Event Reports

It is important for the class profile that we regularly and promptly send out reports of Osprey Class Open Meetings and other sailing events in which Osprey owners compete.

The order for report writing of an Osprey Class Open Meeting or a mixed classes regatta is:

1.
Highest placed Osprey Class committee member writes the report        
2.
Whoever is third overall in the Osprey Class writes the report                            
3.
If less than 3 Ospreys participating in the event then the last placed Osprey crew to write the report.   
Reports are always welcome from others as well, it gives an additional perspective of the racing.

The report to be submitted preferably with a photograph or two of the sailing & the results by the Tuesday after the event. That gives a chance of the report being used by Yachts & Yachting magazine as well as https://www.yachtsandyachting.com. The guidelines for how it is done are at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/…/Guidelines-for-submitti…

You should also copy the report, photographs & results to Huw, and do some blogs on Facebook. Be sure to ask at the host club to find out if photos are available. If not, Angela Mamwell often has photos. Taking a photograph of the results sheet on your phone and posting it on Facebook during the weekend is also good - please check it is a readable image before posting. Facebook is good for internal communication within the class, but we need https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/ and our website for external comm, in the hope of attracting new people to the class.

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2020 UK National Championship

Weymouth Regatta hosted by Castle Cove Sailing Club on 13th and 14th July

A very good turn out of eighteen Ospreys enjoyed some very close and competitive racing at Castle Cove Sailing Club as part of the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta. As this was the last event before the Osprey National Championships at Mounts Bay on the 3rd to 7th August it was an opportunity for several teams to get some practice in before the big event.

The forecast for the weekend was for predominantly light winds and warm sunshine. Saturday’s racing was held out in Weymouth Bay and the fleet sailed out through Portland Harbour in a gentle breeze that faded to nothing once they reached the race area. Eventually the forecast Northerly breeze manifested itself and the fleet got away sailing a trapezoid course followed by a sausage and a windward finish.

Emma Stephenson and Pete Lloyd from Weymouth Sailing Club won the first race in very light winds while Terry Curtis and Peter Greig also from Weymouth won the following two races in slightly more wind. DJ Edwards and Mike Grieg from Tata SC and Mounts Bay SC had three second places to give them the overnight lead. First blood in the battle of the Greig brothers had gone to Mike but there was all to play for on the next day.

Sunday’s racing was held inside Portland Harbour with the wind passing around Portland heights making for some interesting wind bends. There was a bit more wind in the harbour than there had been out at sea allowing trapezing on the beats and some occasionally fast reaches. The tricky conditions made it quite difficult to put a consistent set of results together.The fourth race was won by Ben (Nemo) Hawkes and his crew with Emma and Pete close behind.

The fifth race and sixth races were both won by Andy Barker and Stuart Maunder.

DJ and Mike put in a consistent series without winning a race they were able to discard a sixth and count a run of second and third places to win the event by one point from Terry and Pete who themselves beat Andy and Stuart only on countback.

There was close racing throughout the fleet. Ros and David Downs having loaned “Just Pogo” to Fireball sailers Keith McDonald and Andy Brittain for the Nationals turned up in Osprey 73 built by Bell Woodworking in 1956 and probably the oldest Osprey still in working condition. They did not finish last in any race and in race five rounded the windward mark in 3rd place which they held onto throughout the first lap. It really is true that old Ospreys do not become obsolete.

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