June 23-24th 2007
14 boats including 6 Finns gathered at Roadford reservoir over the weekend of 23/24 June for the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association regatta.
The Finns represented five decades of technology changes with a wide spread of rigs giving plenty of scope for the Finn sailors’ favourite topic of conversation! Two wooden Fairey Finns were sailing, a wooden Taylor, a glassfibre Taylor and two Vanguards. The fleet also contained 3 generations of the Philpott family, sailing a National 12 and a Solo. Ed had decided that the wide open spaces would suit his Firefly, saving his Int. Canoe for Bristol Docks!
Three races were sailed on Saturday in moderate breezes using the whole lake. The courses contained a good mixture of beats, runs, some planing on the broad reaches in the gusts and some very unpleasant close reaches. Graham Brooks managed to sail the first race in one of his Finns, sell it during the second and sail the third race in his other Finn. In each race the Osprey, sailed by James Platt, took the lead, followed by Alan Williams and Peter Vinton battling it out for Finn supremacy, mixing it with Robin Burnham sailing his wooden Flying Fifteen. On handicap Peter won all three races but each race was very tight, with just a few seconds deciding each place. Stu very consistently scored 3 third places in his OK.
On Sunday in much lighter and patchy wind another two races were sailed with the main strategy being to pick the patches of breeze up the beats. Again the Osprey led the way but behind the racing was much tighter, with the National 12 leading the way for much of the first race. In the second race a violent rain storm caused a huge shift in the wind on the second beat and then the monsoon conditions continued for the rest of the afternoon. The Philpott’s National 12 won the first race and Ed the second. Peter scored a third and second to win overall, with the Philpott’s National 12 second and Alan Williams’ Finn third.