Costa Blanca, Spain

2016 CBYA Regatta – The best laid plans…!

The best laid plans…!

by Gillian Ashworth      [This account of the Regatta is mainly from my perspective]

Rachel kicked off proceedings, firstly commiserating with David Charlesworth who had to withdraw a couple of days earlier due to a bad fall: cracked skull, damaged leg and a broken wrist, and wishing him a speedy recovery. Then she gave her usual thorough briefing of the tasks to be undertaken using Rod Goodman’s motorboat, Seaesta, and Dr Ron Shanson’s Feels Great, thanking both of them for participating. Pablo reiterated the racing procedure.

  • Task 1: two 720 manoeuvres, avoiding two imaginary parallel lines off the stern of Seaesta, one to be done either side of the boat.
  • Task 2: gybes and tacks in a strict order returning to a buoy behind Feels Great.
  • Task 3: heave to twice, on either side of Seaesta then bringing down the CBYA pennant from the masthead, and after the second heave to, raising it again. One yacht had some technical problems and had to lower the jib!
  • Task 4: man over board, strictly per the RYA procedure [i.e. broad reach for 3+ boat lengths, beam reach, tack, sail upwind back to the man overboard and stop the boat head-to-wind alongside to pick up the ‘body’ from windward side].

“The forecast is for some rain, but they’ll be warm showers”, Hugh said…. Foolishly I believed him and neither of us took waterproofs, nor did most people participating.

Barel1 Tornado Javeay had we left the pontoon when the ominous clouds started to drop their load, first a few drops, then an unpleasant drizzle which meant I couldn’t see and m2 Seaestay glasses hung round my neck, protected by my Performance buoyancy jacket. The dark clouds rolled across almost continuously, depositing many millions of litres of water on us, with barely a glimmer of brightness, and certainly no sun!

At the same time, this tornado was happening in Jávea [on a positive note, our garden benefitted from the much-needed deluge!].

The timed tasks were performed in an orderly fashion: one whistle to start and two whistles for ‘completed’ – although one yacht was seen to immediately retrieve the ‘man overboard’ [which floated conveniently close to their TOM] instead of following the correct RYA procedure – not sure if Ron penalised them. When it was our turn, the rain eased and the wind dropped – Sod’s Law!

Jenny, Hugh, Rachel below

4 Jenny retrieving man over board5 Hugh man over board7 Rachel, crew

Pablo duly appeared with the Committee boat and set the course for the three races. I was debating whether to ‘jump ship’ to Feels Great, but having seen how much they were bobbing around in the swell, decided I was better off where I was… which was mostly half lying to get protection from the wind, clinging on to the shroud when we were really heeled over, with part of the soggy spinnaker wrapped round my legs! I did help hold out the boom and disentangle a sheet caught on the mast, but have to admit I was mostly ballast! And briefly a hindrance as the cuff of my long sleeve – to protect me from the sun LOL !*! – caught in the jib sheet block.

The races were double sausages, with spinnakers allowed in the first, but only on the last leg back to the finish: only two boats attempted to fly them in the flukey winds. Have I mentioned it was raining? Actually pouring by this stage, but the hardened sailors were up for a second race, this time NO spinnakers as wind/conditions too strong/bad: the waves at times came at us at quite a height. At the end of that one we all indicated we wanted to hang ourselves, and the third race was fortunately abandoned, Pablo and Jordi also resembling drowned rats.

I stood under a hot shower fully clothed to warm up, and dried my hair which also helped – until I’d to make the dash back to the Club, as it was STILL raining,

Lunch was delicious, big improvement on last year’s fare, and of course the rain then ceased.

I did actually [quite] enjoy the outing, but have to admit I’m more a fair-weather sailor!

Thanks to everyone for attending, especially the RCNC members, as it was such horrible day! Next year we promise sunshine!

Total number of people, including lunch only = 33

11 Task winners


10 Task Runners up


9 Karlheinz Race winners  12 Jenny Race Runners up

Photos: Rachel won the Tasks, with Hugh’s crew Runners up. Karlheinz won the Racing, with Jenny’s crew Runners Up

Last but not least, huge thanks to the organisers: Jenny, Rachel and Karlheinz without whom the event would not have happened.

13 Organising teamPrizes were duly awarded.

Skipper Rachel Karlheinz Hugh Jim
Crew 1 Gordon Roger B Dave C Jenny
Crew 2 Paula Chris Steve S Roger R
Crew 3 Steve J Howard Gillian Jocelyn
Crew 4 Sue Peter Sandra  
Boat handling and seamanship tasks Races [2] – Combined scores
1 Rachel

2 Hugh

1 Karlheinz

2 Jenny

Comments (1)

Well done all the organisers. That’s sailing for you…never guarantee the conditions !
I think you all need prizes for keeping going. Thanks to RCNC, the boat owners, Gillian for the report and everyone else in the organisation..
Can’t say I regret missing it……..I was on the water and it was even hot, 36C…blue sky no clouds….but that’s Norway for you….nothing guaranteed !

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