16 Bytes made the start line today despite the forecast of little wind. The AP was flown before lunch but we managed to squeeze 3 races back-to-back to complete the full card. Thank you to our visitors for making the effort to travel. Huge congratulations to Emma who starts the season in style with another win. Racing was close throughout the fleet - bodes well for the season ahead.

 

Rank Rating Class Sail No Club Helm R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st   BYTE CII 3078 Stokes Bay Emma Pearson (4.0) 1.0 1.0 6.0 2.0
2nd >60 BYTE CII 3693 Combs SC Rick Whitehouse (5.0) 2.0 2.0 9.0 4.0
3rd   BYTE CII 3616 Bowmoor SC Charlotte Hitchmough 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 11.0 5.0
4th 18 BYTE CII 3588 Bowmoor SC Zoe Bazen 1.0 (5.0) 5.0 11.0 6.0
5th 14 BYTE CII 3584 Bowmoor SC Matt Banbrook 3.0 (6.0) 3.0 12.0 6.0
6th   BYTE CII 1237 WOSC Clive Jackson (8.0) 4.0 4.0 16.0 8.0
7th 15 BYTE CII 1473 Bowmoor SC Will Morris 6.0 7.0 (9.0) 22.0 13.0
8th   BYTE CII 3565 Weston SC Clare Mach (10.0) 8.0 7.0 25.0 15.0
9th 16 BYTE CII 428 Combs SC Victoria Theaker 9.0) 9.0 (11.0) 29.0 18.0
10th 14 BYTE CII 1640 Bowmoor SC Rhys Walker 7.0 (13.0) 12.0 32.0 19.0
11th 15 BYTE CII 2957 Bowmoor SC Teresa Doran (13.0) 11.0 8.0 32.0 19.0
12th 18 BYTE CII 3132 Bowmoor SC Callum Coombe (14.0) 10.0 10.0 34.0 20.0
13th 15 Byte CII 3130 Bowmoor SC Jamie Fewings 11.0 12.0 (14.0) 37.0 23.0
14th 12 BYTE CI 3684 Bowmoor SC Toby Banbrook 12.0 (15.0) 13.0 40.0 25.0
15th   BYTE CII 485 Bowmoor SC Caroline Doran (15.0) 14.0 15.0 44.0 29.0
16th 15 BYTE CII 3568 Bowmoor SC Oscar Ballantyne 16.0 16.0 (17.0 DNS) 49.0 32.0

 

Dear Byte sailor,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to the season ahead.  Apologies for the delay since the last update, life and work still have an unpleasant habit of getting in the way of sailing… one day….

By Richard Whitehouse

Saturday started cold (close to freezing), cloudless and windless. The first race, due to start at 12:30 was postponed until 2:30pm, when a rather fickle south westerly developed. Only two of the planned four races were completed on day one of the event.  Unusually for a Byte event, race one started with a general recall. On the restart Matt Banbrook took a flying lead by a considerable margin initially but got stuck in a hole on the run. The current national champion, Emma Pearson, closed on him, followed by Rick Whitehouse who had pulled up through the fleet from (his usual) poor start.  A three-way battle for the lead ensued, with Rick eventually successful, Emma second and Matt third. Unfortunately for Matt, a pre-existing injury prevented his participation in the rest of the event. 

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By Richard Whitehouse

The hot, dry summer had its effect on Combs reservoir, a canal header in the Peak district. The water level was the lowest for many years but still deemed “sailable”.
Three visiting sailors, (one in an original “classic” Byte) and five local club members took the long trek down the shore to the central puddle. The wind blew from the South, curling over and around the hills and trees and swirling across the “lake” at between 1 and 12mph (on almost every leg of the course).