12th-13th May Brightlingsea SC Train and Race
19th-20th May Eastern Championships - Burnham SC
23rd-24th June Bough Beech SC Train and Race
14th-15th July Rutland SC Tera Open
22nd-23rd Sept Royal Harwich YC Train and Race
13th October Alton Water Open
6th January 2018
27th January 2018
3rd February 2018
24th February 2018
3rd March 2018
24th March 2018
Rigged and Ready for 1pm
37 Teras split almost equally between Pros and Sports arrived at Brightlingsea Sailing club on Saturday to see a falling tide but a pleasant breeze and loads of sunshine. The fleet was divided into four groups and distributed amongst the coaches from the Tera Eastern training team. They went out in the morning to practice starts, line holding and downwind skills and a lot of reservoir sailors quickly found out what tide and waves skills they needed to master. After a quick lunch the afternoon focused on more skills training and practice races.
Sunday dawned grey and damp with a much fresher breeze and the Teras, whose home clubs spread from Lymington and Frensham Pond all the way to Aldeburgh, set out for the four race open meeting. The racing was punctuated by many capsizes with many sails coming back in with a nice Essex mud decoration at the top.
In the Sports Matt Taylor (Alton Water) was imperious winning every race, but there was close racing between Josh Davis (Brightlingsea/Alton Water) Will Caron (Alton Water) and Tristan Richardson (Royal Hospital School) who were really close at the finish in all of the races. There was great sailing throughout this fleet with no one giving up easily and loads of small sailors showing tremendous drive and grit.
The Pros were very close indeed; the first race being won easily by James Oakley (Brightlingsea) who then suffered from a capsize in race two that hurt his results, Matt Smith (Brightlingsea/Alton Water) suffered from the sheath of his mainsheet failing during the first race which significantly delayed his second start as a borrowed painter was turned into an emergency mainsheet. Pros were racing really hard and most capsized in the choppy waters at least once. In the end it was a close fight between Matt Smith, Will Caiger (Bewl Valley) and Dylan Colingbourne (Burnham) and places were divided by one point and count back.
Thanks must go to Sarah Bines who was both OOD and lead coach on Saturday, the other Eastern coaches, the sailing club (and its fantastic catering) and all of the parents who helped too. Many of the competitors were impressed too with the boat handling of the huge wind turbine support catamarans who waited for their races to finish before they came through the race area.
The event was sponsored by Tom Branton of SailMedic and the new class sponsors Osper who provided the spot prizes for both fleets.
The next Eastern event is at Burnham Sailing Club on 15th/16th August - entry will be with the club directly
With a record 36 entries this was always going to be a fantastic weekend, when the weather played ball too it make it better still.
Saturday dawned bright with a shifty force four wind that kept the sailors on their toes. OOD Gavin Johnson and his team set a trapezoid course that used as much of the lake as possible. The first race brought multiple swims - Oscar Cubitt (Alton Water) in the Pros continued to work on his signature nose dive and pop back up backwards. Toby Hatsell (Middle Nene) in the Sport fleet and only eight years old raced his first open meeting in these testing conditions. The morning races were dominated in the Pros by Will Caiger (Bewl Valley) and Matt Taylor (Alton Water) was doing what he does best in the Sports.
After quick lunch the OOD decided to race three further races as the Sunday forecast wasn’t great and the wind stayed with him. While Will continued to dominate the Pros, those right behind him changed regularly, Max King (Alton Water) suffered a broken tiller extension that didn’t help him capitalise on some good results, while Dylan Collingbourne (Burnham) started banging in some consistent good places too. The Sports remained true to the order from the morning except for a superb win for Andreas Purse (Bewl Valley) in race four.
After the Saturday racing Richard O’Sullivan had organised ‘fun’ games which seemed to involve blind fold canoe relay races but most parents were looking the other way by then! After this damp children were taken for Rugby practice by Marcus “DJ” Collingbourne before returning to the centre for an all-in social.
Sunday dawned with more wind than forecast and the three scheduled races got away well. Matt Smith (Brightlingsea and Alton Water) and Oscar Cubitt won a race each in the Pros and got a second each as well. In the Sports Matt Taylor banged in two bullets again. The final race, in a collapsing shifty wind, was far more interesting from the spectators point of view. Thanks to a wind shift the Pro fleet was completely re-organised with all of the front runners right down the in field which led to really close finish with the main players fighting for positions between fourth and tenth and working out on the water how these scores would affect the overall results and if and how they would effect count back. Tristan Richardson (Royal Hospital School) won the final race in the Sports from the dominant Matt Taylor.
After a fantastic two days of racing the prizes were presented by Alton Water Chairman (and Ex Tera dad) Mark Hainsworth and Eastern Head Coach Mike Taylor who both thanked the many parent volunteers, the centre café and the centre staff who made the weekend go so well.
The Main Prizes went to: Best Under Ten Jack Oakley (Graham Water), Sports, 1st Matt Taylor, 2nd Tristan Richardson, 3rd Andreas Purse. Pros 1st Will Caiger, 2nd Matt Smith, 3rd Oscar Cubitt. 8 year old Toby Hatsell won the outstanding performance in Sports prize.
In the Eastern Traveller Series, the series has attracted 44 boats from 14 sailing clubs. Leading the Pros after 3 events is Oscar followed by Tim Hire (Royal Lymington), but with 4 points seperating 5 sailors behind them who have only done two events so far. In the Sports, Matt Taylor has 3 bullets followed by Jack Oakley with just 6 points seperating the next 5 sailors.
The next Eastern event is Brightlingsea - a day of training with Eastern coaches on 11th July followed by a day of racing on 12th July.
Report to follow, congratulations to Will Caiger Pro Eastern Champion, Matt Taylor Sport Eastern Champion and Jack Oakley Junior Eastern Champion.
The weather looks good and with 34 entries split equally across the Pro and Sport fleet, we should have a good weekend ahead of us. For sailing instructions and who's coming, please click on the Eastern Champs button on the right. See you Saturday ...
Steve's photos from Royal Harwich (and start of seasons) are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/16831924@N07/ . Please contact him directly if you would like any - he asks for a contribution to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
The Eastern Championships with some very generous prizes sponsored by Virtual Rigger will take place at Alton Water on 6/7th July. This will also be the 3rd event of the Eastern Traveler Series.
Entry is via the Eastern Tera Club Organiser. Everyone is welcome, if you need a club organiser login, please complete the pre-entry form by clicking on the Eastern Champs Button on the right.
If there is demand, we are also planning to have a coached regatta fleet on one (Saturday) or both days. If you are interested please complete the pre-entry form and we will get back to you.
Dinner will be available for £7.50 adults and £5 children under 11, for the Saturday evening please book at registration. It is planned to have some fun water sports games after the racing on Saturday before dinner – all families are encouraged to stay for both.
Full Report to Follow
Tim leads the Pro fleet in the traveler series with 5 points, followed by Oscar on 7 and Harvey on 15. Matt T leads the Sports with 2 bullets followed by Jack on 5 points and Becky on 10, Will on 11 and Oliver on 12 - it is all very close.
In the Buddy pairs, Tim & Jack have a 4 and 6 in the bag from 2 events, Matt & Blake a 4. Further down the points are very close proving Mike has got it pretty right - lets see how the series pans out - remember you both need to be at an event for it to count.
Report by Josh Alldis, Tera Sport 1587. Photo: Fiona Taylor
This weekend was the first Broxbourne Train and Race. The turnout was great, with 8 people on Saturday and 16 people, from 8 clubs, racing on Sunday. There was great training all day Saturday, from Hobie and Harry, which was very fun and definitely helped the next day. On Sunday the wind was very strong and we got 3 really good races in. Everyone was fine but we did have some breakages. My mast snapped half way through the second race and I had to retire. The first race was set off just after the club racers and was full of excitement, the wind was very gusty with huge wind shifts at the edges of the lake. There were lots of capsizes from many competitors, which meant there were lots of position changes through the races, and very exciting to watch. Matt Taylor led the sports throughout the races, despite a few capsizes from him, coming first in all three (and beating the Pros home). Overall, Josh Davies came second and Jack Oakley 3rd in the sports.
The pros also proved a tight competition. The overall winner, Oscar Cubitt, managed a brilliant pitch pole on the start line for one race. James Oakley came second and Tim Hire third.
The club was great for spectating because of the panoramic views. The food was great and the club was very welcoming. We thank Taking the Helm for sponsoring the prizes and we look forward to having an event here next year.
1. Oscar Cubitt 1, 1, 2 = 4
2. James Oakley 2, 2, 1 = 5
3. Tim Hire 3, DNF, 3 = 11
4. Harvey O'Sullivan 4, 3, 4 = 11
1. Matt Taylor 1, 1, 1 = 3
2. Josh Davies 4, 2, 2 = 8
3. Jack Oakley 3, 3, 3 = 9
4. Ned Stattersfield 7, 5, 6 = 18
5. Becky Caiger 8, 6, 5 = 19
6. Oliver Johnson 9, 4, 7 = 20
7. Will Carron 6, DNF, 4 = 23
8. Josh Alldis 2, DNF, DNC = 28
9. Sam Blaker 5, DNF, DNF = 31
10. Tash Cubitt 10, DNF, DNF = 36
12. Abby Hire DNF, DNC, DNC = 39
12. Jo Blaker DNF, DNC, DNC = 39