All reports & results by Russ Chilcott
SYS Round 2 series 2022 Sunday 8th May results > SYS Rd3 2022 results
Weather; warm, bright sunshine, very light west/southerly breeze increasing in strength during the morning.
Course; long oblong course, start line towards the leeward side with the finish line at the windward marker. Skippers racing from the west bank.
Entries; 8 (raced as one fleet with one skipper watching start each time)
Summary; The wind was very light and would swing suddenly sometimes a full 180 degrees – which was “challenging” at times! A good start as always was very important, the first 2 or 3 who rounded the No1 windward marker were usually the ones fighting for the win at the same marker a lap later.
An example of the wind shift came in Race 4 when Alan led by some distance on the final long windward leg. He was just yards from the finish line when a shift in the wind left his boat almost adrift allowing Rod, John (Woodman) and myself to close on him. Rod picked up just enough to keep his boat moving and nick the race with John very close behind taking 2nd spot. Alan finally got moving again to take 3rd with myself close on his heels in 4th. This happened to many others several times in other races at various points around the course, but Alan being so close to the finish line was particularly unlucky!
After 8 races, everyone had taken one turn each at watching the start and with the 12pm cut-off time approaching the skippers agreed to finish.
I had a good morning having won 4 races I won this round scoring 8 points (after 2 discards). John (Woodman) was 2nd on 11pts, with Alan 3rd on 14. Rod finished 4th (21). John (Peacey) continues to improve and had a few very good races, he finished in 5th on 27. Mike was 6th (30) but would have done better had he not had to re-round several “missed” markers! Newbie Nigel was doing quite well early on but he also dropped away not helped by missing a few markers, in one the case it was the finish line marker! He ended up in 7th place on 34pts. Tony had a few boat issues and switched to his spare, he finished in 8th on 44.
Overall, it was a good meeting (but then I would say that having won it!) the wind could have been a bit stronger and a little less “shifty” but that’s all the fun of racing yachts at Apex!
There is a little gap now before round 4 of the series on Sun 19th June.
SYS Round 2 series 2022 Sunday 3rd April > SYS Rd2 2022 results
Weather; mild, bright sunshine, zero mph winds which gradually increased from south and then swung from the west increasing to 10mph.
Course; 1 lap (5 races) and then 2 laps oblong course, start finish middle of the course. Skippers raced off the west bank (4 races) and then moved to the north/ramp side.
Entries; 13 (couple off first 5 races, then all raced as one fleet)
Summary; We arrived to a completely flat calm lake but by 9.30am a light southerly breeze picked up just in the nick of time! I moved the course to suit it so we all moved around and raced from the west bank.
There was a good turnout with 13 skippers/boats. One of them was Nigel who was racing with us for the very first time. Mark was racing his brand new DF65 (an xmas present), he along with Tony and John (Peacey) have only ever raced a handful of times – so this was going to be a baptism of fire for them! Daron borrowed the Loan Boat as his boats RX switched had failed, he made good use of it wining 2 of the first 4 races.
After Race 4 we had a coffee break as the wind was starting to shift around to the west which allowed for just a short windward leg.
During the break I moved the entire course (again!) so it was now running parallel to the ramp and we could have a nice long windward tack. Thankfully the breeze stayed though we did have the odd sudden wind shift which always catches a few skippers out!
For Races 6 to 10 all the boats raced in one fleet with the first skipper to cross the line grabbing the clipboard to note the results. As it turned out this was not necessary as Mike’s son Simon was on hand and kindly did this for us. The large fleet meant the start area was a little crowded at times but once it got underway everyone then had someone close by to race against.
Once again John (Woodman) sailing No60 was in great form (despite some back pain!) winning 5 races he wins this round scoring 9 points after 2 discards. Alan gave him a good run for his money several times and takes 2nd spot scoring 14, with myself 3rd (19) and Daron 4th (23). Had Daron beaten me he was not going to be allowed to borrow the Loan Boat again!
Congratulations to John on another nice win.
Thanks to Simon for recording the results when all were racing, and Daron for collecting the markers in at the end.
SYS 1 Hour Endurance Race 2022 (Sun 20th Feb) report & results > link to page
SYS Round 1 series 2022 (Sun 23rd Jan) 2022 results > SYS Rd 1 2022 results
Weather; dry, overcast, cold, very little wind 1 to 5 mph south westerly
Course; 1 and then 2 laps oblong course, start leeward end, finish middle. Skippers raced off the ramp side.
Entries; 8 (all racing in one fleet)
Summary; Almost zero wind at the beginning so only a single fairly long lap was run, this was increased to 2 laps after a coffee break as the wind picked up very slightly but dropped away again for spells.
John W (Woodman) was in the grove racing his No60 boat. More-often-than-not by the time he rounded the first windward marker he was leading the fleet and was rarely caught. In Race 2 Russ did nick a win, but all others belonged to John W.
Russ, Rod and Alan were often in close company, sometimes joined by Howard towards the end of the race as he tended to have poor starts. They enjoyed (and sometimes endured!) a few very close finishes with several places changing hands in the last few meters. Unfortunately, this was never for the race win as John W had long finished!
Tony was racing in the SYS series for the very first time, not ideal conditions for your maiden race meeting but he did manage to take a hard-fought 6th place in one race. Alan’s had to borrow Russ’s spare (No7) boat when his TX batteries failed suddenly, lucky for him it happened between races. Martyn’s was using the Club’s Loan boat (No 00) as he is waiting for spare parts for is own boat.
Towards the end with the public around feeding the gulls (bless them!) we had a few boats being stopped dead in the water by gulls pecking at the hulls! In the last race a gull took a particular liking to Howard boat and actually dragged it backwards at one point. Suffice to say – Howard was not at all happy!
Results; John W won this one by some margin, winning 7 of the 8 races. His two discards are a 2nd place and a win! His total score is just 6 points. Russ was 2nd (12) with Rod 3rd (18). Alan takes 4th place (22) with Howard 5th just a single point behind.
Congratulations to John W on a master class of racing a DF65 in very light winds!
SYS Series Round 7 (Sun 28th Nov) results> SYS Rd7 results & FINAL overall points table 2021
Weather; Steady north/westerly wind 16-17mph, dry bright sunshine but very, very cold!
Course; Two long triangle laps with a gate at the leeward end and finish line at the windward marker. Skippers raced from the ramp side.
Summary; Mike had to borrow Russ’s spare boat when he discovered the gooseneck was broken on his, mostly likely damaged in transit. Alan sailed his old V4 boat with its original DF sails and was doing well finishing in the top 3 for the first 3 races before a loss of radio forced him to RTD that boat. He later found it was a dead RX battery, but he was able to continue racing his V6 boat. Mike withdrew after the 3rd race as he was feeling the cold. Everyone found the leeward gate tricky as the sun was reflecting off the water. The wind stayed most of the morning but did shift a lot causing quite a few boats to get caught in “irons”. John was in great form with his No60 boat, he managed to read the shifts better than most and was never out of the top 2 in all 9 races!
Results; 5 wins and 4 x 2nd places for John was easily enough to win scoring just 9 points. Alan and Daron tied on 16pts but Alan takes 2nd place on countback (Alan 2 wins to Daron 1).
Overall series; This was the final round of the series but the top 4 finishing order had already been settled at the previous round no matter what happened at this one. John wins the series scoring 125 points, 2nd place is Russ on 121, with Alan 3rd (118). 4th to 6th were separated by just 2 points with Rod 4th (110), Robert 5th (109) and Daron 6th (108). Mike takes 7th (98) just ahead of Graham (96). Other skippers missed 3 or more rounds in the series so their scores do not really do them justice.
John (right) collecting the trophy from Section Sec. Russ
SYS Series round 6 Sun 14th Oct score sheet > SYS Rd6 2021 results
We arrived to an almost flat calm lake and drizzle but thankfully after just one race the rain cleared away and the wind picked up – a lot! We raced from the south side of the lake which has recently had the reeds and long grass cleared by the council. This made a huge difference to being able to see the windward markers clearly.
At the coffee break I shortened the course slightly and moved it to avoid the worst of the dead spots. This also meant we could increase the races from 1 to 2 laps which is always much better.
Scott had arrived thinking it was an IOM meeting! I had my spare boat ready to go so he joined in racing a DF boat for the very first time. I think he enjoyed himself, but not sure he is entirely converted to the smaller hulls having started with A boats he still thinks a 1 meter is small enough for him!
With Scott we had 9 entering this round, the brisk wind meant we were able to get through the races fairly quickly and ended up completing 11 in total by the usual 12noon finish time. John set the early pace along with Alan and Daron they picked up a race win each for the first 3. Race 4 was a close battle between Martyn and John but on the final leg Martyn nicked it to win his first ever SYS race. Congratulations to him, it was not completely unexpected as he has been improving round by round. By Race 5 Scott was getting to grips with the smaller boat and went off to win the race by a large margin, it was also his first ever SYS race win!
In the next 6 races Alan won 2 more, I won a couple with John and Scott taking another 1 each. That meant 6 of the 9 skippers had won at least 1 race each but John had been by far the most consistent picking up half a dozen 2nd places he won this round with a score of 14 points. Alan was 2nd (17), a little way back I was best of the rest taking 3rd place (27) just 2 points ahead of my other boat in the hands of Scott (29) – phew!
Well done to John for winning this round.
John’s win at this round means he has won the series overall with 1 round still to be run. The same is true for myself holding 2nd place, Alan in 3rd, Rodney 4th even down to Robert in 5th place. When the additional discard round is included (2 from 7 rounds) none of us can lose our overall position or catch the person ahead whatever happens at the last round.
Congratulations to John on a well-deserved series win.
SYS Series round 5 Sun 19th Sept results > SYS Rd5 2021 results
We seemed to be plagued this year with very little breeze every time we have a SYS meeting – and this was no exception!
What little breeze there was came from the west so I set a medium sized oblong course avoiding the biggest “holes” with the start at the leeward end and a finish line at the windward side. We raced this course for one lap plus one leg to the finish with skippers standing on the ramp side of the lake. During the coffee break I moved the entire course left in an attempt to keep it away from the largest wind shadows.
For the last few races and as we packed up the wind did finally pick up and filled the entire lake – typical!
We had a good turnout with 11 entering this round, so 1 skipper was off acting as RO, for last couple we had 2 off to make sure we got though them all in time. This meant we had quite a large fleet in close company especially at the start but we got away with clear starts most of the time.
Myself, Alan and John set the early pace winning a race each with Daron not too far behind picking up a couple of 2nd places. After the coffee break this meeting belonged to John as he sailed his No60 boat away at the front to win 5 races in a row. He lost radio for a while during one race, completed two or three turns until it came back to life – and still won the race!
Other races of note for the “Newbies” were Race 4 when John (Peacey) picked up several places coming up to the finish line to nick 5th. Race 5 when Martyn lead most of the way but unfortunately sailed in a hole right at the end but he still managed to take a 4th place. Race 6 when Terry found his grove and crossed the line to take a superb 3rd place.
No surprise that John won this round with a score of just 6 points. Myself and Alan tied on 14 but I nick 2nd place curiosity of countback. Daron was easily the best of the rest on 20 points.
John’s win moves him into a clear lead in the series on 120 points. I’m close behind on 119 with Alan on 112 and Robert on 109. There are now just 2 rounds left in the series but the maths begin to get a little more complicated as discards (lowest round score) come into effect from the next round onwards.
SYS Series round 4 Sun 22nd August score sheet > SYS Rd4 2021 results
When we arrived and set the course there seemed a really nice westerly breeze on the lake, at least enough to put a nice ripple right across the water from one side to the other – but sadly it was not quite as it seemed!
I set a fairly long but narrow course with a windward mark, No2 not too far out in the middle and a gate at the leeward end. We raced this course for 2 laps with one skipper off each time acting as RO, for the last couple we all raced on the water together. This was all fine but the wind direction and speed caused unusually large areas of “dead spots” and massive sudden wind shifts even by Apex standards!
Skippers often found themselves sailing along though ripples on the water all very nicely then without warning the boat would either stall or worse hit a hole and stop dead! Quite often other boats just a few feet away would pass, sometimes on either side – all very frustrating. To make things worse this happened to several skippers, several times while just inches from the finish line – even more frustrating, unless you were the one nicking their places!
Rod made a great start as he seemed able to always find the best route around the holes and took an early lead wining 2 races, but after the mid-morning coffee break he lost the magic and struggle just like the rest of us! John had a poor start (6th place) and finish (7th) to his morning, but in between he managed to win 3 and strung together a series of top 3 results. This turned out to be just enough to win this round with a score of 15 points after the 2 race discards.
Alan found his grove over the last few races finishing 3rd, 1st, 2nd and 1st which leap-frogged him up the fleet to take 2nd place for this round just 1 point behind John.
The best of the rest was Daron who was fairly consistent all morning and had a race win. He took 3rd place scoring 21, with Rod ending up nicking 4th (23pts) from me on count-back.
All the skippers agreed it had been a very frustrating meeting with especially large and sudden wind shifts and dead spots. You had to keep your eyes on the boat all times and could never really relax until you got through the finish line. Over the 10 long races 8 of the 9 skippers finished at least once in the top 3, they also all finished at least once some way behind in 5th or worse – which really sums up this meeting!
Congratulations to John on the win.
John’s win moves him up level with me in the series, we are both now on 95 points. Alan moves up to equal 3rd place with Rod both on 89, with Robert dropping down slightly but still very close on 88 points. There is still a long way to go in the series with 3 more rounds and many, many more races to run and I’m sure many “holes” to be found!
SYS Series round 3 Sun 25th July score sheet > SYS Rd3 2021 results
After the really hot spell it was nice to have some “normal” summer weather for round 3 of the series. There was a very light north breeze which swung around a lot and sadly dropped away completely for fairly long periods. Most of the time the boats were able to keep moving, it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and making the best of the odd “puff” when it came along!
An oblong course was set with the finish line up at the windward mark, 2 laps were run for all but the very last race. Skippers stood on the right-side bank with 1 or 2 off at a time as RO’s. Despite the lack of any consistent wind and a fairly long course we did manage to complete 7 races and it stayed dry!
A few of the regular skippers were away for this one but we still had a good turnout with 11 entries. 3 of these were new skippers joining in the SYS series for their very first time; Martyn Chappell, John Peacey and Terry Greenslade. It was a baptism of fire for them all in such tricky conditions (I think they enjoyed it?) but they were able to close the gap to the fleet as the morning went on. In fact, in the very last race Martyn nicked a 3rd place just ahead of John in 4th.
Everyone found the conditions tricky as the wind would suddenly disappear altogether at times; sometimes it seemed to do it just seconds before a race started and quite often as a group of boats approached the finish line – all very frustrating!
Me and Robert avoided the “Apex holes” better than most and ended up tied on 10 points (after a race discard) but I win this round on countback as I had 3 wins to Robert’s 2. Alan finished in 3rd on 11pts just a single point behind us. 4th to 6th was also tied this time with 3 skippers all on 18pts, on countback John (Woodman) takes 4th, with Rodney 5th and Mike 6th. Following the theme of tied scores two more skippers were tied for 7th and yet another two for 9th places! Countback sorted them out but only 1 single point separates 7th from 10th places.
Let’s hope for a little more wind for our next round on 22nd August – I feel we are owed some!
SYS Series round 2 Sun 27th June score sheet > SYS Rd2 2021 results
Despite some very dark clouds the forecast of rain thankfully never materialised and it stayed dry all morning. There was a fairly brisk breeze coming in across from the car park, so we sailed from the right-hand side racing twice around a long triangle shaped course with a gate at the leeward end – just to make it interesting!
A few skippers were away on “family duties” so we were down to just 7 for this one but that didn’t diminish from the racing which was a closely fought right to the finish line on many occasions.
In Race 9 Graham got away from the start line on a port tack and held the lead for 2 laps right to the finish. You could hear his sigh of relief as he crossed the line to take his first ever small yacht race win!
It was very competitive all morning, after 11 races 6 different skippers had won at least 1 race each. In the end and by just 1 point John came out the winner scoring 18 points (after 2 race discard), I was 2nd on 19 with Rob 3rd scoring 22. There is a little break now before we resume the series with round 3 on 25th July.
SYS Series round 1 Sun 30th May score sheet > SYS Rd1 2021 results
We had a northerly breeze which would at times suddenly switch around 180 degrees and back again which made the racing “interesting”! Even by Apex standards it was very peculiar as you’d find your boat suddenly changing tack all by itself and you could easily gain or loose a huge amount sometimes this happened just metres from the finishing line! There were 8 entries, I know under normal circumstances it would have been more but many were away to see their family/grand kids for the first time in a long while. The fleet of 8 dropped to 7 when Howard’s winch failed, the remaining skippers managed to complete 10 races by the 12pm finishing time. I got lucky more often than most and won it scoring 11 points, with Rodney taking 2nd place on 14 and John 3rd scoring 17.
We are back! From 17th May club competition meetings resume. The Small Yacht series starts on Sunday 30th May with a round once a month through to the end of November. There are also 2 one-off events taking place – see the 2021 Calendar page for full listings.
Restricted “free sailing” resumes under the rule of 6 but these are not point scoring meetings.
All boating competitions have been suspended due to the Covid 19 outbreak.