2019 National Championship Entries - Last Date

Two Bob Bit rides again!

Five Ospreys competed at the 2019 Coppet Week organised by Saundersfoot Sailing Club over the week 26th to 31st May, making it the second biggest class turnout behind the seven Merlin Rockets.

The week is arranged as a Family Sailing Week with one race a day and plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the delights of this beautiful part of South Wales with or without the family outside of racing times. Whereas Coppet Week 2018 had probably favoured the family holiday side of the week with warm sunshine and little wind, Coppet Week 2019 was a rather more strenuous affair. There was a good deal of sunshine but also a fresh offshore wind every day, such that the sailors spent more of their time when not afloat anaesthetising their aching muscles with alcohol and socialising than building sandcastles on the beach. However Oscar Chess’ regular Thursday morning session building paper planes and helicopters and launching them over the beach from his radio controlled aeroplane as usual attracted a large group of children of all ages (including at least one the same age as Oscar!).

The racing was held out in Saundersfoot Bay with triangular courses set of a length to be satisfactory to both the International Canoe of Robin Wood at one extreme and the Mirror of D.J and Naomi Edwards at the other. The fresh breezes seemed to suit the Merlin Rockets, or perhaps they were just being sailed extremely well, and the two young 420 teams from Tata Steel who did extremely well. The Ospreys however were right up there in the mix.  Gareth Caldwell and Jon Gibbons put in a consistent set of results to record second overall while the local boys Dan Jackson and Dave Griffiths matched them throughout but for a bad capsize in race two and finished fourth overall.  Oscar and Lisa Chess and Ros and David Downs would probably have preferred a little less wind, but both showed bursts of high speed. The Chess’ finishing 11th and the Downs 26th of the 62 competitors.

Long time Fireball sailors Keith MacDonald and Andy Brittain have finally been persuaded to try a proper boat and have borrowed the beautiful varnished “Two Bob Bit” from Kenny for the year and particularly to compete at the Nationals at Mounts Bay. Coppet Week was their first outing in the boat and turned out to be something of a baptism of fire.  However as they sorted out the boat with much helpful (hopefully) advice from the other Osprey sailors they went faster and faster through the week, culminating in an eight place in the Thursday race ahead of both the Downs and the Chess (just!). They will be a force to be reckoned with at Mounts Bay.

The week finishes with a pursuit race on the Friday which does not count for the overall week’s competition. Only 19 boats stayed for the late Friday afternoon start and with the pesky Merlin’s and 420’s being missing it was dominated by Ospreys with Dan and Dave first, Gareth and Jon second and Keith and Andy fourth.

All in all it was a very enjoyable and successful week for the Ospreys and we would commend it to others wanting a sailing holiday at Spring Bank holiday.