the first day of racing - 2
photos by Bob Thayer
(note: all of these photos were - in larger size - on the competitors' CD created by Bob)
|Chris Purtle (3664)
has opted to go left as Jeff Cox (661) prepares to start ...
|... beat #2.
|Likewise Alan Simpkins
and Paul Earley
|Nearing the finish
line: Roger Challis and Mark Johnston have lost Ian Porter and Kevan
but will finish a fine 2nd (their best result of the series), followed by Neil Fletcher (3rd) and ...
|... Graham Barker (4th).
|5th place went to
Gordon and Emma Harris ahead of Waldringfield clubmates, Toby Mace and
A fine start to the series for Ted and Wendy Gadd who took 7th just ahead of Hayling Island clubmates ...
|... John Hartley and
|9th place for Michael
McKechnie, just ahead of Kit Wallace and David Weatherston
who were the top Canadians with a terrific 10th.
|A photo finish between
Guy Hacon and Uncle Al (above). When Al heard that Guy had beaten him
by an eyelash, he got a funny feeling that this might make a big
difference in the series. It did: Al lost series 7th to Guy by that one
point. Nonetheless, it was an uplifting comeback for Marc and Al who
used their new Mike Mac spinnaker to knock off lots of boats on the
runs after rounding 40th+ off the first beat, and had super speed on
the final two beats. And when the wind turned patchy near the finish
they ended up crossing within 100 yards of half a dozen top 10 boats
that had been a half a mile ahead. Three of Uncle Al's last leg victims
were: Jay Colville (13th), Peter Rahn (14th) and Heider Funck (15th).
|Brian Jeffs and Scott
Bamford cruise to a solid 20th in race 1.
|On their way to a
22nd, their best finish of the series, John and Dolores de Boer ...
|... near the finish line ahead of Doug Netherton with
Roger Redwin (1366) who will place 25th.
|Alan and Lesley
Chaplin on their way to a 29th.
|Mike Codd gives the
90-year-old George Blanchard's tiller hand a rest on the final beat.
|Mike and George placed
35th in this one.
|Other race 1 series
bests were recorded by:
|After a short lunch
break, it was time for race 2. Here we are, just after the gun.
Having decided the windward end was favoured, Uncle Al and Marc (3854 above) sat for the final minute or so near the RC boat where they were ultimately joined by the guest of honour, Ian Porter. With about 15 seconds to go, Al noticed that the still significant current had set everyone about 20 yards down the line from the RC boat and that there was a nice gap which he could fill. So, feeling proud of doing something he'd never managed in 50 previous years of racing, Al and Marc threw in a pair of crisp tacks and parked themselves right by the RC boat with 10 seconds or so to go. Alas, Ian saw our move, liked it and improved on it: he tacked in a perfect leebow on us. And when Peter Ayres (1191) came in a bit late but with good speed, our startline fate was sealed (see photo above)....
Still we eventually cleared our air and went middle left where we began to look and feel good - until Marc pointed out that the right corner had tons of wind and a 30° lift. By the time the new wind reached us, we were axed. And quite the wind it was, too. Even knowing it was coming, from the spray blowing off the water, we nearly dumped, completed the tack to starboard that the shift had initiated, vanged like crazy and hiked or little hearts out. For about 30 seconds, after which the wind mostly died. For a while, we fitfully sailed starboard, laying the mark from what had been the rhumbline. The right-side boats were still looking good, reaching gently towards the mark on starboard. So - we were behind the right half of the fleet. "Still better than this morning, eh, Marc?" Not really," replied he, "look over to the left!" The bastards had wind!!!
|And so did the
right-side boats like John Goudie and Suzanne Hall who rounded the
windward and offset marks in a nice little breeze with a lead that they
held to the end of the first run where the race was mercifully but
somewhat secretively ended - secretively to the extent that almost no
one realized that the race was over at the leeward gate and most of the
fleet sailed another leg into waters that still had waves but
hardly any wind.
|Among those bastards
on the left (a side which - according to my crew who sails here a lot -
a new wind never never favours when there's a lake breeze!) who got
wind were Toby Mace (above) who ended up 6th, ...
|... Ian Porter (7588)
and Søren Jensen (9355).
|Ian and Kevan would go
on to finish 2nd, while ...
|... Søren Jensen and Jesper Friis would take
3rd, their best result of the series. Mr. Hacon, the unlucky guy (black
hull), will not have enough breeze to successfully pinch and fight the
adverse current (flowing from left to right), but more of him later.
|Look! A puff has put
an actual bow wave on Grey Matter which Brian Lamb and Tony
Hunt will parlay into a 4th-place finish, their best of the
series. No such luck for Peter Kozak and Annelies Groen (red hull) who
will again have trouble with the windward mark but eventually drift to
a 12th, their best placing of the Worlds. One of the few guys still
behind Uncle Al at this point (far right) is Brian Jeffs (white hull)
who also went middle left.
|AEC Wayfarer Worlds links|
report by Uncle Al
report from Richard & Michele
the real story by Toby Mace and Neil Fletcher
how we all fared
we got letters
the Whiffle that covered the Worlds
photos from on shore
on shore with Richard Johnson
on shore with Gord Leachman
at PCYC with John de Boer and Dave Hansman
at PCYC with Liz Feibusch and Tony Hunt
on shore with Uncle Al - 1
on shore with Uncle Al - 2
caricatures with Diane Zaremba (W440)
one group's aftermath
a few pics of the champion boat's layout
photos on the water
the practice race - 1
the practice race - 2
the practice race - 3
the practice race - 4
the practice race - 5
the first day of racing - 1
the first day of racing - 2
the first day of racing - 3
the second day of racing - 1
the second day of racing - 2
the third day of racing - 1
the third day of racing - 2
the fourth day of racing - 1
the fourth day of racing - 2
the fifth day of racing - 1
the fifth day of racing - 2
the fifth day of racing - 3
the fifth day of racing - 4
the fifth day of racing - 5
AEC Wayfarer Worlds Annex
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 1
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 2
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 3
Wayfarer Worlds XII: as Paul Robinson captured them:
Thursday's racing - 1
Thursday's racing - 2
Friday night was caricature night
leaving MSC for Saturday's final race