Report from Jacque Cook
The strong winds and rain earlier in the week paid dividends on Saturday as the weed had dropped far enough to enable most multihulls to race without the additional handicap of a natural sea anchor! Although the wind had abated it was still a force to be reckoned with especially as it was gusty and often unpredictable in direction. However, although there were many capsizes, it did not rain!!!!!
Eleven boats entered but only ten raced. Bob Walley took the opportunity to practice as it was the first time with his boat on the water. Confidence and performance clearly increased as the day wore on and hopefully he will be joining in soon. There was little doubt as to the overall winner: Mike Cooke won all but three of the twelve races, generally drawing out his starting lead to finish well ahead of the fleet and staying out of trouble! Two first places were gained by Andy Cleal who had a roller coaster day also achieving a second and two third places but sadly capsizes impacted on his overall position. The other first place was gained by Mike Dann who seemed to take a while to get into gear, tweaked his foils and then did some amazing speeds towards the end of the afternoon!
Paul Edwards sailed consistently well into second place overall with 35 points having got the measure of his lightweight cat. Even though at times, he felt he was under canvassed it paid off in the stronger winds. Both he and Peter Fothergill, who was in third place with four more points, generally kept upright taking advantage of shifts in the wind direction. In fourth and fifth places separated by one point were Mervyn Cook and Mike Dann with 43 and 44 points respectively and Andy Cleal was not far behind them with 52 points. Like Andy, the next three skippers had several races where they did not start or did not finish that they were unable to discard. Simon Walley was seventh with 70 points showing some really good turns of speed but he also fell foul of the wind conditions and capsized several times. Rob Lyne gained a third place in race 9 and a couple of fourths leaving him with 71 points overall. Pete Lawley with his easily spotted two mast-er had some bad luck towards the end of a couple of races where boats behind him sailed past before he could get to the line! Last, but by no means least, Alex Corey had real problems with his boat and sadly, did not manage to finish a race. Hopefully it can be sorted out and ready to show its paces at the next multi event which is scheduled for Saturday the 1st of July.
This was a really enjoyable day’s racing and thank you to Julie Lawley who assisted with start and finishes. As RO I observed that Mike Cooke generally made excellent starts, on the pin and travelling fast, which kept him out of trouble at the first mark……… Would you be interested in some practice starts at about 20 to 10 on the 1st July?
Mike Cooke is selling his Shinobi Mini40 – anyone who’s followed the Gosport racing will know this boat is pretty hard to beat.
“Selling my awesome Shinobi Mini 40 Ronin.
Fastest Mini 40 you can get your hands on. All carbon, 2.5 kg all up, 4 PJ rigs, ball raced gooseneck and pretty new RMG winch. Rig box needs finishing.
Will need a transmitter, receiver and battery to get on the water.
£1200. Delivery within 2 hours of Bristol no problem. Postage might be pricey as it doesn’t break down.”
email mike at aardvarkracing.co.uk for more info.
The first Gosport two day event has now been and gone and with 17 boats entered, including 4 overseas entries, it was a great success. Beautiful sunshine and mostly top suit conditions gave everyone the chance for some great racing.
Christian Englehardt took the win in his MOD40 trimaran, sailing consistently and making few mistakes.
Mike Cooke took second with his Rocket3 tri, after a solid first day he struggled with the lighter airs on the Sunday.
Mike Dann rounded out the top three with his ancient Ghost Train tri, apparently now 20 years old.
Theres loads of photos galleries springing up on the Facebook page so be sure to check them out.
The entry forms and notice of race for the Gosport 2 day’er have been finished and can be found here:
We’ve already got several boats booked in from overseas and it is shaping up to be totally ace.
Contact details are in the documents.
Dates are up for the Gosport 2017 calendar including the 2 day open. We’re hoping to make this a big deal and get a few Euro boats over in the run up to the Flevocup
- January 21st
- February 18th
- March 18th
- 1/2 April UK Invitational
- 15th April
- 29th April
- 13th May
- 10th June
- 1st July
- 29th July
- 5th August
- 2nd September
- 14th October
- 25th November
Flevocup will take place from the 12th to the 14th of May.
The final Gosport Mini40 race fixture of the season took place on November the 12th. While the forecast was pretty terrible, the weather gods played us a fine hand and we had a great days racing and managed to fit in 12 race in total.
Starting the day nicely powered up on number 3 rigs, Mike Cooke quickly stamped his authority on proceedings with his Shinobi trimaran showing some impressive upwind pace. Mike Dann was never far behind with his cat and was always there to punish Mike C’s mistakes which included sailing the wrong boat, sailing the wrong course and some improvised upwind gybes.
Final results were:
- Mike Cooke
- Mike Dann
- Simon Wallis
- Peter Fothergill
- Laurie Draper
- Alan Storey
- Andy “no bungs” Cleal
Great to see a couple of new faces and new boats on the water and some talk of new boat builds over the winter which should bolster the fleet. Gosport have agreed a 2 day event for the multihulls in 2017 and with the usual full calendar of racing it should be an excellent year ahead.
Great roundup video from Kampai Chris.
Startline action thanks to Andreas for the pic
The Flevocup went down well this year, with a good mix of German, Austrian, Dutch and English meeting up to compete.
The weather gods couldn’t have been kinder with hot sunny conditions and a great mix of wind strengths meaning plenty of rig changes and a good chance to see who had the pace.
After 18 races Eric Gielen and his trimaran took the win, with a consistent scoreline and very few mistakes. Christian Englehardt took second with his MOD40 and Ralf Klingel in third.
Michael Scharmer with his cat and Mike Cooke with his tri both suffered with electrical failures which knocked them from the top spots, despite winning most of the races between them.
Theres some excellent photos on the German Mini40 forum and a load of stuff over on the Mini 40 Facebook page where most of the action is.
Looking forward to next year already!
The Gosport calendar has been published up, along with the dates for the Netherlands based Flevocup which we’re trying to make a big deal for this year.
- February 20th, Gosport
- March 12th, Gosport
- April 2nd, Gosport
- April 23rd, Gosport Whittaker Cup
- May 6-8th, FLEVOCUP Netherlands
- May 14th, Gosport
- June 4th, Gosport
- June 25th, Gosport
- July 16th, Gosport
- August 13th, Gosport
- September 3rd
- September 24th
- October 22nd
- November 12th
Through the magic of Facebook the Flevocup Event details have appeared. Bit of a Euro get together with 7 mini40’s entered so far. Hoping to get a small brit contingent over there too.