Bewl Open 12th May 2018

May 16, 2018

 

Bewl Heron Open Meeting – 12th May 2018

 

This was the first Open Meeting for Heron dinghies hosted by Bewl Sailing Club, so the single home boat was delighted that visitors had travelled from Hull, Essex and Chipstead to sail on this great expanse of water. Alas the wind was light and fluky.

 

Race Officer Colin Nutt set a large trapezoidal course with the windward mark to the west for a good beat. However, the rain came in with the start gun and caused the wind to back to the south, resulting in a fetch.

 

There was a distinct lack of wind at the first mark, but Matt Pickett managed to pull ahead, closely followed by Dave Butler and crew. James Russ was in third position, and newcomer Jo Mayes crept up from the back to overtake Sean and Duncan at mark 2. At the beginning of the second lap, a sound signal and compass bearing at the committee boat denoted a change of course to give a beat to the first mark, but there were no further changes of position.  

 

Race 1

 

Place

Helm

1 Matt Pickett

2 Dave Butler

3 James Russ

 

The wind was slightly better for the start of the second race, and Matt Pickett and Dave Butler were soon in front again. Jo Mayes and crew were becoming more confident in their new boat and getting the knack of the spinnaker. This enabled them to pass James Russ and take third place on the downwind leg. Sean Chapman was clearly having a problem as the wind dropped, and he decided to retire from the race. Matt Pickett was first over the line in this two-lap race.

 

Race 2

 

Place

Helm

1 Matt Pickett

2 Dave Butler

3 Jo Mayes

 

During the lunch break, it transpired that Sean Chapman’s buoyancy tanks had taken in water, so these were drained and a speedy repair was effected.

As the wind decreased on this cold drizzly day, the afternoon race was postponed until there was just enough. With significant shifts before the start, it was difficult to work out which was the windward mark. Matt Pickett again showed us the way on the long beat, followed by Dave Butler. There was virtually no wind for the downwind legs, and two drooping spinnakers allowed the trailing boats to catch up a bit. In the final leg of this slow one-lap race, Sean Chapman caught up with Jo Mayes and managed to drift past for a nail-biting photo finish.

 

Race 3

 

Place

Helm

1 Matt Pickett

2 Dave Butler

3 Sean Chapman

 

Matt Pickett was sailing single-handed and, even with the handicap applied, managed to win all three races. Prizes were awarded to all competitors by the Bewl Commodore, Mark Munday.

In the evening, visitors joined forces with Chipstead Heron sailors for a convivial meal at The Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead.

 

Overall results

 

Place

 

1st Helm Matt Pickett H9812 Up River Yacht Club

2nd Helm Dave Butler H10340 Welton Sailing Club

3rd Helm Jo Mayes H10343 Bewl Sailing Club

4 Helm James Russ H10089 Chipstead Sailing Club

5 Helm Sean Chapman H10339 Chipstead Sailing Club

 

Pictures kindly done by: Richard Janulewicz of Shark Bait Photography.

 

 

 

 

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