Congratulations to Piers Lambert & Tim Bees!
Published 10:42 on 2 Oct 2019
From Simon Redfearn, Vice Commodore Sailing - The new River Start Series series has been an experiment this year and I believe it has been popular and a worthwhile addition to the racing calendar. It was designed as a series to fulfil several functions. To improve racing on low tides, to have starts to windward, to add variety to our course offerings. Also a further benefit has been in training people to be RIB committee boat Race Officer's, several new people have had a go at managing these races and discovered they can do it. Start lines and courses may not have been perfect every time, but overall they have been very well received. I would like to encourage more people to come forward and manage these races in future, it's a great intro to race management. Thanks to all who had a go.
The racing in this series has been very competitive, 21 races in the series with 10 discards. 68 boats entered with the top 11 completing the minimum 11 races. After all that time we have the top two boats tied on 36 points. Piers Lambert and Tim Bees sailing a Merlin Rocket win on count back as they won the last race and Jarvis Simpson sailing a Solo is second. However, I feel that Jarvis is owed an apology. We have had trouble with our Results Software and average results were recorded incorrectly throughout the series, so by the penultimate race it appeared that Jarvis had won with a race to spare. If the results has been correct from the outset Jarvis may well have chosen to compete in the final race, which may have affected the final result. My apologies for not getting this corrected earlier and commiserations and congratulations to Jarvis who I think deserves to share a moral victory with Piers.
Your thoughts on the series as a whole and possible improvements for next year would be appreciated so please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated 15:48 on 4 November 2020