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CVRDA 11th National Rally at Clywedog SC

The Bank Holiday weekend saw 24 classic boats assemble at beautiful Llyn Clywedog in West Wales for the 11th CVRDA National Rally. Clywedog Sailing Club is fairly difficult to get to over the mountains, but travellers were rewarded on arrival with a warm welcome, a campsite with fantastic views, the best sailing club cooking in Wales and an open bar. Perfect.

Saturday’s practice race was held in wild conditions, but despite this 17 boats made the start area. Several decided after one lap that enough was enough, but most carried on. A huge squall up the beat, however, saw many boats simply blown flat. The rescue crews did an amazing job towing boats home where necessary (Thank you!). Despite this, 4 boats made it to the finish, and amazingly, even though most of the boats were built over 40 years before, there was no serious damage.

Sunday dawned wet and windy – not ideal weather for vintage dinghies. However, only a couple of boats decided to sit out the racing. Boats out sailing ranged in size from 20’ long Flying 15’s and a 17’ Skua to a 12 foot long Firefly and a National 12. Classic Merlin Rockets (and a Vintage pre-amalgamation Rocket) were the best represented class, with 6 boats dating from just post war to 1971.

A Fireball lit up the race course between spectacular incidents, ranging from rounding marks in the wrong direction in front of the whole fleet to capsizes and the helm throwing himself overboard… congratulations to Roger Devereux on winning this year’s Wingnut Award for spectacularly daft behaviour!

In the racing, the Flying 15’s coped well with the conditions, though one pushed things rather too hard and managed to capsize. Amazingly, they managed to sail the water out and carry on racing. Also going well were Albacore 195, Finn 197, and Firefly 2324, all built by master boat builders Fairey Marine, over 50 years before. On handicap in the 3 races sailed, Finn and Firefly shared top honours.

Monday dawned early for the campers, with bright sunshine flooding the tents, rather than the previous day’s rain. Even better, the wind had dropped to a manageable amount. The whole fleet set out, and a crowded start line saw Flying 15 2127, Pegasus 199 and Merlin Rocket 2121 build a massive lead by the 2nd mark. However, as the race went on, the wind dropped, and chasing boats managed to close the gap on the stranded leading 3 just short of the finish line. Finn 424 managed to go from dead last to 3rd on the water.

After lunch, the final race started in almost still conditions, and this time it was the chance of the superbly sailed Finn 197 to build the huge lead. However, the fickle wind had one last trick up its sleeve as the final beat for the Finn turned into a reach for everyone else, and the Firefly was able to close up enough to take a somewhat lucky win on handicap.

It was fantastic to see so many old boats showing that they are not ready to be put out to pasture, being so well sailed by their loving owners. Thanks must go to the Mick the race officer and his team for putting on a great event on a weekend of weather extremes.

Overall Results:

Classics and Overall
1st Firefly 2324 Saskia, Rupert Whelan & Matt Andrews
2nd Finn 197 Django, Peter Vinton
3rd Albacore 195, Steve Bailey & Keith Woodworth

Vintage
1st Rocket 252 Gannett, Garry Rucklidge & Peter Rucklidge

Old
1st Flying 15 2127, Paul Watson & Paul Morris

Lost Classes
1st Mirror 14 580, Andy Eastbury & Tracey Eastbury

Pos

Fleet

Boat Name

Class

Sail No

Helm

Crew

Club

USPN

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Pts

1st

Classic

Saskia

Firefly

2324

Rupert Whelan

Matt Andrews

Whitefriars

99

-2

1

1

1

1

4

2nd

Classic

Django

Finn

197

Peter Vinton

 

Staunton Harold

94

1

2

-3

3

2

8

3rd

Classic

 

Albacore

195

Steve Bailey

Keith Woodworth

Nottingham

96

3

8

2

(DNF)

3

16

4th

Classic

Ten Sixty Six

Merlin Rocket

1066

Tim Bury

Pat Kuenzler

Banbury

92

6

4

(DNC)

6

4

20

5th

Old

 

Flying Fifteen

2127

Paul Watson

Paul Morris

Clywedog

87

8

3

-9

9

9

29

6th

Classic

Sprite Full

Merlin Rocket

507

Chris Barlow

Lois Barlow

Shearwater

96

5

6

(DNC)

7

12

30

7th

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Vintage

Gannet

Merlin Rocket

252

Garry Rucklidge

Peter Rucklidge

Forfar

101

4

(DNF)

5

15

14

38

8th

Old

 

Flying Fifteen

1457

Peter Jackson

 

Clywedog

87

7

9

8

17

(DNF)

41

9th

Old

White Rabbit

Finn

424

Alan Williams

 

Roadford Lake S.C.

92

(DNC)

DNC

6

5

6

42

10th

Old

 

Fireball

11224

Nigel Spurr

Sue Ann

Midland

85

12

7

(DNC)

10

13

42

11th

Old

 

Flying Fifteen

1855

Keith Rollinson

Rod Townsend

Clywedog

87

9

5

4

(DNC)

DNC

43

12th

Classic

Half Cut

Merlin Rocket

2121

Sandy Lavelle

Pat Jones

Shearwater

91

10

(DNF)

11

11

11

43

13th

Classic

 

Skua

43

John Andrews

Jane Andrews

Whitefriars

98

11

10

10

(DNF)

15

46

14th

Old

 

Wayfarer

5034

Brian Osborne

Steve Coldicott

Clywedog

95

DSQ

11

14

16

-18

56

15th

Classic

 

Mirror 14

580

Andy Eastbury

Tracy Eastbury

Bristol Avon

91

(DNC)

DNC

13

12

7

57

16th

Old

 

Pegasus

199

Keith Rollinson

 

Clywedog

92

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

4

5

59

17th

Classic

 

Wayfarer

1079

Giles Penfold

Kate Penfold

Shearwater

97

(DNC)

12

12

DNF

16

62

18th

Classic

 

Merlin Rocket

950

Stephen Hawkins

Christopher Hawkins

South Cerney

91

DNF

(DNC)

DNC

8

DNF

70

19th

Old

 

Fireball

 

Roger Devereux

 

cvrda

86

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

13

10

73

20th

Old

 

OK

1211

Alan Price

 

Hayling Ferry

97

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

2

DNF

74

21st

Old

 

National 12

2452

Rit Walton

Plaifah Walton

Melton

96

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

DNF

8

80

22nd

Old

 

Enterprise

k14

Andrews family

 

Whitefriars

97

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

14

17

81

23rd

Old

 

Flying Fifteen

3128

 

 

Clywedog

87

(DNC)

DNC

7

DNC

DNC

82

24th

Old

 

Merlin Rocket

2404

Tony Vowell

 

Pwlllheli

88

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

100

 



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