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Xenon Championship - much practicing

A friend emerged from the Club changing rooms and stopped in surprise. "Are you breeding them" he asked, referring to the Xenons littering the launch area all in various states of being rigged.  Not sure why I always get the blame but I could understand his comment as he had not been able to sail for a while.  There are always a few Xenons sailing but with the approach of the Championship the need to practice has dawned on us all and the latecomers needed to thread their way between Xenons.

A good night on the Xenon Trapeze

A lovely sunny evening with a stiff breeze across the reservoir - just the ticket!  I did however misjudge the beautiful conditions..... yes there was a stiff NE breeze but in the shelter of the launch area it seemed rather lighter than it was.  I decide to sail in nothing more than running shorts, usual Tee shirt with the trapeze harness.  We also decided to dispense with the floats. We quickly rigged and launched and the Xenon took off very nicely.

Superb weekend sailing in the Xenon

I have managed to sail almost weekly throughout a most awful English winter. Apart from the ice and snow the wind was either totally absent or blowing a gale - the day we organised a 'Xenon Have a Go day' we were able to look at videos and discuss capsize procedure - but sailing? no chance the reservoir was like a mill pond. Last week we were sailing through a thin sheet of ice.   However this weekend......   lots and lots of wind with superb sailing.

Bewl Water experience 29 April 2012

What an experience and what a day! I did not realise sailing could be so enjoyable for an old Granddad.

Arrived in pouring rain and strong winds. F5 fairly consistently, frequent F6 gusts maxing at F7 just for good measure. Put the helmet and camera on in the expectations of some good filming and I was not disappointed! It is in conditions like this that a dry suit is almost essential. The extreme wind, driving rain and spray would be very chilling without the suit.

 

Xenon Dinghy as a family boat

As this rather disappointing summer draws to its close we decided that our promise to the grandchildren of a ride in 'our boat' would have to be very soon or left to next year. We were looking for a sunny day with winds below 10 knots. The forecast for today seemed ideal, winds of 8 knots and temperature of 23°C. Plenty of safety boats on the Reservoir was also a comforting factor.

Xenon Dinghy torpedoed!

We set out for a pleasant Wednesday evening sail - attracted by the forecast of stronger winds. The racing format for Weds evenings is very informal. Each race consists of a single lap and there are usually 3 races. The Race officer very kindly and cheerfully volunteers his services for the enjoyment of us all, even though he also is a keen sailor.  Those racing on Weds evenings are often the very knowledgeable ones, so we are used to trailing in at the end of the field.

First attempt to use the Xenon Trapeze

It was Weds evening and strong winds were forecast. In the event the winds averaged around 12 knots with some strong blasts and very sudden lulls. Not ideal for a first attempt at Trapezing in the Xenon dinghy.

A day on the Safety / Rescue Boat

Set off on a sunny day looking forward to a big Competition Racing day at Bewl Water. Discovered that my usual partner was crocked. Apparently a degenerative disease called Twomushracing. Instead of competing I thought a might give my newly acquired basic qualification of Club Race Officer an airing, so off I trotted off to the Race Officer for the day.  He took one look at me and said I don't need anybody but you can come along anyway!

Racing in the Xenon 08/05/2011

Pleasantly warm day starting at 14C and rising to 17C. Showers at first but then sunny spells. The broadly westerly wind averaged 11 knots for most of the day but the wind was fitful and changeable requiring a lot of concentration by the Helm.

Wow what a ride!

One of the best days sailing in the Xenon so far.

Cold day, started at 2°C with water temperature 4°C, but lovely sunny sky and the view from the reservoir was beautiful. The wind was a consistent 14 knots with gusts up to 18 knots. Ideal spinnaker weather. The Race Officers choice of course did not disappoint. See the layout below. Incidentally the symbols at the top of the layout indicate the buoys on the course and how they should be passed, ie to port or starboard.

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