AMIINA (split junk) - Edward Hooper - UK

  • 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
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    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:
  • 08 Jun 2013 14:54
    Reply # 1312447 on 1267385
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • 08 Jun 2013 13:25
    Reply # 1312377 on 1267385
    Help someone please.
    My so-called 'Race report' will not load in this space, however many times I try.
    I am copying and pasting from Outlook.  But it simply refuses to load, should I try and change it to a different format.?  If so, what format??
    Edward
    Last modified: 08 Jun 2013 13:26 | Anonymous member
  • 02 Jun 2013 23:29
    Reply # 1307636 on 1267385
    They did have a great day! I was given the 'birds-eye view' as I spotted from all the highpoints on the Island. Edward had Steve Peake and Slieve McGalliard as crew; with 'three men in a boat' they had removed some of Amiina's lead ballast to counter the extra weight.  Winds were fresher than forecast and the first leg was much faster than expected.  I had been told that they thought they would be round the Needles about 1030 but boats were appearing at St Catherine's (very close to our home) very early.  I was at the Lighthouse by 0630 and I still missed Ben Ainslie!!! (started 0500).  Amiina started at 0640 and I was amazed to see her at St Catherine's at 1030.  Hopefully I have got some good pictures but you will have to be patient as they are film... They were 15 minutes ahead of Gilla (the only other junk entered).
    From there I went east to see them at Luccombe before the beat across Sandown Bay; then onto Culver Down where I could see most of the main fleet.  A battle to get round Bembridge Ledge Buoy, round Seaview and the outer mark on Ryde Sands before they were off the wind and had a clear run for Cowes.  They managed to hold off Gilla on the water but she had a better handicap and a much longer waterline able to deal with the choppy conditions on the headlands.  Still - a fantastic result for junks and a very happy Treasurer jumping about on the clifftops in her JRA T-shirt!  I think you will get a more seamanlike report when the sailors get home!
  • 01 Jun 2013 23:09
    Reply # 1307102 on 1267385
    Thanks Arne - that's some picture! Looks as if Edward had a great day.
    Last modified: 01 Jun 2013 23:11 | Anonymous member
  • 01 Jun 2013 22:38
    Reply # 1307089 on 1267385
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    ... have a look at the photo gallery here...
    Last modified: 01 Jun 2013 22:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 01 Jun 2013 19:29
    Reply # 1306989 on 1267385
    According to the race results in the above link, Amiina finished 28th out of 51 entries in the ISCRS Div 8D class, in 8:31:34 hrs. Stand by for Edward's race report!
    Last modified: 01 Jun 2013 19:30 | Anonymous member
  • 01 Jun 2013 10:30
    Reply # 1306730 on 1267385
    Edward is racing Amiina in the Round the Island (Isle of Wight) Race today, Saturday 1st June. There's a race commentary blog and tracker here (hover over a boat to get its name), though a search (click 'Add boat) shows that Amiina hasn't registered for a tracker. There's also a results feature.
    Last modified: 01 Jun 2013 10:37 | Anonymous member
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