed the river taking advantage of the incoming tide. Shimell (Comet) having now rounded the top mark, went past the race hut three minutes ahead of Mann & Goggin (Wanderer) and Watts (Laser). The second lap saw the incoming tide lessen and the fleet now raced out into the main river. Shimell (Comet), still leading the fleet rounded West Mud first with Mann & Goggin (Wanderer) next and the fast fleet National 12, crewed by Nik & Sam Lye, now in third place. On the long run back to Ferry, Mann & Goggin (Wanderer) were slowly gaining ground and were first to finish on the water with Shimell (Comet) coming in only seconds later. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet were still jostling for places as two minutes after the medium fleet Wanderer and Comet had come home, Lye and Lye (National 12) led the fast fleet boats over the line with only 18 seconds between the first four boats in that fleet.

Results on corrected time: Fast fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd (2000) 2. Rob Loader (Laser) 3. Keith Watts (Laser) 4. Nik & Sam Lye (National 12) Medium Fleet 1. Bill Shimell (Comet) 2. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 3. Geoff Hall (Solo) 4. Andy Allen (Enterprise)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 3 of 10

A good breeze from the west nor west favoured a pin end start with Rob Loader (Laser) leading the fleet closely followed by Nik & Sam Lye (National 12) to the first mark, West Mud, with Phil Johns (Solo) heading up the medium fleet. Rounding the second mark, Rubble, Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) snuck passed Loader to take the lead. The beat to First Yellow saw keen tacking in the slack water of the ebbing tide. Heading for Ferry the lead boats in both fleets were neck and neck and as they went through the gate on the first lap; Loader led by only two seconds with Johns still holding first place in the medium fleet.

The fleet held these positions around West Mud for the second time and on the tight reach to Rubble.  However the beat to First Yellow saw many place changes with Ayers & Cowd battling it out with Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000) for the lead. In the medium fleet it was nip and tuck as Brian Searle & Colin Catchpole (Vision) passed Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) moving into second place with Johns holding the first place. As they rounded Ferry mark the quick dash for the line made for a close  finish with Carter & Smerdon taking line honours followed by Ayers & Cowd. In the medium fleet Johns  took first on the water with Searle & Catchpole close on his heels but they dropped to third place on corrected times.

Results: Fast fleet 1. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000) 2. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 3. Rob Loader (Laser) 4. Nik & Sam Lye (National 12) Medium Fleet 1. Phil Johns (Solo) 2. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 3. Brian Searle & Colin Catchpole 4. George Daley & Phillippa Smerdon (Comet)

Torpoint Mosquito G & R Electrical Summer Series: Race 2 of 10

With 15 knots of wind from the southeast, race 2 began with the fleet tacking along the Ballast Pound wall to avoid the strong incoming current. Tight for space between the current and the wall some boats had to take a penalty due to contact with other boats. Jones (Solo) headed into the river where there was more wind but the current was too strong and he lost a lot of places. Carter and Smerdon (2000) rounded the top mark first followed by the Lyes in the National 12. In the medium fleet Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) were leading but were soon overtaken by Crowder (Feva) flying the spinnaker on a very tight reach. Helyer (Vareo) and Loader (Laser) also gained places on the fast reach to West Mud. After the gybe mark and with the incoming tide behind them, the leaders pulled away on the spinnaker reach to Ferry.  With only seconds between the lead boats in the fast fleet, it was all to play for on the next lap. In the medium fleet Mann and Goggin had regained first place to go through the gate just in front of Crowder, closely followed by Shimell (Comet).

Again the boats tacked their way through the shallows into St John’s Lake. Both fleets were still mixed together as they rounded the upwind mark. Once more the tight reach favoured the asymmetric spinnakers and the Lasers.  As they raced towards West Mud the lead boats were now joined by Helyer to battle it out for first place. Further back Jones and Shimell were competing for third place in the medium fleet. As the fleet rounded Ferry for the final upwind leg to the line, some boats tacked on the mark whilst others headed into the beach but neither option made much difference to the final outcomes. As the boats went through the line it was Ayers and Cowd (2000) first followed by Carter and Smerdon (2000). Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) were first on the water in medium fleet followed by Crowder (Feva) who took first place on handicap.

Results. Fast fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 2. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000), 3 Mark Helyer (Vereo), 4 Nik & Sam Lye (National 12) Medium Fleet 1. Steve Crowder (Feva) 2. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 3. Bill Shimell (Comet) 4. Phil Jones (Solo)

RW Carter Excavations dinghy handicap series: Race 10 of 10

A force five with strong gusts and shifting wind directions made for challenging conditions for the last race of this summer series. The first mark,  Ferry, could be made in one tack against the outgoing tide followed by a tight reach to West Mud.  In the fast fleet, there were good starts for Ronnie Carter & Matt Evans (Laser 2000) and Steve Roberts & Ruby Pease-Casey (RS200).  In the medium fleet Jack Mann & Steve Chapple (Wanderer) got away first but were soon passed by Steve Crowder (Feva) using an asymmetric spinnaker. A Norwegian landing craft created several bow waves the fleet had to surf to avoid being swamped. As the fleet reached the West Mud a second set of waves came through which made gybing tricky but all boats rounded safely and headed to Rubble. Rounding Rubble the outgoing tide was so fierce the boats had to head across to the dockyard wall before tacking to round the mark. Geoff Hall (Solo) was washed the wrong side of the mark and had to retire. Bill Shimell capsized in a strong gust and also retired.

The long beat against strong winds and an even stronger current saw the fleet head into St Johns Lake and up to First Green. Carter and Evans led the fleet with Tony Ayers and Grace Cowd (Laser 2000) – now in second place – close on their tail. Newcomers Nik and Sam Lye (National 12) were in fourth place as they rounded Ferry mark for the second time. Crowder (Feva) passed inside Mann and Chapple (Wanderer) at Ferry and re-gained the lead. At the next mark Mann and Chapple gybed inside Crowder and took back the lead. Crowder unfortunately capsized but made a fast recovery and was soon back in the race. The beat to St Johns was without incident before the tight reach up to the club house and the finish with Carter and Evans (fast fleet) and Mann and Chapple (medium fleet) taking line honours.  The crews now look forward to the dinghy regatta on 25 June, briefing at 10am.

Results: Fast fleet 1. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (Laser 2000) 2.Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (Laser 2000) 3.Steve Roberts & Ruby Pease -Casey (RS200)  Medium fleet 1.Jack Mann & Steve Chapple (Wanderer) 2. Steve Crowder (Feva)

RW Carter Excavations dinghy handicap series: Race 9 of 10

Light winds (SE 8mph) again for the penultimate race of Torpoint Mosquito’s summer series. Jack Mann and Steve Chapel (Wanderer) were first off the line but were soon passed by Tony Ayers and Grace Cowd (2000) as the pack raced to St Johns 3 on a rising tide with their spinnakers flying. After rounding the leeward mark they beat their way to Second Yellow against both the wind and incoming tide. The fleet was well spread out in the large expanse of water as some boats dropped down in St Johns Lake to avoid the incoming tide while Roger Holman and Stefano Franzolini (Jollyboat) headed high for more wind, gaining ground and rounding the top mark first with Ayers and Cowd next.  Richard Richmond (Solo) had headed for a major wind shift and gained yards on the following boats to round the mark in third place. It was a tight reach back up the river to Ferry with the tide behind the fleet. Using their spinnaker Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000) sailed through the fleet, rounding Ferry mark in third place. The run back through the line outside the clubhouse saw Chris Rowsell and Catherine Wardell (Enterprise) goosewing their main and jib to battle it out with Mann and Chapel (Wanderer), both boats now gaining ground on Richmond (Solo) as they approached the downwind buoy in St Johns Lake.  The rest of the fleet – Crowder, Searle, and Dale all in Fevas – were not only racing each other but battling it out with George Dalley and Phillippa Smerdon (Comet) for fourth place. The beat to Second Yellow was a long upwind leg where places were lost and gained on the first lap. The same was true on the second lap as Holman and Franzolini (Jollyboat) who were the leading boat capsized rounding the mark.  Ayers and Cowd (2000) sailed clear to take the lead with Carter and Smerdon (2000) next. In the medium fleet Mann and Chapel (Wanderer) managed to creep past Richmond (Solo) and Rowsell & Wardell (Enterprise) to take the lead. As the boats raced back up river the large wash from a passing landing craft caught Carter and Smerdon unawares.  They capsized and lost ground on the leading boat. After rounding Ferry mark Ayers and Cowd (2000) took line honours in the fast fleet, followed by Carter and Smerdon (2000). In the medium fleet first over the line were Mann and Chapel (Wanderer) followed by Richmond (Solo).

Results: RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series race 9 Fast fleet 1.Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (Laser 2000) 2. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon ( Laser 2000) 3. Roger Holman & Stefano Franzolini (Jollyboat). Medium fleet 1. Jack Mann & Steve Chapel (Wanderer) 2. Richard Richmond (Solo) 3. Chris Rowsell & Catherine Wardell (Enterprise)

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations dinghy handicap series: Race 8 of 10

A beautiful evening with a light south westerly wind and a strongly ebbing tide saw a big turnout for race 8 of Torpoint Mosquito’s Thursday handicap series with a couple of new helms out in Fevas out for the first time this season. A course set to St. John 2, West Mud and Ferry, all to port, saw the RS 200 crewed by Natalie Roach and Imogen Bellfield take the lead from the start and never look back. Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (Laser 2000) were not far behind along with Roger Holman and Stefano Franzolini in the Jolly Boat followed by Mark Helyer (Vareo) and Steve Roberts and Alex Smerdon (RS 200). The medium fleet was headed up by Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer).  After the first mark the wind started dying even more and backed round to the south a little making the reach to West Mud a bit more of a close-hauled leg. Roach and Bellfield (RS200) rounded West Mud first with Holman and Franzolini (Jolly Boat) close behind but for some reason, the Jolly Boat sailed into a hole in the wind close by the moorings allowing the rear of the fleet catch up. Roberts and Smerdon (RS200) overtook Ayers and Cowd at Ferry mark but then lost that lead on the first leg of the second lap to St. John 2 after they too sailed into a hole. The fast fleet remained in the same positions until the finish with Roach and Bellfield taking line honours and first on corrected time by almost seven minutes from Ayers and Cowd. In the medium fleet the race was shortened to one lap due to the wind dying dramatically and Mann and Goggin were first over the line and first on corrected times. Further down the fleet the two Fevas crewed by for the Crowder and Chappel respectively had been in reasonably close contention with each other but Crowder got ahead of Chappel and remained there for the remainder of the race.

Results : RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series race 8 Fast fleet 1. Natalie Roach & Imogen Bellfield RS 200 2. Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd (Laser 2000) 3. Keith Watts (Laser). Medium fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Crowder (RS Feva) 3. Bill Shimell (Comet)

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series race 8 Fast fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (Laser 2000) 2. Steve Roberts & Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) 3. Alex Smerdon (Laser) Medium fleet. 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Bill Shimell (Comet) 3. Pat Dollard (Wayfarer).

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Series: Race 7 of 10

Despite a very light and variable wind, a flooding tide and heavy showers, there was still a good turnout for race 7 of Torpoint Mosquito’s Thursday summer series. With a course heading first to St John 1, down to New Yellow and then up river to Ferry, this was a race where medium fleet boats made a very good showing against the fast fleet.  The start saw the crews try to keep close to the Ballast Pound wall due to the incoming tide. where some boats seemed to catch a different wind to others and flew along without issue; others had more difficulties. The medium fleet crew of Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer) flew off at a cracking pace to take and hold the lead until the last leg of the race with the fast fleet boat of Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (Laser 2000) close behind.  Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) were well in touch with the leaders but Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (Laser 2000) headed off for the wrong mark. Mark Helyer (Vareo), Rob Loader (Laser), Geoff Hall (Solo) and Richard Richmond (Solo) were all close together in the heavy downpour with Bill Shimell (Comet) at the tail; George Dalley and daughter Phillippa Smerdon in the other Comet decided to call it a day and retired.

As expected the wind died when the rain eased but by that point both fleets were tightly packed together apart from Roberts and Pearce-Casey (RS 200) who seemed to be stuck in their own hole and were overtaken by everyone.  Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) were first round the second mark and hoisted the spinnaker, closely followed by Carter and Smerdon (Laser 2000), Helyer (Vareo), Loader (Laser) and then Ayers and Cowd (Laser 2000).  The tide was roaring in and this helped push the fleets onwards but Richmond (Solo), Roberts and Pearce-Casey (RS200) and Shimell (Comet) were left tailing and were the last three boats around the mark. All the boats then had the tide behind them up to Ferry mark.  The course was shortened and Loader (Laser) managed to overtake the Wanderer to take line honours, with Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) just five seconds behind.  The two Laser 2000s and Mark Helyer in the RS Vareo all finished within five seconds of each other.

Results: RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series race 7: Fast Fleet 1. Rob Loader (Laser) 2. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon 3. Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd. Medium fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Bill Shimell (Comet) 3. Richard Richmond (Solo).

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series race 7: Fast Fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd 2. Keith Watts (Laser) 3. Mark Helyer (Vareo). Medium fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wander) 2. Bill Shimell (Comet) 3. Richard Richmond (Solo).

 

 

 

 

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series: Race 6 of 10

Race 6 of Torpoint Mosquito’s summer handicap series saw some of the crews put off by low cloud and drizzle causing limited visibility and a lively south westerly wind. The race officers sent the fleet first to St John 2, then to First Yellow and then back up river to Ferry. The two Laser 2000s had a close race with Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd ahead of Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon on the first lap, with Rob Loader (Laser) slightly behind them. In the medium class Jack Mann and Ron Goggin (Wanderer)  established an early lead over Geoff Hall (Solo). The second lap saw Carter and Smerdon overtake Ayers and Cowd whilst Rob Loader (Laser) held on to third place. Mann and Goggin (Wanderer) extended their lead over Hall and the gap widened considerably on lap three with Mann and Goggin taking line honours and first on corrected times. Similarly, in the fast fleet, on the third lap, Carter and Smerdon extended their lead over Ayers and Cowd to thirty-five seconds.  Carter and Smerdon took first place, Ayers and Cowd were second and Loader, third.

Results. RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series Race 6 Fast fleet 1. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (Laser 2000) 2. Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd (Laser 2000) 3. Rob Loader (Laser) Medium fleet 1. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 2. Geoff Hall (Solo)

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series Race 6 Fast Fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (Laser 2000) 2. Mark Helyer (Vareo) 3. Steve Roberts & Ruby Pearce Casey (RS200) Medium fleet 1. Noah Rees (Laser Radial) 2. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin (Wanderer) 3. Richard Richmond (Solo).

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series: Race 5 of 10

Although some crews were put off by the very light winds, a good  fleet of ten boats took to the water for race 5 of Torpoint Mosquito’s RW Carter Excavations handicap series which turned out to be a race against the conditions – very light winds and a strong incoming tide – rather than the other boats on the water. With a simple course of two marks downriver to St John’s One and back up to Ferry mark, the light winds meant that short tacking along the Ballast Pound wall was the order of the day but the fleet were beaten back by the current flowing out of St Johns Lake. Three boats managed to break away and, led by the medium fleet boat of Andy Allen (Enterprise), made slow progress towards the first mark. On reaching St Johns Lake the leading fast fleet boat, Mark Helyer (Vareo), launched his spinnaker and although there was little wind to fill the sail, managed to pass Allen to round St Johns One in first position with Allen in second and Andy Evans (Laser) in third. The rest of the fleet were still being beaten by the tide and had been washed back passed the start line. Tony Ayers and Beth Cowd (2000) were making slow progress on the edge of the moorings, while Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000) were at a standstill – holding their own against the current but not making any progress.  Jack Mann (Wanderer) – now in the middle of the river – eased his sails and made little progress against the tide.

Having rounded the top mark the lead boats were now being carried back up river with the tide and made fast progress, reaching Ferry mark all too soon for Evans (Laser) who was washed the wrong side of the buoy. Unable to fight the current to re-round the buoy, he needed assistance from the safety boat to avoid the Torpoint ferry lanes and had to retire. Helyer (Vareo), also caught by the tide, was fast approaching the Torpoint ferry when Allen (Enterprise) rounded the mark and headed for the finish. Back down the fleet, Ayers and Cowd were rounding St Johns One mark. Whilst racing back to the final mark, a fishing line got tangled in their rigging along with a fish which was returned to the fisherman before they continued to Ferry mark. First to finish was Allen (Enterprise) followed by Helyer (Vareo).  Ayers and Cowd then Carter and Smerdon managed to finish in the fast fleet and Mann in the medium fleet, but the rest of the crews were beaten by the current and retired.

Results: RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday  Series Race 5 Fast Fleet 1. Mark Helyer (Vareo), 2. Tony Ayers & Beth Cowd (2000) 3. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000). Medium Series 1. Andy Allen (Enterprise). 2. Jack Mann (Wanderer).

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series Race 5 Fast Fleet 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd 2. Roger Holman & Stefano Franzolini (Jolly Boat) 3. Mark Helyer (Vareo) Medium Fleet. 1. Noah Rees (Laser Radial) 2. Chris Rowsell & Beth Cowd (Enterprise) 3. Jack Mann & Ron Goggin  (Wanderer)

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Series: Race 4 of 10
Race 4 of Torpoint Mosquito’s RW Carter Excavations Thursday Series began with a changeable easterly wind, force 3-4, and an ebbing tide. The course was set to head first downriver to St. John 2, east to Rubble and then back up through the club line to Ferry. The start was very cluttered with Mark Helyer (RS Vareo) getting the kite up and taking the lead; Matt Reeves

(Laser) was second followed by Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) flying their spinnaker. In the middle of the fleet, Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000), Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (2000), the medium class Solo of Geoff Hall and, in a rare outing, Steve Caley  in a Laser, all arrived at the mark close together. The beat to Rubble saw Roberts and Pearce-Casey overtake both Helyer and Reeves but Ayers and Cowd started picking up the pace. Rounding Rubble with the kites going up, fighting against the outgoing tide and the wind starting to show signs of easing, the fleet bunched together but Helyer found the best breeze and started to haul in Roberts and Pearce-Casey.  Ayers and Cowd were keeping ahead of Carter and Smerdon who seemed to have found a hole in wind on the dockyard side of the river. he two Lasers were close together but towards the back of the fleet with Hall

(Solo)  bringing up the rear. The second lap saw Roberts and Pearce-Casey leading to St. John 2 with Helyer close behind and Ayers and Cowd holding on to third position. With wind easing even more and the tide building, the beat to Rubble saw the fleet slow down. On rounding Rubble Roberts and Pearce-Casey hoisted the kite and seemed to pull away but ended up losing the wind whilst Helyer, still in the breeze, overtook them with ease. Ayers and Cowd found the same wind as Helyer and caught up some ground. The course was shortened due to the building tide and easing wind with Helyer taking line honours ahead of Roberts and Pearce-Case.  He dropped to second on handicap.  Ayers and Cowd were third over the line but took first place on corrected times.

Results: RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday  Series Race 4 Fast Fleet 1.Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd (2000) 2. Mark Helyer (Vareo) 3. Ronnie Carter & Alex Smerdon (2000). Medium Fleet 1. Geoff Hall (Solo).

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series Race 4 Fast Fleet: 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 2. Steve Roberts & Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) 3. Alex Smerdon (Laser).  Medium Fleet 1. Rob Loader (Laser Radial) 2. Noah Rees (Laser Radial)  3. Jack Mann (Wanderer)

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Series: Race 3/10
A blustery westerly wind and an incoming tide were the order of the day for Torpoint Mosquito’s third race in the RW Carter Excavations summer series. There was a good start for all boats heading to St. John Lake with some heavy gusts almost taking some boats by surprise. Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) were first round the mark with Tony Ayers and Bethan Cowd (2000) and Rob Loader in the Laser following closely behind. The broad reach saw the boats take off and Ayers and Cowd, and Loader easily overtook Roberts and Pearce-Casey to take the lead. In the medium class a couple boats had issues reaching the windward mark but finally made it round. At the gybe mark, West Mud, Loader went for the gybe and was knocked over by a big gust; accordingly Ayers and Cowd and Roberts and Pearce-Casey decided to tack round to be on the safe side. Another reach back up river to Ferry again saw the boats take off and quickly reach the mark. By this time, the medium class boats were struggling apart from Noah Rees (Laser Radial) who was outperforming almost everyone and keeping up with the front runners. Further down the fleet Geoff Hall (Solo) was having problems; when he finally reached the mark, he had difficulties in getting out of irons and the Wanderer crewed by Jack Mann and Bob Holder took a ducking and retired. The race concluded without further issue. Roberts and Pearce-Casey (RS200) were slowly being overhauled by everyone and ended up fourth on the water with Ayers and Cowd taking line honours, Loader came in second and Rees (in the medium fleet) came in third.
Results: RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday Series Fast Fleet 1.Tony Ayers & Bethan Cowd (2000) 2. Rob Loader (Laser) 3. Mark Helyer (Vareo). Medium Fleet 1. Noah Rees (Laser Radial) 2. Geoff Hall (Solo).

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series Fast Fleet: 1. Tony Ayers & Grace Cowd (2000) 2. Steve Roberts & Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) 3. Ronnie Carter & Vicky Carter (2000). Medium Fleet 1. Noah Rees (Laser Radial) 2. Geoff Hall (Solo)

Torpoint Mosquito RW Carter Excavations Summer Series: Race 1/10

A strong south easterly wind gusting to force 5 ensured the first race of the RW Carter Excavations Summer Series was going to be a lively one. With a course heading down to New Yellow across to Rubble and then back upstream to Ferry mark, the start was fast and furious with Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS 200) first off the line closely followed by Tony Ayers and Beth Cowd (2000) and then by last series’ winners Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon (2000). Tom Crane and Eleanor Pond, also in a 2000, were in fourth place.  On the reach to New Yellow Ayers and Cowd stormed past Roberts and Pearce-Casey to reach the mark first and then hardened up for the beat to Rubble. All the fleet rounded the mark without issue and proceeded upwind in a a slight choppy sea state. Carter and Smerdon overtook Roberts and Pearce-Casey on the beat and rounded Rubble neck and neck with Ayers and Cowd, the pair of them almost touching on the mark. In the medium class, the father and daughter team of George Dalley and Phillippa Smerdon (Comet), and Noah Rees in a Laser Radial, were finding it hard on the beat but eventually rounded the mark ready for the nice broad reach to the gybe mark, Ferry. Round the mark Roberts and Pearce-Casey hoisted the spinnaker trying to haul in the two front runners and eventually overtook Ayers and Cowd. They were right behind Carter and Smerdon rounding Ferry. Crane and Pond (2000) were still plugging away without the kite and were still within touching distance of the leaders at the end of the first lap.

At the start of lap two, a tight reach to New Yellow saw Carter and Smerdon and Roberts and Pearce-Casey fly their spinnakers albeit quite tightly. A couple of gusts nearly knocked them over but made things ready for another hard beat.  On handicap Ayers and Cowd (2000) were still very much in contention over the RS200 and the next beat saw them gain ground.  The positions at this point pretty much stayed the same for the remainder of the race and although the wind started to ease, there were still some hairy moments on the spinnaker leg rounding Rubble contrasting with some frustrating times in the lull off the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel moored at Rubble jetty.

At the end, in the Medium class, Rees (Laser Radial) took line honours and first on corrected times, followed by Dalley and Smerdon (Comet). In the fast fleet, Carter and Smerdon (2000) took line honours, with Roberts and Pearce-Casey (RS200) second on the water. Ayers and Cowd (2000) were promoted to second on corrected times.

Results RW Carter Excavations Summer Thursday  Series Fast Fleet 1. Ronnie Carter and Alex Smerdon 2. Tony Ayers and Beth Cowd (2000) 3. Steve Roberts and Ruby Pearce-Casey (RS200) 4.Tom Crane and Eleanor Pond (2000).  Medium Fleet 1. Noah Rees (Laser Radial) 2. George Dalley and Phillippa Smerdon (Comet).

Peninsula Plumbing Summer Monday Series Race 1 of 10 :  all boats retired due to lack of wind.