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International Canoe Open & Training Event

Oxford SC – 5/6th October 2018

The two day event at Oxford has become written into IC folklore as the final celebration of the year for canoe sailing and this year was no exception with 20 boats turning up for a day of short training races and the final premier event of the year on Saturday. With a variety of wind conditions on offer there was something for everyone.

The Friday is popular as a way of experimenting with rigs and boat setup. Under the stewardship of Simon Hotchin a set of short races is an excellent way of improving boat handling, starting and allows experimentation in a competitive environment. This year with legendary Nick Craig joining in, there was some interesting observations to be had on which kit works best demonstrating how small and sometimes subtle changes can have a significant impact on speed with the highly efficient IC rig.

Light conditions persisted but with a severe cold font working its way down from the north overnight, the prospects for Saturday were looking quite different. And so it transpired. The gradient wind at 14mph was almost perfect; sadly the severe and at time viscous gusts were not and created some challenging conditions and a severe test of boat handling and equipment.

Simon was able to get a full race programme of 4 races into the Saturday in somewhat uncomfortable conditions as the air temperature plummeted from 200C on the Friday to 80C on the Saturday.

First race saw most the fleet finish but as the cold front progressed southwards the gusts increased in severity taking its toll. A collision put Shaun Anderson out of the running in race 2 which became a big boys race with Rick Bowers ecstatic at being 2nd around the first windward mark as several went swimming.

World Champion Robin showed how skill can overcome leverage with his usual immaculate performance to win overall spoiled only by a capsize early in R2.

A good solid performance from the IC Nethercott division with Martin Robb coming in first.


Final Results

 
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International Canoe Open & Training Event

Castle Cove SC Sept1/2

A beautiful early Autumn weekend greeted the IC fleet with light winds forecast on Weymouth Harbour.

On Friday the dedicated (or those needing the most advice and practice) attended a masterclass from local guru Adam Bowers on perfecting starts and the art of gorgeous sailing right from the start gun. Adam’s training was both entertaining and thought provoking in getting that last bit of speed out the small but highly efficient rig and spending more time looking outside the boat and enlarging the circles of knowledge.

Saturday brought light winds from the south and with three races each day. The IC fleet was led from start to finish by World and European Champion Robin Wood demonstrating his extraordinary skills of light air boat speed which seem to defy the law of physics.

For the other mere mortals there was plenty of very tight racing with places changing regularly within the whole chasing pack.

The IC fleet is a highly competitive fleet with little differences in boat handling, setup and tactics making significant differences. A small mistake will lead to a big deficit very quickly which is impossible to make up such is the speed of the boats.

The AC fleet was showing great boat speed with their huge 23m kites having a significant effect downwind (unsurprisingly). Steve Bowen showed the fleet around the course except for race 2 when he capsized within 100m of the finishing line to let Martyn Osbourne through.

Sunday brought much of the same but with a nice 10-12mph breeze on the first two races allowing the IC’s to get much closer to optimum boat speed. Competition was fierce as helms tried do find that little extra to get a nose in front and find the best way up the beat which inevitably seemed to be going right with left handers being largely punished. Downwind places changed regularly with wind making things very interesting closing up the fleet making final placings very close and fought hard right to the bitter end.

Behind Robin, Mike Fenwick was able to show the most consistency to come second overall with Dave Timson in third in the IC fleet and overall.

In the AC fleet, Steve Bowen came in on top.

Final Results, scratch positions

Rank

Fleet

SailNo

HelmName

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

IC

344

Robin Wood

Llandegfedd

1

1

1

1

1

(18.0 DNC)

23

5

2nd

IC

341

Mike Fenwick

Castle Cove

3

3

-3.5

2

2.5

1

15

11.5

3rd

IC

339

Dave Timson

Llandegfedd

4

-10

5

3

7

2

31

21

4th

IC

319

Shaun Anderson

Oxford

-11

7.5

3.5

6

4

4

36

25

5th

IC

338

Steve Clarke

Llandegfedd

6

-13

7

5

5

5

41

28

6th

AC

310

Steve Bowen

Llandegfedd

7

2

9

9

2.5

(18.0 DNC)

47.5

29.5

7th

IC

343

Phil Allen

Chichester

9

7.5

-11

10

6

3

46.5

35.5

8th

AC

288

Andy Gordon

Stokes Bay

2

5

10

8

13

(18.0 DNC)

56

38

9th

IC

340

Chris Hampe

12

6

8

4

10

(18.0 DNC)

58

40

10th

IC

334

John Ellis

Scaling Dam

10

-12

6

11

8

6

53

41

11th

IC

327

Rob Bell

8

9

-12

12

9

7

57

45

12th

AC

302

Martyn Osborne

Llandegfedd

5

4

2

(18.0 DNF)

18.0 DNC

18.0 DNC

65

47

13th

IC

311

Perham Harding

Swanage

13

14

13

7

-15

8

70

55

14th

IC

326

Hugh De Iongh

Castle Cove

-16

11

15

14

12

9

77

61

15th

OD

267

Martin Robb

Castle Cove

15

15

-16

15

11

11

83

67

16th

IC

336

Rob Stebbing

Castle Cove

14

-16

14

16

16

10

86

70

17th

IC

308

Richard Bowers

Castle Cove

(18.0 DNF)

17

17

13

14

12

91

73

 
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International Canoe Week at Stone Sailing Club

Reprint of the articles posted in Yachts and Yachting by Gareth Caldwell. Those eagled eyed music fans amongst you will note certain phrases highlighted. These relate to the songs from a separate band for each day. There will be a small prize from the bottom of the Chairman’s drink cabinet for the first person to guess correctly on the forum the name of all the bands mentioned.


 

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by G Caldwell 26 Jun 12:16 BST 25 June 2018