AGM and Brixham Heritage Regatta Saturday 25th May 2019

  • 19 May 2019 10:16
    Reply # 7349443 on 7010243
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi David - thanks for posting that. Blossom is now relaunched and sailing again with a new aero junk rig. Anchored in Cawsand near Plymouth and heading towards Brixham. Hope to arrive early and anchor at Elberry Cove close West of Brixham (weather permitting). We plan to tie up to the town pontoon on late Thursday afternoon. 

    Pete and I are looking forward to seeing you all. 

    Linda's Mobile: 07421817694


    Boat Name First Name Last Name
    Meriva Tristan Darkins
    Ti Gitu Paul Fay
    River Rat James Gray
    Tao Nicholas Head
    Blossom Pete Hill
    Alanouwoly Sally Peake
    Chopsticks Derek Pilgrim
    Hui-Mar Dennis K Shepherd
    Fly Ted Stone
    Weaverbird David Tyler


  • 19 May 2019 21:47
    Reply # 7350439 on 7010243

    Fly is on the hard at Baltic Wharf in Totnes after repairs and a new Coppercoated bottom.  She is in the process of being put back together and is due for launch, ready or not, on Thursday.

  • 20 May 2019 13:34
    Reply # 7351533 on 7010243

    For various personal reasons, Lexia has been unused for almost three years.  However, I have now had her out of the water at Baltic Wharf at Totnes and done the necessary below the waterline work to get her back in commission.  She was launched late on Friday.   I am currently back home in Derbyshire.  Lexia is now entered in the Regatta. There are still a lot of ducks to get in a row to actually get us to Brixham ... However, given a bit of luck and a fair wind down the M5, we hope to be there.  

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  • 23 May 2019 20:25
    Reply # 7372862 on 7010243
    River Rat is now in Bridport. See you all tomorrow afternoon!
  • 29 May 2019 09:03
    Reply # 7488086 on 7010243

    No doubt the minutes of the AGM, and a report on the social activities, will be posted by others soon, but I'll just post a brief report on the sailing, which consisted of a "race" on Sunday afternoon.

    The course was triangular, 5.5 miles long, and two laps were completed. The first leg was a close reach, the second a broad reach/run, and the third a beat back to the start line.

    For legal/liability reasons, the big Brixham trawlers, gaff ketches from 60ft to 80ft, are not allowed to race, and for safety reasons are started at five minute intervals. Then followed two large fishing luggers.

    Half an hour after the first of the trawlers, the junk fleet started. Weaverbird was first to cross the start line, closely followed by Ti Gitu, Lexia and Fly. Hui-Mar, Chopsticks, Alanawouly  and River Rat made up the remainder of the junks. There was no formal handicapping, as it was not a formal race, the regatta committee deciding "who had shown the most sailing skill". 

    Weaverbird (23ft) held off the bigger boats (32ft, 36ft, 40ft) until the first mark, but then their greater length told on the downwind leg. 

    Fly, schooner rigged with a split junk foresail, proved to be very close-winded, and took a substantial lead up the windward leg. Weaverbird, wing sail rigged, was also very close winded, and was second to complete the first lap, as Ti Gitu  and Lexia didn't seem to be making good progress to windward (for reasons that were explained to me later). Alanawouly had made rather a late start, and had a lot of catching up to do.

    The positions around the second lap remained mostly unchanged, but with Alanawouly making her way up the fleet to finish third behind Fly and Weaverbird. Surprisingly, both Fly and Weaverbird caught up with the big trawlers and luggers that had started a lot earlier, though we were both caught by some of the faster boats from the gaff rigged and bermudan rigged classes that had started behind us.

    The sailing committee adjudged Weaverbird to have turned in the best sailing performance, with Fly second and Alanawouly third. Weaverbird also picked up the award for the boat that had come from furthest away - 380 miles.

    And last, but by no means least, little River Rat, (18ft), received a special award for perseverance at the prizegiving. To have sailed all the way down from Gravesend,  completed a lap of the course in water that had been chopped up into a rather confused state by the much larger vessels, suffered a knockdown with the mast in the water when approaching the finish but then picking himself up, dusting himself down and finishing in good order - well, what can I say? Perseverance seems a somewhat inadequate word. Well done, James!

    PS Blossom also started, but soon suffered a rig failure and had to withdraw.


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  • 29 May 2019 12:49
    Reply # 7489686 on 7010243

    Thanks, David, for the excellent report on the race.  I'm afraid I was far from the action, having day-dreamed myself into being so far from the start line, that my start was 30 mintes late!  (not bad by my standards...)

    The weekend was an absolute joy from my perspective, right from the very warm welcome on arrival.  To be nestled in a fleet of 10 junks, within the larger group of beautiful older boats; to be in such good company throughout; and enjoying the hospitality of the Brixham Yacht Club in such a lovely harbour.

    The regatta itself was great fun.  Such a privilege to be sailing among such gorgeous vessels.  That downwind leg was a blast, and I found myself creaming past boats twice my size.  My knockdown (too much sail up; too much camber in the sail) looked dramatic, but felt very sedate; I think what impressed the committee was that, as a junk, I could reduce sail so effectively with so little fuss. 

    Anyway, more importantly - the regatta results are available here: http://www.brixhamheritageregatta.uk/Brixham%20Heritage%20Regatta%20Results.htm

    And the photographs, which I thoroughly recommend, are here: http://www.brixhamheritageregatta.uk/Gallery%202019%20-1.htm

    As you can see, the junks were a sizeable and important part of the regatta.

    Huge thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the event such  success!

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  • 29 May 2019 14:37
    Reply # 7491183 on 7010243

    Weaverbird's booty from the prizegiving:

    The E G Martin solid silver salver (which I had to give back)

    The engraved perpetual tankard trophy for coming from furthest away (which I had to give back)

    and a bottle of Brixham Gin (which I get to keep - until such time as someone helps me to drink it, as it's not my favourite tipple).

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  • 29 May 2019 15:38
    Reply # 7491976 on 7010243

    I would like to thank everybody (so many of you) in the Association who made me feel welcome in Brixham, from start to finish. It is great to put some faces and characters to names and writings. 

    I am especially indebted to David for giving me a sailing experience which I will treasure forever: a bay of plentiful breeze and beautiful boats; a special yacht finessed in all its functions; and sagacious company to make one smile and laugh, and humbled.   

    I have some knowledge of China in case this may be of use somewhere along the line.

    Cheers,

    Simon

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  • 02 Jun 2019 21:35
    Reply # 7551474 on 7491183
    David wrote:

    Weaverbird's booty from the prizegiving:

    The E G Martin solid silver salver (which I had to give back)

    The engraved perpetual tankard trophy for coming from furthest away (which I had to give back)

    and a bottle of Brixham Gin (which I get to keep - until such time as someone helps me to drink it, as it's not my favourite tipple).

    Looks like you cleaned up, David.  Well done.  Just as well you had to give the stuff back, you don't have much room for trophies on Weaverbird.

    You can send me the gin :-)

    Can we now take it as read that the wingsail is a success?


  • 02 Jun 2019 21:39
    Reply # 7551477 on 7489686
    James wrote:

    Thanks, David, for the excellent report on the race.  I'm afraid I was far from the action, having day-dreamed myself into being so far from the start line, that my start was 30 mintes late!  (not bad by my standards...)

    The weekend was an absolute joy from my perspective, right from the very warm welcome on arrival.  To be nestled in a fleet of 10 junks, within the larger group of beautiful older boats; to be in such good company throughout; and enjoying the hospitality of the Brixham Yacht Club in such a lovely harbour ...


    James, as they always say: it's the taking part that counts.  I think it was fantastic that you made the effort to get there: I suspect that there must be a few red faces around from other junkies who thought it was 'too far away'!

    These regattas are always great fun, particularly if there are some beautiful old gaffers to admire.  I am always so pleased that other people sail with gaff rig.  They are delightful to look at.

    Thanks so much for the link.  I'm looking forward to seeing more photos in the magazine.  It will make up a little bit, for not having been able to attend myself.

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