TRAFALGAR TROPHY SERIES  2016

 

A total of  SIX  rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR  rounds to count.    The same model yacht must be sailed in each round.  
 

ROUND ONE

Five skippers turned out on a rather breezy Tuesday morning with overcast skies.  A triangular course was decided using Mark 1 and the corner of the landing stage for the start line, heading to Mark 7 then heading back up the lake to Mark 3 down to Mark 1 for two laps finishing from Mark 1 to Mark 8 and the Lectern for the first 3 races.

There was a course change using the same course, but Mark 3 was replaced by Mark 2 due to yacht 86 having difficulty sailing up to Mark 3.

There were a few changes in finishing positions over the six races which certainly made for a good challenge, however prevailing winds allowed Brian Hartley to pinch first place with Dave Johnston and Roger Monks close behind.

 

ROUND TWO

Five skippers turned up to feel the Autumn chill and the usual unpredictable winds especially around Mark 5.  We sailed a triangular course from the landing stage and Mark 1 to Mark 5, down to Mark 7 and back to Mark 1 finishing from Mark 1 to Mark 8 on the last lap

The day started well for Paul winning race 1 but went suddenly downhill from there. Brian was on good form winning the next four races.  Roger was consistent by coming 2nd in the first five races before eventually winning the final race.  Dave managed third place in the first four races but climbed up to second in the last.  It was good to see Tony back in contention with his new drum winch and his saucy see-through patches.

ROUND THREE

Five skippers turned out on a surprisingly mild Autumn day for the third round.  The course was from between buoys    6 & 7, across to mark 3, back to 6 and on to 7 finishing the second lap from 7 to 8.  The first attempt was abandoned due to a mix up about which way we sailed round the windward mark, but the following three races were difficult due to an ever decreasing wind.  Lunch was taken in a vain hope that the wind might increase, but alas it only got worse and the last three races were reduced to one lap due to the fact that only Simon has navigation lights. Going was so slow that darkness would have fallen before we completed full races.  The results were probably a lottery due to what little wind there was being totally blocked by the trees.  It was so bad that a couple of skippers abandoned the last couple of races half way through due to being totally becalmed.  Having said that, Brian won the honours taking first place in four of the races.  Simon came second overall and Roger third.  All in all a poor days racing.

 
ROUND FOUR

Round four was completed by five skippers on a lovely bright day but again lacking any notable breeze. A narrow triangular course was set from marks 5 and 6, across to 3 down to 2 and back to 5.  The last lap was extended from 2 to 1 and on to the finish at 8.  Racing was fairly close but again Brian took the honours by winning three of the races.  He should have made it four, but in race 3 he got himself attached to his nemesis number three buoy much to the amusement of at least one who thanked him for his Christmas Spirit.  Roger came second on the day with Simon a close third.  Brian's victory ensures that the Trafalgar Trophy will once again be adorning the bulging Hartley trophy cabinet for another year. Racing will resume again in the New Year, but in the meantime, a very Merry Christmas to one and all.

ROUND FIVE

After what seems to be a long break from racing, five skippers competed in the fifth round in pleasant conditions.  A triangular course was set, starting from between the podium and Mark 7, diagonally across to Mark 3, then across to Mark 5, back to Mark 7 and to the finish line at 8.  The reduction in the height of the trees appeared to give us a bit more wind all over the lake, so fingers crossed that sailing conditions may have improved.  Brian once again scored maximum points maintaining his 100% record in the series taking races 1, 3 and 5.  Dave grabbed 2nd place for the day with Simon managing 3rd.  It could still be a close race for 2nd and 3rd places between Dave, Roger and Simon.

ROUND SIX

 Today was a lovely Spring day with a good breeze on the lake. Six skippers competed and it was great to see Steve Booth making a welcome return to the wind power section. Let's hope we can encourage him to leave the "dark side" every Tuesday on a regular basis.  

A triangular course was set from Mark 7 and the jetty to Mark 3, on to Mark 5 and back to Mark 7. Race 1 got off to a lively start with several skippers struggling to keep control  particularly around Marks 3 and 5, but Brian once again showed us the way and came in 1st. Paul swiftly swapped to No 2's and faired better in Race 2 but still behind Brian  who squeezed passed to take his second win.  Skippers struggled in the wind and a break was taken whilst most also swapped to No 2 rigs for the first time in many, many months. Roger remained unchanged however and again struggled in Race 3 which produced yet another victory for Brian.

Races 4, 5 and 6 saw a complete turn around in fortune as the wind dropped quite suddenly leaving Roger with a tremendous sail advantage over the rest of the fleet. He took first place in all the remaining races due to either his brilliant strategy or sheer good luck.  Brian won the honours on the day with Roger finishing in 2nd place and Simon 3rd.  Congratulations to Brian on his emphatic series victory and to Roger in seizing the runner-up prize as well as Simon for the third place overall. 

PS. Finally the Trafalgar Trophy has ended and I believe we will be doing Rounds 1 and 2 of Frostbite on Tuesday 12 races maybe more depending on weather but hopefully this should bring us back on track with Spring Splash starting in 4 Weeks time.

  Trafalgar Trophy 2016
   
  Rounds in Series 6      
  No. Best Scores 4      
                BEST 4 TOTAL POINTS
    POINTS IN ROUND
POSITION SKIPPER 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Brian Hartley 100 100 100 100 100 100 400
2 Roger Monks 55 78 55 78 33 82 293
3 Simon Booth 10   78 55 55 64 252
4 Dave Johnston 78 55 33 10 78 28 244
5 Paul Beardshaw 33 33 10 33 10 46 145
6 Tony Friston   10         10
7 Steve Booth           10 10

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