Ten teams went to Weymouth for the NSSA Match Racing 2015 over the weekend on November 7/8. Unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate. It never quite gusted 50kts (49.28) on Saturday but it was not the weather for going out, even in keelboats. By 2pm the sun had come out and the wind was dropping rapidly but it was never going to get below a mean of 20kts before we ran out of daylight so racing was abandoned for the day.
Instead the teams had a look at the Elliot 6m's to observe their idiosyncrasies, and at 5pm we had a session on Match Racing techniques and tactics, so all will not be lost. The schedule was amended again but we still needed at least 5 flights to get a result. The weather overnight was idyllic.However, by 7am the wind was beginning to rise, so the difficult decision was made to to abandon the event and let everyone get home early.
Many thanks for the understanding shown by all participants and the efforts put in by everyone who assisted. Special mention must go to Paul Robson who must have produced a dozen schedules and to Jay Williamson who stepped in as Race Officer, when John Burgoine had to return home (and we hope Ann gets well soon).
For interest, we think the Eliotts can be sailed up to about 20kts mean or gusts of 25kts although Match racing at these strengths would be very difficult. These are the wind records or the two days:-
Taken from www.WeatherFile.com _ Live Wind & Weather data provided by Richard Paul Russell
|From 2015 NSSA SH Team Racing Champs|
Cambridgeshire 2 are winners of the 2015 Single Handed Team Racing sailed at Hunts Sailing Club in Cambridgeshire this weekend, 10th and 11th October. They beat Royal Hospital School 2:0 in a closely fought Final.
The team of Michael Carver, Harry Moffatt and Tom Bryant were top of the table after the 160 races comprising 9 rounds and the end of the Swiss League part of the competition. They then had to battle through the semi finals which pitted Cambridgeshire against Plymouth 2 and a young Royal Hospital Team against Kent. Both Cambs and RHS came through with 2:0 wins.
In the Final RHS won the both starts but Cambs managed to conversions at mark 1 in both races. RHS did manage to compress the field on the run but were unable to break the Cambridge stranglehold as shown in the results which saw Cambs finishing 2, 3, 4 and 1, 2, 6.
The consolation for RHS is that they took the Under 16 Trophy. Worcesteshire 5 were awarded the Under 12 Trophy while Cambridge 1 took the Silver Fleet Trophy for the bottom half of the draw.
It was a great weekend with good weather and great hospitality from the local members of Hunts Sailing Club who worked really hard all weekend to make the event such a success. We are grateful for their Commodores help in presenting the trophies.
Photos of the event can be seen at https://picasaweb.google.com/116470993964817795968/2015NSSASHTeamRacingChamps
Results at the end of the Swiss league can be seen if you Click Here
It was with great sadness that we received the news that Terry White MBE had passed away last Sunday, Sept 20th 2015.
Terry was a founding member of the National School Sailing Association, its Treasurer for over 25 years and a Vice President. He was very much the an old school "gentleman" A headmaster in Northampton he was very much involved with School Sailing on Pitsford Reservoir. This was the site of some of the first NSSA Regattas. He made one of the trophies (bowl, made from bog oak) and was responsible for turning the tea urn which Capt Mount-Haes gave him one day (from the back of his Bentley), into the trophy we all know as the Mount Haes Trophy.
Through the 1970's and much of the 80's Terry was Mr NSSA. He would quietly point out how involved the NSSA had been in the early days of the proficiency scheme, with much of the funding for the first National Coach in 1969 coming from the then Department of Education and Science. No doubt, in no small measure, due to his contacts and influence.
He retired to Norfolk in the late 1980's but continued to support the NSSA. He will be sadly missed.
As a result of the very generous funding we have received from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation we are able to consider grants aimed at assisting volunteers to obtain qualifications which will assist with the delivery of sailing programmes to young people. Applications can be made by individuals or local associations but preference will be given to schemes which benefit a number of people eg funding a Safety Boat course for 6 people as opposed to funding one person to attend a Safety Boat course but much will depend on individual circumstances. Post grant reporting is required.
Information on the 2016 Regatta hosted by the Norfolk SSA can be found if you Click Here
The 2015 National School Sailing Association Youth Regatta was hosted by Leicestershire & Rutland Youth Sailing Association at Rutland Sailing Club between Sunday July 26th and Friday 31st. Some 282 boats from 21 Teams took part with most of the competitors and Team Managers camping at the Rutland Agricultural Showground. A team of some 150 volunteers facilitated the event and during the week there were over 2750 individual results, 60 sail number changes, 120 race queries. Over 2500 packed lunches were distributed during the week.