AMIINA (split junk) - Edward Hooper - UK

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  • 28 Jun 2013 18:58
    Reply # 1329196 on 1325614
    Mark Thomasson wrote:Dear Edward, I managed to hold off reading your Race report until the magazine arrived, now recieved and much enjoyed..( how strong willed of you!) .......What is of interest is how you compare with similar boats (and I suppose similar crews). Were there any at all similar and how did they fare? Kind regards Mark
    Hi Mark,
    It is actually not that easy to analyse the RTI results.  If you want total details go to the results section of the J.P.Morgan RTI website <  http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk  >.
    The spreadsheet version gives boat details and positions, the PDF gives positions only.
    Unfortunately there were no other Splinters or Pandoras competing this year, so impossible to get direct comparisons.  Also have no idea about which crews were really experienced hot racers, and which were like us ( 3 chaps out for some fun & ca. 200 yrs. between us).  However  I have selected a few from the spreadsheet to give an idea of how we got on.  Not being a boat techie. I am not that hot on my selections!

    Hope this helps you understand how we did, or didn't!!!!
    Cheers
    Edward

    [Webmaster edit: Tabulated.]

     Name  Type
     Handicap  Elapsed time  Corrected time
     Rabbit  Evolution 22
     0.907  9.07  8.13
     Nooka  Etap 21i
     0.902  9.23  8.28
     Mayfly  Jeanneau Sun 22
     0.889  9.49  8.42
     4play  Etap 20
     0.862  10.08  8.44
     Amiina  Splinter Split Junk
     0.833  10.14  8.31.34
     Zadora  Nicholson 26
     0.822  10.22  8.31.29
     Derwyn  Hurley 22
     0.813  10.37  8.38
     Auditor  Four 21
     0.808  10.20  8.21
     Sprintie  Int. Folkboat
     0.861  9.34  8.14
     Gilla  Ed Dubois 30' junk  0.781  10.29  8.11
     Canboire  Hunter 265  0.814  10.14  8.20
     Fair Sail  Newbridge Navigator  0.793  10.13  8.06
     Vanova  Hunter Duette
     0.874  10.08  8.51
     Swifly  Seal 22 Mk 3
     0.874  10.26  9.07





















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  • 26 Jun 2013 19:27
    Reply # 1327615 on 1325614
    Mark Thomasson wrote:Dear Edward... What is of interest is how you compare with similar boats (and I suppose similar crews). Were there any at all similar and how did they fare? Kind regards Mark
    Mark, Edward is on holiday for a while so his reply may be some time coming.
  • 24 Jun 2013 23:37
    Reply # 1326061 on 1267385
    Yes, Amiina really seems to fly, doesn't she?  And so pretty, too!  You must be thrilled with her, Edward.
  • 24 Jun 2013 14:10
    Reply # 1325614 on 1267385
    Dear Edward, I managed to hold off reading your Race report until the magazine arrived, now recieved and much enjoyed. You looked as though you were realy flying along, quite a performance for such a small boat. Regarding handicaps, they always leave you wondering why yours is so bad (a Westerly Centaur always wins our local races), but is this the issue? What is of interest is how you compare with similar boats (and I suppose similar crews). Were there any at all similar and how did they fare? Kind regards Mark
  • 10 Jun 2013 16:45
    Reply # 1313651 on 1313047
    Edward Hooper wrote:
    Arne Kverneland wrote:

    Edward, I suggest you cut and paste the text from Outlook into  a note-pad or Wordpad program and store it as text only or in rich text format. When re-opening the file this simplified text should be easy to cut and paste into a posting here.

    When writing here (not this time) I usually draft it in Word and then store it. Then I re-open it in Wordpad MFC and store it as rich text format. This format can be cut and pasted into this page.

    Something like that...

    Cheers, Arne

    Hei Arne,
    Many thanks for your help.  I tried various formats, and eventually by pasting it from Word as 'Plain Text', then it suddenly accepted my draft.  However now I am getting the ends of each line chopped off.  I remember you had this problem once.  How did you cure that?
    David has very kindly posted a link to the article as it will appear in the Magazine, with some photos.  This looks very much better.
    Edward
    Pasting into fora as recommended by WA is explained in the site's Help page in the menu on the left. Always worth checking there first!
    Last modified: 10 Jun 2013 17:01 | Anonymous member
  • 09 Jun 2013 21:10
    Reply # 1313051 on 1267385
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edward, at least on my PC I can read your post from the RTI perfectly well with no loss of text...

    Arne

  • 09 Jun 2013 21:08
    Reply # 1313049 on 1312534
    David Tyler wrote:Lynda and I have got the RTI report laid out for the forthcoming magazine, so you can see a preview of it here:
    David and Lynda,
    Thank you very much for your presentation of my article, and use of photos.  The link works well too.  Hope it encourages some more to have a go, there are many other races around the world where a few Junk entries would promote the message.
    Edward
  • 09 Jun 2013 21:04
    Reply # 1313047 on 1312447
    Arne Kverneland wrote:

    Edward, I suggest you cut and paste the text from Outlook into  a note-pad or Wordpad program and store it as text only or in rich text format. When re-opening the file this simplified text should be easy to cut and paste into a posting here.

    When writing here (not this time) I usually draft it in Word and then store it. Then I re-open it in Wordpad MFC and store it as rich text format. This format can be cut and pasted into this page.

    Something like that...

    Cheers, Arne

    Hei Arne,
    Many thanks for your help.  I tried various formats, and eventually by pasting it from Word as 'Plain Text', then it suddenly accepted my draft.  However now I am getting the ends of each line chopped off.  I remember you had this problem once.  How did you cure that?
    David has very kindly posted a link to the article as it will appear in the Magazine, with some photos.  This looks very much better.
    Edward
  • 09 Jun 2013 20:59
    Reply # 1313045 on 1267385
    Here is ‘how we did’ through my eyes!!
    Edward
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    ROUND THE ISLAND RACE – Saturday 1st June – “Amiina” (21’ Van de Stadt Splinter)

    Crew: Edward Hooper (owner); Steve Peake (owner of Alanouwoly) ;  Slieve McGalliard (designer of Amiina’s sail).

    “”Weather forecast pre-race was NW force 3-4 (8-12knots).
    We decided the night before to get as much weight out of the boat as possible, even if that made her a little more tender. This did not effect our handicap as we were well above our declared weight (which was one of the reasons our handicap was so high, to our detriment).
    We were moored alongside Alanouwoly, 3 miles up the Medina from Cowes (by the Folly Inn), so had quite a way to go to the start line.  In fact we left a bit late, and Amiina’s little outboard was struggling against the strong wind funnelling up the Medina, 
    so we only just made it to the southern edge of the start line for the off (our start time of 0640) and had no time to get positioned for a good start.  (Our initial plan had been to go for the middle of the line, but we did not quite make it).
    Instead of Force 3/4, it was a good F5, with gusts up to 25 knots ( F6 ).

    The boats in the Northern half of the start line had a better wind angle, but we had a stronger current in our favour.
    We had a good close reach, down to the Needles, which we gybed round at 08:10, just 1hr 30mins after the start! 
    It seemed as if there were by now a good 100 boats behind us, despite only 27 boats being rated as slower than us.

    With the NW wind we followed the rhumb line to St.Cats on a fast broad reach, trying to keep inshore out of the strong adverse tide, but off shore out of the wind shadow of the island, rounding St.Cats very close in at 10:30, just under four hours after the start.  On this leg we passed one boat that had lost its mast, and another that had run aground, cutting it too fine on Atherfield Ledges.
    By this stage we were well up on our schedule and looking good.  Feeling very chipper!.

    From St Catherine’s the wind seemed to have veered to a bit East of North and became noticeably more gusty, so we ended up close hauled on the Sandown Bay leg..
    The sea was very lumpy and it was difficult to control with full sail up, so we decided to drop one panel.
    The short lumpy waves were stopping us little boats in our tracks, while the longer water-lines definitely helped the bigger boats cut through the chop.
    We kept out a bit to keep out of the wind shadow, but some boats seemed to have less contrary tide,  or a positive back-eddy further inshore.  By the time we reached Bembridge Ledge ( 12:53 ) we felt we had lost some of our momentum, and a few places.

    The long slog home started from Bembridge, (where we went back up to full sail) beating up to the forts, and with the tide against us all the way home, making the shallow water with the slackest tides so important.  In the shallows, the helmsman threw in a quick tack that the deaf skipper did not expect, (he was the ‘moving ballast’ at the time!) and resulted in a complete dunking.  Luckily the sun kept shining and he soon dried up.  

    From the forts we had to skirt Ryde Sands as close as possible to minimise the contrary tides and take the shortest route to the finish, which turned out to be a very long and short leg beat.  A nervous skipper was glued to the echo-sounder, but when the depth showed 1.1 metres (our draught) and a boat outside us had already gone aground, we decided discretion was the better part of valour and we made for the deeper water.

    After St. Catherine’s I really hoped we could make it round the course in less than 10 hours.  We failed by 14 minutes!
    Our elapsed time was 10.14.08; and our corrected time was 08.31.29. (Elapsed time multiplied by our handicap of 0.833)
    Our final position, taking handicap into account was 28th out of 52 (in our sub-group ISC8D).
    Out of those that started at our time of 0640, we were 79th out of 190.
    Overall we were 305th out of 730.  

    Not as good as we hoped, but by no means a bad result for what was one of the smallest, oldest and cheapest boats in the race, and certainly better than a lot of our pointy headed friends expected!
    It might be of interest to mention that St.Cats is half way round the course at 26 nm out of 51 total, and that we only took 3 hours 50 minutes for that, even with the section from the Needles to St.Cats being against the tide. {at just over 6.5knots (for a 21’ boat) we were averaging over our theoretical max. hull speed!}  As we rounded St.Cats the tided started to change to East going, so that it was against us from Bembridge Ledge to the finish. 
    The Island race is quite a difficult tactical affair, and it shows just how difficult the tide can be on the long slog home.
    Start line                    -  06:40
    Yarmouth pier             -  07:10?
    Hurst Castle               -  07:40? 
    Needles Lt. abm.        -  08:10
    St.Catherine’s             - 10:30
    Dunnose                    -  11:28
    Sandown abm.            - 12:05
    Bembridge Ledge buoy- 12:53
    St.Helen's Fort abm.   - 13:46
    Ryde Outer abm.        - 15:01
    Ryde Pier abm.           - 15:30
    Finish line                  - 16:29:53
     
     
    PS.  Some of the handicaps seemed a little odd.  I could not work out why the Contessa 26’s (which have one of the best records in the RTI race ) had a better handicap than Amiina, nor why a boat as long as Gilla (30ft.), with a 408 sq.ft. sail, also had a very much better handicap, the fourth lowest in the fleet at 0.781. (Gilla is very similar to a Westerly Konsort which has a handicap in the range 0.912 to 0.929) Even the Westerly Windrush had a higher handicap at 0.860!

     



  • 08 Jun 2013 17:16
    Reply # 1312534 on 1267385
    Lynda and I have got the RTI report laid out for the forthcoming magazine, so you can see a preview of it here:
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