Piper Cup Dinghy Race - Sunday 29 July

Despite Windfinder saying it would be 19 gusting 38 knots at Erith, the reality was a lot calmer by comparison and happily the rain had just become a drizzle.

Seven intrepid sailors demanded a race, so one was held. To keep the Race Officer (Richard Banner) happy and warm the race was started from the Race Office using the Club start line.

The course was out to the mooring buoy at the top of the mooring and then to a downwind mark laid off the Essex shore – two laps – and back round the windward mark and to the finish.

The start was a little shambolic for the three boats as they got used to the conditions and each other. The tide caught them out on the first lap but they adjusted on the second on – and putting your centreboard down helps too (naming no names).

Alan and Rosie did well to catch the others back up and overtake the Stratos having battled with their spinnaker in the gusts. They were just beaten into second place over the line by John and Bryce.

A second race was demanded and the start was very close and professional, as the boats crossed almost together. A ship disrupted the fleet with Alan and Rosie able to use their spinnaker to get across in advance but John and Bryce and Scott, Nick and Eve had to sail around its stern to get down to the leeward mark. John and Bryce then tested the water (which was warmer than expected) and checked the underside of the boat before carrying on!

Thank you to Richard Banner for being Race Officer and to Jeremy and Steve for driving the Safety Boat. Also, thank you to Jan for providing cake and savouries afterwards to go with our drinks from the bar.

Photos are on the Facebook page, and yes it was really that grey out there!

Results below:

Corrected time

Boat

Crew

Handicap

Hour

Mins

Secs

Position

2000

John Cant & Bryce

1109

0

24

34

1

2000

Alan Thomas & Rosie Arrowsmith

1109

0

25

44

2

Stratos Keel

Scott, Nick & Eve

1100

0

26

46

3

2000

Alan Thomas & Rosie Arrowsmith

1109

0

23

11

1

2000

John Cant & Bryce

1109

0

25

35

2

Stratos Keel

Scott, Nick & Eve

1100

0

26

27

3

   
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