The fifth round of the British Federation Land Sand Yacht Club Championships hosted by the Lincolnshire Land Yacht Club, Lincolnshire, northeast England
THURSDAY, MAY 9 - 22:26:16 Been on the beach today, wind was15mph and by the time I had finished an hour later it was blowing 20mph. Did what I wanted to do and was packing up when the bomb disposal Landrover rolled up. Seems he had some red flags on the beach marking some old ordinance. Told him that we were running a regatta this weekend and that we use orange flags!!!! The reply was that "that's OK we don't work weekends" so if I see a red flag on the beach does that mean a hazard or is it boom? I did not sail as far as that but might keep it quiet so I can get rid of competitors by blowing them off the beach... literately!
Couldn't provide pictures of the beach as it was misty and no good at all. The beach is in very good condition with the sand very high on the beach. Even the old wreck is not visible. (No doubt some bugger will find it with an axle). The banks and gullies are there but the water in them is shallow and the banks are hard. The height of the tide is increasing over the next few days so things can change. At present the holes etc are far and few. Wind forecast for the weekend is northwest on Saturday and more of a west on Sunday. Will have a final tinker tomorrow. Have to pick up the Ladies' Toilet (scorers' caravan) first thing in the morning. Need to look at the four battens on my yacht and tidy a few things up. With Kevin a.k.a. "HalfLife" around I will let him loose with the camera and send some pics up.
Regards Gareth K800 FRIDAY, MAY 10 - 17:58:40 The wind was blowing 8mph then it dropped to 5mph then bugger all. Forecast is now light winds all weekend. We can only hope for sea breezes.
DCMB (Robert Coburn) rolled up at lunch time. Got him helping get the beer in at the Towbar (Holivans Caravan Park social rooms). Bugger me he laid claim to 11 gallons of Carling Black Label. I had to explain to him that was a bit weak for him and his lunch was in the caravan fridge in a round bottle with a crimped top (an bottle of Estonia high percentage beer). The 11 gallons was really meant for us lesser mortals!!
Looking back the four miles along the featureless Mablethorpe Beach, its sparseness which can be really confusing.
A picture of a wreck that has been exposed up at Saltfleet Haven where the River Eau comes out to sea. The channel has moved 300 yards to the south exposing the wreck.
Robert "Don't Call Me Bob" Coburn with his "new-found friend", Miss Carling Black Label.
SATURDAY, MAY 11 - 16:49:52 Mablethorpe Beach is infamous for its tricky sailing over banks and large pools of water and this weekend's regatta is no different says Gareth Rowland and Chris Wright.
Chris reports: "Racing today was fairly entertaining. The usual rough beach requiring compulsory snorkels. The beach has three banks with most sailing down on the No. 3 bank nearest the sea. Trouble is Len [Len Warren, the Sailing Master] puts the turning mark on Bank One.
"You come flying down Bank No. 3 and think, must be near the mark by now and cross over the top, burst through all the loose sand to see what's on the other side and, 'Oh how inconvenient, 3ft of water!' and you get a refreshing bath on the way through."
Weather was forecasted for 12mph winds from the north which, according to Gareth Rowland, eventually did happen but towards the end of the day. For much of the day the wind blew straight up the banks which made for plenty of tacking.
Class 5 got in two races for the day with Class 3 managing only one.
RESULTS: Class 5 - Race One: Dave Green, 1; Chris Wright, 2; Mark Lloyd, 3. Class 5 - Race Two: Dave Green, 1; Chris Wright, 2; Ray Thompson, 3. Class 3 - Race One: Steve Borrill, 1; Alan Scantlebury, 2; Gareth Rowland, 3.
And, yes, there's a story behind how DCM met with his new-found friend, Miss Carling Black Label and the tale, unbelievably involves a beer delivery driver falling through a cellar hole in the pavement outside the "Eagle" pub in Mablethorpe which in turn entails dubious goings-on from one of Gareth's friends, the wheelchair-bound Kevin, who incidentally, had to retire early from after-racing festivities tonight on the account of having what's commonly known as alcohol poisoning... too many "girlie drinks". All will be revealed soon.
Pilots from all over the world are descending on Cherrueix to compete in the 2012 World Landsailing Championships to be raced in the Bay of Saint Michel in the heart of Bretagne, France. The event is due to "kick off" on the 8th of July and finish 15th.
Miniyachts are first of the ranks with their racing taking place from 8 July to 10 July. Britain's K11, Gareth Rowland, is already at Cherrueix and has been filing phone TXT reports. We will try and keep you all updated with the news, views, racing, pix and results as they come to hand.
First report in is from Gareth on Saturday 7th where he reports phones barely work and has been unable to secure an internet connection as yet.
Early evening he managed to send an email, which read:
"I was taken to see a experimental Class 2, first time with mast and sail on. Some Americans turned up as well. Have attached a pix of the Class 2. The other pic was taken in the Isabella pub/café. The owner has made a candy landyacht model."
The experimental Class 2.
The Isabella's "candy" landyacht...
DAY ONE MINIs - RACEDAY Sunday July 8th
After the opening ceremony and with K11 in a buoyant mood one could be forgiven to assume the euphoric state would remain with Gareth but it wasn't too be... it was not a happy day's racing for K11... "soft mast, no pointing".
Our man himself, K11 Gareth Rowland bedecked in his British regalia at the opening ceremony.
No show without some Downunder types from the Antipodes... this pair representing Australia.
Then there's the wee fellas from the Emerald Isles...
And, of course, you can't forget Old Glory... Team USA
Then it's race time...
The day's "racetrack" with the multitude of fans corralled behind the barriers...
And, when it's all over, there's the post-racing camaraderie...
DAY TWO MINIs - RACEDAY Monday July 9th
Little wind today. Only one mini race 40 yachts, 2nd group was yellow flagged. All there was to do was wait, wait & go home. Evening meal in the tent.
Pix to come...
DAY THREE MINIs - FINAL RACEDAY TUESDAY July 10th
Pix to come...
DAY ONE c2s etc - RACEDAY WEDNESDAY July 11th
Pix to come...
DAY TWO c2s etc - RACEDAY THURSDAY July 12th
10.30 briefing then sail 2 miles west to the sailing site. Light west wind. Class 3 was on first only having 2 races. They had to wait till 5 m/s to sail. We waited and waited. They finally competed in variable conditions. Then it was Standart. By now it was raining. Wet sticky beach, race was cancelled. They return to the line waiting in the rain, by now the beach starts to flood. Class 3 was sent home then Standart, a slow push downwind home. Class 2 was held on the beach till 4.30. Wet and cold we went to the line. Looking at a flooded beach, the briefing was if you don’t want to sail DON’T!! and if you cannot see when sailing DON’T. Your choice. The wind had the final answer. It was still raining at 11.30. Rumours are that the beach will not dry for two days. Strong winds and more rain forecast tomorrow!!!!!............!
We need a bigger tent at the west sailing zone!
DAY THREE c2s etc - RACEDAY FRIDAY July 13th
10.21AM: Car parks are mud baths. Beach looks very wet this morning. Having breakfast in village square. Looks like light wind with a sea breeze to tempt fate.
11:07PM: Typical Euros. Waiting in rain part in/part out of tent waiting to get moules and frites. Windy. Good music but a 10.30am start down the beach means up at 8.00am.
DAY FOUR c2s etc - RACEDAY SATURDAY July 14th
08:05 AM: 10mm of rain. Standart only have two races. Parakarters only one. Breakie in the town square again.
12:53PM: Standart had race 3. Class 3 now. Lots of wind. Too much for me with big sail!
DAY FIVE c2s etc - RACEDAY SUNDAY July 15th
08:55AM: Pulled yesterday's last race out of the bag. Fourth place! That has given me third overall going into the final day's racing today. At moment raining, no wind.
10:13AM: Last day today. Two races for c2s. Was 7th or 8th in first race. Have to catch ferry from St Malo 10.30 tomorrow morning.