Sunday 25th June saw 4 Moths out in the two afternoon races...700,756,790 and 871. The first Moth Class race[processional/undemanding course]saw a win by RW in 790,with Laura in 700 close behind.Tony Latham who led away from the start faded as the race progressed and was almost caught by Ian Haywood at the finish. Finishing Order 790,700,756,871. Mid race tweaks to "Scruff" and some adjustments to Ian,s new Hunt/Purple Sail seemed to pay off with more speed and better pointing in the Pursuit Race. The tweaks to Ian,s boat resulted in 3 of us being late at the start. That man Latham capitalised and headed us for some time.790 gradually wore down 756,s lead to head the Moths.700 was making steady progress but did not quite catch 756. A wrong course was sailed on Lap 1 so all the Moths retired,most of the Solos and a couple ofr others but none the less a good Moth "result"which would have been Moths 2nd,3rd and 5th. A Wednesday[28/07/10] Night Show-Down between Jezza Higson and Tony Latham will take place. Both are in contention for a top three place in the Series which finishes on Wednesday. Both are currently going very well especially in the lighter airs so it should be a good race. Spoilers could be 2 quick-ish Enterprises.
Wednesday Race Results for the Moths out...Jeremy Higson-861 2nd,Tony Latham-756 3rd.......gives them overall results in the series of 2nd and 3rd respectively. Great race between these two to watch from the Committee Boat.With a gusting Force 3 from the N.W. fading mid race then coming back towrads the end gave fantastic conditions for the "show-down"...Tony seeming to be slightly quicker at times upwind and Jezza usually the first to plane off-wind in his plastic-fantastic and being slightly quicker downhill. A longcourse with two very long beats sorted most of the fleet out but these two were "at it" for the entire race.Both led as positions continually swopped with Jezza heading Tony home by a mere 12 seconds at the finish. Well done to both of them...
A blustery Westerly on Wednesday 18th August saw only 3 Moths venture out....756,861 and 880. The course giving a long beat diagonally across the lake and a long planing reach joined together by a couple of shorter legs. In the Slow Fleet where we race shaking off the quicker Toppers[ended up being the main challenge]who were going extremely well headed by new National "Squaddie"Ed Higson.We tweaked Ed,s practice sail just before the start and all seemed to work very well ...he was flying ! Conditions were uncomfortable in the first 3 or 4 laps before the gusts moderated. Tony Latham after surviving most of what Northampton threw at him last week was blown in on Lap 1 but recovered quickly....keen our Tony these days !....but he could not catch "Banzai" Higson.I managed to build up a modest lead but had to keep the pressure on to keep ahead of young Ed eventually only beating him by 20 seconds apparently. "Wild Bill" Gribble defected to race his newly aquired Europe[Laura,s old boat]for the first time and looked to be going well and looked more comfortable than the rest of us. Results being... Slow H,cap[10 boats] 1st 880 3rd 861 6th 756 Fast H,cap[14 boats] 6th 363 Europe - Bill Gribble
A belated account of Sunday 22nd August,s Class Race... Horrible thermal shifty conditions from the N.E. and 4 Moths out ...700,756,872 and 880. Quick starting Tony Latham in 756 was squeezed out at the windward mark with Laura and New Boy close behind.With the swinging wind the race became almost processional but saw 880 and 756 pull slowly away from 872 and 700 who were having their own private battle. Closing quickly on the slower Solo,s 880 was continually baulked by the Solo,s and later the slower Lasers allowing 756 to close but both putting a leg or so between the other two Moths....Tony is going so much quicker now and is always in contention if he doesn,t fall over or hit something or someone ! Finishing order being.... 1st - 880 Roger Witts 2nd- 756 Tony Latham 3rd - 872 Mark Wiltshire 4th - 700 Laura Honey
Wednesday 25th August.... Frampton Monsoon. Dull and grey lightish winds after the deluge during the day....the lake needs a top-up ! Jezza "BANZAI" Higson on duty...no Moths out[down the Pub !]
Post by Meat Pie ... on Sept 30, 2010 13:00:56 GMT
The last two Moth Class Races are upcoming on October 3rd and 10th after which we take a break from Class racing and join the Handicap Fleet up until Xmas. 2011 will see unofficial Moth Class racing at Frampton as we join the Handicap Fleet for our racing. The current Autumn Sunday Class Series although not settled looks to be heading with a win for me...but I have to finish in either of the two races left.The remaining places are wide open and Laura,Jezza or Tony have to battle it out. With La Pappa,Ian Haywood and New Boy threatening to join in the spoils and to get some practice in before the Open it looks like being close....
Have not raced in the Winter Series so far but I gather Ian Haywood and Jezza have been chalking up some good Results with Ian leading the Slow H,Cap and currently holding a good position in the General Handicap.
Looked like another couple of bullets for Superstar Ian Haywood yesterday ! No stopping Ian seemingly in both Winter Series ! No other Moths were out but good to see Ian thrashed a gaggle of Lasers,a couple of quickish Solo,s and a couple of good Enterprises being first boat on the water in the process ! RW Ian Haywood Fan Club FRAMPTON MOTHS
Series Racing at Frampton was cancelled yesterday[28/11/10]...very un-Tropical with lots of ice on the water. Ian Haywood is leading the Slow Hcap Fleet Results and can only be caught/beaten by Jezza. Ian has 2 wins and 2 seconds whereas Jeremy has 2 wins and 2 DNC,s. Good Results in the remaining 3 races will do it for Jeremy providing of course he keeps Ian behing him in every race ! In the General Hcap Ian is in 3rd position currently behind a Solo and Enterprise....his position looks good but there is a lot more competition in this series.Ian as ever is hoping for light breezes for the remaining 3 races.The Solo does not go well in light airs but the Enterprise does....come on Ian !
Congratulations to IAN HAYWOOD for his success in FOSSC,s Winter Slow H,Cap Series and his 3rd place in the Winter General H,Cap Series..... FRAMPTON MOTHS "BEACH PARTY"- over the Xmas Break to be advised. Shorts,Shades and Flip-Flops.