Sailing Club Open 2012
Report Dave Poston
10 mustos met at Lymington Town Sailing
Club for an open shared with the D-one nationals. We
were met with the forecast 1 knot of wind on Saturday
- a forecast that had perhaps reduced the numbers somewhat.
However a great event was in store - it just didn't
look like it on arrival!
The race officer postponed on shore for
a short while then made a skilful call to send us out
into the only breeze that appeared that day, managing
to get 2 light wind races in 4-8 knots of breeze with
little waiting around.
On the course the choice was to go left
into more wind or go right out of the tide, with neither
side paying consistently resulting in plenty of place
changing. Keeping the head out of the boat was top priority!
In race one Jamie Morgan got a great start and sailed
well to take the win ( congrats on his first 'official'
race win at an event! ). Behind him Nigel Walbank and
Dave Poston were looking good for 2nd and 3rd until
they failed to spot a shift and breeze on the left allowing
Jamie Hilton and Ben Schooling to come past and finish
2nd and 3rd.
Race two and Jamie Morgan showed that
his starting tactic was to use a buoy several boatlengths
to windward of the line as his private pin end, and
unfortunately it didn't pay off this time. The ensuing
individual recall caused some confusion amongst the
rest of the fleet that hadn't spotted the stray musto
and several boats went back unnecessarily. Once again
the shifts upwind were key with Schooling making the
best of it to take the win, followed by Hilton and Poston.
The breeze was fading fast at this point
so the fleet was sent ashore to get an early start with
the beers for the social event that evening, which was
thoroughly enjoyed by all - getting a group of gruff
musto sailors onto the dance floor is no mean feat!
Sunday dawned with 3 issues - 1) A sense
of having enjoyed the night before a bit too much 2)
Being short of a few races so rigging up at
8.30 to make up for it 3) No wind. However the breeze
filled in and then some, and all problems were solved
in what turned out to be perfect blasting conditions.
Race 3 got underway in a slowly building
5-10 knots of breeze. Without the extra wind on the
left, the right hand side was paying to get out of the
tide, and local sailor (and excellent host) Nigel Walbank
showed the fleet the way round to win followed by Hilton
Race 4 had both the sun and the wind which
was now in the 12-15 knot region. Right was obviously
paying with 3 or 4 boats starting on port on the biased
line to try and get there first. Hilton made the best
of it and lead from start to finish, with Schooling,
Webber and Poston battling it out behind, with Poston
and Webber finishing 2nd and 3rd.
In Race 5 things were starting to get
a bit spicy and Poston blasted off into a commanding
lead. Capsizes were starting to happen with most of
the fleet stopping for a quick dip at some point. Despite
a capsize at the leeward gate Poston held on to the
lead with Schooling and Webber behind.
20 knot+ gusts were starting to appear
in Race 6 and keeping things together downwind was key.
Poston rounded the windward mark first followed by Hilton,
Webber, Schooling and Sergei Samus but couldn't make
the gybe in the 2-lap race giving Hilton the lead. On
the next downwind Hilton failed at the first gybe giving
the lead back to Poston. Poston then snatched defeat
from the jaws of victory with a capsize 20 yards from
the finish leaving Samus - the only one of the bunch
not to have swum downwind - to take a well deserved
win. Another well done goes to skiff newcomers Mark
Cooper and Simon Kitchen who experienced their 'musto
initiation' of racing in 20 knots and survived to tell
With the breeze building and sailors
tiring a 7th race was called off and we were sent home
to reflect on a great event - a mixed bag of conditions,
a different winner for every race, great racing and
a great social, what more could you ask for? Well done
to Jamie Hilton for keeping things consistent enough
for the overall win, and thanks very much LTSC!
1st Jamie Hilton
2nd Ben Schooling
3rd Dave Poston