all reports & results by Russ Chilcott
The 2022 Series kicks off!
Round 1 (11th May) results > Club 500 Series Rd1 2022 scores
4 entered the opening rounding for the 2022 series. 6 races were run with 3 being run back-to-back in the usual format. There was a very strong westerly wind which made the boats handling even more tricky than usual! The course had one “hairpin” turn which usually caused someone a problem to get around at least once a lap. Slowing down made the turn easier but no one want to do that and risk being caught.
Chris was in good form winning 3 races and was 2nd in the other 3. He won this round with a 117 point score. Kevin was 2nd on 105 pts. Russ and Howard had their share of boat problems (motor mount coming loose, capsized and a wet RX) meant they dropped out of a few races scoring 89 and 65 respectively.
There is a very long way to go in the series and lots of points up for grabs!
The 2021 series ended after 3 rounds as no dates could be arranged that was suitable for the majority of the Club Racers.
Round 3 (13th Oct) results > Club 500 Series Rd3 2021 scores
Overall points table > Club 500 overall points table 2021 after Rd3
Report & scores by Russ Chilcott
Unfortunately, Howard was unwell so missed this one, that left 4; Russ, Kevin, Chris and Richard left to race at this round.
I set the usual oval shaped course of 5 markers parallel to the ramp with a chicane just before a fairly narrow lap counting gate. The chicane and entrance to the gate proved to be very tricky and caught everyone out at times. We raced for 5 laps 5 times going anti-clockwise, the 6th race was run over 6 laps but going clockwise so the chicane was just after the gate.
We all suffered from leaves and reeds being picked up on our props, sometimes also around the rudder which caused serious handling issues! Myself and Richard could often clear them with a short burst going into reverse, but Chris and Kevin had no reverse on their ESC so had to come in to clear by hand or struggling on if they were close to the finish.
I got a bit lucky and seemed to miss the worst debris on the water, making the most of it I won the first 4 races in a row. Richard “should have – could have” won one of them as he was leading the way in one of them but made real hash of the gate. On his 2nd attempt to get through it he hit the chicane marker and was out capsized!
Race 5 was very close between myself and Chris changing places several times but he took the perfect line through the final chicane and gate to win it.
Kevin led the 6th and final race right from the start, like all of us he much preferred the clockwise course going through the chicane after the tricky gate. All was looking good for an easy win until the very last lap when his boat suddenly slowed (I think leaves on prop again?) with only meters to go I passed him to nick it!
Overall series standings
I have widened the gap at the top in the series slightly, after 5 discard races I’m on 239 points. Chris holds 2nd place on 227, Kevin is on 200 and Richard is close behind on 197. Hopefully we can get in 2 more rounds and therefore 12 more races in the series, that’s a possible 252 points still up for grabs!
Round 2 (11th Aug) results > Club 500 Series Rd2 2021 scores
Report & scores by Russ Chilcott
With Howard away and Dave recovering from surgery on his hand we were down to just 4 boats for this round but the racing was still great fun and very close at times. We managed to attracted quite a crowd who seemed to enjoy the entertainment!
The course was a wide oval shape with a chicane just after the lap counting gate in the bottom right corner. There was a stiff breeze coming directly towards us on the ramp which made the chicane and bottom left turn a bit “challenging” for these boats!
Kevin had a bit of a nightmare start to the round. In Race 1 he capsized on the first lap after making a hard turn to avoid a sea-gull! Race 2, again out capsized, again on his very first lap this time after a contact with Chris’s boat. Race 3 having just finished a single lap he was capsized once again, this time following a light brush with my boat! Race 4 again he was 4th from 4, I cannot remember what happened but I think he did at least finish that one. He did recover very well to finish 2nd in Race 5 and then win the 6th and last race.
Richard’s newly repaired boat was going very nicely, though he needs more practice especially when rounding the harpin and chicane turns. Sometimes he was making up his own course, but at least he did finish all the races and kept his boat (mostly!) the right way up!
Chris and I got to grips with these tricky boats in fairly choppy conditions pretty well, not really surprising as we’ve been racing FE boats of all types for well over 25 years now! In the end Chris had 2 wins, two 2nd places, a 3rd and 4th, but I won this round with 3 wins and 3 second places.
Overall series standings
Before any discards I’m now on 213 points, Chris on 199, Richard 177, Kevin 160 and Howard 62 (having missed this round) but we still have 3 more rounds in the series. Hopefully, with 6 races per round, there are 18 races left to run, so a possible 378 points still up for grabs – its still wide open!
2021 series round 1 (30th June) results > Club 500 Series Rd1 2021 scores
Report by Russ
5 entered the opening round of the series. We raced an anti-clockwise oval shaped course with a tight turn leading into a chicane just before the start/finish and lap counting gate. With hindsight this layout was a little too much for these boats especially now we are using lighter/faster lipo packs. Most spun around while others missed the chicane marker or gate altogether meaning they had to re-round – either way the following boats usually ended up hitting them!
This happened to Howard in Race 2 when he spun just in front of Richard boat resulting in a “hard contact” which punched a sizeable hole in Richard’s bow. I then hit Howard’s boat seconds later. One or both hits were enough to joint its motor out from its mounting ties and it was left dead in the water. Richard repaired his boat with some gaffer tape and after missing Race 3 Howard’s motor was strapped back into its mount, so they were both able to race again.
While all this was going on Kevin was having his own problems in every single race as his boat kept stop/starting and/or suddenly speeding up all by itself. Despite all attempts the fault could not be fixed but he did get to start the races and was able to score a place in all – though he was very frustrated doing so!
Richard, Chris and I kept going most of the time and enjoyed some very close racing, once we had figured out how best to make the chicane turn.
In Race 4 Chris’s boat stopped dead all by itself, unfortunately Jaws would not work so it could not quickly be recovered as the club rescue boat was not out. At this point with a group of DF sailors waiting to get onto the lake I decided not to run Race 6 as it would take another 30 mins.
After 5 races I was the winner scoring 96 points, Chris was 2nd on 90, Richard 3rd (82) Kevin 4th (76) and Howard 5th (62). The series still has a very long to go with a potentially 24 more races over 4 rounds.
2020 series update – for obvious reasons our 2020 series soon came to a halt by late March! Even though only one round had been run for the 2020 series it was agreed Dave Behennah should be awarded the series trophy.
Well done Dave
The 2020 series is go!
Round 1 – Weds 26th Feb results > Club 500 Series Rd1 2020 scores
This was the opening round of the 2020 series and the first time out racing with lipo batteries. The extra speed combined with very choppy waters made the boats handling a bit more tricky for all with several making small errors that cost them lots of places.
After a fairly poor start Dave suddenly got into the “grove” going on to win 3 races, he won this round by quite a margin. Richard had his share of bad luck; being capsized on his very first lap of Race 1 and then again in Race 6 on the very last lap just a few yards from the finish line! Kevin and Russ had their issues with water and connection problems, while Howard kept it going nicely picking up the pieces/points. Overall the switch to lipos was a great success, most will have used less than 50% of their battery capacity.
6 races down and another 42 more to go!
Hopefully we will see Ian racing with us soon and maybe Alan as well?
7 boats racing at once should be fun – I can’t wait!
Drivers and boats at the opening round in 2019