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BRITS DOMINATE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

A strong contingent of British IC's took the European Championships held at Travemunde Week in northern Germany by storm and came back with all the chocolates. The British fleet has been growing strongly over the last few years with the new IC format starting to take hold. With many lessons learned at the World Championships in USA last year, the team were keen to try out new kit and ideas at the first international competition. Sadly there were a few names from the German fleet missing through injury or other commitments but a fleet of 25 boats had some exciting and varied sailing over the week.

 
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Llandegfedd Canoe Inland Championships 2015

 

 

 

 

Ready for action

 

The 2015 Canoe Inland Championships were hosted by Llandegfedd Sailing Club over the weekend of 3rd & 4th July - the first opportunity for the fleet to test the recently re-opened club and buildings. We are happy to confirm that Llandegfedd now has the first class facilities fitting of this beautiful location.

A blustery SW breeze welcomed the fleet on Saturday morning. With visitors from as far afield as Cornwall & North Yorkshire the scene was set for some good racing. In the event it was a case of "last man standing" with only local boys Rob Wood & Dave Timson apparently unaffected by the extreme shifts and gust that blew over the hills. Gear failure, or the risk of, forced the remainder of the fleet to retire. Our reward for the attempt was a very welcome cold beer in the sunshine on the new club house deck.

Saturday evening we reconvened at a local hostelry to re-hydrate & review the day's activities. A very pleasant evening with many assurances of "it's not usually like this" from the locals.

In the finest tradition of canoe sailing the overnight repair work saw the fleet at full strength for Sunday morning. With the southerly breeze forecast to build Race Officer, Mark Williams, was keen to get the fleet away on schedule - and did so. Rob Wood again demonstrated his mastery of both boat & conditions with blistering upwind speed; the rest of us enjoyed some close racing with the common race track for both the IC & AC's working well.

Between races Gareth Caldwell managed to flip his new Maas design "Ska for Life" in spectacular fashion - with only the nose remaining in contact with the water the rest of the boat was airborne. We look forward to further acrobatic prowess at the forthcoming Europeans.

The developing breeze delivered a lively first beat for the third and final race of the day which was shaping up nicely until a huge squall took out the whole fleet. With a collective decision to study the underside of our boats the race officer pulled up the abandoned flag to close the weekend's racing.

Back ashore the sunshine returned to help us pack up before a very welcome curry lunch and the prize giving. Thanks to LLandegfedd SC for hosting the event; Race Officer, Mark Williams, for making the best of the challenging conditions; Steve Clarke and team for the organisation and a special mention for the rescue crew whom we kept rather busy!

IC Fleet

1. Rob Wood GBR 329

2. Rob Bell GBR 327

3. Gareth Caldwell GBR 321

AC Fleet

1. Dave Timson GBR 303

2. Tony Robertshaw GBR 306

3. Phil Allen GBR 296

Llandegfedd Canoe Inland Championships 2015

Overall

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: PY, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Class

SailNo

HelmName

PY

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

Nett

1st

IC

329

Rob Wood

894

1.0

(2.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

6.0

4.0

2nd

AC

303

Dave Timson

870

2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

(4.0)

11.0

7.0

3rd

IC

321

Gareth Caldwell

894

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

6.0

3.0

54.0

39.0

4th

IC

327

Rob Bell

894

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

3.0

7.0

55.0

40.0

5th

AC

306

Tony Robertshaw

870

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

5.0

5.0

55.0

40.0

6th

IC

334

John Ellis

894

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

4.0

8.0

57.0

42.0

7th

AC

296

Phil Allen

870

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

8.0

6.0

59.0

44.0

8th

AC

310

Steve Bowen

870

(15.0 DNF)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNF

2.0

62.0

47.0

9th

IC

324

Steve Clarke

894

(15.0 DNF)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

7.0

11.0

63.0

48.0

10th

AC

266

Andy Gordon

870

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

9.0

9.0

63.0

48.0

11th

AC

290

Matt

870

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

12.0

10.0

67.0

52.0

12th

AC

293

James R

870

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

10.0

15.0 DNF

70.0

55.0

13th

IC

320

Rob Stebbings

894

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

11.0

15.0 DNC

71.0

56.0

14th

(15.0 DNC)

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

15.0 DNC

75.0

60.0

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Ullswater International Canoe Open 2-3 May

Ten competitors from all over the country arrived at Ullswater for the first open meeting of the year. The warm spring weather from April was just a recent memory as a cold front crossed the country and seemed to park itself over the area for a few days giving very testing sailing conditions from a broadly easterly direction.

The canoes raced with the mixed fleet of fast asymmetric dinghies and we were able to compare our speed with the Musto Skiffs, 49ers, VX1’s . In very testing conditions, with big holes in the wind, from variable directions it was nearly impossible to draw many conclusions of who was on the money. Many of the capsizes and dips in form during the racing, were due to the difficult conditions and made swimming an over rated pastime and put an end to many good results.

It was however encouraging to welcome back to the class Charlie Chandler, sailing his imported canoe which was designed and built by Christian Knott in Oz. and setting a very good looking set of Alexander sails. With a little bit of final finishing this combo will take a bit of beating in the coming season.

Rob Stebbing arrived from his 10hour journey from Plymouth with his immaculate Chris Maas canoe which finished 2nd in the worlds last September, just superb.

Tony Marston brought the pretty all glass Slurp up from West Kirby and wisely stayed ashore from much of the time.

The last of the long distance visitors was Roger Howell with his AC. Now Roger will tell you himself that he has found the AC really difficult to sail in a blow since he purchased it. A new main sail, following on from the advice from chairman Gaz, supplied by H D sails has sorted out his problem. He is happy now to sail in 15-20 knots of wind and did so in the final race of the series. The moral here is that if you are struggling in the windy weather, it may well be the set up of the boat…please just ask for some advice!

Flashes of speed and brilliance were experienced at times from: John Robson, when not fishing with his kite; John Ellis, when his new all carbon seat stayed in the boat; ICF Chairman Phil showing off his San Fran. skills: Colin Brown when not moaning about the cold! ; And finally just had to mention the very brave Rob Bell, ran into an unmarked reef in 20 knots of wind on the bank holiday Monday while broad reaching, all very nasty. The boat stopped quicker than poor Rob and he planted his face into the mast, breaking his nose and having to be taken to the local hospital. His boat was towed home with surprisingly little damage for such a major crash and will be back in action sooner than Rob, get well soon!

All events considered a good showing of canoes to other classes and I leave you news that the new rules IC is ( very) fast for its handicap!

 

Results (extracted from handicap results)

 

 
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World Championships 2014 - daily reports

New York Canoe Club Challenge

The Americans retained the trophy. The teams are chosen by the team captains from the best performing helms in the series and three races are run. Each race is won by the team with the winning boat. See Chris Hampe's eye witness report on the forum.

Day 8 Final Race

Mikey takes the gun

The IC class has a new World Champion, Mikey Radziejowski of the US narrowly beating Chris Maas.

The final race was abandoned as it became clear that the wind was above the limit of 20 knots  set in the SI's and still building 10 minutes before the race was scheduled to begin.

With the race series cut to 8, only one discard now applies which had quite an impact on the results below third as many required an addition discard to shed some points after retirements earlier in the series.

The end result is that Alistair Warren is top British sailor with a richly deserved 3rd place after consistent sailing not only at the championships but for the last few years. Phil Robin produced an excellent result coming in 7th, whilst Robin Wood with two retirements suffered from the the loss of the last race with otherwise good results including a win in race 3, came in 9th. Mark Goodchild and Simon Allen in their Nethercotts were able to show a few of the new rules boats the way home by posting consistent results and staying mostly upright.