Final Reminder for Tropical Frampton Moth Training Days.... Sunday August 2nd and August 9th. On the water by 10.30a.m.with or without Bacon Rolls !!! Forcast looks good with sun and a breeze.......................
Mini-Races are the main order of the first day with lots of starting practice and concentrating on the first leg to the windward mark.
A satisfying breeze and "wall-to-wall" sunshine prevailed for Moth Training at Frampton. A good thrash around the Lake on Sunday 2nd August saw 12 Boats on the water for the Mini-Races.Sadly neither of the two new boats did not show but I have it on very good advice that "Graffiti Rat" will be launched at the next session Sunday[9/8/09]. Using some dodgy start timing[Trainers privelege !] yours truly headed all but one of the mini-races but was beaten by Ian Haywood in Race 5. With Jezza[aka "Banzai"]steadily increasing his speed and finding that much needed consistency [impressing in the mini-series and the first Club Series race],Ian Haywood going really well and Laura Honey,s devastating upwind speed with the new Banks development sail the battle in the front to the midddle of fleet was very close.Tony Latham and Bill Gribble both too were quick at times."New Boy" in a borrowed Boat
also contended well and soon adjusted to an all plastic Boat.However this did nothing to protect him from being awarded the T.O.S.S.A. award for July ! Andrew Perrott is continuing to both adjust and progress with "M.M.".....although struggling against the Frampton Fleet at times the likeable Chippenhamite will no doubt be fully race ready by August 12th. Fellow struggler Andrew Parker-Mowbray was complaining about lack of boat-speed in "Merlin" which is almost certainly due to the pole vaulting bending characteristics of his Needlespar ! Session swimmers were Ben Gribble[twice]and Debbie Powell ! Highlight of the day was undoubtedly being joined by Steve Kendall in the re-furbished/repaired "Orinoco"for most of the Session."Orinoco" then was rapidly converted to centre-main and re-vamped control lines ready for next week. We do it all again next Sunday.......
The second Moth Training Day saw 12 Boats out again,but a different 12,including the much awaited "Graffiti Rat "which was launched in fine style !Nice paint job on the Rat and a nice GRP top too !!! Visitors from MWYC and Chippenham joined the Tropical Frampton Team for the day. Great to see 4 Juniors on the Pond. The mini-races resulted in improved speed from Andrew Perrott,"New-Boy"and Ian Haywood who found it hard to catch Georgia Honey in 700 in the earlier lighter conditions.The Rat[still dripping Cider from her launching ceremony]seemed to be working well despite Graham insisting on some last minute mods before Northampton.With Georgia best Junior perhaps best of the rest must go to Andrew Perrott.With a stiffened Mast and trying Roger Witts,s sail, Andrew looked more at ease with the boat and certainly seemed pleased to be competitive. "Wild Bill" showed good in the Club Racing with a well deserved 3rd but Banzai was muttering he needed more wind this week. Steve Kendall,s "Orinoco" following its rapid update and re-rigging last week looked great with Steve really enjoying himself. The mission now is get Steve a better sail than the old sail he is currently using.Any offers to help Steve out if you have a sail that you no longer use. Frampton arer ready,but sadly a couple of prominents will not be going to Northampton....
A big thanks to Roger for getting Painted Lady ready for the nationals. Also for the training and time he has put in with us all this year!!! Thanks to Laura for being the BEST BACON ROLL maker ever and for all the work that she put into Painted Lady too!!! New Boy
Tropical Frampton Moth Training Days.. Sunday August 2nd and 9th. Starting at 10.30a.m sharp. Help with your set-up,sails and tuning.....
Mini-Races......Video Playback ....and probably a Bacon Roll or two! !!
Reading this quite enviously, I do miss sailing in a fleet of moths.
Could someone produce a rough guide to set-up, sails and tuning for those of us in the frozen north? (Well me anyway).
I've got 784 going quite nicely now (streaker fleet talking about buying new sails) but have no idea if it is set up correctly or how to find out.
I'm continuing to take weight out of the boat (ie me losing weight) but it doesn't point very well although has got quite good off wind speed. I also find I stall (?) when I tack (well lose speed anyway). I think it has too much weather helm too.
Paul Will do what we can to help but need to know more about what you have....Spars,Sail,set-up and foils etc.Please send a private message and we will attempt to get you going better upwind.Upwind and downwind speed are relevant to each other.Unless you have an adjustable rig good downwind speed usually means not so good relatively speaking upwind speed and vice versa.Weather Helm usually comes with too much aft rake...its not what I would normally expect with good downwind speed,where perhaps you may get Lee Helm or a more neutral feel. Need to know where you sail too.... Can you take and send pics of boat with sail up .
As for that "stalling" you have mentioned .... It is not un-common but to avoid this happening you possibly need to be a bit more authoritive in a reasonable wind otherwise it could happen no matter what set-up you have. Of course the tendency to stall is less if the boat is well set-up. Stalling happens in other Classes too ....
All Change at Frampton as boats move around again,rigs change,new boats and new recruits to the Moth Fleet. Georgia Honey,s pretty "Nutmeg" 827 leaves Frampton at the weekend for her new home in Shropshire with the Dutton family,which increases the Moth Fleet there to 3 and David Taylor not too far away with 859. Laura will soon be sailing her Europe but is not selling her beloved "Tabby"...."Tabby" is so unique,deceptively fast and in wonderful condition,she is staying ! The much awaited "Asbo" 872 will soon be collected from John Claridge in Lymington. With "Scruff" 871 for sale yours truly will be having a new boat built ready for next season. A "new"rig is lined up for Andrew Parker-Mowbray that will surely see Merlin going better. New sails were being discussed recently by a few, with more choice of Sailmakers now available the choice gets harder. Most importantly we will have a new member joining the Frampton Moth Fleet soon and we are trying to persuade a very active Frampton memeber to "see the light" and get a Moth ! So all very positive as we move in to the latter stages of the season. Pappa Graham is now Chairman of the Association and New Boy Fixtures Secretary for the Class...Good Luck lads.
Frampton Boats all went well at the Nationals[despite 871 who,s report said "could have done better"]Although entries were down ,everyone I talked to said they enjoyed good close racing and it was the best Nationals they had been to for a few years.Jezza and New Boy have really improved thro the year and their results at Northampton bear this out. More speed is to come from both of these two as well as our smallest rising star who could not join us at the Nationals....we were resting him for next years event !
Our winter social programme kicks off after our Open on October 10th- "The Frampton Fling". Details to be announced, As for the Open we have entries already from National Champs past and present and future Champions !!! As always it looks like being a good ending to a great Moth year at Frampton. We will be inviting our "new" friends at Bristol Avon,Chippenham[who have new Moth sailors]and Tewkesbury to come and join us as well as the Shropshire based Moths.Of course all Moths are invited to Tropical Frampton so come and see us.
Great result for FRAMPTON MOTH JUNIORS on Sunday 20th September...
In the Glos Schools and Youth Regatta held at Frampton excellent results were had with Ben Gribble winning the event in fine style. Ben won the 1st race by a country mile on the water and by an even bigger gap after the handicaps were calculated.
Ben sailed superbly, as he did recently in the Topper Open, and just simply sailed away from the rest. Using Roger Witts' P&B Technora sail Ben seemed to have speed to spare at times.... Well done Ben.
The 2nd race saw Ed Higson [also P&B Technora powered] take the win with some fine sailing overtaking many faster handicapped boats in the process. Confident as ever, Ed showed his nerve by leading for most of the race and making very few mistakes.
The 3rd race saw Georgia Honey [using Mark Wiltshire's Rowsells sail] start terribly but, sailing very well, carved through the fleet to be first boat home on the water, ending up 2nd to add to her previous 2nd from race 2.
Georgia and Ben tied on points but Ben took the result overall, counting a 5th as his discard compared to Georgia's DNS.
Imogen Higson finished 10th in the 20 boat fleet counting a creditable 8th and 9th positions.
Great Event in brilliant Tropical Frampton sunshine...