Royal Navy Sailing Club Annual Bosun Regatta
5/16th September 2012 -
This event is the only one I've attended where the entrance is a barrier guarded
This event is at a Royal Navy shore establishment, HMS Excellent, which provided
all the Bosun dinghies and their gear. At the briefing for sixteen entrants it was
explained that 8 races were planned, 6 for Saturday, and two on Sunday morning, to
conclude the Regatta at lunchtime, with a prize-
The Saturday races would each be of 30-
After lunch the 'change boats' procedure was applied and it was sail out again to the race area as before, necessarily leaving the might of guided missile destroyer HMS Bristol to starboard, but then, where the harbour proper opened out, not go quite so far north, stay more into the middle.
We were happy with our first day's results, in the morning in our first allocated boat number 13 we logged a first, a second, a fourth (oops!) and another first.
After lunch, in boat number 12, we had another fourth, and another second, and at the close of Saturday's play sufficient races had then been run for discards to be applied, the process being that an entrant's worst placing would be deducted from their cumulative points.
In our case our cumulative points was 14, it resulted for us in a satisfactory first day's score of 10 points. I had heard that at the end of the day we were first overall, and by some margin, and of course I was very happy to hear that, passed it on to Jim and off we went to get our evening meal and a bed. But I should have checked the actual results because in fact there were only 2 points separating us from Charlie and Freddie who were on 12 points at the end of Saturday!
Sunday morning was a bit of rush, our third boat was number 23, we were late getting
it ready and then we found that the essential mainsheet pulley was broken. There
For that help they'd given us we had about 3 minutes leeway before the 5 minute starting
signal, so we thanked that Safety Boat Crew, and it's likely that they were in contact
with the Race Officer who probably delayed the start for us. Thank you all, you know
who you are! And in those first few minutes of pre-
That meant that to keep our first place we would have to finish with a minimum of two boats between us and them in one race, and finish with a minimum of one boat between us and them in the other race. And Kelsey and Jess in boat G were also in the running, we'd been battling with them as well, in most races.
But it wasn't to be, not for them and not for us! I saw boat D (2356) on the first beat and there were 3 boats separating us, they then appeared to get away and maintained a clear lead for the rest of the race. And we, in amongst the next 6 boats, all were very close together, constantly tacking and swapping positions.
We fought just as hard as our nearby competitors did, both in that race, and the second race of the day, the final race of the Regatta. It needed skill and a little bit of luck for us to not drop lower than second overall, and in the end it would be decided by boat D's 4th and a 1st, and our 6th and a 5th. That 6th was discarded and one of our 4th places was added back into our cumulative score, but their discard remained unchanged meaning they finished with 17 points, we with 19, so final positions for the event overall, they first, we second. Third place had 22 points, fourth had 24. All very close!
We had a most enjoyable week-
Frank and helm, mate Jim Lowden