Solo Club Racing Championships

We’re all getting used to the strange environment we find ourselves in during “lockdown” and now “release from lockdown”. The Solo fleet is no exception, but they made the most of technology to have Sailracer host a National Championships of sorts through their App. With each competitor using their phone to track their every move, the races were tracked and compared across the country to take into account various factors to come up with a winner. Over 100 entries were received for the event sponsored by Magic Marine and Power Works EVC.

A fiery start to Race 2! Stuart leads the way.
Photo by Gerard van den Hoek

Leigh & Lowton were well represented with 6 boats on the water and 3 boats in the top 30. Richard Catchpole finished 10th, Tom Welz 18th and Kim Cant 26th (and 3rd Lady Helm), a very respectable set of results to keep LLSC on the map.

Tom Welz, our new Solo Class Captain, coordinated the event at the club – pinging the start line and buoys before the event to set up the course on the system and training those less tech-savvy on how to install and use the App!! Some issues with the tracking emerged during the day but on the whole the GPS technology is getting more and more established and shows us the way racing is going – we all dream of the day the OOD’s clock and assistants are redundant for handicap racing and all we have to do is set the course!

We were blessed with a firm 8-12 knots breeze which allowed Richard also to clock the fastest time on the track nationally at a little over 8 knots.

Full Y&Y report below: