Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA open?

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Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA open?

Post by azimuth » Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:32 pm

Hi All,

I've been trying to encourage a bit of interest in the cvrda at my club, this has resulted in the suggestion of inviting the cvrda to join us for a long distance river race we call the 'picnic race' so I'm posting to ask if this might be of interest?

My club is Severn SC which is on the River Avon on the Worcs/Glos border, for this event we race from our club to the next club downstream, which is Tewkesbury CSC (about 4.5miles away), we stop there for lunch and then race back. Usually TCSC do the same in reverse, so we pass them half way. To avoid too much chaos on a narrow start line we do a window start - start whenever you like in a given window, the time each boats starts is recorded and along with finish time is used to give the elapse time. The river is narrow but the banks are not that high so (by river standards) it is good for sailing although there are sections where it is particularly shifty and trying on light days (such as the two villages to go through and a motorway bridge to go under) - I have attached a pic to give an idea!

I mentioned the idea to some at Banbury last weekend and got a very positive response so am posting here to see what others think and also to see if the date of the event (bank hol mon 30th May) fits in with the CVRDA programme for next year?

Cheers
Keith
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by realnutter » Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:41 pm

That does sound like a lot of fun!!

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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by PeterV » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:27 pm

Sounds like good fun to me Keith. I don't think there's anything else on that weekend either.
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by Paul Rogers » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:10 am

Count me in. Lovely stretch of water. Some CVRDA members I know may be tempted to abandon ship when passing the Fleet Inn though. :lol:
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by Paul Rogers » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:15 am

Presume there could be camping for the weekend?
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by chris » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:48 pm

Count us 'In' as long as the diary fits.
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by jpa_wfsc » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:18 pm

I used to be a member there, and also did my SI course there. The coach made us sail a GP back upstream, into the wind, with the rudder removed. We hit a lot of banks but got back in time for lunch!

Lovely, lovely place to sail (nice people there, too). I will try to get Tom there with Spider, and perhaps my BM also.

Although the river is narrow, it is deep right up to the edges (mostly!!) - and some quite fast boats have raced at the two clubs including an international canoe and several Merlin Rockets. I use to sail a Hornet there, no 1313 'Double Trouble'.
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by Rupert » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:35 pm

Sounds like a fantastic plan. Feels like a job for the Firefly!
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by azimuth » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:40 pm

Wow, thanks for all the responses, you all sound very keen so should be a goer!

Yes, camping, caravans, motorhomes no problem, also we have a well stocked bar (not quite as well stocked as the fleet inn but the prices are much better!).

I can confirm full width of the river is usable in nearly all places, I usually tack a foot or two from the reeds - foliage around the rudder is the most likely problem! Personally I've never witnessed an IC on the river - wow, sounds challenging, I'd like to see it done! But fast boats yes, we've had plenty of merlins and fireballs racing, we even had an Int Moth for a while and I manage OK in the Finn - technically we have a 16' limit but there is some flexibility in this.

Rupert - firefly sounds ideal!

Cheers
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by Ed » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:04 am

I love these kind of events.... Used to always do the Portishead to Pill and the Cleveden Channel race when I could.

Not sure if I will be able to get there, but if I can, I will.

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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by neil » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:37 am

Yep, up for this with the Hit
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by alan williams » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:10 am

Me too.

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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by roger » Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:17 pm

Sounds like fun. I may have to beg borrow or steal a suitable river boat as the Hornet doesn't tack very easily.
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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by chris » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:22 pm

Roger,I know a man who might be able to help.

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Re: Any interest in a long distance river race as a CVRDA op

Post by Nessa » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:57 pm

I will come, though more likely in the waybarge or sprig than Aggie.
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