Racing result & signing on sheets – a plea from your Sailing Secretary ….

When the results for the Wednesday evening Twilight series race held on the 16th July were first compiled, 8 of the 15 boats in the race were initially disqualified for not signing on as per the sailing instructions. A number of these sailors then came forward insisting that they had signed on!

A further search of the clubhouse undertaken two weeks after the race, because an earlier search had to be conducted for 6 of the 8 expected results sheets on the proceeding Sunday, turned up a second signing on sheet for the race hidden under half a dozen blank signing on sheets on the galley counter, but with no date or race details filled in. This subsequently resulted in all bar one of the 8 sailors being re-instated in to the results; 3 of the sailors had managed sign on, on both sheets!

This is an extreme example of the problems that occur, but is it is not unusual on a weekly basis for there to missing or unclear information on the sheets, or a hunt required to find them. This all adds a considerable amount of time to that required to compiled the results on a weekly basis, due to the additional detective work required.

CAN ALL OOD’s PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ON THE SHEETS IS FILLED IN CLEARLY, AND THAT THE SIGNING ON / RESULTS SHEETS ARE PLACED IN THE RESULTS BOX PROVIDED WHEN RACING IS COMPLETED FOR THE DAY.

That’s my rant for the week…

Your Sailing Sec.

Jon Edwards

I started messing about in boats at school, did my National Elementary Dayboat Certificate (a predecessor of the current level 2) in 1980 and have carried on ever since. My first sail at Shotwick Lake was back in '91 and I've been a member for the majority of the years since. My boat owning history is very simple; I don't do "narrow" as testified to by an International Moth, 2 Merlin Rockets and 2 RS300's, all of which are between 6' 7" (2m) & 7' 5" (2.25m) wide! But that said I'll sail almost anything and have in most cases, including the Laser, Laser 2000, Topper, Solo, Wanderer, Albacore, Wayfarer, RS400, RS100, RS700, 59er, Pico, Laser 4000, RS Vareo, Enterprise, Scorpion ..... Racing is very much my thing in all its forms, whether it is around the cans at Shotwick, the Merlin Rocket nationals around Olympic triangle courses with 1 1/2 mile beats, the Lord Birkett on Ullswater (200 boats; 19 miles) or the Round the Isle of Sheppey race (32 miles) with the unique feature of having to capsize the boat to get it under the bridge. I've even managed to fit in team racing in Pico's too! And as I advance in age I've even ventured in to yachting, doing the round the Island race on a couple of occasions. This is an annual race around the Isle of Wight with up to 1,500 yachts of all shapes and size participating.