Six Metre Midlands Series R2
All the skippers arrived bright and early to be greated by a southerly breeze from across the dam, less than had been forecast but still enough to go sailing, The boats were weight checked in sailing condition and all found to be correct, the brief, briefing was held and then it was straight to the water.
Four races were held in the light tricky wind conditions with some big shifts alongside some very light patches. the course being a shortish triangle and sausage with an extended final leg to make the most of the beat.
The wind shifted slightly around to the west and after race four a short break was taken whilst the course was altered to suit the new wind direction and lengthened which produced some better racing.
Apart from the occasional race where various minor issues affected him, Peter Shepherd and the Romanza (66) Monica was the most consistant, coping with the early light conditions alongside the strenghtening wind later on
Race Report for the 6 Metre Event Held at Dartmoor Radio Sailing Club.
Competitors arrived at Shaugh Lake dressed in shorts with t shirts and carrying sun hats, sun cream and water bottles in addition to their 6 Metre boats. The weather forecast indicated a very hot day with light and variable winds which if correct was certainly going to challenge the ability and patience of the competitors.
The Club’s inaugural event began also with a challenge for the race team as to where to set the spread of windward marks. After consulting with 3 Club members who he hoped had geometry degrees the RO (Paul Newman) set the course, it seemed perfect except there was no wind! The first race eventually started after a gentle South Westerly breeze settled on the Olympic style two lap course. The challenge for skippers was how to keep their 6 moving through the areas of very little or no wind pressure on the course especially near to the windward mark. The first and second races were won convincingly by Mike Ewart from the two Islands club who showed both good tactics and his ability to read the light wind shifts. Hot on his heels were Steve Watts, Dave Kent, Martin Smith and Ralph Weller who are all relatively new helms to the class. Indeed nearly all of the DRSC competitors were new to the class this year and so lacked race experience with their boats or that was their excuse anyway! There were several stoppages between the races so that competitors could tinker with their boats and also to rehydrate themselves as the temperature increased. Races 3 and 4 saw Mike and Steve exchanging wins and to begin to break away from the rest of the fleet. However they were not going to have it all their own way as in races 5 and 6 both Ralph Weller and David Kent got to grips with the conditions and posted race wins.
The temperature soared around midday but the wind speed didn’t rise with it. There were some involuntary drifting matches which were amusing to watch but not if you were caught up in them! The race course for some skippers during the morning became a trial, with lots of huffing and puffing due to frustration heard in the control zone, or were they simply trying to get their boats going! In an effort to get sufficient races in the racing continued up to lunch time (Race 8) albeit in very fluky conditions. The race leader board showed large ups and downs for some skippers as they either succeeded or failed to be in the right place on the course as the wind came and then died.
After Lunch and with the wind direction still not particularly stable Race 9 started, after the leaders had rounded the weather mark on the second lap unfortunately one of the visiting skippers Geoff Earle who was resting in the clubhouse was taken ill. As several competitors rushed to his aid racing was halted and boats came ashore. After initial first aid it was decided that further medical aid was required and an ambulance was called. With two skippers involved in getting Geoff to the ambulance the fleet collectively decided to call it a day.
With Geoff safely on his way to hospital a prize giving was held. Congratulations to Steve Watts (DRSC)for winning the Event, 2nd place went to Mike Ewart (APMYC) and third place went to Dave Kent(DRSC). Martin Smith(DRSC) with his dolphin finished in a well- deserved 4th place. Both Steve Watts and Mike Ewart thanked the race Team for their efforts with Steve thanking the competitors who had travelled to the event.
Geoff Earle remained in hospital overnight and was discharged the next day. After collecting his car he has now driven to Kingsbridge to see friends and after that will slowly return home. Thanks to all from DRSC who helped with his care.
Report compiled by Paul Newman, Steve Watts and Terry Brodie.
Well done to Dartmoor for hosting what I am fairly sure is the first open meeting for sixes in their district, I certainly look forward to going back next year
The proposed rules have been accepted by Council and are now in force for new registrations, and will hope be able to remain in force for some considerable time'
Our class has been through some changes in the last few years and now I feel is ready and able to proceed forward as a thriving if somewhat specialised class under the auspices of the MYA, and I look forward to seeing you whilst out and about on my travels to open meetings.
1st July 2017
Ten Skippers, a bright and breezy day, if a little chilly, good food, great company, a PRO who knows what he is doing, majestic Six Metre yachts on the water, whats not to like! For this first round of the Eastern Districts long standing competition 2002 Trophy and the Broads club Shearwater Trophy.
If you have a Six and want to come play there is always the National Competition 13th/14th May Norwich, can you afford to miss it?
Read the full report and see the results for the Shearwater Trophy here.
Round One of the Midlands Six Metre Trophy Series took place at Two Islands RYC, Furzton Lake, for the full report, results and pictures go the the webpage.
Paul Risdale has competed the cedar planking on his Siskin Six, sadly he was unable to attend the recent Midlands Trophy Series Race at Two Islands RYC, Furzton where he would have no doubt been able to glean some useful information from Peter Salt.
One of our eagle eyed club skippers came across a link for this beautiful Dolphin Style Six Metre Yacht with hulls available For Sale from Scotland, this one appears to be from Dundee Model Boat Club. For more information follow the link or email Neil Booth.
I think that those of you who love to sail these majestic yachts will agree that Nigel Gilson once again manufacturing a Six Metre can only be good news for the Class, the following message was sent to me after recent telephone conversations .
"I would like to confirm that the building of the Ankh 6mtr (formally Dann 6mtr.) will commence with the plug on Monday 13th Feb 17. The first Carbon hull to be sailing during May 2017. This is to be a full time project with a fully skilled carpenter/moulder employed on the project for 3 months. It is hoped to produce 6 complete hulls ready for fitting out with rigs/radio. Cost to be confirmed later.
However along with the need for quality mouldings & a competitive pricing structure that the 6mtr sailors deserve & enjoy will be No1 prioty
The Carbon Dann 6mtr was very competitive winning many match racing & fleet events being 2nd only to the helming skills of G. Bantock.
Ankh 6mtr will be based on the dann6mtr with some refinements in the hull Fin & lead departments, however she will fundamentally be the same tried tested & proven successful hull as I used during 2002-4.
Please Note that the wooden Dann 6mtr with the Experimental Large aft bustle & very light displacement built by Jack Day was an experiment that has Nothing to do with the carbon fibre Dann/Ankh 6mtr & was very usefull in terms of learning what Not to do!"
Nigel is also looking for his wooden built Dann 6 mtr last seen in Scotland if anyone has information feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will pass the information along.
Progress to date
The cedar strips I bought came in two colours – 20 coffee brown, the rest almost white.
I have used the coffee almost down (or up as hull is currently inverted) to the waterline and the white below.
Planking the bulge at the stern proved challenging but I think I have sorted it.
Planks not a neat as I would have liked, but with a 1 mm sanding allowance plus covering with glass cloth, it should look alright in the end.
Two experianced builders have taken on the challenge of building one of the most beautiful sixes designs and one of the last to be designed by John Lewis (does anyone have a set of Jewel plans?)
Paul Risdale has started his building in Cedar planking, see the picture below, hopefully he will update us as work proceeds.
The plans have also been sent Steve Charnley who recently built a wooden planked Brit pop! I am looking forward to seeing what he does with the Siskin.