A grey damp windy morning greeted the 24 boats that planned to race in the 2019 Leigh on Sea SC Brass Monkey Trophy race on Boxing Day. As usual for Leigh on Sea on arrival to rig there was no indication about the sea state as the tide had no covered the mud, there was a brisk South Easterly keeping the club burgee flying at the mast head. Once the fleet was afloat and the support boats had laid the course after a short spell under the AP flag the starting sequence was under way. One Laser managed to break his mast before the start and one other boat decided that the gusts which were in upper 20’s were more than they fancied in the cold, so the remaining 22 boats started cleanly with the flood tide keeping them back from the line.
The Sprint 15 cat of Darren Fitchew set off at a brisk pace quickly moving through the fleet to take the lead followed by the RS 600 of Mike Izatt – both helms being past winners of the Brass Monkeys which sit on the trophy. The fleet rapidly spread out as some helms found the steep seas produced by the SE wind difficult to sail through. The leaders were soon lapping the slower boats and after just under the hour the race team finished the leaders on 5 rounds. The bulk of the fleet managed to complete 4 rounds with a few stragglers only managing 3 rounds after one or two swims. A particularly strong squall hit some of the boats after they had finished and at least 4 boats capsized on their way back to the slipway.
Hot showers were the order of the day followed by hot mulled wine and nibbles in the club house before the prize giving.
Wishing all members a very happy Christmas.
Loyal toast will be at 1pm Christmas day (bar open from 12noon until 2pm).
Boxing Day 26th December - Start 11:15 All in - Entry fee £10 per boat
The Brass Monkey Trophy Race will take place on Boxing Day with an all-in start at 11:15.
Come along for the last race of 2019 to sail or watch. The bar will be open after racing for the prize giving and social drinking.
Hope to see as many of you as possible
(Also don't forget the Thorpe Bay YC Frozen Sheets on Dec 29th @ 12:00)
Please note the bar will be open at 6.30 on Friday December 13th and Saturday 14th for the pantomime
Christmas and New Year open in times
Christmas Eve 8 - 11 pm
Christmas Day 12 - 2 pm Loyal Toast 1 pm
Boxing Day 12 to 4 pm (ish) Brass Monkey
New Years Eve 8 pm to late Volunteers required, please sign up on the list in upper saloon
New Years Day 12 - 4 pm (Hopefully) a volunteer also required, please contact Pip on 07787 516520.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all
The Club is proposing to have a clear out of the cellar in January.
If you have any items stored in there can you please ensure they are clearly marked with your name as any unrecognised items are likely to end up in the skip.
Please also ensure that trailers and other property are clearly marked with your name etc. Unmarked trailers are moved up to the East end of the prom as a precursor to disposal.
As we lost a race last weekend due to the fog on Saturday, we will run two races, weather permitting on Saturday 16th November to catch up with the race schedule for the Winter Series
First race start, all-in is at 13:15, second race ASAP after last boat finishes race 1
Update: 9th November: After cancelling today’s racing as visibility was 10m or less on the water we will try to hold two races on Sunday to get the Winter Series under way.
First race start at 09:45. Second race to follow
Due to the very strong winds on Saturday 2nd November 2019 the Winter Series Race 1 was not sailed.
Winter 1 will, weather permitting be sailed as a second race on Saturday 9th November ASAP after the finish of Race 2.
Start time Race 2 – 09:30
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