Report by Lee Marriott and photographs and copyright of Chas Bedford

IOSSC Open: The Osprey class was welcomed to Costa Del Sheppey and promised Champagne sailing conditions as well as the usual fun and enthusiastic social to follow. Only 6 boats entered but did not dampen any spirits.

Day 1: Sunshine, 15/20kts of breeze and flat water greeted the competitors and Race 1 started on time with 1373 (Marshal & Woods) setting a blistering pace and rounding the windward mark first closely followed by 1372 (Greenland & Marriott) and the rest of the fleet. The wind was shifty close to the mark and initially was to tight for the spinnaker, but nearly all boats hoisted it anyway. 1372 being more energetic then most promptly capsized which allowed boat “1” (Wheeler & Mawhinney) to chase 1373. It then became a precession and positions didn’t change, except one boat! Local boy Kenny & Chris Butters (1338) clearly didn’t listen to the PRO brief prior to going afloat nor did he read the SI’s and sailed straight through the start/finish line on the down wind leg (SI’s Rule 8.e). Kenny was quoted saying “ I don’t know why im the only sailing the correct course, All those have got it wrong...” The new team of 1245 (Macdonald & Brittain) sailed incredibly well for their first open beating 1114 (Downs & Downs)

Race 2 was even closer than race 1, the wind was building and the strong Ebb tide was catching many out who tried to round the mark close. No. 1 (Wheeler & Mawhinney) took the bullet after a tussel with 1372, 1373, 1338 & 1245, but after what we thought was an exciting race we noticed 1373 sailing in. Turns out during the race (which they finished!) the thwart mounted Jib Turning blocks had pulled out of the mounting causing significant damage to the boat. The battle for all positions was very well fought. It was noted at the end that 1338 had sailed off with what we thought was a problem and was heading home, but.....!

Race 3

The wind had built further and the gusts where strong and from all angles. The PRO did a great job setting a course in incredibly challenging but fast conditions. The wind was shifting all the time even on the start line making the favoured end difficult to decide. All went for the committee boat end and set off as a pack. As we raced we heard what sounded like barking noises coming from above to see 1338 (Kenny & Butters) pull off a port flyer from absolutly no where. What we thought was a retired boat was in fact Kenny rolling a cigarette in his usual fashion. He rounded the windward mark first but was caught by No. 1 & 1372 on the spinnaker runs. 1372 took the lead and held onto it for the next beat. 1372 rounded the windward mark and set course for the leeward mark, avoiding the start line (NOTE!) Kenny though, still wondering why we was doing the wrong course, sailed straight through the line again and overtook 1372. Hails of protest did not deter 1338 and he rounded the leeward mark ahead. Frustrated and getting dirty wind allowed No.1 to sneak pass and take the second win, followed by Cheating McCheat face, 1372 & 1114 & 1245.

Once ashore the protest committee where informed of 1338 shenanigans, the PRO was well on the ball with photographic evidence of the infringement. Due to the humour and good sportsmanship, Kenny offered to buy all the drinks that night rather then be disqualified. The drinks where well worth it :-)



If you competed we want to hear your version of events.

[Editor note: Day 2 story would be nice :-)]