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2009

2009

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 23rd September, 2009
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

 
The day dawned grey, damp with desperately light wind which continued until mid afternoon. Although slightly lower attendance than last year, entries were high enough with four visiting Forces taking part. 15 local boats took part due much to the support and training provided by Avon & Somerset's Sailing Section in preparing many of the competitors for their first racing in anger . Despite the diffident winds the three planned races were completed.

In Race One boats got away reasonably well, though decisions made on the first beat in the fitfull wind would decide the race result for many. At the head of the fleet the faster Phantoms of Simon Hawkes and Ken Daniels were pressing Ian Ingram/Marie Bond in the RS 400 from West Midlands and a number of times during the race Ingram was faced with a port/starboard crossing with Hawkes who remained just ahead. This, combined with the difficulty for the asymmetric in outrunning the Phantoms on a virtual downwind leg, meant that he never escaped their attentions. Behind, the first Avon Comet Trio helmed by Jeff Hines with crew Cath Leigh was well up, holding his own against the Lasers of Dick Sivers and Allen Marsh. Then came Steve Tatton (Supernova) and Sean Underwood (Phantom) both finding conditions too light to make much headway. The fleet spread out enormously as some boats found the light conditions too unresponsive; the faster boats completing 3 laps of the triangular course whilst others were finished after 2 laps. The slow handicap boats were always going to find it difficult though Nigel Woods managed to complete his 2 laps to record an 11th place on corrected time in a Topper. With the race finishing around an hour after the start, Hawkes was the clear winner by over 3 minutes on corrected time, ahead of Daniels with Ingram just 10 seconds behind, third.

Race Two after lunchtime, during which the wind had looked so light as not be able to race. This time the angles of the triangular course were slightly changed. Boats managed to get to the starting area fairly easily but at the gun the wind dropped to almost nothing, boats struggled to get away and the first beat became a lottery. At the windward mark Ingram managed to round first, again followed by Hawkes and Daniels. Also close behind was Marsh, the only boat to commit well to the right hand side of the course, finding some wind and, with good tacking, was up with the leaders. For many, the conditions were frustrating  and the fleet soon spread out. Andy Williams (Laser 2000) and Jeff Hines (Comet Trio) were also well up this time. Just two laps completed by the faster boats as the wind began to be a little more positive and the grey, dank conditions begin to clear. This time Ingram managed to be the first boat on the water but not enough ahead of the second boat. On corrected time Hawkes was again first by 40 seconds with Ingram second and Daniels third.

Race Three was held back-to-back as the wind finally arrived: enough to keep boats moving throughout the race; a steady 5-8 knots. With the usual suspects leading the race, this time Sean Underwood (Phantom) and Dave Puttock (the second Avon Comet Trio) got the benefit of the stronger wind also the Wayfarers who both produced their best race result. Of the smaller boats Barbara Bradley in the Pico also had her best result of the day. Once more Simon Hawkes completed a hat-trick of race wins with Ken Daniels second and Allen Marsh beating the RS 400 to third place.

Prizes were presented by Avon & Somerset's DCC, Rob Beckley as follows:

Winner: Simon Hawkes, Phantom (Avon & Somerset)
Second: Ken Daniels, Phantom (Metropolitan Police)
Third: Ian Ingram/Marie Bond, RS 400 (West Midlands)

Avon & Somerset Sailing Section prizes:
1st: Simon Hawkes, Phantom
2nd: Allen Marsh, Laser
3rd: Jeff Hines/Cath Leigh, Comet Trio
Silver Fleet: Barbara Bradley, Laser Pico

'The Spirit of the Event' trophy was presented to Alan Holbrook, Laser Pico  (Avon & Somerset Police).

 Congratulations to Simon for yet another police regatta win - and well deserved.
 

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2009
Result
(3 races counted - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Points Result
Simon Hawkes Avon & Som. Phantom 1 1 1 2 1st
Ken Daniels Met. Phantom 2 3 2 4 2nd
Ian Ingram/ Marie Bond West Mids RS 400 3 2 4 5 3rd
Allen Marsh Avon & Som. Laser 5 4 3 7 4th
Richard Sivers Northants Laser 4 5 dns 9 5th
Andy Williams/ Martin Wilkins Hampshire Laser 2000 13 6 6 12 6th
Jeff Hines/ Cath Leigh Avon & Som. Comet Trio 6 8 dns 14 7th
Steve Tatton West Mids. Supernova 7 7 10 14 8th
Mark Fordham/ Sandy Padgett Avon & Som. Wayfarer 19 11 5 16 9th
Sean Underwood Avon & Som. Phantom 9 9 7 16 10th
Mark Coleman Avon & Som. Laser 8 10 8 16 11th
Malcolm Dykes/ Andy Butler Avon & Som. Wayfarer 10 12 9 19 12th
Dave Puttock/ Andy Greenaway Avon & Som. Comet Trio 12 13 12 24 13th
Barbara Bradley Avon & Som. Pico 16 15 11 26 14th
Iain Healey/ Tony Whadcock Avon & Som. Laser 2000 14 20 13 27 15th
Nigel Woods Avon & Som. Topper 11 18 dns 29 16th
Pete Highway/ Cliff Murphy Avon & Som. RS Vision 15 14 15 29 17th
Steve Webb/ Russell Jones Avon & Som. Laser 2000 18 19 14 32 18th
Bob Holt/ Kevin Toal Avon & Som. RS Vision 17 16 16 32 19th
Alan Holbrook Avon & Som. Pico 20 17 17 34 20th

Results supplied by the Race Officer, Keith Harris, Chew Valley Lake SC.

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Email: Robert.Lowrie@avonandsomerset.police.uk

 

 

 

2008

2008

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 24th September, 2008
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

 
The annual Avon and Somerset Constabulary Sailing Section Dinghy Open Regatta was held at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club, Wednesday 24th September 2008.

A chilly wind F2-3 greeted participants in this year's regatta comprising 24 boats which, though mainly Avon & Somerset Constabulary members, also attracted competitors from the Met, West Midlands, Cheshire, Hampshire and Northants.

Race One comprised a simple triangle - X 3 9 'G' - including the 'gate' in order to use 'average-lapping' finishes for the slower rated boats. With a 'lead boat' taking the fleet towards the windward mark, boats soon sorted themselves out with the Lasers vying for position with the Phantoms. At the end of the first lap Lasers were ahead as Sivers led the fleet together with Ingram followed by Underwood in a Phantom. The beats were tricky with the wind coming over the dam end of the reservoir and positions changed rapidly during the following laps. The gybe at the wing mark was catching a few boats out. Marsh, sailing his usual Laser Radial, kept well up with the leaders. The Phantoms failed to get clear ahead and on corrected time the winner was Ingram, March was second, 15 seconds behind and Sivers third, a further 30 seconds behind.

Race Two - X 3 4 9 'G' -. With the wind just a little stronger but remaining from the same direction, the course was changed to  include buoy '4' thus forming a rectangle. With the legs 'X' to '3' - a broad reach - and from '3' to '4' a virtual run, positions easily changed depending on which stream of wind boats managed to catch as the wind gusts came running down the lake. Buoy '4' to buoy '9' was an extremely tight fetch which made for very wet sailing.
A slight wind-shift before the start indicated that there would be a pressure of boats aiming for the starboard end of the line. Daniels just failed to avoid the melee and left himself with some catching up to do. The close start made for a packed front of the fleet for the first lap and the Lasers pursued Underwood in the Phantom around the first lap. Of the slower handicap boats Martyn Triggol had made an excellent start keeping well up with the Laser 2000's throughout the race. Rob Allen (Cheshire) in a borrowed Topper also had his best race. A slightly longer race this time with a number of boats taking well over an hour to complete. This time it was Marsh who won on corrected time with Ingram second and Sivers again third.

Race Three. Same course; 'back-to-back. The wind was not much stronger for the start but nothing like the weather which had been forecast. Throughout the day conditions had remained fairly steady with a maximum of Force 3 though the wind was liable to drop drastically near the windward mark and when approaching buoy 'X' competitors had to work hard at tacking to gain any advantage. The Silver Fleet boats were in close competition and many shouts of 'Starboard' could be heard across the water. This time Daniels established a solid lead on the water throughout the race closely followed by Underwood then Ingram who kept in touch throughout the race to make a second win on corrected time, with Daniels second and Marsh third. Underwood  & Williams were 4th & 5th respectively and Steve Tatton (West Midlands), a new face on the travelling circuit, had his best result of the day, coming a respectable 6th in a Supernova. Dave Puttock & Christine Edwards also had an excellent result in the Wayfarer.

Prizes were presented by Avon & Somerset's DCC, Rob Beckley as follows:

Winner: Ian Ingram, Laser, (West Midlands Police)
Second: Allen Marsh, Laser Radial (Avon & Somerset)
Third: Ken Daniels, Phantom (Metropolitan Police)

Avon & Somerset Sailing Section prizes:
1st: Allen Marsh, Laser Radial
2nd: Sean Underwood, Phantom
3rd: Martyn Triggol, Topper
Silver Fleet: Martyn Triggol, Topper

'The Spirit of the Event' trophy was presented to Andrew Coole, Topper  (Avon & Somerset Police).

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2008
Result
(3 races counted - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Points Result
Ian Ingram West Midlands Laser 1 2 1 2 1st
Allen Marsh Avon & Som. Laser Radial 2 1 3 3 2nd
Ken Daniels Met Phantom 4 5 2 6 3rd
Richard Sivers Northants Laser 3 3 dns 6 4th
Sean Underwood Avon & Som. Phantom 6 4 4 8 5th
Andrew Williams Hampshire Laser 5 6 5 10 6th
Steve Tatton West Midlands Supernova 12 9 6 15 7th
Martyn Triggol Avon & Som. Topper 8 7 13 15 8th
Jim Shaw Avon & Som. Laser 11 10 8 18 9th
Rob Allen Cheshire Topper 13 8 10 18 10th
Carl Stevens/
Steve Philipou
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 7 13 15 20 11th
Dave Puttock/
Christine Edwards
Avon & Som. Wayfarer 15 14 7 21 12th
Rose Broad/
Dave Garlick
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 9 12 dns 21 13th
Iain Healey Avon & Som. Topper 10 11 12 21 14th
Steve Butler/
Mark Hill
Avon & Som. RS Vision 18 21 9 27 15th
Pat Moore Avon & Som. Topper 21 18 11 29 16th
Barbara Bradley Avon & Som. Pico 20 16 14 30 17th
Mark Rolfe Avon & Som. Topper 14 19 16 30 18th
Nigel Wood/
Adam Bunting
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 rtd 15 19 34 19th
Jeff Stratford Avon & Som. Pico 19 17 17 34 20th
Nick Pearce/
Alan Holbrook
Avon & Som. GP14 16 20 dns 36 21st
Rob Holt/
Kev Toal
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 22 22 18 40 22nd
Andy Butler/
Pete Franklyn
Avon & Som. RS Vision 17 dnf dns 42 23rd
Andrew Coole Avon & Som. Topper 23 23 20 43 24th

Results supplied by the R.O. Keith Harris, Chew Valley Lake SC.

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Organiser: Robert Lowrie

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2007

 

2007

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 26th September, 2007
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

 
Numbers were a little disappointing this year as just 19 boats turned out for this year's event, of which only four were from other forces. The day dawned bright with light winds but distinctly colder than recent days. The forecast was for winds to increase throughout the day - and this it did, with the club anemometer recording a gust of Force 7 during the afternoon....

For Race One, winds were light at the start. The course: a virtual rectangle with all marks to starboard with the requirement to pass through the 'gate' by the clubhouse on each lap. Just before the start, the wind backed slightly giving a bias to the port end of the line. This provided Daniels and Sivers with an excellent start while the rest of the fleet followed. Nevertheless the beat to the first mark - Buoy 0 required constant tacking in order to gain from the constant windshifts. The first mark was a little difficult to negotiate as the course change from a beat to a very broad reach downwind to Buoy 4. On this leg Daniels (Phantom) got well ahead and Sivers (Laser) was overtaken by Ian Carter - recently returned to sailing -  in the second Phantom with Sean Underwood (Phantom) and Ingram (Solo) in hot pursuit. This leg was followed by another broad reach from Buoy 4 to Buoy B and then a close reach to Buoy 8 and the beat back through the Gate.  By the third lap the wind was starting to increase and the fleet stretched out with Ingram staying well up with the leading boats. Carter managed to get ahead of Daniels, only to capsize and fall back. A number of the Avon & Somerset helms were taking part in a Police Open for the first time in this hour-long race and despite the increasing wind all boats managed to record a  finish. Subsequent races were not going to prove as easy.

Race Two, after lunch, and the wind showed distinct signs of becoming stronger. The course was the same as in Race One. Again, the port end of the start-line gave the best start and the three Phantoms were close at the first mark. The same course presented the same problem of negotiating Buoy 0; needing to free-off quickly on rounding the mark to continue on the broad reach. This caught Carter out and he capsized as the wind overpowered his sail. This left Daniels again in the lead followed by Sivers and Underwood. Behind, the two-handers of Fuller, Healey, Stevens and Dykes were fighting it out together until Fuller was overpowered at Buoy 4, capsized and struggled to recover in the high wind. By the third lap a number of other boats were capsizing. Fortunately the water was holding its summer warmth and most helms quickly recovered. Nevertheless the increase in wind caused a number of retirements. One of the Wayfarers limped ashore barely afloat. By now the Phantoms were finding the beats difficult and Sivers managed to keep apace with Daniels, the leading boat on the water. On corrected time Sivers was first with Ingram just 14 seconds behind and Daniels a further 30 seconds to score third place.

Race Three was held 'back-to-back' but conditions allowed early finished boats to creep ashore for a break whilst the debris of Race Two was cleared up. There had been some retirements and a number of boats did not sail the third race as the wind showed no sign of abating. The course was altered to cut out Buoy 8 with the leg from an adjusted Buoy B to Buoy 0 forming the beat. Boats taking part got away together for the start but by the first mark Sivers got ahead and was never headed for the rest of the race. Conditions became increasingly tougher and the beat took a lot physically out of competitors. Daniels retired during lap two having succumbed to a couple of capsizes which left Underwood the leading Phantom and Ingram a little way back. The overall result would be decided on how close the Solo could stay to the two boats ahead. Mercifully, the Race Officer finished the race after three laps. On the water it was Sivers, with Underwood, who had not raced in the Phantom for a year just 1 minute behind and Ingram some 83 seconds further behind. On corrected time, this gave Ingram first place by 15 seconds.

Prizes were presented by Avon & Somerset's DCC, Rob Beckley as follows:

Winner: Ian Ingram Solo, (West Midlands Police SC)
Second: Richard Sivers, Laser (Northamptonshire Police SC)
Third: Ken Daniels, Phantom (Metropolitan Police SC)

Avon & Somerset Sailing Section prizes:
1st: Sean Underwood, Phantom
2nd: Alan Chinn, Solo
Silver Fleet: Steve Butler, Topper

'The Spirit of the Event' trophy was presented to James Gamble, Pico (Avon & Somerset Police).
 

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2007
Result
(3 races counted - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Points Result
I. Ingram West Midlands Solo 1 2 1 2 1st
R. Sivers Northants Laser 4 1 2 3 2nd
K. Daniels Met Phantom 2 3 rtd 5 3rd
I. Carter West Midlands Phantom 3 4 dns 7 4th
S. Underwood Avon & Som. Phantom 5 6 3 8 5th
A. Chinn Avon & Som. Solo 6 5 dns 11 6th
M. Dykes Avon & Som. Wayfarer 11 7 6 13 7th
S. Butler Avon & Som. Topper 10 10 4 14 8th
M Rolff Avon & Som. Pico 17 9 5 14 9th
M. Triggol Avon & Som. Topper 7 rtd 9 16 10th
J. Hines Avon & Som. Comet 8 8 8 16 11th
J. Shaw Avon & Som. Comet 13 11 7 18 12th
J. Fuller Avon & Som. Laser 2000 9 12 dns 21 13th
T. Highway Avon & Som. Laser 12 rtd 10 22 14th
D. Puttock Avon & Som. Topper 18 13 dns 31 15th
J. Gamble Avon & Som. Pico 19 14 dns 33 16th
I. Healey Avon & Som. Laser 2000 14 rtd dns 34 17th
Carl Stevens Avon & Som. Wayfarer 15 rtd dns 35 18th
Jeff Stratford Avon & Som. RS Vision 16 rtd rtd 36 19th

Results supplied by the R.O. Keith Harris, Chew Valley Lake SC.

 

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Organiser: Robert Lowrie

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2006

 

2006

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 27th September, 2006
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

A record 28 boats took part in this year's regatta. This, despite the threatened weather forecast of high winds which, all too prominently arrived in the latter part of the day.

The winds were going to be a major factor and as boats got afloat for Race One, the first big gusts of the day began to appear. With only a short delay whilst some recovered from capsizes, all boats got away well though a slight change in wind direction just before the start gave a distinct advantage to those that start from the left end of the line. Met helms Graham Cook, David Thompson and Frances Gifford were the main beneficiaries of a port-end start. It was never going to be easy as there were some holes in the wind. Lumpy waves also took over. Andy Welch/Rob Gillespie (Dorset) found conditions much to their liking and the Osprey soon carved a way to the front of the fleet with Gifford (National 12) not so far behind. The Phantoms of Ken Daniels (Met) and Sean Underwood (Avon & Somerset) were also coping adequately with the conditions.

Meanwhile, there were some capsizes and the rescue boats started to get busy. The course had required boats to pass through a 'gate' for each lap and this allowed for slower boats to be recorded a finish after two completed laps and all boats to be off the water around the same time. During the race the wind had been up and down. Near the end of the race it suddenly dropped and backed almost 90, giving the middle fleet a frustrating time trying to catch up with the boats ahead.

The race had comprised 3 triangular laps totalling over five nautical miles in conditions that had been testing for all competitors. The Osprey took just over half an hour to complete the course with the National 12 finishing eight and a half minutes later, thus giving Welch a clear win of over 5 minutes on corrected time. Daniels was a clear third. Cook in fourth place had a dramatic race having started with a hole in the side of his Laser, bigger than a baby's hand and covered with Duck tape. Up the first beat, the 3 pop-rivets on the right side of the Laser gooseneck gave up with a bang and during the race the left-hand side started to disintegrate. He managed to nurse the boat to the finishing line and then to the shore with the boom remaining intact merely on the pressure of the outhaul. There appeared to have been few other rig problems as the fleet all completed their course bar one. Of the Avon boats - Sean Underwood in the Phantom after a good start secured an excellent 6th. Allen Marsh sailing his usual Radial despite being overpowered at times, recorded a 7th and Jeff Hines/Pete Franklyn sailing up to handicap in the Comet Trio held everything together to come 9th on corrected time.

By the start of Race Two after lunch, the southerly wind had started to blow in earnest; fortunately down the length of the lake and this helped to keep the sudden wind-luffs down to a minimum. Apart from those at the start, most capsizes were happening whilst negotiating the large buoys used for the course - this time a 'figure of eight' - particularly at the gybe marks.

The course allowed for a good beat and three varied reaches; fortunately no dead runs. From start to finish the rescue boats were kept busy. The Osprey got away well at the beginning as did the National 12. Cook in the Laser followed, having replaced his mast section with a less dodgy gooseneck. Sivers (Northants) in the Radial kept well up with the leading Phantoms who were finding the increased wind strength something of a challenge. In such conditions the reaches and gybes made for intense concentration, particularly at marks where capsized boats needed to be negotiated.

Whilst the Phantoms were struggling, other leading boats were staying upright. The Osprey lead the fleet but this time, could not shake off the National 12. To compound their situation they tipped over at the last mark and the National finished within two and a half minutes of the Osprey giving Gifford the win by 50 seconds on corrected time. Cook, despite being a 'lightweight' contender came an excellent third, recording a speed of over 14 knots on one of the reaches. This time it was Underwood who lead the Phantoms  He was also the leading Avon & Somerset helm, with Allen Marsh coming 8th and Jeff Hines 9th.

It had been hard sailing and the wind gave no sign of decreasing. With a number of boats capsizing and the rescue boats under some pressure, the Race Officer raised the 'chequered flag'  (N) to indicate that the third race was abandoned and all boats who had not already retired were directed ashore. Good call!


Frances & Pete recorded 14.9 knots before coming off the water
 

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2006
Result
(2 races counted - 0 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Points Result
Frances Gifford/
Pete Walker
Met N12 2 1 3 1st
Andy Welch/
Rob Gillespie
Dorset Osprey 1 2 3 2nd
Graham Cook Met Laser 4 3 7 3rd
Ken Daniels Met Phantom 3 6 9 4th
Sean Underwood Avon & Som. Phantom 6 5 11 5th
Richard Sivers Northants Laser Radial 8 4 12 6th
David Thompson Met Laser 5 7 12 7th
Allen Marsh Avon & Som. Laser Radial 7 8 15 8th
Jeff Hines/
Pete Franklyn
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 9 9 18 9th
John Fuller Avon & Som. Laser Radial 10 11 21 10th
Pete Sargent/
Paul Robinson
Avon & Som. Wayfarer 12 10 22 11th
Iain Healey/
Tony Whadcock
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 13 17 30 12th
Martyn Triggol Avon & Som. Topper 19 12 31 13th
Carl Stevens/
Karlana Smith
Avon & Som. GP14 21 13 34 14th
Neil Johnson Avon & Som. Laser 18 16 34 15th
Jim Shaw/
Mark Rolfe
Avon & Som. 420 17 18 35 16th
Alan Chinn Avon & Som. Phantom 11 dnf 39 17th
Jeff Stratford Avon & Som. Topper 25 14 39 18th
Steve Butler/
Tony Lyons
Avon & Som. GP14 14 dnf 42 19th
Mark Cory/
Malcolm Dykes
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 dnf 15 43 20th
Rose Broad/
Dave Garlick
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 15 dnf 43 21st
Ian Wylie Avon & Som. Laser Pico 24 19 43 22nd
Pete Highway Avon & Som. Topper 16 dnf 43 23rd
Rik. Humphries/
Pat Moore
Avon & Som. RS Vision 20 dnf 48 24th
John Hill Avon & Som. Gull 22 dnf 50 25th
Caroline Bullen Avon & Som. Laser Pico 23 dnf 51 26th
Pete Gray Avon & Som. Topper 26 dnf 54 27th
Pete Hughes Avon & Som. Topper 27 dnf 55 28th

Results supplied by the R.O. Keith Harris, Chew Valley Lake SC.

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Bob Lowrie

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2005

2005

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 5th October, 2005
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

Despite there being two other police regattas being held this week, the Met, Hampshire, Dorset and Northants were represented at this year's Avon & Somerset Dinghy Regatta.

All together, there were 22 boats and for the third year running local support for this event increased, saying a lot for the organisation of courses and training which comprise a large part of the A&S police sailing section.

Chew Valley Lake has been obliged to supply water for one of Somerset's canals this year which had lowered the water level considerably. Those who arrived early, found it difficult to see the water's edge let alone the the Lake. This was due to the blanket of heavy mist pervading the valley - and there wasn't much wind. However, by the time the first race was due to start, conditions had improved somewhat and with a light wind in the grey conditions, racing commenced on time.


A 'Club Line' start and each lap required
going through the Limit Line "Gate"

Races were started from the Clubhouse. Race One Course: A 0 4 9 -  a 'figure of eight', got away well with no-one over the line. Competitors were confronted with an extremely tricky beat where it was difficult to decide which side of the course to take with the wind's varying direction and what appeared to be large 'holes' on the water. Rob Jones (Hampshire) in his RS400 managed to find his way ahead early with Ken Daniels (Met) in a Phantom being the only real opposition. On corrected time, Jones was the winner with Daniels just 14 seconds behind. Third was local competitor Allen Marsh, this year sailing a full rig Laser.

Of the slower handicapped boats, John Hill (Avon & Somerset) sailing a Gull single-handed, gained a respectable 9th in the light conditions which was never going to favour the slower dinghies. Somewhere behind him, Tony Wadcock was sailing a Topper. Just a reminder that the Topper sail has a sleeve for the mast, requiring the top of the sail to be tied securely to the top of the mast. Unfortunately, Tony's sail came undone at the top with still a leg or so to go to complete the course, but in the 'Spirit of the Event'  he persisted to the finish line with the sail somewhat shorter and the boom in his lap!

Race Two was a much tighter affair. Same course and with similar wind - rarely blowing above Force 1. In front on the water was Jones with Daniels some 100 seconds behind with one lap completed. Over two minutes behind Daniels came a group comprising Marsh, Alan Chinn (Phantom), Rob Gillespie (in a borrowed Laser), Gary Phillips (Laser) and Dick Sivers (Laser) - closely followed by Jeff Hines in his usual Comet Trio. Daniels managed to maintain the distance behind the leader for the rest of the race and was given first equal place on corrected time. Marsh was third again and the Comet Trio an excellent fourth equal with Sivers.

Race Three. Final positions were still to be decided. The wind direction had backed slightly and the course was altered to a triangle - 1 3 9 plus going through the 'Gate'. After the start it became a gamble once-more to decide which direction to take up the beat and when to tack. First round the top mark, Jones had little problem negotiating the downwind legs, with the asymmetric making the marks without needing to gybe. Daniels, with his new sail and benefiting from the rigging tips gained at this year's Phantom Nationals also escaped the rest of the fleet. Behind him the usual gaggle of Lasers together with the second Phantom vied for positions which changed constantly throughout the race. At the end of three laps the race was completed with the slower boats being finished early around the 50 minutes and their elapsed times averaged out. Jones won by a minute on corrected time, Daniels was second and Sivers who had gambled on the right hand side of the last beat, managed to escape the group and came in a comfortable third. Stuart Cumine (Avon & Somerset) in a Topper had consistent results throughout the day giving him the 'Silver Fleet' prize presented for the leading boat overall of PY 1100 or over.

Prizes were presented by the Avon & Somerset Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Otter.

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2005
Result
(2 races to count - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Points Result
Rob & Liz Jones Hampshire RS400 1 1= 1 2 1st
Ken Daniels Metro. Phantom 2 1= 2 3 2nd
Allen Marsh Avon & Som. Laser 3 3 4 6 3rd
Richard Sivers Northants Laser 6 4= 3 7 4th
Alan Chinn Avon & Som. Phantom 4 7 6 10 5th
Gary Phillips Metro. Laser 5 8 5 10 6th
Jeff Hines/
Pete Franklyn
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 7 4= 7 11 7th
Rob Gillespie Dorset Laser 8 6 8 14 8th
Rik Humphries/
Pat Moore
Avon & Som. Comet 17 9 9 18 9th
Stuart Cumine Avon & Som. Topper* 10 12 10 20 10th
Jim Shaw Avon & Som. Laser 11 10 11 21 11th
J. Hill Avon & Som. Gull* 9 15 14 23 12th
John Fuller/
Paul Robinson
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 14 11 16 25 13th
Iain Healey Avon & Som. Topper* 13 14 12 25 14th
Martyn Triggol Avon & Som. Laser Pico* 12 13 13 25 15th
M. Dykes/
A. Willmott
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 18 20 15 33 16th
Steve Butler Avon & Som. Laser Pico* 15 19 23 34 17th
Adam Bunting/
Nigel Woods
Avon & Som. RS Vision 16 21 19 35 18th
Clive Woods Avon & Som. Topper* 23 18 17 35 19th
Gary Smith Avon & Som. Topper* 19 17 18 35 20th
Rose Broad/
Dave Garlick
Avon & Som. GP14* 21 16 20 36 21st
Tony Wadcock Avon & Som. Topper* 20 22 22 42 22nd

Results supplied by the R.O. Keith Harris, Chew Valley Lake SC.    * denotes 'Silver Fleet'


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For further details contact the Event Organiser:
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2004

2004

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 6th October, 2004
Chew Valley Lake

Somerset

 
The annual Avon and Somerset Sailing Club Open Meeting, held at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club drew the largest dinghy fleet of the year, outside of the National event.

The force has an active sailing section which organises a number of internal events and courses for police personnel and it was from these courses that the event attracted a number of first-time local competitors in police sailing events. The Section hired a number of dinghies for the day in order to give novices the opportunity to have their first taste of racing. Hopefully, it will not be their last, as they keenly fought with each other for position on the water, having first all helped each other to rig the boats as none of them had ever sailed a Topper before.

The weather which had previously promised to produce an easy day with light winds turned out to be a one of some sunshine with variations of heavy, black clouds bringing rain-storms and gusting winds approaching Force 5 at times. This lead to a number of capsizes before, during and after each race.

Race One.
Conditions were fairly calm for all to get afloat with the valuable help of the ladies acting as "trolley dollies" and
it had looked as if the decision to use Radial sails by Meeson & Sivers would be the wrong one. As the start-line was being set, the wind came up and the first beat was a tough introduction to what conditions were going to be like for the day.

The course set by the Race Officer, Mac Aston was to be of an Olympic variety; triangle - sausage - triangle, with a finish by the shore-based race hut.

From the start Stuart Jenkins (Laser) kept ahead of the fleet but was harried by Paul Meeson (Laser Radial) who managed to remain in touch throughout the race. Paul was the winner on corrected time.

Behind them Jeff Hines & Pete Franklyn (Comet Trio) were having their own battle with the other two-handers and finished 5th on corrected time. The first Topper was Iain Healey.

Lunchtime provided a welcome break to recover with excellent catering. Time to check for damage. Rob DeGrove had ran aground in shallows and effected repairs to the rudder of the RS400.

Race Two.
On rigging to go afloat, the RS Vision with Jeff Stratford and Bob Lowrie suffered a breakage when sorting the boom-vang. The gooseneck fitting snapped with a bang; the boom hitting Jeff in the face. That was the end of their day's racing.

The course was a triangle, sausage, triangle, then a beat to the finish just above the windward mark.

Four Lasers remained close throughout the first lap. This time it was Alan Marsh's turn to press Jenkins and he finished close enough to take the win on corrected time. Sivers was again third with Meeson a close fourth. Martyn Triggol  (A&S) had his best result in the Topper, finishing 5th

Races Two and Three were sailed back-to-back, though this did allow the faster boats to come ashore for a quick breather and a review of the current placings. The event lay between four Lasers and between them, the winner of Race Three would decided the overall winner of the regatta.


The course for Race Three: 1-2-3

Race Three.
This time the course indicated by the committee boat was to be a simple triangle with the finish line set above  and separate to the windward mark between a flagged buoy and the committee boat. Strong wind and rain heralded the start but the fleet got away with Jenkins leading followed by Sivers, Meeson and Marsh. After sailing the first triangle and stretching out his lead, Jenkins sailed beyond the top mark and made for the finish line, only to find that it was not a one-lap race and in returning to the race, he fell back into the pack. Meanwhile Sivers took the lead on the water while Meeson stalled in tacking at the top mark, ending up capsizing while Marsh decided to sail a sausage leg followed by a number of other boats who followed and thus sailed the course incorrectly.

At the end of the second triangle, Sivers was still in the lead but failed to hear the sound signal for "shortened course" and turned triumph into disaster by sailing another lap instead of making for the finishing line. Jenkins, by this time had got clear again of any other opposition and having learnt his lesson from the first lap, made the finish line to win the event. Jeff Hines (Comet Trio) had his best result of the day having been credited with third place on corrected time followed by Rob Calloway (GP14), fourth.

The race had been a disappointment for those who had thought that the course remained the same for all three races and was a lesson to all, to keep both eyes and ears open.

Prizes were presented by the Chief Constable, Mr S. Pilkington.

 

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2004
Result
(2 races to count - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Result
Stuart Jenkins Metro. Laser 2 2 1 1st
Paul Meeson Cheshire Laser Radial 1 4 2 2nd
Allen Marsh Avon & Som. Laser Radial 4 1 5 3rd
Richard Sivers Northants Laser Radial 3 3 7 4th
Jeff Hines/
Pete Franklyn
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 5 6 3 5th
John Fuller/
T M Lee
Avon & Som. Laser 2000 6 7 6 6th
Martyn Triggol Avon & Som. Topper 9 5 8 7th
Mark Corey/
Malcolm Dykes
Avon & Som. Comet Trio 7 8 DNF 8th
Rob Calloway/
Ian Murrin
Avon & Som. GP14 15 12 4 9th
Iain Healey Avon & Som. Topper 8 13 10 10th
John Hill Avon & Som. Laser Pico 10 11 9 11th
Rob DeGrove/
Paul Robinson
Metro. RS400 13 10 12 12th
Adam Bunting Avon & Som. Topper DNF 14 11 13th
Steve Butler/
Gary Smith
Avon & Som. GP14 14 15 13 14th
Nigel Foster Metro. Laser DNS 9 DNF 15th
Pete Sargent Avon & Som. Laser Radial 12 DNF DNS 16th
Jeff Stratford/
Bob Lowrie
Avon & Som. RS Vision 11 DNS DNS 17th

Results supplied by Bob Lowrie


Pictures of the Event

For further details contact the Event Organiser:
Bob Lowrie

Email:
Robert.Lowrie@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk
 

 

 

 


 

2003

2003

Comet Trio

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday 1st October, 2003
Chew Valley Lake

   

 The last regular dinghy regatta of the police sailing year. The forecast had been breezy with rain. The good news was, the rain never arrived. Thirteen boats took part with new faces appearing and some old ones missed. The organiser Pete Franklyn, having been spirited away on other matters, his wife Tina was left in charge to take entries and ensure the smooth running of the regatta.


The course was the same for all three races

A healthy breeze greeted competitors for Race One. Soon after the start Stuart Jenkins in his Laser was forced to retire when the outhaul came loose making further progress impossible. Meanwhile Andy Willcocks in the Fireball blasted ahead relishing the conditions closely followed by Ian Ingram in one of the two RS400's. Wind conditions up the beat were interesting with patches of lighter winds and slight shifts in direction. You won some; you lost some. The second RS400, Graham Cook also got clear of the field but conditions were quite tough coping with the assymetric rig. Though making for exciting sailing, conditions on an 'RS' presented quite a handfull on the down-wind legs. Some distance behind was the leading Laser of Nick Mason. The fleet stretched out during the hour-long race and competitors finished in virtually the same positions as on corrected time. The Fireball won the race convincingly with 13 seconds lead on elapsed time but nearly a three minute lead on corrected time, ahead of Ian Ingram (West Midlands).

Race Two heralded an increase in wind strength. Steve Butler in the GP14 did not take part, needing to repair the forestay. This race was to see the demise of both RS400's with Cook retiring and Ingram capsizing at a gybe mark with the gennaker still up, making recovery a long (and very wet) job. Roger Glass suffered a capsize. The West Midlands Flying Fifteen was obliged to retire. The Avon Comet Trios of Jeff Stratford and Richard Myatt survived the conditions well together with John Fuller in the Laser Radial - a wise choice in the conditions. For the Lasers it had been hard going with Nick Mason gaining second place on corrected time and Dick Sivers a distant third.

Race Three. Back to back with a similar wind but fortunately for some, no stronger. The start was close with the GP14 declared over the line and the fleet now depleted to 9 boats. Once more Andy Willcocks and Ian Ingram got well ahead in their faster boats, having their own private battle. Behind them came Stuart Jenkins having got well clear of the other Lasers on the first beat. With the gusts of wind continually coming through, positions were likely to alter with most competitors hoping that the wind would be kind at the gybe marks. In the middle fleet the race became a very close affair between Jenkins, Glass, Sivers and Mason. Behind them the two Comet Trios raced together. With the four Lasers in such close contention, no mistake could be made. Slowly Jenkins was overhauled, then Sivers fell back. At the last gybe mark of the race, Jenkins succumbed to a gust and capsized allowing Glass through to take the finish line ahead of Mason. It had been an exciting though tough race for all.

Congratulations to Andy & Andrea Willcocks who stayed ahead and upright all day, winning all three races. Unfortunately Andy, as the helm, is not a member of the Police Service, though his crew Andrea, is. An arrangement had been made before the event that they would only qualify for the Avon & Somerset local prize and thus Ian Ingram was named the overall winner of the police regatta with Nick Mason second and Roger Glass, third. Don't they have press-gangs in Bristol anymore?...

R.S.

Avon & Somerset Open Police Regatta, 2003
Result
(2 races to count - 1 discard)

Helm/Crew

Force Class Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Result
Andy Willcocks/
Andrea Willcocks
Avon & S. Fireball 1 1 1  
Ian Ingram/
Brian Mermagen
West Mids. RS400 2 6 2 1st
Nick Mason Met. Laser 3 2 4 2nd
Roger Glass Met. Laser 4 5 3 3rd
Richard Sivers Northants Laser 6 3 5 4th
Stuart Jenkins Met. Laser rtd 4 6 5th
Jeff Stratford/
Bob Lowrie
Avon & S. Comet Trio 10 7 8 6th
Richard Myatt/
Kayley Anderson
Avon & S. Comet Trio 9 9 7 7th
John Fuller Avon & S. Laser
Radial
8 8 dsq 8th
Graham Cook/
Pip Kent
Met. RS400 5 rtd dns 9th
Steve Tatton/
Nick Gatesgill
West Mids. Flying
Fifteen
7 rtd dnf 10th
Steve Butler/
Ian Murrin
Avon & S. GP14 11 dns ocs 11th
Dave Eckersley Met. Laser 12 rtd dns 12th

For further details contact: Pete Franklyn

 

 

 


2002

No A&S Open police regatta held in 2002.
The 2002 PAA National Police Dinghy Championships hosted by Avon & Somerset Constabulary
at Bristol Corinthian Y.C.

 


 

2001

 

2001

 

  Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Dinghy Regatta
Wednesday, 5th September, 2001
Chew Valley Lake

Comet Trio

 

There was a very good turn-out at this year's Avon & Somerset Police Open, with the home team fielding nine boats, the Met five boats, and Gwent, West Midlands and Northamptonshire launching one each. There was plenty of wind to ran the three races, and the force 2 to 4 winds suited the single-handers best - it turned out to be a Laser benefit. Only the RS 400 from the West Midlands was able to break their domination of this meeting, but then only managed to come overall. Lasers took five of the first six places on the final results list. The Albacore of the Met pensioners, Len Gooch and Clive Bishop, could do no better than 7th overall. They spoiled their chances by breaking a shroud in the first race and had to retire. They managed to fit a spare shroud for the other two races, which wasn't the right size, by tying it into place with a piece of halyard cord, but were unable to slacken it off on the reaches.

The battle at the head of the Laser fleet was an England versus Wales affair, with Roger Glass and Brian Wood fighting for the lead. The Welshman led the way in race 1, but then capsized allowing the Englishman to overtake and win the race. Quite a few other boats managed to capsize during the day in the fresh breeze, including the RS400 from the Met. The skipper was heard to say that it helped to wash all the salt out of all the little crevices!

Beginning of Race 2
The fleet gets away at the start of Race 2

For some of the sailors this was a trial run for the 2002 PAA Dinghy Sailing Championships, to be hosted by the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, and held at Chew Valley on 13th & 14th June. The Laser Police Nationals take place on the 12th June. If you are interested in taking part, then make a note of those dates in your diary. Further information can be obtained from Pete Franklyn on telephone number 01275-816400.

Report by Len Gooch

Avon & Somerset Constabulary Regatta, 2001
Result
(2 races to count - 1 discard)
Helm Force Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Final
Position
R. Glass Met. Laser 1 3 1 1st
B. Wood Gwent Laser 2 2 2 2nd
I. Ingram West Mids RS400 3 1 6 3rd
R. Sivers Northants Laser 4 4 4 4th
A. Marsh Avon & Som. Laser 5 7 3 5th
S. Jenkins Met. Laser 6 5 5 6th
L. Gooch Met. Albacore DNF 6 7 7th
J. Hines Avon & Som. Comet Trio 7 8 8 8th
J. Fuller Avon & Som. Laser 2 8 9 9 9th
R. Myatt Avon & Som. GP14 9 10 DNF 10th
B. Walter Met. Laser 13 11 10 11th
J. Stratford Avon & Som. Comet Trio 11 12 11 12th
G. Walters Met. RS400 10 13 DNF 13th
S. Mardon Avon & Som. Laser DNS 14 12 14th
S. Butler Avon & Som. Topper 12 15 DNS 15th
M. Dykes Avon & Som. Laser 15 16 DNF 16th=
R. Humphries Avon & Som. Laser 14 17 DNF 16th=