2014 Race Reports

I hope you're sitting comfortably! Apologies for not getting this out earlier, I couldn't release any report until the impartial adjudicators had come to a decision on the race's standing. YES. adjudicators - controversial stuff for CYC or what? So, Saturday 18th October, what a mixed bag! 5 boats turned…
Well, of all the times throughout the year for the weather forecasters to be right, it had to be this weekend! Forecast was for max gust 4kts SouthWesterly but sunny. The briefing was held with only 3 boats of 2 crew each signing in (January First, Sanda Sund and Jondalar),…
Saturday, 04 October 2014 21:50

Series 2 Race 3 - might have been drier to swim!

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What's the old saying - "If you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes it'll change...."? Today certainly proved that. Briefing was scheduled for 10:30 this morning and race start 11:30. At 10:00 it was torrential rain plus 20+kts wind from North West, forecast was anything up to a force…
Saturday saw the Commodore's Cup race being held at CYC. Forecast for 8-12 kts Northerly gusting max 18kts - yeah right! Try recorded average of approximately 18kts and gusts upt 26 - at least the direction was about right! 5 skippers turned up for the briefing but alas Sanda didn't…
Monday, 15 September 2014 14:58

RNLI Pennant - Short but Sweet

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Saturday 13th saw the annual RNLI pennant race being held. Forecast was for light winds (6 to 8 knots) from East but at least the sun was shining. Bob Leeming was scheduled as race officer but Simon Leeming did an admirable job in his dad’s stead. Course was set, start…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 21:02

Newton Pursuit

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2014 Newton Pursuit Race   Saturday 30th August was a memorable day for several reasons; it was CYC’s 50th anniversary celebration, the wind wasn’t blowing from the east (for a change) and it was the Newton Pursuit Race; the wind was blowing from the west, well I say blowing but…
Sunday, 24 August 2014 20:55

Lady's race - a bit of a wet one!

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What a wet day it was today! So much for the forecast saying "showers".....   Three boats turned up with ladies for helms. After my "January First needs a lady" email I was lucky enough to get 2....... Shame MArk decided to go play on his lifeboat - duty calls…
Monday, 11 August 2014 21:53

Regatta in Pictures

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The 2014 Regatta in pictures Round up of Day 1 | Round up of Day 2 | Download Results Thanks goes to Cliff, Maria, Peter & Steve for the following pictures of our 2014 regatta
Monday, 11 August 2014 21:42

CYC Regatta - Round up of Day 2

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CYC Regatta 2014 – day 2….. “what a difference a day makes, just 24 little hours” or are we ready for Hurricane Bertha?? Round up of Day 1 | Download Results | Regatta in Pictures After many of the crews had fully rehydrated themselves at the bar last night and…
Sunday, 10 August 2014 19:51

CYC Regatta - Round up of Day 1

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Round up of Day 2 | Download Results | Regatta in Pictures   Dear God but it really looked hard work for the crew today! I almost felt some pity for my three novice crew members today. Note I did say "almost"!...... Question before I start. Is it better to…
Monday, 30 June 2014 13:45

Windmills Race 28th June 2014

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A race of two wind systems or “Why don’t men ever listen to advice from a SatNav?” Historically, this was a race from Amble around the Windmills at Blyth and back. I remember winning this race on Gothik the GK29; with Stuart Graham at the helm; and sailing perhaps too…
Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:51

Series 1 race 5 - Report

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Saturday 14th June saw the final race of the Spring Series being attended by the boats, Sanda Sund, Jondalar, January First and CBeagle in a light fickle "draft" (I wouldn't call it a wind!) of air with a very strange swell. Still it was nice and warm. Jondalar was race…
Sunday, 01 June 2014 19:31

Series 1 race 4 May 31st

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What a mixed bag of sailing today! Having quickly left my lawn mowering half finished to answer a plea for keys to January First (a massive thank you to my lovely wife who not only put up with me "just popping down to the boat to drop the keys off…
It seemed like old times today setting off on a rather cold May day with the ever present threat of rain on the forecast. Was it me, or was anyone else thinking pre start that it was a bit too cold for no coat but way to warm when winching…
Sunday, 18 May 2014 19:19

Race Report - Series 1 - Race 3

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Well what a day today has been. Or in the words of the great Ronnie Barker as "Arkwright" "It's been a funny old day!" It's days like today when you get out on the water in blazing sunshine with flat seas and a WARM, yes warm, wind pushing you along…
Monday, 12 May 2014 10:22

Race Report - Series 1 - Race 2

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Today saw the forecasters thankfully actually getting it right. The forecast was for rain, more rain, a dry bit, some wind, yet more rain, dry bit.... you get the picture. I arrived at the marina having hidden in my car for several minutes waiting for the deluge to abate long…
Monday, 05 May 2014 18:00

Race Report - Series 1 - Race 1

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The results of the first race of series 1 can be found below: Saturday 3rd May saw the start of the CYC spring series. an excellent turn out for the first race with 6 boats meeting at the start line. Some regulars plus 2 newcomers to the racing. Medmerry II…
Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:16

Early Bird Race - 26th April 2014

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First Race of the season - a day of extremes Today was the scheduled "Early Bird Race" at Coquet Yacht Club. Three "boats" turned up for the briefing and a course was presented by the race officer Allen Brunton. The three boats looking to venture out were Medmerry II, January…