The Pond Superprix - March 25th 2012
On the 25th March 2012 we will be holding the Second ever “Pond Superprix” a series of 8-10 single lap short course sprint races. The aim of the Superprix is to give us all some needed starting practice.
The original Idea came from David Youll who suggested that we should have a day of starting practice, which I then developed into the Superprix. We ran it last year as a replacement for the RS 200 open meeting, as a filler for a moved event but as it was so popular and fun we decided to make it an annual event.
The format of the day will be for 5 races in the morning, have lunch and then have 5 races in the afternoon. There will be 3 classes each having their own start as follows:-
Fast- i.e Laser, RS200, Phantom, Lark RS 100 etc.
Medium- i.e Enterprise, GP14, Solo, Comet Trio etc.
Slow- i.e. Access, Cadet, 2.4mR, Laser 4.7
All races will be committee boat starts, with an area cordoned off with buoy’s as a starting area in which you may not enter until your warning signal, if you are over the line then you have to return to the box and do a 360 degree turn before continuing.
In order to gain a very quick race, all courses will consist of a beat, a spreader leg and a run to the finish, there will be a number of windward marks so that the different fleets can have similar length races. To avoid confusion and to make recording easier there will be separate start and finish lines. The fleets will have 3 minute starting gaps.
All the races will be timed and the results calculated in the normal fashion.
With the start of the club open meeting calendar on the horizon I can think of no better way to get prepared.
Keep this date clear, if you want more info please contact me.
Hon. Sailing secretary
Celebration party in honour of Nick Craig
On Sunday March 4th a packed clubhouse greeted Frensham Sailing Club’s outstanding competitive sailor, Nick Craig for a lunch in his honour. The party was to welcome Frensham’s finest who has just been awarded the Pantanenius UK Yachtsman of the Year 2011. Nick, Farnham born, learned his sailing as a Frensham Cadet. Frensham’s club Commodore, Jeff Dolton welcomed Nick and his family and asked him the secrets of his racing success. Nick Craig cited enjoyment of the sport and the different classes of boats that he races.
Yachtsman of the Year is a long standing trophy that has some of the greatest names in world sailing engraved on it. Nick Craig is generally rated as the finest amateur competitive sailor of all time. As of 2011 Nick has won a total of thirty seven World, European and national titles. The majority of these in his favourite OK dinghy, but other titles in: Enterprise, RS400, and single-handed Phantom, as well as the extreme high-tech B14 and the newly launched D1 class. The truth is that Nick Craig will win in every design of racing boat he steps into. There is no other amateur sailor in this league now or in the history of the sport of sailing. Nick has stayed loyal to his home club and always enters a contest under the Frensham banner.
Frensham Commodore Jeff Dolton remarked that the club was running out of space on its honours board. When asked what his plans were for 2012. Nick replied: “to keep going”. Frensham and the wider world of sailing anticipate more great things.
Jim Morley 5th March 2012